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Gabe Newell thinks gamers are smarter than publishers

Oct 16 // Brad Nicholson

Valve’s co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell has a gem of knowledge to bestow upon the populace. In the latest issue of Game Informer, Newell said that videogame enthusiasts were better at judging a game’s quality than publishers.

An excerpt from the conversation provided by Ripten:

It seems by and large that gamers are incredibly smart; the average gamer seems to know more about what makes a good game than the average person at a publisher.

The fact that we’re smarter than the average person at a publisher practically speaks for itself. Simply go to the videogame retailer of your choice and browse the Wii aisle if you don't believe me. I probably shouldn't say that because even though the majority of us here make good choices, I’m sure publishers stockpile statistics like my car insurance company. I wonder if at age 25 you get a magical box of gaming knowledge delivered to your doorstep instead of driving talent.

I have a feeling that while publishers may not be the most adept at actually knowing what quantifies a great game, they’re aware of what most gamers are willing to buy – which is probably the reason there is a Carnival Games 2 on the way. What do you guys think? Is Newell right?


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