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Valve's Gabe Newell: Windows 8 a 'catastrophe,' wristband input could be the future of gaming

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Valve has frequently been at the forefront of both gaming and software distribution, and co-founder Gabe Newell has given a rare interview on the future of gaming platforms, input methods, and digital distribution. AllThingsD has published selections of the talk between Newell and former Microsoft game publishing vice president Ed Fries. The PC-focused company isn't currently planning any groundbreaking input products, but Newell speculated about "post-touch" systems that could use hand or even tongue motions and long outlast current touch interfaces, which he sees as "short-term."

"I don’t think tongue input will happen, but I do think we will have bands on our wrists, and you’ll be doing something with your hands, which are...