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Valve has lost a court case in France that could have an impact on its business moving forward across the European Union. Four years ago, Valve was sued by a French consumer organization called UFC-Que Choisir. The suit sought to force Valve to make several changes to Steam, with one of them being to allow gamers to sell the games they no longer played. Being stuck with a game that isn't what was expected or is no longer played is a big issue for many gamers. The suit was filed four years ago, and the court overseeing the case has finally made a ruling. The ruling was against Valve, and it has vowed to appeal the ruling. The High Court of Paris ruled against Valve finding that its defense that... Read more...
Steam is trying to fight its way back to more profits as its game sales are on the decline. To help turn the tide, the Steam Library has been updated with a new beta that is available for anyone to download and try. Valve says that the new library home gives users quicker access to game updates, recently played games, friends' activity, and collections. The new library beta makes updates and events easier to find with a click on an event taking users to all recent updates for that game. A new "Recent" shelf lets gamers pickup with the game they were last playing, and highlights games that were purchased recently. A large green button allows players to jump back into the action with a press. A... Read more...
When it comes to today's PC games, most new titles will cost you upwards of $60 if you want to purchase it the day of release. As the months (and years) pile on, that price often falls down to $20 or even lower if you're lucky. Such is the came with a racing simulator that hails from 2015: DiRT Rally. If you visit the Steam store today through tomorrow morning at 10:00am EST, you can grab that game for the low, low price of free. It might not be packing all of the latest graphics wonders like real-time ray tracing made possible by NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards, but it still looks good on modern PCs despite its age. While DiRT Rally isn't a balls to the wall, hyper-realistic simulator,... Read more...
Steam has a big problem, and the problem is that game sales on its store are down significantly. To combat the downtrend in game sales Steam has launched what it calls the Store Discovery Update. The update has algorithmic changes and bug fixes for the store to "be more precise and more diverse" in how games are represented to shoppers in the Recommendation feed. The tweaks that Steam is making also impact the "More Like This" and "Recommended for You" sections. Steam notes that before the tweaks were made, when shoppers looked at games in their recommended feed, they didn't see as many different games as Steam wanted. Steam also admits that it received lots of feedback that the "Recommended... Read more...
The Coalition and Xbox have announced that the game Gears 5 has gone gold ahead of its launch next month. The game going gold is a big deal for the developers as it means that the game disc has been released to manufacturing so everyone can play it on September 6. The developers say that Gears 5 is as far as they have ever taken the franchise. The game offers five ways to play and is hailed as the biggest entry in the Gears of War franchise. Gears 5 offers a Campaign mode, Versus mode, Horde, Escape, and a mode for building your own maps. Another hallmark of the game is that it will support crossplay across all modes on Xbox, Windows 10, and Steam. Gears 5 also supports the Adaptive Controller... Read more...
Lucia and Poison and E.Honda, oh my! Valve accidentally leaked a trailer for the upcoming DLC for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. The leaked trailer revealed that Lucia, Poison, and E.Honda will be joining the roster of characters. Valve accidentally posted a trailer for the new Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition DLC on Steam this past Wednesday. They noted that there was a “mix-up in the publishing process” that “caused a trailer to go live on Steam ahead of schedule”. Valve has since apologized and remarked that they have “implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again.” Capcom, the video game developers behind Street Fighter, released the... Read more...
It's been 20 years since The Blair Witch Project launched and left moviegoers scared and wondering if the film was actually based on real events. There have been video games based on the franchise before, but they were forgettable, and many likely don't know they ever existed. A new game is on the way called Blair Witch from Lionsgate Games and Bloober Team, and it looks incredibly creepy. The official E3 announcement for the game promised a first-person, story-driven, physiological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch. The game is set in 1996, complete with old cell phones, and has the player searching for a young boy lost in the woods. Players take on the persona of a former... Read more...
