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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...
Has Windows 10 run out of steam? It’s probably too early to declare that the computing public has given up on the operating system, but there’s definitely less of an urgency on the part of Microsoft customers to upgrade to Windows 10 now that it is no longer a free upgrade. A slight regression in market share is being reported for Windows 10 by three sources: NetMarketShare, StatCounter and Valve’s Steam Hardware and Software Survey. In NetMarketShare’s case, Windows 10 was sitting firm with 22.99 percent of the global operating system market in August. However, that share rolled back to 22.53... Read more...
Gamers that downloaded the latest update for Capcom’s Street Fighter V are getting quite a bit more than they bargained for — an unsecured rootkit. Redditor LoGicMoTion issued a warning to gamers that the latest update for the Windows version of the game was attempting to gain kernel level access to the operating system. The update puts capcom.sys in your System32 directory and in essence provides backdoor access to your PC, allowing a non-privileged user to run code. “The driver first registers itself using a pseudo-randomly generated name. That's kind of suspicious,” writes extrwi.... Read more...
An indie game developer is facing repercussions from Valve after it decided to file a lawsuit against a band of anonymous Steam users. The suit alleges a number of offenses, including cyberbullying, stalking, forming a hate group to harass and disrupt the company's business and products, and so forth. In response to the lawsuit, Valve removed all of the developer's games from Steam. Digital Homicide and its co-founder James Romine are seeking $18 million from 100 anonymous Steam users known only by their online nicknames. In the suit, the developer asks the court to subpoena Valve to fork over... Read more...
Microsoft is doing everything within its power to get everyone with a PC to upgrade to Windows 10. While not without the occasional controversy, its efforts are paying off, particularly among gamers. According to the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey, almost half of all players who use the digital distribution platform are now running Windows 10.The figure stands at 47.44 percent for Windows 10 64-bit, an increase of 2.77 percent compared to a month ago. Another 1.51 percent of gamers on Steam are using the 32-bit version of Windows 10, bringing the overall tally to 48.95 percent. It's... Read more...
If you're not having fun playing No Man's Sky or are tired of contending with the bugs, you may be able to get your money back. Some gamers are reporting that they've been able to successfully receive a refund for No Man's Sky through Valve's Steam platform even if they've played the game for more than two hours, which is typically one of the restrictions when requesting a refund. No Man's Sky developer Hello Games is taking a beating on social media. The core complaint from angry gamers is that the title was grossly overhyped prior to release. Many of the features that were discussed leading up... Read more...
Developer Eidos Montreal is putting the final touches on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided before publisher Square Enix releases the cyberpunk thriller in about a week and a half. If you're wondering whether or not your PC has the goods to run the title, minimum and recommended system specs are now on Steam, as well information about preloading the title prior to its release. Anyone with a relatively modern PC should be able to run Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The minimum requirements aren't that steep, calling for the following: OS:Windows 7 64-bit w/ SP1 CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent RAM: 8GB... Read more...
Valve has been no stranger to sharing some of its home-brewed technologies, and now that's being extended to VR, a market that the company is very serious about. The company has just decided to release its 3D tracking technology to anyone who wants it, and the best part is: it's royalty-free. In its press release, Valve's Alan Yates gives some feel-good vibes: "Making this tracking technology available to more partners is an extremely important step in the evolution of virtual reality and 3D tracking. We are very confident that doing so will result in new and innovative experiences for all VR customers."... Read more...
So you went out and purchased yourself a fancy virtual reality headset, now you just need to load up on content, is that it?. As luck would have it, Valve is hosting a VR Weekend Sale on Steam, its digital distribution platform for games, and you can save big money on a plethora of titles, up to 80 percent off on over 175 VR games.If you have a chunk of change to spend, you might want to take advantage of a limited time VR bundle that's marked down 32 percent from $368.89 to $251.42. It consists of 20 VR games, including Space Pirate Trainer, Vanishing Realms, Holopoint, Pool Nation VR, Final Approach,... Read more...
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney isn't a fan of what Microsoft is doing with Windows 10, and specifically its effort to promote the Windows Store by pushing the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) model. We already know this, but lest anyone think Sweeney has cooled off since the last time he raked Microsoft over the coals, he had more to say on the matter, accusing the Redmond outfit of being sneaky in its attempt to overthrow Steam. "There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them. Every Steam app - every PC game for the past few decades - has used Win32. It's... Read more...
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