A while back Gabe Newell stated that if The Heart of Racing charity reached $500,000+ in donations, he’d host an AMA session on Reddit. And a few days ago, they passed said stretch goal, and Gabe went on to announce that an AMA would be held on March 3rd at 1:00 PM PST.
17,000 users visited the IAmA subreddit, waiting for Gabe Newell to start the show. And they waited for a while, but nothing happened. Well, at least not for another 25 hours – then it started. Valve time, ladies and gentlemen.
Nevertheless, it happened. Erik Wolpaw, Erik Johnson, Ido Magal, Greg Coomer and Gabe Newell all sat down to answer the question that the fans might have. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting answers we got.
When is Ricochet 2?
Gabe Newell: When we announced our products years in advance in the past and then were really late delivering them, it was pretty painful for both us and the community. We’d rather not repeat that.
This is pretty much nothing we haven’t heard before. The troubles Valve had with the release of Half-Life 2 are the biggest reason for their complete silence about Half-Life 3. It will be the task of history to determine which was worse when the game finally comes out.
Hi, Gabe! I’ve got a question about Steam Music. Forgive me if this isn’t your area, or whatever.
Is it possible for some sort of integration with services like Pandora and Spotify, in the future? I don’t have a music library, per se, and mostly just use internet radio, so it’d be great if I didn’t have to alt tab to change stations or skip songs. Could this happen?
Gabe Newell: Yes, we’ve got some things in the works that we think you’ll like.
Steam has been Valve’s signature product since the launch of the Orange Box, and significant updates to the platform are released quite regularly – this was just a confirmation that there’s a lot more down the line.