QuakeCon will be kicking off soon, and we expect a lot more details on Doom Eternal than what was announced during E3 last month. QuakeCon is also expected to showcase some of Bethesda's current games along with upcoming titles. Scheduled to be detailed at the event is the multiplayer component of Doom Eternal called "Battlemode." This mode allows players to battle it out in a fight with two players playing as demons and one playing as a human slayer. How exactly Battlemode works is a bit vague right now, but new details at QuakeCon 2019 should clarify the mode. Bethesda has offered up a schedule for QuakeCon, and it reveals that Doom Eternal and the entire Doom series of games will be heavily... Read more...
If you have a bit of nostalgia for games from years past, Steam is offering up some freebie action this weekend. Steam is making Borderlands: Game of the Year Enhanced free-to-play this weekend only.  Borderlands was originally released nearly ten years ago on October 20th 2009 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and October 26th 2009 for Windows PCs. The co-op shooter in its GOTY Enhanced Edition includes the following DLC as well to further your co-op gaming experience: Borderlands: Claptrap's Robot Revolution Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned Now is the perfect time to go back and revisit... Read more...
Valve has come a long way since the days of Half-Life, which was revolutionary to gamers of a certain age when it was released in the late 90s. These days, Valve has its hands in many cookie jars including the Steam Store and Index VR headset. Gabe Newell was on hand at the Index launch event to taunt Half-Life fans about Half-Life 3, yet again. Newell was addressing the people gathered for the launch event and spent some time talking about what a breakthrough the Valve Index headset is. During the talk, Newell started in about how one thing leads to another. He said Half-Life led to Half-Life 2, Source led to Source 2, TeamFortress 2 led to Dota, and Artifact is why they were able to do Underlords.... Read more...
The Steam Summer Sale is underway, and a couple days ago we ran down twelve of the best games with the most significant discounts. Steam has a mechanic on the Summer Sale called the Steam Grand Prix that has been the source of lots of player and developer ire for its confusing and very complicated gameplay and instructions. Valve says that it has heard the feedback about the complexity of the Steam Grand Prix event and admits it designed something "pretty complicated" and with a bunch of numbers and rules that should have been more clear. Valve apologized for the confusion and for broken mechanics that have led to the event being unbalanced. Based on player feedback Steam made changes to the... Read more...
The Steam Summer Sale is underway, and kicked off yesterday, right on time with the leaked date we saw back in May. There are plenty of people that will tell you what games you should buy while they are on sale and if you need to round out your game library, this is the time to do it. There are some excellent deals among the list of games on the Steam Store. We will run down what we think are some of the best games you can get during the sale based on popularity and how big the discount is. Here are HotHardware's picks for the 12 top gaming deals for the Steam Summer Sale, in no particular order. Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $29.99, $30 off the regular price. Devil May Cry 5 for $39.59, $20.40... Read more...
Most of the world might be running Windows for the operating system on PCs, but there is a healthy contingent of folks who prefer Ubuntu Linux made by Canonical. Dell unveiled new workstations in May that run Ubuntu Linux specifically for that community. Canonical didn't make gamers happy when it announced that it would end support for 32-bit applications starting with the next release. Valve also announced that it was dropping support for Ubuntu in Steam. The gaming community rallied against Canonical's decision to end support for 32-bit applications with enough vigor that Canonical has reversed its decision. It has decided to support select 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu version 19.10 and... Read more...
Valve is making its own version of Auto Chess for Dota 2 on Steam, and the reaction so far is "mostly positive." Called Data Underlords, it is available as an Early Access title on Steam. Players have flocked to the game, with Dota Underlords peaking today at 188,079 concurrent players. That put its fourth on the list, behind Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. That is good company to be in, as it pertains to concurrent player count. And it is certainly proving more popular than Artifiact, the themed trading card came with a "mixed" rating based on more than 12,200 user reviews, and an "overwhelmingly negative" rating based on the 195 most recent ones.... Read more...
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