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It's pretty easy to build up a sprawling tower of games through Steam. In fact, it's difficult not to, what with the constant barrage of sales throughout the year. The frequent deep discounts provide ample opportunity to add to your catalog of games whether you have the time to play them all or not. But what if an impulse purchase turns out to be a dud? Not just a stinker of a game, but one that's so bad you want to wipe it from memory forever? Well, it's been discovered that Steam now allows you to permanently delete titles. Simply deleting the game from your PC won't rid your Steam account of... Read more...
After taking a mulligan on the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight, which was pulled from store shelves just days after its release and re-launched a month ago, developer Rocksteady Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (just WB from here on out) have released yet another patch to fix a litany of issues. This newest update introduces over a dozen fixes and improvements for various issues. They run the gamut from fixing a hitch during some game saves and squashing a bug that causes full screen movies to play at half the monitor's refresh rate on some systems, to addressing... Read more...
Given the super-long wait, it's almost hard to believe that the official launch of Valve's Steam OS, Steam Machines, Steam Controller, and Steam Link is right around the corner. While there's just one choice on the gamepad and streamer front, there are a ton of different Steam Machines to choose from, from top makers like MAINGEAR, ORIGIN, Alienware, Digital Storm, and even ZOTAC. Some Steam Machine vendors have decided to go big, but ZOTAC wants to keep things simple, and make sure its NEN PC doesn't take up that much room around the TV. It measures 8.26" wide, 7.99" deep, and 2.45" thick - it's... Read more...
Like a supercharged V8 muscle car built in Detroit or a souped up import with a flashy paint job and NAS, Windows 10 came out of the gate fast and furious, racing its way to over a 110 million devices. Valve's latest Steam Survey data suggests that a decent chunk of those installs are gaming PCs.Looking at the data for October, 26.63 percent of Steam users are running Windows 10 64-bit and another 1.01 percent are running Windows 10 32-bit. That adds up to 27.64 percent, or more than a quarter of all PCs accessing the most popular gaming platform in the world. That's a trend Microsoft should take... Read more...
Fallout 4 will soon be upon us, and gamers around the globe will will pull out their mouse and keyboard (or respective gamepads) to devote countless hours to the latest installment in the Fallout franchise. The day of reckoning is November 10th for all three major platforms: PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Today we’re learning some additional information about the PC version of Fallout 4. Pete Hines, Bethesda Marketing Vice President, took to Twitter to explain that the DVDs shipping with the PC version of the game won’t be enough to actually get you right into the action. The installation DVDs... Read more...
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...
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