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Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) is upping its security game. DOTA 2 ranked matchmaking will soon require players to enter a phone number upon registration and Valve hopes that this will cut down on the amount of “smurfing”. First off, what is “smurfing”? In the DOTA world, smurfing is when a player creates a new account after already having made one, and recalibrates the account once a player reaches level thirteen. The player essentially develops the account in order to play at a level lower than their actual mmr.Image from: Wikimedia Commons, ZilsonzxcSome people sell the smurf account... Read more...
Microsoft has been criticized for being overly aggressive in its attempts to push Windows 10 onto consumers, but to the company's credit, it continues to gain market share. That is especially true among gamers—usage among Steam users is now at 51.2 percent combined for both 64-bit (50.15) and 32-bit (1.05) builds in the month of March. That's a jump of nearly 2.5 percent from the prior month. In other words, more than half of all Steam users are rocking a Windows 10 PC. The next closest is Windows 7, which accounts for systems owned by around a third (34.74 percent) of Steam users. Windows 8/8.1... Read more...
Five years after announcing Steam Greenlight, Valve today said that it will be pulling the plug on the “democratic” system that allows Steam users to choose which game is worthy enough to be vetted for inclusion via the software distribution platform. Valve says that it has learned some key lessons from Greenlight, which allowed it to progress past its “heavily curated” roots for third-party games to now include over 100 Greenlight titles that have each generated at least $1 million in revenue. However, Greenlight has not provided a direct enough path between developers and the broader gaming audience,... Read more...
Valve releases more updates to Steam than we care to count, but the latest one, which dropped over the weekend, is going to make a lot of people very happy. With this update, players can finally move their games from one location to another, pain-free. Power users have been able to move their games via manual methods for some time, but realistically, those methods are not "simple". An official solution like this (which can be seen below) is preferable, and in our quick test, it worked flawlessly. To move a game, you simply need to right-click its title card and go to Properties, and then Local... Read more...
It’s not very often that we get lengthy commentary from Gabe Newell, Valve’s reclusive CEO, but things definitely took a turn for the better yesterday when he took place in a reddit AMA session. As expected, Newell took questions on a number of topics near and dear to the hearts of gamers, including the mythical Half-Life 3 which may or may not ever see the light of day. Thankfully, things progressed much better than his last AMA session in 2015. Rather than force you to peruse through the entire AMA discussion thread to find salient comments made by Newell, we’ve compiled a thorough list here... Read more...
Microsoft may have caused a few grumbles when it limited support for DirectX 12 to just Windows 10 and not earlier versions of Windows, but even so, gamers do not seem to be holding a grudge. Just the opposite, more than half of all Steam users are rocking Windows 10, according to the most recent hardware and software survey results. This is the first time that Windows 10 has topped the 50 percent mark on Steam. Just over 49 percent (49.10 percent, to be exact) of Steam users access the digital distribution platform on a machine running Windows 10 64-bit. Another 1.25 percent are running a 32-bit... Read more...
You have to hand it to Valve, it created an ecosystem that virtually solved the tug-of-war over digital rights management (DRM) between publishers and consumers, making everyone happy in the process (mostly, anyway). As the largest digital distribution platform for games, Steam puts Valve in a unique position to pulse the industry at large and share interesting stats. Now is one of those times, as Steam's homepage currently lists the top 100 best selling games of 2016. The list is a reflection of the top games as measured by gross revenue, not user ratings (though they often align). This is the... Read more...
Gamers of the 1980s are likely to recall Double Dragon, a beat 'em up arcade scroll game that traded bare knuckle action for quarters. It may not seem like that long ago, but once 2017 rolls around, it will have been 30 years since the Double Dragon series popped up in arcades around the country. Yeah, that makes us feel old, too. We're also stoked because there is a new Double Dragon game, Double Dragon IV, headed to Steam and PlayStation 4 next month. That's right, the old school series is making a comeback and this time you won't need to lug a pocket full of quarters anywhere. Arc System Works... Read more...
"Anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you!” You hear that console lovers? The PC Master Race sees your Xbox Store discounts and laughs out of pity. That’s because the wildly popular online game service Steam has discounts of its own to appease gamers that know that a mouse and keyboard is the only way to hastily vanquish opponents in battle. Valve just launched its annual Steam Winter Sale and there are plenty of deals to be found for PC gaming enthusiasts. So, if you have a gamer on your shopping list, and your incessant procrastination means that a gift can’t be... Read more...
Following an investigation into the highly controversial game No Man's Sky, the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority concluded that its developer Hello Games did not mislead customers in ads on Steam or otherwise exaggerate the game's features. As a result, Hello Games is allowed to keep screenshots, videos, and text that currently exists on the game's Steam page. "We understood that the screenshots and videos in the ad had been created using game footage, and acknowledged that in doing this the advertisers would aim to show the product in the best light. Taking into account the above points,... Read more...
For the past ten years, Google has made it possible to traverse and explore our planet using Google Earth. Since debuting a decade ago, Google Earth has racked up over 2 billion downloads, making it possible for people to visit places they may never have an opportunity to see in real life. Well, now Google is upping the ante with a new version of Google Earth designed specifically for virtual reality. It's called Google Earth VR and it's available to download for free through Steam. As it did with Tilt Brush, a VR painting app that lets users paint in 3D, Google VR is launching to first on the... Read more...
Valve is looking to crack down on developers and publishers prioritizing concept art over actual game screenshots to show off their games. The company hasn't been all that clear on its rules for screenshots, so it sent out a message clarifying its guidelines and expectations when it launches what it is calling the "Discovery 2.0 Update," an upcoming overhaul to the Steam UI. The main complaint is that filling the screenshot section of a game with concept art can be confusing or even misleading to customers. Valve itself wasn't immune to the practice. Holding its own feet to the fire (and leading... Read more...
Facebook apparently has some big plans for Gameroom, its new PC gaming platform that looks like it could be related to Steam if someone ordered a paternity test. That's probably not by accident. While the initial focus has been on developing Gameroom as a front-end for casual games, Facebook just opened the door for Unity developers to come wade in the Gameroom beta. It also announced that Facebook support will be a part of Unity 5.6 when it ships next year. "With Facebook Gameroom, Facebook is introducing an easier way for developers to bring high-quality games to the PC to take full advantage... Read more...
It's been known since E3 that Croteam and Devolver Digital were working on a version of Serious Sam for virtualreality, but at the time there wasn't a specific release date. Now there is—Croteam announced that Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is headed to Steam Early Access on October 17 for $40. The plan is to keep it there for around six months before releasing the full version. You'll need an HTC Vive headset to play the title, along with hand controllers. Other system requirements include an Intel Core i5-4590 processor or equivalent, AMD Radeon R9 290 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card,... Read more...
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