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The clock is ticking down towards the release of Half-Life: Alyx (March 23rd for those keeping count), and hype surrounding the game is growing. Long-time Half-Life fans became even more excited earlier this week when Valve dropped three new videos totaling around 10 minutes showing actual gameplay footage. Now we're learning that Half-Life: Alyx won't be the end for the Half-Life franchise. Instead, we can look at it as a rebirth or sorts. In an interview with Game Informer, Valve developer Robin Walker gave some insight both into why Half-Life: Alyx is exclusively a VR title and what will come next in the franchise. "Half-Life's set of mechanics was a surprisingly natural fit... Read more...
The excitement surrounding Half-Life: Alyx is starting to ramp up as we get closer to the game's March 23rd release date. For those that haven't been keeping abreast of the game's development, it's a virtual reality-only title that takes place before the events in Half-Life 2. Valve today is giving us another look at what to expect with Half-Life: Alyx courtesy of three new gameplay videos. All of the things that you've come to expect from the Half-Life franchise are seen in the videos including those annoying head crabs, health stations, and various puzzles that you'll find along your journey.  In the first video seen above, you start off on a subway car where you encounter... Read more...
The launch date for Half-Life: Alyx is now set in stone. Valve announced today that the virtual reality-only title will officially launch on March 23rd, which is sticking with the developer's previous statements that the game would be available in March 2020. Hype for Half-Life: Alyx has been building, as this is the first installment franchise in over a decade. While everyone has been reading tea leaves, wishing on a shooting star, and hopping on one foot for the inevitable release of Half-Life 3, Half-Life: Alyx is no doubt the next best thing. Half-Life: Alyx, available March 23, 2020 https://t.co/NCOLWqSp3e pic.twitter.com/Q04EZwNfBt— Valve (@valvesoftware) February 13, 2020... Read more...
It has been somewhat of a wild week for Steam. A week ago Sunday, Valve's digital distribution platform broke a concurrent user record that had stood for over two years, with 18,801,944 users. The previous record was 18.5 million users. Then this past Sunday, Steam saw 19,107,803 people hop onto the service, setting the record for the second time in a week. The new record came at 14:10 GMT. Out of those users, just over 6 million people were playing in a game, as opposed to simply being signed into the service. That's a lot of gamers, and it raises the question, why is Steam suddenly setting concurrent user records? Source: SteamDB.info Part of the reason is players flocking to Counter-Strike:... Read more...
Half-Life: Alyx is one of the most highly anticipated PC games for the H1 2020, and with good reason. Although it isn't the mythical Half-Life 3, it's the next besting thing, serving as a prequel of sorts to the groundbreaking shooter Half-Life 2. All of the excitement surrounding the latest entry in the Half-Life saga coupled with the fact that it’s a virtual reality-only title has led to a huge uptick in interest for the requisite hardware needed to run the game. According to tracking firm SuperData, sales of Valve's Index VR headset more than doubled from Q3 2019 to Q4 2019, climbing from 46,000 units to 103,000 units. Sales might have also been spurred by the fact that each Index... Read more...
Valve has done something that anyone thinking about playing Half-Life: Alyx will want to take advantage of before getting into the new VR game. Valve has announced that ahead of the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, it is making the entire Half-Life series free to play on Steam for everyone. The Half-Life franchise is one of the most popular and beloved in all of video games. To play the games, you'll need a Steam account and to install the Steam software on your PC or Mac; both are offered at no cost. As for why Valve is offering the games for free, Half-Life: Alyx slots into the events in the series and will have some characters we are all familiar with. Valve has said Alyx is set before the events... Read more...
In an announcement seemingly out of left field, Google recently disclosed that it is working to bring the Steam client to its popular Chrome OS platform. This of course would give the millions of Chromebooks access to another popular library of games, as well as possibly game-streaming. This news was revealed in an interview that Android Police conducted with Chrome OS Product Development Director Kan Liu last week at CES. The development will be made possible by the fact that Chrome OS is built using Linux as a foundation, and the Steam of course supports Linux. Running the Steam client in a Linux environment is currently possible with Chromebooks, but it is not an "official" solution... Read more...
You voted (or your fellow gamers did, anyway), and the tallies are in for 2019's Steam Awards. The biggest category is Game of the Year, and proving that PC gamers like a good challenge, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice brought home the honor. It was also a top seller in 2019, which is not surprising, with the most recent reviews being "overwhelmingly positive." The Game of the Year category is just one of several that Steam gamers voted on for 2019. Interestingly enough, Grand Theft Auto V brought home an award as well, for Labor of Love. It's a fitting category, given that GTA V ported over to PC nearly five years ago, on April 14, 2015. More recently, Rockstar Games has been giving Grand Theft Auto... Read more...
Everyone who was into PC gaming back in the late 90s played Half-Life; it was such a revolutionary game that it still has fans today. Fans of the franchise have been clamoring for Valve to make Half-Life 3, but that has yet to happen. What Valve is doing is creating a VR game based on the franchise called Half-Life: Alyx. It's not the Half-Life we wanted, but it's the Half-Life that we are getting. Yesterday as the decade came to a close, we heard from an iconic character in the franchise who has remained silent for 12 years. These latest words from the G-Man come with the assumption that he will appear in Half-Life: Alyx. pic.twitter.com/2NtUlrx4XI — Mike Shapiro (@mikeshapiroland) December... Read more...
