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Submitted by Broll 155d ago | opinion piece

Valve Allows Publishers to Police Themselves

CCC Says: "It kind of feels like game publishing has come full circle. Back in the early days of game publishing, anyone could make any game they wanted. That’s why you saw so many blatant clones and rip-offs, and also why you saw weird games like Burger Time, or even porn games like Custer’s Revenge. You could basically get whatever you wanted published without anyone stopping you. Then, as video games became a more respected and professional medium, publishers started throwing their weight around and coming down hard on clones and unlicenced games. Now, in the world of indie-publishing and self-publishing, we are once again opening up the floodgates to games like Custer’s Revenge, for the sake of other indie masterpieces like FEZ. How will the current gaming atmosphere deal with the inevitable influx of self-published genetalia!? No one gaming company can police every self-published game, can they? Would it even be self-publishing at that point?" (Industry, PC, Steam, Valve)

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