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It's sort of tough to believe it took this long, but finally, Mac users are getting equal treatment when it comes to digital distribution of games. Valve has today launched a program that has not only been long-awaited, but highly rumored. Steam for Mac. Those three words pretty much say it all, and judging by the slow download rates that many eager Mac users are seeing, it seems to be a big hit already. Many PC gamers have been getting their games exclusively via Steam for years now, as it's far simpler than riding out to a store (lazy generation, we know). Valve has also stated that new slate of games will becoming available each Wednesday, with this week's titles listed below. Let the games... Read more...
Short and to the point, Valve this week announced it would be porting its Steam platform over to the Mac next month. And when we say short and to the point, we really mean it. All the developer had to say was "Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stayed tuned for more information." No "Hi, how ya doing" or "Hey, we're going to include some exciting features, let us tell you all about them." No screenshots or teaser videos either, but that's okay because those have already been leaked to the Web (see here). So in less than two weeks, our Mac-powered brethren will enjoy the same digital distribution scheme that us PC (as in, Windows-based) folk have been... Read more...
It's not often that we cover software titles specifically here at HotHardware, but the Left 4 Dead series isn't your average software title. We use it religiously when testing out the latest desktop rigs, and in our down time, we spend way too many hours blasting through the undead in an attempt to hit that next level. Valve has today announced yet another reason to crank up the title if you've been letting it collect dust: The Passing. It's a new add-on that aims to "bring L4D1 survivors down south," and it'll be released tomorrow exclusive for the Xbox 360 console and the PC. It also introduces something new to the gaming world--weekly game mode events dubbed "Mutations." These week-long runs... Read more...
VALVE TO DELIVER STEAM & SOURCE ON MACLeading Gaming Service Expands to Mac Platform March 8, 2010 - Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve's gaming service, and Source, Valve's gaming engine, to the Mac.Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April."As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients," said Gabe Newell, President of Valve. "The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services." "Our Steam partners, who are delivering over a thousand games to 25 million Steam clients,... Read more...
Steam recently unveiled an "all new version" for PC users--all 25 million or so of them. And even though 25 million have access to a near-limitless amount of on-demand games, one growing sector has been completely shut out. Yes, we're talking about Mac users.Apple's OS X has been unsupported by Valve's Steam app forever; there has yet to be a Mac port of it, leaving Mac-based gamers with the reality of having to go to an actual store to buy their games. It looks like Steam's "new beta" might not be the only things that the software engineers have been focused on, as new code and screenshots are showing the potential for an Apple-friendly version of Steam.A user over at the Steam forums was digging... Read more...
Some may argue that Steam has a monopoly on the digital distribution of PC games, and while it is obviously the most well-known outlet for acquiring new titles without getting a physical disc, we can't help but say that our experience with the program has been great. There are obviously a lot of others out there feeling the same way, as the service has grown 200% (up to 25 million users) over the past year, with 12 billion player minutes being logged per month and 75 billion Steam client minutes per month.That kind of growth takes a toll on an infrastructure, and Valve is making sure that they are well prepared for the continue influx. As the world continues to spin and more households procure... Read more...
Fans of the popular and highly addictive Left 4 Dead (I include myself in that group), will be excited to hear that Valve has just announced Left 4 Dead 2. In addition to new characters, zombies, and special infected, L4D2 will introduce melee combat weapons like a chainsaw, frying pan, or baseball bat (among others), and a new AI director that will dynamically adjust level layout, weather, lighting, and other objects in the game world.We've got a teaser trailed posted below, along with a summary of the game's setting, features, and expected availability. I know what I'll be doing November 17... Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to the best-selling and critically-acclaimed co-operative multiplayer... Read more...
In preparation for the Spy / Sniper Update coming this Thursday to Team Fortress 2 via Steam, Valve has released the latest video in the "Meet the Team" series, featuring many of your favorite characters from the game... "You've met the Scout, the Soldier, the Demoman, the Heavy, the Engineer, and the Sniper. Then, for some reason, a sandwich. But now it's time to meet the stealthiest, shiftiest, most secretive, suit-wearing TF team member of all...again..."Along with making great games, Valve has gotten incredibly adept at creating interesting, fun to watch cut-scenes and animated shorts. The intro to Left 4 Dead, for example, could easily be made into a full length film in our opinion (Francis... Read more...
