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Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming

The illusion behind the “Good Guy Valve” reputation By Tim Colwill   Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Polygon as an organization. More on how Polygon writes opinion pieces. The drive to be on the bleeding edge of technology powers the PC gaming community. We want nothing more than to run our ridiculously powerful rigs on barely stable beta drivers, with our CPUs overclocked to speeds that are neither advisable nor guaranteed to be safe for our systems. It’s a good match for the ship-first-iterate-later approach of major Silicon Valley companies who want to expand at all costs and don’t care what it takes. But companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Fiverr...