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Valve still hates the PS3

Valve was recently showing off their upcoming zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead. Currently, the game is slated for PC and 360, but not the PS3.

When asked about the PS3 version, Valve’s Doug Lombardi said:

“We’re not PS3 developers – we’re doing PC and 360 like with Orange Box. EA came to us and said ‘Wow, Orange box was an incredible project, can we do a PS3 version?'”

“If Left 4 Dead is big, then we may see a PS3 version later, or if and when we do a sequel, people may be more interested in that.”

OK, we get it. Valve hates the PS3 and doesn’t want to work with it. At least this time their public statements have a thin veneer of business rationale on top of their hatred.

What’s strange to me is that so many assume that developers are logical and choose their projects and target platforms for purely financial reasons and sales figures and market share percentages. If so, all developers would be developing for the exact same platform.

Remember not too long ago, Valve’s Gabe Newell, said that the PS3 was “a waste of everyone’s time” and:

“Investing in the Cell, investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There’s nothing there that you’re going to apply to anything else. You’re not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they’ve created. I don’t think they’re going to make money off their box. I don’t think it’s a good solution.”

Which do you think: Cool, calm, strictly business decision making? Or hyper-opinionated developer?

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