Gamers love it when Steam has a sale because they can stock up on plenty of titles at steep discounts. The annual Steam Winter Sale 2019 is underway right now, and gamers will want to hop over and partake. There are some top tier games with hefty discounts, including the long-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2. Discounts are high with some popular titles listed at 75% off their normal price. The game discounts are good through January 2nd at 10 pm, so you have plenty of time to get those gift cards and Christmas cash gathered up. Some of the coolest games on discount that we see include: Red Dead Redemption 2 - 20% off at $47.99 Dark Souls III - 75% off at $14.99 Fallout 4 (the good Fallout) -... Read more...
Half-Life fans who have grown very tired of Valve not giving the followup to the last game in the franchise all these years later are likely aware of Black Mesa: Xen. This fan-made remake of Half-Life has long been in development, and many have been anticipating the completion of the game. Black Mesa: Xen has now been completed and is available for fans to play in public beta form. The game, being in beta, has several known issues, so gameplay may not go as smoothly as fans hope at times. In addition, gamers will need to purchase the Black Mesa game for $19.99 to be able to download the beta. Once Black Mesa: Xen is purchased and installed, players will need to opt into the beta to be able to... Read more...
Earlier this week, we first got wind of Half-Life: Alyx, the latest entry into the Half-Life saga. The original Half-Life -- which was a first-person shooter blockbuster, helping to revolutionize the genre -- blazed onto the scene back in 1998, and was followed up by Half-Life 2 in 2004. Half-Life: Alyx is what Valve calls a full-length, virtual reality addition to the Half-Life world. So, make no mistake, this won't be a glorified tech demo or some simple side excursion to divert your attention for a few minutes. Valve is hoping to sucks fans into the gameplay experience the same way the original and its sequel did. According to Valve, Half-Life: Alyx is set in-between the events of Half-Life... Read more...
Late last month, we talked about the Steam Library update that had brought all the new features that were previously offered to beta users only to the masses. The update also brought with is the debut of Remote Play Together for everyone. That feature was very cool, and gamers who want to enjoy playing remotely with friends need a game of three that supports remote play. Steam is having a Remote Play Together sale that it is billing as a new Multi-Player Feature and Sale Event. All of the games offered on discounts in the sale support remote play, and some are discounted heavily. Some of the coolest games in the sale are listed below: 4+ Player Games: Super Blood Hockey - 70% off at $4.49 Goat... Read more...
Put the pitchforks down, folks, we are only kidding about Half Life 3. Well maybe, anyway...we can hope, right? There might actually be another Half-Life game in the wings, though. That is, if a leaked transcript of an unpublished interview citing a new virtual reality game called Half-Life: Alyx turns out to be true. We're skeptical, but also cautiously hopeful. The online document supposedly contains snippets of an interview between Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley and Valve's Robin Walker, as well an unnamed third person (the document surmises it could possibly be Gabe Newell). "These snippets were leaked by a user going by the name “Midoriyan.” Said user has been confirmed to... Read more...
Valve has announced that starting today, the features of the new Steam Library that were previously offered only to beta users are now available to all. The company is also saying thanks to those who tried the new library during the beta, and it notes that Steam will continue to ship improvements and new features based on feedback and requests it received in the beta. The roll-out of the new Steam Library also brings the Remote Play Together Beta to all Steam users. For those who missed the beta, the Steam Library Update brings with it some substantial changes. One of the most significant changes is a new way for players to look at their library of games. A new landing page for the library is... Read more...
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you, nor are we with any fancy Photoshop manipulation. The image you see above is a real listing on Steam for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is notable because Electronics Arts is the publisher. As has been speculated recently, EA confirmed it is making a comeback to Steam, ending a long hiatus in favor of its own Origin digital distribution platform. "This is the start of an exciting partnership with Valve that will see us innovating for PC players around the world," said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. "Through our subscription, great games and more, we’re excited to bring players in the Steam and Origin communities together with access... Read more...
Steam has announced a new feature is now available for gamers to check out. The new feature is called Remote Play Together, and it gives players a way to play compatible games with up to four friends in split-screen. Steam notes that under ideal circumstances, more than four people can play at the same time. The coolest part is that only the host needs to own and install the gam; other players connect through Steam Remote Play streaming tech. The steps to joining the beta required to try out the new remote play feature include registering for the Steam beta. There are instructions on signing up for and downloading the Steam beta client can be found here. Once registered, players can invite friends... Read more...
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 next hero for the game Dota 2 was announced during The International, which is the largest Dota 2 tournament in the world. While the tournament is running in Shanghai, with a massive $30 million prize pool, an unexpected announcement was made that the next hero for the game will be a freaky, wild grandmother riding on a dragon called Snapfire. Snapfire debuted with an official trailer that shows off some of her abilities and will launch this fall. She bakes cookies and talks about showing a little kindness on the battlefield but notes not all deserve kindness. It's hard to tell from the video if the cookies are to replenish energy lost in battle or if they grant special abilities. Snapfire... Read more...
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