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Submitted by Donnieboi 339d ago | article

How two Valve engineers walked away with the company's augmented reality glasses

Three months ago, celebrated video game publisher Valve did something completely out of character: it fired up to 25 workers, in what one employee dubbed the "great cleansing." At the time, co-founder Gabe Newell quickly reassured gamers that the company wouldn't be canceling any projects, but it just so happens that one project managed to get away.

Valve was secretly working on a pair of augmented reality glasses... and those glasses are still being built by two Valve employees who lost their jobs that day. (Industry, PC, Tech, Valve)
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Mathew9R   339d ago | Spam
jeffgoldwin  +   339d ago
I had lasik surgery so Id never have to wear glasses again. And now some companies are trying to push these things on us? No ty.

Until the holodeck comes around, I'm happy with meh controller.
nirwanda  +   339d ago
Your lucky I have glasses and have to strap glasses to glasses to watch 3d, so I don't have much chance of even trying these
McScroggz  +   339d ago
How awesome is Valve? I mean, yeah they fired 25 people but sadly that's just life. But they could have easily retained the rights and whatever patents/intellectual properties pertaining to these but they let them seek their dream. No company is perfect, but Valve almost always proves that it's truly focused on gaming from all perspective.

Much props, and I hope these turn out well because we should all be so lucky to achieve our dreams.
NarooN  +   339d ago
"but Valve almost always proves that it's truly focused on gaming from all perspective."

*L42 Fiasco
*HL3/Ep3 still isn't out a billion years later

Truth be told I don't even like a lot of Valve's games. The games I do most likely, they didn't even directly develop (like the Counter-Strike games, Day of Defeat, etc.) They're nice as a company, but I won't really pretend that they're perfect or whatever.

That said, it's cool how they let these dudes continue working on their project without fear of any legal consequences. I guess Valve was gonna implement this in some unannounced game but it probably just didn't work out.
McScroggz  +   339d ago
I'm not an expert on Valve, but I know from the very beginning they openly released their game engine for people to go nuts with, and subsequently have not only released fan-made mods, but they even hired some of those people who made successful mods.

Like you said, no company is perfect. But even though I'm not a PC gamer my opinion of Valve is exceedingly high.
NarooN  +   339d ago
Yeah don't get me wrong, Valve is much better than a lot of other companies *cough*EA*cough*Activision*cou gh*. It's just that some of the things they've done in the past were questionable or dumb, but those moments are really infrequent and they never made the same mistake twice.
snake_eater  +   339d ago
"For its part, Valve has released all interest in the project, leaving the Technical Illusions team legally clear to do what they love. Says Ellsworth: "Gabe was completely behind it... I talked to Gabe, and he talked to the lawyers, and he's like, 'It's theirs, make it happen,' because he could see we were passionate about it.""

This is why Valve is better than EA or ANY other game developer/publisher out there
1OddWorld  +   339d ago
Yes, valve made the right decision by not stymieing the tech. By allowing these people to pursue the tech we will all benefit by advancements in the science. It seems that some companies can see past profits to the real "big picture". I will buy there next product to show support for this type of behavior. EA needs to take notes.

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