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In the run up to the highly anticipated releases of Steam Machines in 2014, Valve announced a beta program called In-Home Streaming that will allow users to stream Steam games (say that five times fast) from one computer to another within the same house. Any system with Steam installed on it can run games from the cloud, but this in-home streaming... Read more...
Well, here's some fantastic news for PC gaming: The userbase on Valve's Steam platform increased a staggering 30% over the past 12 months, putting the current total of users at 65 million. Further, Valve notes that its service now offers over 3,000 games, across Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. As a dedicated PC... Read more...
If you’ve been bashing bad guy heads in the moody Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City epics, it’s time to take a step back – in time, that is. The newest Batman video game takes you back to the events and people who come to shape the city Batman defends, and Batman himself. As you can... Read more...
The folks at Futuremark dropped us a note this morning to let us know that Steam will be serving up its popular PCMark 8 benchmark starting sometime today. PCMark 8 is a handy tool that combines benchmarking, battery life tests, a dedicated benchmark for solid state drives and hard disk drives, and real-world tests... Read more...
It goes without saying that Valve's upcoming Steam controller is a bit unusual - alright, it's very unusual. Aesthetically, it looks ridiculous. Functionality-wise... it has potential. It's going to be a hard sell, and Valve knows it, so it appears to be doing all it can to pre-sell us on it. Kicking things off, it's... Read more...
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a near-perfect example of how to build a great sequel to a classic franchise, but there was one major issue that a number of gamers disliked. While the game allowed players to skip combat in virtually every instance, the game's boss battles couldn't be skipped or bypassed in any fashion... Read more...
There's never been doubt that Valve takes gaming - and the PC as a platform - very seriously, but when the company announced its SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam controller, it became clear as day that the company wants to make its already major impact on the gaming industry even more definitive. Outside of its... Read more...
First, Valve announced SteamOS; then they announced the Steam Machines beta project, which in due time will bring a Valve-made gaming device as well as a host of others; and the third and final announcement of the week is the Steam Controller, which Valve bills as a “different kind of gamepad”. As part of Valve’s major play... Read more...
Earlier this week when we covered Valve’s huge SteamOS announcement, it seemed that the company was being coy by calling the hardware “Steam machines”, but as it turns out, that’s exactly what Valve is calling any hardware that will run SteamOS. There will be multiple Steam Machines available starting in 2014 from a... Read more...
Valve is doing that thing it does where it trickles out a series of big announcements over the course of a week, and these announcements promise to be very big indeed. The first of a trio from Valve is that the company is producing SteamOS, a free, Linux-based, standalone operating system that will run on “living room machines”.... Read more...
Steam has taken the gaming world by storm, and in more ways than one, has shaped how the digital distribution model impacts our lives. Gamers in particular have a lot to appreciate about Steam, but there's been one major point of trouble: sharing. Now, Steam is addressing it, with the introduction of Family Sharing. The service claims that... Read more...
The digital world is here, and there's really no getting around it. In the gaming sector, physical media still rules, and in the movie realm, Blu-ray Discs are still selling. But the digital creep is happening. Netflix and streaming outfits are dominating, and even software outfits such as Steam are doing quite well... Read more...
For school age kids and college bound adults, August represented the last month of freedom to hunker down in the bedroom or basement with the shades drawn so that the sun and its pesky glare wouldn't get in the way of gaming. Those same PCs are now turning their attention to school work as research reports and other... Read more...
Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune did it. He raised more than his stated goal of $900,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to fund Mighty No. 9, a classic Japanese side-scrolling title evolved for the modern era on the PC platform. It's been dubbed by media outlets as the spiritual successor to Mega Man, and certainly the game... Read more...
Jason Holtman, the fellow who served as the Director of Business Development for Valve’s Steam business from 2005 until earlier this year when he was laid off along with a number of other high-profile employees, has landed a new gig at Microsoft. Holtman’s Facebook page lists his title with Microsoft as... Read more...
The Humble Origin Bundle headlined by Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 (plus Starter Pack) is a raging success. At the time of this writing, over 81,600 bundles have been sold, effectively raising in the neighborhood of $3.9 million to be spread across various different charities, including the Human Rights Campaign... Read more...
Although it’s not going to be available in Iran, military shooter Arma III will be out for everyone else on September 12th. The game, which offers military gameplay in a giant sandbox, has exited beta and is now ready for primetime. Arma III will include the Altis (270 square km) and Strattis (20 square km) open... Read more...
Duke Nukem arrives on Steam to kick ass on the Linux platform and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum. Don't worry, we're not talking about the crappy sequel that was forever in the making (Duke Nukem Forever), what's available on Steam is Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, which includes enhanced versions of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition... Read more...
Jim Walls and Robert Lindsley, both formerly of Sierra Games where they helped birth Police Quest, are returning to the well to create a new police adventure game called Precinct. The team is raising funds on Kickstarter to finance the project. Set in Fraser Canyon, California, Precinct will offer “real... Read more...
There was little doubt before about 3D printing having a real future, but at the moment, the industry is on fire. Mere weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 would be natively supporting 3D printing, a major boon to those who need it. Today, we learn of yet another way that 3D printing is getting into the... Read more...
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up Bioshock Infinite, that time has come. Valve just launched the Steam Summer Getaway Sale, which features 12 days of massive discounts on game titles big and small. Valve likes to kick off the Summer Sale with a big discount on a particularly big title, and... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that it was canceling the much-hated always-on Xbox One requirements, a collective cheer went up from the Internet -- and also, a collective grumble. A number of players were ready to get rid of physical discs altogether, looked forward to the Family Share features that Microsoft had promised... Read more...
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