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Gabe Newell, Jun Takeuchi Speak Their Minds In Vegas

As the DICE conference chugs along, words on the words of some of gaming's brightest minds are starting to trickle down to the masses.

Last time I went to DICE--the "Design Innovate Communicate Entertain" Summit that happens annually just outside of the Las Vegas action zone--my luggage got stolen, robbing me of my clothes, my cell phone, my house and car keys, and my PSP. That's what I get, I suppose, for packing all of that crap in my luggage and not keeping it on me. I ended up going on a brief shopping spree at the Adidas store and walked around town for the rest of the trip looking like an out-of-shape basketball player living tracksuit fabulous.

Between that and the embarrassing, Jay Mohr-hosted awards show, DICE houses some painful memories, so I haven't been back since. But there are definitely some interesting talks that happen at the show, and this year's show, which is currently underway, is no exception.

MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo has been doing a bang-up job of covering some interesting stuff from the summit, and he's got a couple of pieces you can read if you're looking for some deeper, more throughtful things from the minds of the men and women behind your favorite games.

Gabe!
Jun!
Valve's Gabe Newell presented the keynote and talked about both his company's games and his company's distribution platform, Steam. Here's an interesting bit on the sales of Left 4 Dead:
To promote his vision of price flexibility, he presented slides that showed that Valve hadn’t scared customers away — as he worried they might — by recently and repeatedly moving the price up and down for games. He said that a recent promotion for “Left 4 Dead,” for example, enabled Valve to make more revenue selling that game last weekend than the company did when the game launched last fall.
Today, Capcom's Jun Takeuchi took to the stage. He's the producer of Resident Evil 5, in case you forgot, and he presented "The 10 Commandments of Capcom Development." It's an interesting list that provides some insight into how the company is adapting to better serve a worldwide audience.

There won't be too much in the way of actual game-focused news coming out of Vegas, but there's always one or two things confirmed or casually mentioned over the course of the event. We'll pass that along as it happens. Speaking of which, EA apparently just mentioned that they'll be doing a new game in the American McGee's Alice series. So... that happened.
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Posted by Jeff
Last time I went to DICE--the "Design Innovate Communicate Entertain" Summit that happens annually just outside of the Las Vegas action zone--my luggage got stolen, robbing me of my clothes, my cell phone, my house and car keys, and my PSP. That's what I get, I suppose, for packing all of that crap in my luggage and not keeping it on me. I ended up going on a brief shopping spree at the Adidas store and walked around town for the rest of the trip looking like an out-of-shape basketball player living tracksuit fabulous.

Between that and the embarrassing, Jay Mohr-hosted awards show, DICE houses some painful memories, so I haven't been back since. But there are definitely some interesting talks that happen at the show, and this year's show, which is currently underway, is no exception.

MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo has been doing a bang-up job of covering some interesting stuff from the summit, and he's got a couple of pieces you can read if you're looking for some deeper, more throughtful things from the minds of the men and women behind your favorite games.

Gabe!
Jun!
Valve's Gabe Newell presented the keynote and talked about both his company's games and his company's distribution platform, Steam. Here's an interesting bit on the sales of Left 4 Dead:
To promote his vision of price flexibility, he presented slides that showed that Valve hadn’t scared customers away — as he worried they might — by recently and repeatedly moving the price up and down for games. He said that a recent promotion for “Left 4 Dead,” for example, enabled Valve to make more revenue selling that game last weekend than the company did when the game launched last fall.
Today, Capcom's Jun Takeuchi took to the stage. He's the producer of Resident Evil 5, in case you forgot, and he presented "The 10 Commandments of Capcom Development." It's an interesting list that provides some insight into how the company is adapting to better serve a worldwide audience.

There won't be too much in the way of actual game-focused news coming out of Vegas, but there's always one or two things confirmed or casually mentioned over the course of the event. We'll pass that along as it happens. Speaking of which, EA apparently just mentioned that they'll be doing a new game in the American McGee's Alice series. So... that happened.
Posted by Froghourt

Sucks about the luggage, hopefully you can get the things replaced.

Also, those keynotes sound rather awesome.

Posted by ParrapatehRappa

But alas. No word on Episode 3's release date. Only word we have gotten is 2010. At the very least Gabe, give us a trailer. I don't want to have to wait until E3 or GDC for a trailer. I'm sure none of us do.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

the first paragraph of the article made me ROFL

Posted by DukeTogo

"I ended up going on a brief shopping spree at the Adidas store and walked around town for the rest of the trip looking like an out-of-shape basketball player living tracksuit fabulous."

Dude, I've seen you wear that kind of stuff long before and after then.  Who are you trying to fool.  Don't make me dig up old On the Spot links.

Posted by ZeroCast

I really like the idea behind the 4th commandment, it shows Capcom's determination on bringing new IPs to the Western Market and in the end producing unique and great games worthy of carrying the Capcom name.

Posted by darkjester74

A new Alice type game would be cool...

Posted by Scooper
HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE 3 PLEASE THANKS BYE
Posted by giyanks22
"HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE 3 PLEASE THANKS BYE"

Likewise,,,
Posted by mracoon

More developers need to listen to what Gabe Newell is saying. He seems to be making quite a bit of money while still pleasing fans, so he must be doing something right.

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Posted by Kohe321

I want episode 3 of half life 2 asap.

Posted by hazzard4123

Scout update is looking good.

Edited by Det1

(for l4d)...There are other ways to excite customers with things like commentaries and comics that take less effort than new maps.
NO.
BAD GABE.
BAD.

