|Steam "dangerous" if left unchallenged|
|Posted: 16.03.2012 13:54 by Simon Priest||Comments: 9|
Markus Persson - who? - Minecraft's 'Notch' has said letting Steam dominate the PC digital market is "a bit dangerous" for all concerned. It needs healthy competition to prevent a monopoly.
He finds the "idea of one platform a bit scary" despite being a fan of Valve and Steam. He calls Origin's ability to do "things badly" an impressive feat given 8 years of Steam.
The indie developer and creator of the mega popular Minecraft wants competition to thrive to keep Valve and Steam from essentially becoming corrupted with power.
"I think it's a bit dangerous to only have one digital distribution platform like Steam. I love Valve, but out of principle, I find the idea of one platform a bit scary. So I like that there are others competing – for example, Desura and Impulse, who recently got bought by GameStop. It's a good thing that there are more," Markus 'Notch' Persson said.
"Origin does a couple things badly compared to Steam -- which is impressive since they had eight years to study Steam." You just got served EA. "They should definitely have a chance to do their thing, but they might want to move away from titles that make people use it and show people why they should use it," the scorching continued.
"But I think, in principle, it's a good thing."
For now Valve's Steam is a benevolent ruler of the PC digital market, happy to throw disgustingly low priced sales at its millions of subjects - but don't comic books teach us that unrivalled power corrupts? Will Steam one day turn on us ignorant villagers and hike up taxes and claim our busty women folk? Maybe, but Origin is no knight in shining armour.
Part of the problem is that Steam is so god damn convenient - an almost one stop shop for PC gaming. Why do we want to install other applications to 'house' and download our games? It's all a matter of perception to the consumer and, frankly, the others look weak - almost untrustworthy - compared to the tried and true Steam. What say you?