Time to expand, Valve

With only 250 employees in total, Valve Corporation makes itself a giant cash printer even more profitable averagely than Apple and Google in 2010. With new account growth of 178%, sales growth of over 200%, Valve has gained its reputation from every corner of the world.

Steam owns my loyalty since I was introduced to it by a friend. It is one of the most fantastic online service applications I’ve ever seen. For the first time I began to learn about PC games seriously, especially those singleplayer ones. On Steam, I’m aware that there are tons of games worth my time and energy besides Counter-Strike, StarCraft and WarCraft, in which I just focus on exercising to improve my skills of operating.

After finished Portal, Half-Life 2 series, Braid, Crysis, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, etc, I realize that E-sports is only a small fraction of the gaming industry. The imagination of game developers is more admirable, which caused earthshaking changes of my view about video games. Wonderful games should get our recognitions not only as it’s a kind of entertainments but also a kind of arts.

Valve, which was co-founded by Gabe Newell, won its fame from No.1 online E-sports game Counter-Strike and No.1 scored Half-Life series in the world in 1998. Gabe Newell is almost the richest man in the gaming industry because he owns over half the company which is now estimated to be worth 2 to 4 billion dollars. Crazy is that the number of registered Steam accounts has increased to over 30 million. It’s firmly convinced that Valve made several hundreds of millions of dollars only in 2010.

Holding 70% of the PC games sales all around the world, now Valve has expanded its famous digital distribution client Steam to Mac, almost all the famous game developers are releasing games on Steam(except one magnate, Blizzard, which developed famous franchises like StarCraft, WarCraft, Diablo), EA, Ubisoft, Activition, RockStar Games, SEGA, etc. These tycoons sometimes are not willing to release their new titles on Steam because Valve requires profit cuts from games sold on Steam, but nowadays they feel compelled to do this. Late in 2010, EA planned not to release one of its most famous franchises Need for Speed Hot Pursuit on Steam at the beginning, which turned out that it’s very wrong. Within a week after the launch, we saw NFS Hot Pursuit appeared on Steam store.

People will buy Left 4 Dead 2 despite whether they already own Left 4 Dead or not, which means that gaming market is definitely infinite. Source Engine is some old, maybe it’s time to update it, while they can’t say that Valve might bought Epic Games(for its Unreal Engine is by now the most powerful game engine in the world) some day. While Valve has just set out, we can expect more miracles with the gaming industry stepped into its spring.

Gossip Girl

TV series Gossip Girl is very popular among young people including me, a 24 years old lonely boy.

Extremely luxurious life in up east side of NYC is very much attractive. Besides, the perfect figure of Serina, although I think there is some fake in her chest, the angel-like face of Blair, charming Chuck, handsome Nate and lovely Dan, all these gorgeous are really refreshing.

I like Gossip Girl very much, not just because all the beauties above. Actually, the exhausting intrigue against one another, hypocrisy deep in their minds and the complex messy relationships do not cater to my taste quite well. While there is something special that really makes me feel good. The beginning, which is always sweet no matter what bad things just happened in the last episode, is really admirable. I must say that smile from the very beginning is very sweet.

“You know you love me, XOXO, Gossip Girl”, hope you’ll like it.

I am sooooooo fed up!

When every and each software company are working on how to get their softwares more efficient and functioning, one of the biggest tycoon of internet industry in China which is called Tecent is just focusing all its energy and attention on plagiarizing applications developed by other companies like Mirabilis, which developed the first IM software ICQ(I seek you) in the world, and adding useless applications regardless of software functioning and source consuming ceaselessly.

QQ, which is originally called QICQ, is an IM software dominating this very area in China developed by Tecent. Founded in 1998, Tecent got really a good time of growing to an internet tycoon during the last 12 years. I began to use QQ when I graduated from high school in the summer, 2006, which I was some lag behind peers of my age. I chatted with 90% of the people I know using QQ, yeah, of course I got like 300 friends in my QQ list at one time. It benefited even more after I went to college, because I was able to chat with friends around the 3rd biggest country in the world whenever I wanted to.

Apparently I knew QQ before ICQ, MSN, which was really a pity for me.

Now I don’t want to use it for one more second. Because I’m angry, I’m angry at Tecent’s keeping plagiarizing applications developed by other firms without feeling any gilt to change this situation, I’m angry at Tecent’s spending their every penny on adding new applications without any spare time on optimizing the software in efficiency and source consuming, I’m angry at Tecent’s greed of money because they spare no energy in advertising everywhere even at every corner of your chatting window.

Since logging in QQ was my very first thing when I started a computer with internet connection, I’ll never do that again. Actually after I reinstalled the OS this afternoon I made a very very tough decision which is I am not going to install QQ on my computer. Tough it is because it’ll difficult to keep in touch with every friend of mine constantly, but I’ll persuade more people to go to Gtalk, MSN or whatever.

Of course, I am and will keep doing this until I do not feel compelled to!