Edited by MrKlorox

Why did L4D sell more this past weekend than at launch? Because the people who bought it at launch either didn't realize it is an incredibly limited short game, had extra money to burn though/had it gifted, or a combination of the two.

As I've said a million times before, L4D is still twice as expensive as it should have ever been. No fucking shit it sold well last weekend. You finally sold it within the desired price range -- for two days...

Posted by Crono

Who cares about Episode 3 when Scout update comes out next week! :D

(ok, I care)

Posted by LoZone

newell is such a fatty,  and his games are severely overrated.

Posted by Lunarbunny

You should have seen the charts for sales of Left 4 Dead last weekend. Wow.

Also thank you to anybody who purchased the game, I'm sure a few hundredths of a percent of that is my paycheck.

Edited by Media_Master

Man, half-life 2 episode 3 is gonna be something else!!!

It should be since its taking sooo long

Posted by strangeling

I especially like Gabe's point of using concept art as advertisement.


I've always been a fan of Capcom, and those ten commandments sound like they really try to do good by us gamers.
Posted by theMcNasty

     Cool article from MTV Multiplayer, but it was riddled with typos.  Oh well, I'm sure it is simply a result of the environment (pumping out articles while on location).

Really good coverage nonetheless!  :)

Posted by WholeFunShow

Pics or it didn't happen.

Posted by TomA

Gabe said in a similar press release that L4D sale on Steam increased the sales of L4D last weekend by 3000%!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TheGreatGuero

You just know that somewhere out there, Levio is reading this article.

Posted by jeremy101

i've been thinking on how they could make resident evil 6..... exaple.. at the end of (5) they are on the helecopter and wesker died, but.... jill is still in control. wesker planed it before he died, he knew he was going to die so before when wesker is starting the plane, he actived ( jill emergency) so when their on the plane jill starts to freak out, and pushes cris out of the plane, cris hangs on, and jill kills the pilot, wesker timed everything at the right time so when jill kills the pilot she was supposed to do that at that time, so then after she does that she jumps off the plane and into the water, and the helecopter crashes right onto an island once used by umbrella, there is an underground hive on the island. wesker knows whats down there and for him to come alive he needs cris to go down into the hive.... because in resident evil 5 wesker was just a clone, the real wesker is on the island. cris and sheva are sepperated from the crash.. and thats where the story takes place. and there will be the zobies that eat the crap out of you,the lickers, a clone of nemises, and the zobies from resident evil 5. wesker, jill, cris, sheva, leon, and clair redfeild will all be in the game. clair and leon were sent together to the location of the crash site inforcing to find jill, sheva, and cris soon do they know that they will all find the truth of this virus. i was thinking that instead of wesker being the one cris would be the one, what im trying to say is that umbrella tested the virus on cris when he was just alittle kid, and cris was able to control in all this time, and the island that he is on is where they tested it at, and thats when cris will know the truth, and wesker already knows that cris is the one that started it all, and killing cris makes wesker the one to be a god, uroburos was just a scam, but the thing that lurks deep into the hive is the real thing, and in this one wesker or cris is going to die... and to make people happy, you will get to be able to choose from clair, leon, sheva, or cris to play the story line in a good story ending, or get to be wesker, or jill for the bad ending, theres still more to my story for the game, but that would just ruin the game for all players if the did ever take my suggsestions, but if the producer or anyone with the capcom company reads this just email me on jkt65@live.com, i think my story could be a very very good resident evil 6 game to play..... thank you    
Posted by Coltonio7
@jeremy101 said:
"
i've been thinking on how they could make resident evil 6..... exaple.. at the end of (5) they are on the helecopter and wesker died, but.... jill is still in control. wesker planed it before he died, he knew he was going to die so before when wesker is starting the plane, he actived ( jill emergency) so when their on the plane jill starts to freak out, and pushes cris out of the plane, cris hangs on, and jill kills the pilot, wesker timed everything at the right time so when jill kills the pilot she was supposed to do that at that time, so then after she does that she jumps off the plane and into the water, and the helecopter crashes right onto an island once used by umbrella, there is an underground hive on the island. wesker knows whats down there and for him to come alive he needs cris to go down into the hive.... because in resident evil 5 wesker was just a clone, the real wesker is on the island. cris and sheva are sepperated from the crash.. and thats where the story takes place. and there will be the zobies that eat the crap out of you,the lickers, a clone of nemises, and the zobies from resident evil 5. wesker, jill, cris, sheva, leon, and clair redfeild will all be in the game. clair and leon were sent together to the location of the crash site inforcing to find jill, sheva, and cris soon do they know that they will all find the truth of this virus. i was thinking that instead of wesker being the one cris would be the one, what im trying to say is that umbrella tested the virus on cris when he was just alittle kid, and cris was able to control in all this time, and the island that he is on is where they tested it at, and thats when cris will know the truth, and wesker already knows that cris is the one that started it all, and killing cris makes wesker the one to be a god, uroburos was just a scam, but the thing that lurks deep into the hive is the real thing, and in this one wesker or cris is going to die... and to make people happy, you will get to be able to choose from clair, leon, sheva, or cris to play the story line in a good story ending, or get to be wesker, or jill for the bad ending, theres still more to my story for the game, but that would just ruin the game for all players if the did ever take my suggsestions, but if the producer or anyone with the capcom company reads this just email me on jkt65@live.com, i think my story could be a very very good resident evil 6 game to play..... thank you     "
Yup.
Edited by ververdan0226

 Why would you ever bump a six month old news post?? On your first post no less? How did you even find this? Strange...