Items tagged with STEAM

A controversial game has made its way to Valve's Steam store, and it is sure to spark a vigorous debate about common decency and what is acceptable as a freedom of expression. The game, Active Shooter, allows you to serve as a SWAT team member during an "active shooter" situation at a high school. While this might be a bit unsettling, given recent events in the US, that's not where it ends. The game features "dynamic roles", in which the player can also take on the role as the actual shooter, targeting innocent school children and teachers. Although the Steam listing for the game... Read more...
It looks like Android fans have another thing they can hold over the heads of their iOS-using pals. The Steam Link app launched in beta form on Android earlier this month. The app had originally been approved by Apple to launch on iOS, but this week the planned launch was quashed by Apple when it reversed its decision and blocked the app's launch. Apple listed the reason for blocking the app as "business conflicts with app guidelines." There is no clarification on exactly what business guidelines Steam Link app ran afoul of. Speculation suggests that the issue was that the Steam Link app allows... Read more...
It’s hard to believe it, but the original Unreal is 20 years old today… yes, twenty years old. The game was originally released on May 22nd, 1998 by GT Interactive and was of course the first to use the famed Unreal engine. If you’re getting on up there in age, you can likely recall fanboys proclaiming their love for either Unreal or Quake II, and the enthusiast community’s delight in eking the best framerates out of modern (at the time) Intel Pentium and AMD K6-2 processors, along with early standalone graphics accelerators. Epic Games is celebrating the 20th anniversary... Read more...
Valve has enabled support for Bluetooth on the Steam Controller via a Steam Client Beta update. The update brings support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity and Valve points out that the BLE feature is required to use the Steam Link mobile PC game streaming app that will be launching soon. Gamers can change between wireless modes when the update is applied, and Valve gives some tips on when you will want to use BLE. When streaming games to iOS or Android devices via the Steam Link app, you must use BLE connectivity. You can also use BLE when connecting the Steam Controller to a tablet... Read more...
It's almost starting to feel like a distant memory when, for so many years, AMD relegated itself to the mid-range and especially budget CPU categories as it conceded the higher end of the market to rival Intel. That all changed with the introduction of its Zen architecture and Ryzen processor launch. Suddenly AMD became a force to be reckoned with, and if anyone needs any further evidence of that, just look at the most recent Steam hardware survey. Leading up to the launch of AMD's second generation Ryzen processors, Steam's hardware survey revealed that AMD already made some headway with its first... Read more...
Steam gamers running the latest Steam Client Beta now have support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for use in Steam titles. This also includes support for the Pro's gyro functionality. Those motion controls will bring a new element to action and FPS games. To enable support for the Pro controller, you need to opt into the Steam Client Beta and first enable support globally by checking the box in "Controller Settings" that says "Switch Pro Configuration Support." That setting is on the same page where you would go in the client to enable support for PS4 and Xbox controllers. There is... Read more...
The weekend is nearly here and if you have nothing planned or winter is still holding on in your area as it is in mine, perhaps the best weekend is spent indoors playing some sweet games. The good news is that Steam is having a massive sale right now and it has some awesome games that you can pick up for bargain basement prices. My favorite on the list is Sid Meier's Civilization V. Civ V isn't the newest game in the franchise by any means, but if you throw a rock into a room filled with Civ fans you will hit a bunch who think Civ V is the best game in the franchise. The game originally landed... Read more...
Battle royale shooters are extremely popular right now with PUBG and Fortnite leading the charge. With the booming popularity of this type of game, it will come as no surprise that a new game is stepping into the arena looking to make a name for itself. The game is called Radical Heights and it is from Boss Key Productions. The game is clearly trying to cash in on the nostalgia that is so popular right now for all things 1980s. Any child of the '80s will remember the music, video game arcades, and the awesome movies; and this game has a very '80s look to it. You can ride BMX bikes around the map... Read more...
PUBG gamers have a new map to look forward to that is in testing right now. That new PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds map is called Codename: Savage and it is notably different in setting and size than other maps available for the game. The Savage map is much smaller than other maps measuring in at 4km x 4km compared to the 8km x 8 km size of other maps in the game. It's also set in a tropical jungle location. PlayerUnknown himself, Brendan Greene, has said that the smaller map will give gamers a "much more intense and faster paced Battle Royale experience." The test of the map is running on a server... Read more...
Gamers in the Great White North got a surprise this week as without warning and with no fanfare, PUBG Mobile landed on the Google Play store in the country. This launch highlights the promise that the developer made to get the game on all major platforms. The game is an officially licensed mobile version and the soft launch is viewed as an early release to allow gamers to grab the game and beat on it for stability before a presumed larger rollout. PUBG did the same thing when it launched in early access form on Steam and stayed there for a long time before hitting an official release. Canada isn’t... Read more...
Steam is the largest digital distribution platform for PC games. As such, its monthly hardware and software surveys provide a good way to put your finger on the pulse of the PC gaming sector in general, and to identify trends in the hardware space. Looking at the results for February, we can see that AMD is gaining ground in both CPUs and GPUs, as it is no doubt benefiting from newer architectures on both fronts. Starting with CPUs, the percentage of Steam users running AMD hardware is on the rise, after dipping slightly in January. AMD gained just over a full percentage point, and now accounts... Read more...
Given some of the major mergers and acquisitions we've seen in the past five, or even ten years, it's becoming increasingly difficult to be truly impressed or shocked about a move. But envision a headline saying that Microsoft acquired Valve. If you were a PC gamer, your heart would probably skip a few beats, and after recovering from the fainting, you'd be hazily hitting up Snopes. This exact acquisition has been floating around rumorspace for a very long time, but recently, a report that Microsoft was looking to acquire either EA or Valve began to make the possibility feel more real. Either would... Read more...
It is customary to reflect on the past, even if just for a brief moment, when a new year rolls around. So it goes with Valve, which has compiled a series of lists highlighting the best selling games of 2017 on Steam. They include the top selling games in terms of revenue, top selling new releases, best selling VR titles, top Early Access graduates, and the top played games, the latter of which is measured by the highest peak of simultaneous players. Unfortunately Valve did not go into granular detail, so instead of ranking the best selling games from top to bottom with a gross revenue figure attached,... Read more...
You can’t really talk about shooters without someone bringing up PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, or PUBG as it's more commonly known. The game has proven to be insanely popular, even if it has its bugs and issues that fans lament. The game has finally exited alpha on PC and only recently landed on the Xbox One. PUBG has been growing its player base on the PC rapidly over the last several months. Back in September the game passed 1.5 million concurrent users on Steam. Only about a month later in mid-October, the game had reached 2.3 million concurrent users. PUBG in December hit over 3 million... Read more...
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