In case you missed the news last month, the guys behind the hit Penny Arcade webcomic have hired veteran video-game journalist Ben Kuchera, formerly of Ars Technica, and over the weekend they launched their new PA Report, with the lofty aspiration of producing “industry coverage you can read without holding your nose.”
So far, so good. Kuchera has an extensive interview with Gabe Newell, in which the Valve boss dishes on everything from his unorthodox management style to the company’s explorations in the area of wearable computers and augmented reality for input and output in video games.
Kuchera asks Newell if Valve would ever consider bringing that type of hardware to market.
“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will,” Newell responds. “We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do. It’s definitely not the first thought that crosses our mind; we’d rather hardware people that are good at manufacturing and distributing hardware do that. We think it’s important enough that if that’s what we end up having to do then that’s what we end up having to do.”
Previously on GeekWire: Boston shows PAX East some love, secures long-term deal