Ed Smith of IBTimes UK writes: "Like anyone else who's so much as stood near Half-Life 2, I love Valve. As one of the few big studios out there that can successfully rake in billions of dollars without shafting creative freedom, it's a company that deserves the upmost respect and admiration.
"More than that, actually; Valve is the one remaining organisation in games that can still bring out the fanboy in me, like a couple of weeks ago, when I followed Gabe Newell around for about half an hour at the BAFTAs.
"But pristine reputation aside, I feel like Valve has dropped the ball on this one: Steam's new 'Early Access' initiative is, as far as I can see, an absolute ideatastrophe for videogames. It allows budding game developers to upload unfinished versions of their games to the public, letting players buy them, play them and feedback on any bugs or problems."