Gabe Newell confirms Valve opening San Francisco office with Plants Vs Zombies devs

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Valve has acquired Star Filled Studios, the San Francisco-based startup founded by two former PopCap employees who worked on Plants Vs Zombies. Between them, Jeff Gates and Tod Semple’s CVs also include stints at Maxis. Blizzard and LucasArts, and following this acquisition, the company is now planning to open a new San Francisco office to act as a Valve subsidiary.

Plants Vs Zombies: Introduction to perfection

Plants Vs Zombies: Introduction to perfection

The formula for the perfect game may be an area of hot discussion, but most would argue that games that are easy to get into and difficult to put down goes along the right lines. Players' early experience of a game is critical: this is the period in which they're making up their minds whether to devote more time, and often money, to the rest of it. So how do we make games with a polished early experience? Let's take some lessons from a game which I think does it incredibly well, PopCap's Plants Vs Zombies.