Gabe Newell has stated that the upcoming update to Windows will be “a catastrophe”. So, who the hell is this guy anyway? Why, he’s only one of the powerful and influential figures in the world of PC gaming, that’s who.
Let’s be honest: the only real reason to have a PC anymore is video games. Macs can do everything that PCs can, and sometimes better, except run its killer library of games. Which it may no longer have one day.
Newell runs Steam, the number one digital distribution channel of Windows games, large and small. As AllThingsD recently reported, he’s looking to move onto Linux. Why?
The big problem that is holding back Linux is games. People don’t realize how critical games are in driving consumer purchasing behavior.
We want to make it as easy as possible for the 2,500 games on Steam to run on Linux as well. It’s a hedging strategy. 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 that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.
Bold words, but when you consider how much mojo Microsoft has lost over the years, and how the vast majority of those who have test driven 8 says it’s total garbage (while those who have not have to be given a single incentive for upgrading), Newell might be onto something.
But I know what you’re asking: who the hell uses Linux? Valid point, but hey, who the hell was using Macs 20 years ago, and look at where we are today. Besides, there’s a show set to debut on television that’s about a family of obese hillbillies whose particularly insufferable (and vaguely racist) 6-year-old daughter is part of child beauty pageant circuit.
If Here Comes Honey Boo Boo can exist, then I have no problems entertaining the notion that Linux will somehow usurp Windows. Not one bit.