The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future. You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else.
I’ve always wanted to be a giant space crab.
The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It’s by giving those people a service that’s better than what they’re receiving from the pirates.
Don’t ever, ever try to lie to the internet.
The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future.
We just always focus on quality, which can be frustrating during the wait, but which pays off when we’re done (we hope).
The internet is super smart. If you do something that is cool, that’s actually worth people’s time, then they’ll adopt it. If you do something that’s not cool and sucks, you can spend as many marketing dollars as you want, [they] just won’t
Piracy is almost always a service problem.
I’m a handsome man with a charming personality.
Valve wouldn’t have gotten its start
Steam is about creating tools for content creators and customers.
Ninety percent of games lose money; 10 percent make a lot of money. And there’s a consistency around the competitive advantages you create, so if you can actually learn how to do the art, the design, and the programming, you would be consistently very profitable.
I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people.
If you look at a multi-player game, it’s the people who are playing the game who are often more valuable than all of the animations and models and game logic that’s associated with it.
The Internet is changing what entertainment and sports is. It’s not just a few people authoring an experience for others. It’s really growing out of what everybody does.
A lot of times I make people better by getting stupid, distracting, bureaucratic stuff off their desk. That’s an incredibly easy way to make a senior person more productive.
George Lucas should have distributed the ‘source code’ to Star Wars. Millions of fans would create their own movies and stories. Most of them would be terrible, but a few would be genius.
It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope.
Computing lets people express their creativity and unlock solutions, and code is computing’s universal language. All young people, including girls, deserve to be fluent in the language of the future.
About half the people at Valve have run their own companies, so they always have the option not just to take a job at another game company, but to go start their own company. The question you always have to answer is, ‘How are we making these people more valuable than they would be elsewhere?’
We came up with the name and logo pretty much the same way we do everything else.
One of the things that’s important about family is the narrative history they create for themselves.
The PC is successful because we’re all benefiting from the competition with each other. If Twitter comes along, our games benefit. If Nvidia makes better graphics technology, all the games are going to shine. If we come out with a better game, people are going to buy more PCs.
People who are constantly looking for the opportunity to do something new are also people who are not going to be helped by having job titles – job titles create expectations of specialization and focus which don’t map really well to creating the best possible experience for your customers.
Traditional credentialing really doesn’t have a lot of predictive value to if people will be successful.