Why Games Matter Blog - Access Denied: Why Valve's Early Access is a Bad Idea

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."

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Snookies122065d ago (Edited 2065d ago )

This isn't taking control away from the developers though. All it will do is get a lot of feedback on what they perhaps "should" put into the game based on fans. It's not as if they're automatically expected to do these things. In the end, it's up to the developer to decide what they want to put into their games, no matter how many people tell them otherwise.

So, I don't understand why people would think it's a bad idea. You get to play the games you're eagerly awaiting early, and the developers can get feedback on things to help them move the project along. It's a win/win no matter how I look at it.

Pandamobile2065d ago

Anyone who thinks that this is a bad idea, really doesn't understand the point of it.

nofallouthero2065d ago

games are already designed by people who dont understand them

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ThreshStar2065d ago

I definitely see the Author's point: The line between "art" and "product" is a very thin line in the video game industry.

That being said, if I'm buying a piece of "art", it had darn well be worth the money I'm spending.

For instance: UBISoft should release "early access" to Assassin's Creed IV so the fans that purchase it can warn future buyers to stay the hell away from the broken combat, shrug-worthy storyline and boring side quests.

...sorry, projecting my remorse for paying full price for Assassin's Creed III.

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