Google Buying Valve? Rumor

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News Posted: Wed, Sep 17 2008 10:39 AM

Don't get TOO excited yet.  The Inquirer spills a lot of rumors, and its credibility is somewhat less because of that.  That said, it's not always wrong, and there are some valid reasons why Google might be interested in Valve.  Although, you'd think with Android about to launch and Chrome just launched, they might be a little busy. Still, as The Inq says:

Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now.

So why would Google, emperor of all things Web-based, want a gaming company?  Possibly it's that logo above: Steam.  Steam is Valve's highly-successful digital distribution system  It's so successful Valve even has other publishers and developers using it, and over 15 million accounts.

That said, it does have its critics, many of whom hate the activation process --- but then, nowadays many applications, even non-game, require some sort of activation (not that that makes it right!).

On the other hand, Steam is more than just downloading a game: it also has social networking pieces (Google Lively, anyone?), and that might fit in well with something like Lively + Steam + ads.

However, place this under "big rumor" --- for now.

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Steam is as close as the PC world has come to Xbox live. If I buy Farcry 2 now I can preload it and the second it comes out I can play. Instead of running to the store. I have a list of friends that I play with a lot. I can chat with them see what game they are playing and join in. They also have DRM that works. I can download a game as many times as I want. They are even working on saving my save games to the servers so I can go on a friends pc and load up a game and start right were I left off.

I could see Google wanting them. They are very much a web based company. Throwing ads in steam would tweak my nerves a bit. I do pay for the games already.

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Lev_Astov replied on Wed, Sep 17 2008 4:34 PM

I love Steam quite a bit for many of the reasons Bob on the Cob stated. I am not sure what to make of this rumor however. As stated above, the addition of ads would be irritating at best, but upon thinking of what Google might add to such a service in return for the revenue they receive, I think it might be worth it. I don't know, though. Ultimately, as long as Valve's management and game development style aren't disrupted, I'll be happy.

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mazuki replied on Sun, Sep 21 2008 10:13 PM

For me Steam is bloated and a huge memory hog, on load-up it might as well freeze everything else running, it's window is laggy on fast movement, and it's pop-up news is anything but helpful.

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