I don't think they deserve the praise they get. They make nothing but generic forgettable cookie cutter shooters, and yet they're praised for being innovative and original. The level design in most their games are simple (lots of rooms, because rooms are easy to make). You'll probably tell me to go back to CoD and Halo, but I don't like Cod and haven't played Halo in years. I got bored of Half-Life 2 and never finished it. Portal doesn't have any replay value. Left 4 Dead is one of the most generic, uninspired shooters I've ever played. Merely being released by Valve will get it instant game of the year awards. And there's a damn lot of bias when reviewing Valve games; I've seen reviewers critize games for certain elements yet praise Valve game for the same elements, magnefied. It's thanks to the overglorification of Valve games by reviewers and gamers that many other unique game ideas are forgotten.
And Steam. What makes them think that constant updating makes the games better? Remember the days when they finished the game before releasing it? Steam has many problems, but Valve always blames it on you for not building your own PC entirely dedicated to gaming from scratch (or buying whatever latest computer). I shouldn't have to go through all that just to play some games, and I shouldn't have to be online. Sometimes you even have to install the same game multiple times. With the dreaded new generation coming in, chances are myself and many others will turn to PC, only to find something similar to the Xbox One.
Valve have an air of pretentious so thick you could choke on it. That's how I feel. I'm going to get a lot of hate. Hopefully there is someone who agrees with me.
"Since it’s now OK to blurt this out, here goes: the “MOTHER republication” thing I mentioned briefly before is making progress."
"It’s not “(MOTHER) 4″, though! This has to do with making “MOTHER” playable. I can’t give out any details just yet, but I do at least need to say that it isn’t 4."
Firstly he has clearly stated that he is not working on Mother 4. In the past, Itoi has often mentioned that he is not doing a Mother 4 (at least not yet), as he says in the video below, though it be a few years old now. He has never stated though that he will never do a remake.
From Itois comment (the first one), I can deduct that Shingesato Itoi is working on something called the "MOTHER Republication." When he refers to the trilogy, he refers to it as Mother (unless they are talking about an individual game in the series, in which he will refer to it by its title eg. Mother 3), so I don't think it's just one game he's talking about, but instead the entire series.
The he refers to "Making MOTHER playable." This line here makes me wonder; if he is refering to a remake of the series, does that mean he is talking about bringing MOTHER to the rest of the world? There was some issue that I'm not entirely aware about that prevented Mother 3 from leaving Japanese shores (apart from the "Official" Fan Translation, which Nintendo has not made an offical comment about yet). However, Earthbound (Mother 2) did make it out in America. In fact many Japanese games make it to the rest of the world.
So, if we are inbound for some form of rerelease, what kind of nature will it be? Will it be coming out on 3DS or Wii U I wonder? It could be a port or an entire remake (or a remake collection with the option of playing the original versions, maybe even finishing off Earthbound 64). With the exception of Super Smash Bros. and the cancelled Earthbound 64, the MOTHER trilogy has never experienced 3D graphics. If they were to make it 3D, I would be much content if they used cell-shaded graphics. Imagine Earthound with graphics like this:
Well all in all, I guess we will just have to wait and see. I'm hoping for a PAL release (we didn't even get Earthbound).