Sources: Valve, Gabe Newell on YouTube
quote: Steam is a closed platform because only Valve has control over the content that is published.
quote: This is the same as the app store on iOS
quote: The win32 desktop is 100% open.
quote: That's, conveniently, a pretty generic and broad-based definition you're using. It's not that simple. That's like saying Wal-Mart isn't open to the public because they control what products are on the shelves...
quote: Oh hell no, now I know you're off base big time.
quote: Here you're comparing apples to oranges. You can't compare an app store to an entire OS. If you were even remotely interested in being objective, you would have to compare Steam to Microsoft's Modern Windows Store. Oh hmmm, what do we have here? Microsoft has control over the content that's is published there!
quote: I never claimed it wasn't, and if you re-read my posts, you will see I never tried to use it as an argument. So why do you try to make it sound like I did?
quote: When I mentioned Win32 desktop, I was simply referring to programming anything in the desktop environment, which can be compiled, distributed and run completely independently with no contract or licensing from microsoft. It is 100% open and Microsoft has no say in whether your app can be run or not.
quote: I'M telling you that comparing Steam to Windows is biased, they are two dissimilar platforms. You have to compare Steam to the Windows Store! Do you have a major reading comprehension problem or something?
quote: Well again, Valve has no "desktop environment" to compare to Windows. However they DO give all of their software and developer tools out for free. And you can even use these to distribute/sell games, software, and mods outside of Steam. Is that not "open" to you?
quote: Also Gabe's statements are about where they are going, not where they've been. Unless you have all the details about the inner workings of this "Steambox", you cannot possibly say if it's going to be open or closed.