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Valve might not be making it to E3 this year, but it sure has a lot to talk about lately. The most recent topic is Dota 2, and the fact that that it looks to be the first game to be built on Valve's ever-forthcoming Source 2 engine. A full reveal is due this week, but what we know now is that the game will be updated to a "new engine", and it doesn't take much brain-power to realize that it's Source 2 involved. It's important to note that Dota 2 Reborn isn't a sequel; this major update will just be one of the many that have helped evolve the game. This revamp is a lot more than just improved graphics,... Read more...
That didn't take long. Last Thursday, Valve rolled out a new feature as part of its Steamworks platform that allowed the sale of mods, and it took no time at all before what seemed like the entire Internet exploded at the seams and started flinging ire towards the company. Valve screwed up, and bad. I hate to jump to conclusions, but I feel as though Valve had to have known there'd be some backlash to this. Let's be real: Valve understands the gamer market well. It's managed to monetize hats! It's also a company that built some successful franchises that had roots in free mods. Well, understanding... Read more...
My, my, my. How fast loyalties can change. We reported yesterday that Valve had just launched the ability for modders to pawn their wares on Steam - starting with Skyrim - and right out-of-the-gate, modders and regular gamers alike took to the Web to express their rage. It's not just one single element that leads many to believe that this is a dangerous move by Valve. At the core, game modding has always been about community, and I personally can't even remember hearing about a paid mod before. Typically, if a modder wants to be paid for their efforts, they'd accept donations. But now, Valve... Read more...
Valve has this week unveiled a new Steam feature as part of its Steamworks platform that some would consider long overdue: allowing the distribution of mods. It goes without saying that one of the best aspects of PC gaming is modding. Modding could be as simple as replacing the skin of a weapon, or as complex as a total conversion to make the game appear completely different, and even behave completely different. If you've put a few hundred hours into The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about. My brother has put over 1,000 hours into Grand Theft Auto IV entirely... Read more...
These days, you can’t seem to escape reports of major corporations being “taken down” by phishing schemes (“Hello, Sony”) or ordinary spam. Valve doesn’t want its hugely popular Steam digital distribution service (or its users) to fall victim to such attacks, so it’s taking a rather unusual step to help weed out accounts that could possibly be used for nefarious purposes. Valve has adopted a new policy that requires users to spend at least $5 before they are able to access a wealth of features that Steam users normally take for granted. Thankfully the threshold is rather low and it is pretty easy... Read more...
Although we have to wait until October 27 when Halo 5 officially launches for the Xbox One, another Halo: Spartan Strike is now available for iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Steam for the relatively low price of $5.99. And you don’t have to worry about dealing with ridiculous microtransactions as seen with the Halo: Spartan Assault. All in-game purchases are taken care of with currency that you earn as you progress through the game. Spartan Strike is a top-down gaming affair and you control your on-screen action using dual control sticks. Compared to Spartan Assault, Microsoft says that Spartan... Read more...
ASUS took the wraps off its ROG GR6, a tiny PC with some serious hardware. The system is meant to be your LAN party go-to or a full-time resident of a desk with limited space and it’s loaded with style. It’s also loaded with Windows 8.1 and Steam Big Picture, so can bring a controller with you to the next LAN event. The ROG GR6 feature an Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics, as well as 8GB of memory and an SSD. It also has two USB ports on the front, as well as headphone and mic jacks. At the back, it has a lock port, additional USB and audio ports (including SPDIF), a... Read more...
Had things gone to plan, Steam Machines would be a shipping product by now. However, Valve threw a wrench into the works when it decided that more time was needed to tweak its custom Linux-based Steam OS and fine tune the platform's accompanying Steam Controller. That decision left several partnering OEMs and boutique system builders in limbo, as they had already put in the necessary R&D to develop living room boxes that would serve as official Steam Machines. Hence a new category was born -- the PC gaming console. Systems like the Syber Vapor are full-fledged PCs stuffed inside console-sized... Read more...
"Steamboxes" are a dime a dozen, but MAINGEAR has done well to craft some of the most exquisite, jaw-dropping options. In fact, where its new DRIFT is concerned, the company says that it's not only fully customizable, but also "devastatingly powerful". Perfect! While it's called an "ultra-compact" PC, MAINGEAR hasn't gone out of its way to make the DRIFT as small as possible. Instead, it's aimed to make it small without sacrificing performance. Under the hood of this baby, you can have Intel's top-end Core i7-4790K, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 or AMD's Radeon R9 290X. Like all good Steamboxes,... Read more...
When Valve announced that it was holding a news conference on March 3 at 3PM, it was quite apparent what was rolling around in the our brains: Half-Life 3. The mythical Half-Life 3 has reached almost legendary status among gamers, and leave it to Valve to tease us once again as we grab for a cold beer from the fridge to rest against our forehead. But while there was no Half-Life 3 announcement made today, Valve did have plenty to share with us including the successor to the Source engine. The Source engine has been the driving force behind Half-Life 2 and Counterstrike: Source, but Source 2 will... Read more...
Valve has a slew of products it's planning to showcase at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California, next week. Among the items it will bring to GDC is a previously unannounced SteamVR hardware system, presumably one that's not part of the Oculus Rift ecosystem, which at one point could have been a possibility.The two companies had a pretty tight relationship a year ago when Valve developed a virtual reality prototype that, at the time, was intended for VR research that it would share with Oculus. Minus a minor announcement here and there, it doesn't appear the two are doing... Read more...
Obi-Wan Kenobi has a message for Star Wars fans: "This is the Humble Bundle you're looking for!" Even if you're not a diehard Star Wars fanatic, you still might be interested in the Star Wars Humble Bundle, one of the better collection of gaming titles yet to be offered up for whatever amount you feel like paying, especially if you feel like ponying up $12 or more.If you're new to Humble Bundles, the way it works is you pay whatever amount you want for a collection of games. You'll get Steam keys if you fork over $1 or more, and you'll unlock even more titles if you pay more than the average, which... Read more...
Today is your last chance to score games on Steam at discounted prices as part of Valve's Steam Holiday Encore Sale, a special promotion in which it brought back 40 of the most popular deals for a very limited time. It kicked off on December 31, 2014, and runs through today, ending at precisely 1 PM EST. In other words, better get a move on if you want to stack your Steam library!And don't worry, we feel your pain of being tempted by sale after sale, only to end up with a Steam library that's bulging with games we've still never played. The thought process is always the same, "These prices are... Read more...
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Valve launches its "Exploration Sale". It's as if the company believes that since people will likely be filling up on a lot of food tomorrow, they might equally be interested in filling up their Steam library. Well, whatever Valve's thought process is, this sale results in some great deals, and does well to preface the famous winter sale, which should happen in about one month's time. Unlike the winter and summer sales, which have robust mechanics and games to play while the sale goes on, this Exploration Sale keeps things pretty simple. Where the "Exploration" comes... Read more...
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