Source: TechNW: Best and worst of times for games, Valve vs. Apple
quote: Oh, you made an app that can sync to iTunes via Wifi? No you didn't!
quote: I'd wager that most of the applications that people buy on any mobile device is free.
quote: "You know, I really, really like the app store platform as far as being able to remove obstacles to getting your product out," he told The Telegraph."You don't have to cut deals with publishers. It's almost completely egalitarian on there. It's great to see all the small teams that wind up making these breakout hit games for the Apple devices," he said.
quote: "I would argue Apple's system is very open but very proprietary ... it's open with their rules."
quote: To quote Henry Ford, "You can have any color you want, as long as it's black." Is that open?
quote: My point is why should I endorse a product where I HAVE to ROOT it to do what I want it to do?
quote: Except you never have to root an Android phone, so whatever. Android doesn't block core functionality and apps arbitrarily.
quote: lol nice relativism attempt. So because there's a few examples of it taking place on Android, it's now just as locked down as iOS and isn't really open?
quote: As far as the "tax the rich" thing goes, even Buffet and Gates think it is ridiculous that they get an 18% average tax rate before taking deductions while their secretaries are at the 35% rate. Hell, I'm in the top tax bracket and I think it's crazy.
quote: And if you believe that Obama is a leftist, you're an idiot, the guy makes Reagan and Goldwater look like liberals.
quote: I can't believe you actually believe the shit you say
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quote: Vavle also gives away some of their games for free. Like TF2 for example.
quote: Apple wants to control the quality of the platform by approving apps.
quote: Xbox live as an open system would make no sense...
quote: Mac programs dont have to be on their appstore. theyre everywhere.
quote: Steam may make sense in the world of windows, but not on macs, it's just another unnecessary middle(fat)man that takes a cut. Why have it?
quote: "I consider Apple to be very closed," Newell said. "Let's say you have a book business and you are charging 5 to 7 percent gross margins. You can't exist in an Apple world because they want 30 percent and they don't care that you only have 7 percent to play with."Doesn't Valve's Steam service also extract a "tax" on game companies that use the platform, Fries asked.Newell said Steam gets a commission if games are sold through Steam, but developers can use its free tools and services and sell their games elsewhere and "we don't take anything."
quote: "They build a shiny sparkling thing that attracts users and then they control people's access to those things"
quote: Steam is a delivery system, not a platform. The PC is the platform.