Valve: "No one here was meeting with Tim Cook"

Valve: "No one here was meeting with Tim Cook"

Summary: Newell: "We have a long list of things we'd love to see Apple do to support games and gaming better."

TOPICS: Mobility, Apple

Valve co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell, stamped on the rumours that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the company for secret talks last week.

In an interview given to Seven Day Cooldown, Newell totally dismisses the rumor that Tim Cook -- or anyone from Apple -- stepped foot into Valve HQ.

"No one here was meeting with Tim Cook or with anybody at Apple that day. I wish we were! We have a long list of things we'd love to see Apple do to support games and gaming better. But no, we didn't meet with Tim Cook. He seems like a smart guy, but I've never actually met him."

But is seems that the rumor was so convincing that even Newell himself got caught up in the excitement.

"We actually, we all sent mail to each other, going, "Who's Tim Cook meeting with? Is he meeting with you? I'm not meeting with Tim Cook." So we're ... it's one of those rumors that was stated so factually that we were actually confused."

This would seem to draw a conclusive line beneath any suggestion of cooperation between Apple and Valve over a games console or an effort to bring more Valve games to the Mac platform.

The rumor never made that much sense anyway, as it was never clearly explained where Valve fitted into the Apple equation. If there's a true demand for more games on the Mac platform, then Valve will no doubt enter that market with renewed vigor, given that the company already has a presence on the Mac OS X platform.

As to the suggestion that Apple needing Valve's assistance to develop a games console, why would a company with knockout products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad under its belt -- not to mention over $100 billion in the bank -- would need to go to a company with no experience in developing hardware for assistance?

Image credit: Valve.


Topics: Mobility, Apple

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  • ??????

    Nothing to write about today, Adrian? ;-)
    • Sounds more like...

      ..Adrien heard the rumor and wanted to get the story from the source.. When he went to get it, he found out there was no story, and it was already 11:30pm on Thursday.
  • I don't see people playing games on a Mac

    I see more people buying Mac computers for style or "because they don't have problems" (*chuckle*). When I ask what they do with the computer, they have answers like "surfing the Internet" and "doing email" and I laugh because of the waste of money that they spend on them.

    Games never come up as an answer - EVER!

    Games just don't play well on a Mac because OpenGL implementation is behind DirectX, and Apple's video drivers are less-than-optimized. Mac video cards don't run at full PCIe speeds in Windows either, due to the wacky obsolete EFI firmware that Apple insists on using (still one of the legitimate arguments about Apple's non-standard designs). Ditto for the drive controllers too, BTW.
    • You're so behind the times it's funny

      That wacky EFI is where all the PCs are headed. Ever notice UEFI replacing the BIOS, duh, PCs have been behind the times. Mac video cards don't run at full PCIe speeds, how would you know are you a lab, do you test Macs at an engineering level. You probably couldn't even navigate the GUI, ROFLOL!

      And to top it off, the persons wasting money and their lives are the game players. Go out and get some sun, exercise and interact with people in the real world, loser.
      • Irony!

        <quote>Go out and get some sun, exercise and interact with people in the real world, loser.</quote>

        This coming from someone who is sitting behind a keyboard insulting someone in cyberspace. Irony!
    • It's always been about the titles and the video cards..

      Unfortunately, the Mac has never been a great choice for a gaming machine simply because the best of the best video cards aren't available, and the only machines that can take a video card upgrade are the ones designed for the high-end production crowd, and far too expensive for most gamers.

      There's also the lack of titles, though many of the most popular ones have always been available and worked quite well on the Mac..

      As far as EFI being "behind the times" and the whole "Mac video cards don't run at full PCIe speeds" statements go.. yeah.. you're an idiot..
  • Tim Cook is a big change from Steve Jobs

    But even Mr. Cook wouldn't give up the psychological advantage that comes from an invitation to visit 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
  • Apple for gaming is DOA anyway

    Apple computers have meh specs and the graphics cards for their machines are overpriced. Also almost nobody has a Apple desktop anyway so.... And also Apple has no experience with actual hardware development, its just the companies they pay to develop everything for them. The only thing apple does is make chassis designs and GUI's for other Operating systems and then call it their own after locking it to "their" hardware (MAC OSX).