Got big weekend plans? Oh, yeah? Cancel them. Starting on Friday (that's tomorrow, folks) at 12:01AM GMT -- which actually ends up being 8:00PM EDT this evening -- the PC version of the heralded Left 4 Dead will be available for a free 24-hour trial via Steam. That free trial will include access to the recently released Survival Pack DLC, which introduces a new multiplayer game mode and two additional Versus campaigns. Those who wish to give L4D and the Survival Pack a try may now pre-load everything needed to play with no obligation to purchase; for more information on 'L4D Freaky Free Friday,' you can visit www.steamgames.com. On a side note, Left 4 Dead is frequently used here at HotHardware... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Steam has been chugging along and adding partners for years. But this is a big one. Today, Valve Corporation's online game delivery portal has announced that Square Enix is coming on board, giving PC gamers the promise of snagging The Last Remnant whenever their heart desires. The agreement will enable Square Enix titles to be made available to customers in North America via Steam, which is Valve's platform for digital content distribution and management. Starting on April 9th, the highly anticipated The Last Remnant will become the company's first title available for purchase on Steam, though it certainly won't be alone for long. Square Enix has vowed to continue adding titles... Read more...
Don't get TOO excited yet.  The Inquirer spills a lot of rumors, and its credibility is somewhat less because of that.  That said, it's not always wrong, and there are some valid reasons why Google might be interested in Valve.  Although, you'd think with Android about to launch and Chrome just launched, they might be a little busy. Still, as The Inq says:Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now. So why would Google, emperor of all things Web-based, want a gaming company?  Possibly it's that logo above: Steam.  Steam is Valve's highly-successful digital distribution system  It's so successful Valve even has other publishers... Read more...
Valve Software just released some cool images of the cover artwork for the 'Orange Box'.  Here's what the packaging is going to look like for the PC, XBox360, and PS3 version of 'Orange Box', which includes Half Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and the much anticipated (and very cool looking) Team Fortress 2...       No final word on a ship date, but the 'Orange Box' is supposed to arrive sometime this fall.... Read more...
VALVE ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPDATE FOR STEAM Free Update Offers New Community Features for Connecting Gamers June 20, 2007 -- This summer Valve will ship a major update to its online gaming platform Steam, introducing an advanced set of community features to more than 13 million gamers around the world. Beginning in July, Steam users can set up their own personal Steam pages and profiles, create and join groups, schedule games with friends, review who they've played with, see how well everyone played, chat with groups, chat via voice, and more. These new community services and features can be used with all Steam games, which include new releases... Read more...
For their latest marketing scheme, Valve is using the tried and true 'Free Trial' method. Valve has announced their new Steam Guest Pass system, which allows owners of certain Valve games to send out free trial passes to their friends. Day of Defeat: Source should be the first game available once the open beta starts. "During the beta period the new menu items will appear on all Steam accounts, though the ability to send the Guest Pass will be inactive. When this closed beta concludes, Valve will extend the Steam Guest Pass Beta to Day of Defeat: Source owners. Similar to the Free Weekends, Guest Passes are another example of advanced... Read more...
Dubbed "Dynamic Weapon System" by Valve, Counter-Strike: Source's economy has been changed. For better or worse, the new system changes the prices of weapons based on their popularity. Think you'll still be getting that DEagle during pistol round? Think again.... Read more...
The popular Half-Life 2 Mod, Red Orchestra, will be available for a five day free trial starting tomorrow. Valve has also provided free trials of Day of Defeat: Source in the past, and hopefully these free trials will continue to be a regular part of their marketing campaign. The World War 2 based mod can be pre-loaded now, and if you decide you like it, can be bought for $25. "Five Free Days of Red Orchestra begins tomorrow via www.steamgames.com, with pre-loading available now. Those who try Red Orchestra during the Free Days will have access to the full game, including the brand new map (Lyes Krovy) and new gameplay enhancements from... Read more...
Valve Unveils 64-Bit Source™ Gaming Technology Developed In Conjunction With AMD Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life(R) 2 and Lost Coast™ Bellevue, WA. – December 22, 2005 – Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve games released will be native 64-bit versions of Half-Life 2 and Lost Coast, and have been developed to take advantage of AMD Athlon™ 64 FX processor-based systems - the ultimate 64-bit gaming platform for PC enthusiasts. The 64-bit versions of these games are being offered to all Half-Life 2 owners via Steam™, Valve's online platform for delivering... Read more...
The Tech Report to a trip to a demonstration put on by Valve, spotlighting their latest collection of cinematic effects.  The goal is to both simplify the coding process on the programmers side while adding to the realism of the end result.  The Tech Report was their and offers a complete write up on the new effects, offering their impression on how this new techology will affect gaming in the future. "Some of the effects Valve has incorporated into the Source engine won't appear in games anytime soon, but color correction and film grain will. Both have acceptable performance with current hardware, and they'll be available to mod authors... Read more...
Our friends at PC Perspective have just posted a preview of the latest enhancements Valve is about to release for its Source Engine. Above all, the enhancements are iamge quality "effects" which can custom tailor the gaming environment to the storyline for a much more immersive experience. Ryan's article clearly outlines these new effects and provides several examples of what is now possible by the developers. In similar fashion, the gang at HardOCP have also made the trip to Valve and have posted their impressions as well.There is little doubt that Valve Software is probably the leading developer in game technology today. They are continuing to push the boundaries of gaming hardware... Read more...
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