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Valve co-founder: PS3 'a waste of everybody's time'

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359w ago - If you happen to be a PS3 Cell chip, stay the heck away from Valve's Gabe Newell because he doesn't like you very much.

In fact, during an interview with U.K. rag Edge, Newell made it clear that he thinks Sony's entire next generation console is "a waste of everybody's time."

"Investing in the Cell, investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There's nothing there that you're going to apply to anything else. You're not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they've created. I don't think they're going to make money off their box. I don't think it's a good solution," Newell said.

Right now, Newell's correct: Sony doesn't make a dime off the PS3 because it's selling the console as a loss leader, and plans to make its money back off licensing for popular games like Metal Gear Solid 4 and Square Enix's Final Fantasy IP. That said, when one your biggest Japanese franchises jumps ship to the competition because of high development costs attributed to the PS3's architecture, it doesn't help matters (Monster Hunter 3 is now Wii-exclusive).

Newell, whose Orange Box Xbox 360/PC compilation received rave reviews following its launch earlier this week, has long been...
 

Team Fortress 2 Beta Begins

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363w ago - Last night a gaggle of old-school Team Fortress Classic fans flocked to Steam for their first shot at playing Team Fortress 2, a "beta" only available to those who have pre-ordered The Orange Box through Valve's download service. Unfortunately, as tends to happen with these anticipated downloads, there were some hiccups in the process.

The problem began early when Team Fortress 2 became the first Orange Box game available for download. The rush to Valve's servers was unprecedented, meaning that many excited gamers got a disappointing "Our servers are currently too full" message when trying to pre-load the game. Further issues throughout the night were dutifully chronicled by ShackNews.

At one point well past midnight for most eagerly awaiting players, Valve's Erik Johnson stopped into the ShackNews chatroom to leave this update on the source of the delay:

"We're really close, just a few issues with the Linux server. We just released the Win32 server, so if people are running those, they can get started. If we don't make it with linux in the next hour or two, we'll just fire away with what we have and get linux out as soon as we can."

Whatever the problems, Valve got them worked out eventually, leaving several hours to play before people had to start leave for work. Congrats to...
 
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