It's entirely different (before someone mentions it) from saying zip about Episode 3 or HL3. Is it largely inconsequential to all of us? Sure. I'm just commenting on it being a bit strange that Valve can have such a good relationship with the community only to turn around and refuse to even confirm if staff have left. They don't need to provide a reason. But...
But again who knows what's going on, maybe GabeN sat on them and they all died a horrible death of sweaty, possibly erotic asphyxia. At the end of the day though nobody except the people who were fired/asphyxiated and their families are really affected or care, Valve will keep on keepin' on, and this will be forgotten about in a week.
People want to burn Origin because it's everything Steam is but worse. After all, if you already have Steam, why would you want Steam's snotty kid brother?
Uh, yeah... since when has valve communicated well with the community?
If you want me on either service, I suggest PMing me here first to let me know who you are.
Now if a crazed gunman from Infinity Ward burst in and started mowing down Valve employees, wherein GabeN heroically saved the majority of his staff with his massive bullet-sponging girth, then we'd have immediate Congressional hearings.
What I've learned from this thread is being billionaire doesn't mean people won't make fun of you if you're fat.
I think Valve has ben hiring a lot of people, but don't make enough games to employ everyone. Plus is a very special company, running in a very special way. Only recently Valve decided that firing people that don't fit is a good idea, so have started now. But since very few people has ben fired until now, there was a big group of people that don't fit.
And not fitting in the company don't mean you are a bad employeer. Since Valve is different, maybe "normal" people was a bad fit for Valve, but would be a great employee for any other game company. Or maybe some of the employees fired are people with a creative impulse, that can't be fullfilled in valve now, but maybe can be done in other company.
PC Specs: I have a big e-peen