GIB:Valve veteran Jason Holtman will be focused on "making Windows a great platform for gaming"
Yes! this is very good news!
This is indeed good news. Looks like Microsoft is really starting to recover well.
Well, hope there would be some transition from Steam's success.
What the shit? Sounds like good news, but what is Microsoft's real aim. Their grasp on PC game development under their Games 4 Windows platform is about as strong as Nintendo's grasp of 3rd party developers. Halo on PC/1box would be interesting I believe.
A smart move for Microsoft.
***Holtman's hiring could signal a renewed emphasis on the computer, though.*** I'll believe it when I see it. This is good news on some level, but the truly good news will see something come of it. I just hope this isn't focused on Win8 App store only.
Sounds like someone didn't like Valve's push for Linux as a gaming platform. :p
It may be a step up for his bank account! How you like them apples the man needs a new bugatti veyron. Gamers appreciation is cool and all but it doesnt pay your bills Ask EA they made 10 times more money making Movie IP games. Reviews dont pay the bills.
Get it on with Games for Windows Live I would love to earn achievements for my PC games and would it be to bad if game purchases is multiplatform Xbox/PC?
If the windows stores get unified. Games and apps will be able to run on PC,Console,Tablets and Smartphones. How cool would that be?
I'm waiting for either that or tablets/phones to be powerful enough to run my entire Steam games library ;) Laptops are great but once it expands into new and even more mobile devices Steam would explore into mainstream acceptance (or any similar system).
I've wondered about the potential of cross platform release games for a while now. Movies for example have mixed Bluray/DVD/Digital copies which isn't too outlandish to suggest something similar could be introduced for games at some point (a few PS3/Vita games do this even now but not many). However like movies I doubt it will be for most and the more closed nature of consoles vs PC doesn't help the matter. That said publishers with their own PC distribution system would be most likely to use it as easier to control (still challenging though as hard to lock both a traditional console disc and PC cd key to a single account and if they don't would create console and/or PC resell that cuts in to their profits). The "easiest" way to do it would be creating a system built around purely digital copies that share a unique ID (sort of how some Ubiplay/Battletag/etc that can link console and PC games independent from any specific platform yet connected to a single "sub" account). MS for example would be an ideal candidate as they already have a working prototype with Xbox/W8/Windows Phones with XB Store (music, movies, etc at least) and introducing games would be a killer app IMO. There is a slow but steady growth reaching into other OS for gaming but allowing 2 in one purchases (3 if you count simple games which could also be on the phone--PvZ, Walking Dead, etc) it would likely entice more people both to continue supporting MS products as well as bring in a larger audience once word of mouth got around. People could choose which platform to play on and also have the option to "upgrade" to PC if console gamers essentially (as PC backwards compatibility is HUGE, mods give substantial reason to come back to old games, etc). Digital is ideally suited for this kind of progress as both easier to control and actually get up and running. I don't see it happening yet or probably any time soon but MS actually is in a great position (huge console and PC market on top of financial backing/corporate ties) to make it possible on a larger scale (likely in partnership with publishers as both would need to sign off on it). Plus with their "digital future" it could lay down a solid foundation for why Xbox will slowly but surely change people's minds about it. They can allow disc to continue but digital would really take off if anything you bought was multiplatform purchases (focus on console BC as well, perhaps through the cloud similar to Onlive, and make Xbox store purchases BC for all platforms supported).
Great move by Microsoft. Buy all the talent like the Yankees did in the past.
Imagine if they have him design the features for XBL Gold on the Xbox One. With somebody having the vision of Steam at Microsoft it could only bring good things, I hope they don't waste his talent.
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