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"They build a shiny sparkling thing that attracts users and then they control people's access to those things"

You may recall that top video game maker Valve Corp., makers of the Half-LifeCounterstrikePortal, and Left 4 Dead series, as well as the hit video-game distribution client Steam, recently aired some of its titles on Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) Mac computers for the first time following some teasers.

But while Valve now is vending products for Apple's personal computer platform, it appears like there's little love between the firms.  Valve president and owner Gabe Newell blasted the Cupertino tech giant for its dictatorial approach to the mobile market.

He comments, "I suspect Apple will launch a living room product that redefines people's expectations really strongly and the notion of a separate console platform will disappear.  I'm worried that the things that traditionally have been the source of a lot of innovation are going - there's going to be an attempt to close those off so somebody will say 'I'm tired of competing with Google, I'm tired of competing with Facebook, I'll apply a console model and exclude the competitors I don't like from my world.'"

He continues, commenting that Apple has the "wrong philosophical approach" in its closed model.  

He adds, "I consider Apple to be very closed.  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." 

To be fair, Valve might be being a bit hypocritical here as its Steam is also a closed platform, as the interviewer challenged.  Mr. Newell brushed this question aside, saying that while Steam isn't free, Valve does offer much free engine code and other tools to developers.

David Bluhm, president and chief executive of game company Z2Live, a mobile-focused gamemaker, jumped to Apple's defense after Mr. Newell's remarks, commenting, "I would argue Apple's system is very open but very proprietary ... it's open with their rules."

Source: TechNW: Best and worst of times for games, Valve vs. Apple

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RE: Glad someone sees this...
By tayb on 10/13/2011 9:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
You can. It exists as a feature of iOS 5 which is most likely why it is blocked.

I left iOS to go to Android but I wish I hadn't. I don't know what everyone else sees in Android but I certainly don't see it. Sluggish UI, weak app store, and the added bonus of carriers putting un-removable crapware on your phone.

RE: Glad someone sees this...
By RjBass on 10/13/2011 11:24:35 PM , Rating: 5
Ya, that is why we flash our OS to a stock OS or go with a new mod like Cyanogen. If we don't like the selection of Apps from the market we then go to Amazon, or find the app we want on the internet and side load it.

If we are power users, we don't buy old outdated sluggish phones, we get the newer ones like the Galaxy S II, Infuse etc...

We have selection, expandable storage, replaceable battery, more app stores, more choices, more choices and more choices.

Ya I can see why you don't like Android, it's because your a moron.

RE: Glad someone sees this...
By Alphafox78 on 10/14/2011 10:07:42 AM , Rating: 2
Sonds like a big hassle... who wants to reflash a phone to a non supported rom an void their warranty on day one?

RE: Glad someone sees this...
By RjBass on 10/14/2011 10:56:36 AM , Rating: 2
When I got my original Galaxy S, I flashed it from Android 2.1 to stock Android 2.2. Not long after I started having hardware issues, mainly the well known GPS issue that plagued early Galaxy S phones. I then reflashed it back to the original ROM from AT&T, brought it back to the store, and when asked about it, I told them I reset the phone back to original settings in hopes of curing the problem to no avail. The clerk then handed me a new phone.

Flashing a Samsung Android phone is easy, only takes about 30 minutes and does WONDERS for the phone. My son has become an expert in the subject and flashes his fellow students phones for about $50 each.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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