Next Generation travels to Seattle to find out how Valve Software has repeatedly played with gaming's rules, and discuss the company's crowning achievement: The Orange Box.
Each game comprising The Orange Box will undoubtedly have a much longer life as a result of their amalgamation – and that mindshare will benefit future Valve projects. And, as for what shape these future projects might take, there seems to be no shortage of ideas: "Everybody here has a list of five games that they want to build," says Newell. "Some people want to build MMOs; I want to build a turn-based strategy game. God knows why. The Wii is a big hole in our strategy right now. It's clearly challenging game designers to think very, very differently – proving that input is incredibly important in a way that the industry had kind of forgotten."