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Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted at video game designer Valve's headquarters

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beast786

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http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ok_spotted_at_valves_gaming_headquarters.html

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook reportedly visited the Bellevue, Washington headquarters of Valve Corporation earlier today, inciting questions about new potential for collaboration between the two companies.

Valve, created by two former Microsoft employees in the mid 90s, has grown into a major video games developer and maintains the Steam gaming platform, which distributes over 1,400 games to an audience of over 30 million active users.

Steam works similar to Apple's iOS App Store within iTunes, providing a market for PC video game titles and a mechanism for automatically delivering the latest software updates to players.


After months of rumors that suggested Valve would begin supporting Mac users in Steam, in early 2010 the company announced it would bring a series of its own video games, including Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2, to the Mac platform for the first time. It also announced it would simultaneously release Portal 2 for the Mac and Windows that winter.

At the time, John Cook, the director of Steam development at Valve, stated that Apple had "been a great partner so far and we look forward to growing our relationship with them over time."

Apple's big turn around in gaming

The shift was particularly significant because less than three years earlier, in late 2007, Steam co-founder Gabe Newell had publicly complained that Apple simply didn't get gaming.

"We have this pattern with Apple," Newell said in an interview, "where we meet with them, people there go 'wow, gaming is incredibly important, we should do something with gaming,' and then we'll say, 'OK, here are three things you could do to make that better,' and then they say OK, and then we never see them again.

"And then a year later, a new group of people show up, who apparently have no idea that the last group of people were there, and never follow through on anything. So, they seem to think that they want to do gaming, but there's never any follow through on any of the things they say they're going to do."

Newell added at the time that video games are "one of the biggest things holding them back in the consumer space. If you look at a Macintosh right now, it does a lot of things really well compared to a Vista PC, but there are no games. Why, I don't know. If I were a Macintosh product manager, it would be pretty high on my list."

iOS and Game Center

Apple's seemingly indifferent stance on gaming appeared to change rapidly following the release of iPhone and the new iPod touch in 2007, and in particular after the release of the App Store in early 2008.

Games became a major focus for iOS developers and accounted for a large percentage of the software Apple's new App Store began selling, threatening the business of entrenched gaming companies including Sony and Nintendo

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New Console : Apple + Valve?
 

Stat!

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How all of NeoGaf sees this?

Why is the Evil Emperor meeting with the Good Guys?
 

Go_Ly_Dow

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GAF on suicide watch.

 
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Seems like there has been an awful lot of smoke recently...

and didn't I just read that Apple has a new designer of some sort for a new piece of hardware on the OT side?
 

nickcv

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don't look into his eyes gabe, or he's going to steal your soul!

seriously i don't really think any of the two companies would give up on it's own store, people can relax nothing meaningful is going to happen...
 

jonno394

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Valve in bed with the devil.......

In all honesty, I welcome an apple/Valve home console, just as long as a new model isn't released every year.
 

Skiesofwonder

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Oh my if this turned out to be what most people think it could mean......... Words are not enough to explain how epic it would be.
 

coldfoot

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Would absolutely love to get an Apple console with a proper controller. However that shoddy gamecenter BS must be replaced by Steam's online features. If that happens, it's goodbye Sony for me, and Sony might as well just throw in the towel and make their games for the App store.

It's the only thing that can save us from this dangerous precedent of paying for online play and subscription apps.
 

Derrick01

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You know what they say about making deals with the devil etc.

I place my trust in Gabe though. Whatever he does seems to come out as gold so I trust him.
 

funkystudent

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If Apple are debuting completely redesigned iMac and Macbook's this year it would probably be a good move to have someone from Valve do a stage demo for something.


HL3 demo!!!!!!


Also since Apple have tried and failed so many times to making Mac Gaming a thing maybe just letting Valve do it will be better for everyone.
 

Synth_floyd

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Apple already has a console...the apple tv set box and their soon to be Apple TV which I assume will have a decent cpu/gpu in it. Then they're gonna put some BUTTONS on it and then bye bye MS, Sony or Nintendo (whichever one is the weakest).
 
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