Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of development house Valve Corporation, didn’t mix words when tracked down for an interview in this month’s issue of Game Informer. Newell had some rather strong opinions regarding the PS3 and Wii.

“The PS3 is a total disaster on so many levels, I think It’s really clear that Sony lost track of what customers and what developers wanted. I’d say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a ‘do over’. Just say, ‘This was a horrible disaster and we’re sorry and we’re going to stop selling this and stop trying to convince people to develop for it.’ The happy story is the Wii. I’m betting that by Christmas of next year, the Wii has a larger installed base than the 360. Other people think I’m crazy. I really like everything that Nintendo is doing."

C’mon Gabe, the PS3 might not be exactly what most of us were expecting but I think the words “total disaster” might be best filed under hyperbole. Gabe Newell is one of gaming’s most lauded game designers and his opinions should be respected, but don’t let this concern you too much. The Xbox 360 caught its share of flak when it was first released too. Then came GRAW. After that…utter silence. The lesson here is that its easy to pick on a system that hasn’t had a chance to stretch its legs. Soon enough PS3 will drop a bombshell and the critics will go away, you’ll see.

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