Ring in the new year with a rabbit hole
Valve has seemingly slipped an alternate reality game (ARG) into the 2015 Winter Steam Sale.
Over the past week, users have been searching for what they perceived to be clues all across Steam and in Valve's still-unraveling N...
Here's what Valve had to say
Five days after we reported that Steam users were seeing account information that didn't belong to them, Valve has issued a public statement regarding that Christmas kerfuffle. A previous comment from a Valve representative c...
::Jerry Seinfeld voice:: So how about that Steam fiasco?!
Over Christmas, Steam gave hundreds of users access to random accounts, allowing them to view purchase and billing information of random strangers. Valve clarified to ...
Do NOT visit the Steam Store
[Update 2: We've received comment from a Valve representative, who confirms that a caching bug was responsible for the leak. According to Valve, only cached information was viewable, and no "unauthorized actions" were perform...
But do you really need any?
You, statistically speaking, are probably a person with a backlog of PC games so overwhelming that you'll never be caught up. Steam, fiscally speaking, is a service with a vested interest in selling you more PC games that, ag...
Valve is being sued by a French consumer group that deems the terms and conditions of the Steam user agreement as "detrimental to consumer interests."
According to redditor Silencement, consumer rights group UF...
They've apparently made a 'breakthrough'
Recently, Engadget published a report from an HTC Vive-centric developer forum in China that claims HTC has made a "very big technological breakthrough" on its Steam VR-powered virtual reality headset.
Originally, the headset...
The ride never ends
When was the last time you played Team Fortress 2? During the Gun Mettle event way back in the summer? Maybe when they introduced that weird sports mode a few months back? During Halloween? This very morning in your little Py...
Never mess with Counter-Strike balance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a finely tuned, tightly balanced game. While on the whole that’s a good thing, it does make the game a house of cards: when things go even slightly wrong it can throw the entire game ...
For the 2015 Holiday Sale
Earlier this year I got a jump on the Steam Summer Sale event by happening to craft a badge at the right time. As luck would have it, it happened again. No, I don't just always craft badges. Okay maybe I do.
I noticed this ev...
They're our new overlords
Ever wonder how controllers are made? Valve has put out a fascinating behind-the-scenes video showing the hard-working Aperture robots (yes, really!) that assemble Steam Controllers.
It lacks the minutia of something like Ho...
Now there's a new security process
There's a real problem concerning Steam account security. For years, hackers have targeted Steam users to gain unauthorized access to their accounts and clear out their inventory of items. It's a familiar story, but it's an e...
Holy Team Fortress Batman
Who said Halloween was over? Team Fortress 2 will soon have a new line of community made items inspired by Batman: Arkham Knight that will let your favorite blood thirsty mercenaries dress up as various heroes and villains fr...
The cake is a li-- er, topper
Portal-themed content is coming to Rocket League next month, Psyonix has announced.
Starting December 1, the following items will be awarded to players at random after matches:
Conversion Gel (Rocket Trai...
Aka Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale
PC gamers aren't left out in the cold this Black Friday, what with the Steam Autumn sale and a myriad of other ongoing sales. Green Man Gaming is squeezing into the "me too" pie with a fresh batch of deals during its wee...
Prepare to scroll
Send help! It's that deal-filled time of year when I have far too many browser tabs open.
As you might have noticed from the new storefront illustration, Steam began its autumn sale today (officially, it's the "Exploration Sa...
So long, daily and flash deals
Valve is tweaking the way it handles major sales on Steam -- at least the next pair. The upcoming autumn sale (November 25 - December 1) and winter sale (December 22 - January 4) will not feature the limited-time daily deals ...
TF2 is still funny 8 years later
Valve used to make really god damn cool videos for its games. Alongside the now legendary Team Fortress 2 Meet the… videos, it also produced some rad videos for Left 4 Dead and Portal 2. The last one I c...
The Steam Link sounds intriguing
Today is a big hardware day for Valve. The Steam Controller ($49.99), Steam Link ($49.99), and Steam Machines (starting at $449.99) have officially launched in North America and Europe.
Impressions of those devices have been ...
The discount on GTA V was misleading
Back during the Steam Summer Sale, there was a fairly large uproar about the pricing of Grand Theft Auto V. Between the game’s launch and the Summer Sale, GTA V cost £39.99. Suddenly once the sale began, the origi...
Modder and developer profit split
Valve caught mad flak early this year trying to introduce paid mods (modders could charge for their work on the Steam Workshop) to an existing Skyrim communities whose modders often shared content freely. Suddenly someone els...
Almost 12.6 players on Halloween
Steam is continuing its trend of increasing concurrent players and breaking past service records every few months. Just in June it was exciting to see Steam hit 10 million users using the service at the same time.
Wait for the next version
PC gaming has come a long way since I first witnessed it in the '80s. There were hundreds of peripherals, from first- to third-party controllers, joysticks, proprietary flight sim devices, to full-on vibrating vests for games...
Well, not Fallout 4...or Shelter
After Fallout 4 was announced, Steam discounted the preceding entries in the Fallout series. Steam has now done this again, ahead of Fallout 4's November 10 release date, just in case you did not buy any of them last time. Th...
Free games as an apology
Valve seems to play things loosely quite often, much like its "open air, no boss" work environment. As such, it turns out that Macs are not supported right now in regards to Valve's recently released (for pre-orders) Steam Co...
Valve $50's steam stream box
Steam's Link is out today and while the svelte black box lacks defining features like pointy ears and an emerald green tunic, people are digging it. Our own Chris Carter seems pretty fond of the $50 box, which is meant to se...
I'm surprised how painless it is
Although the Steam Controller and Steam Link aren't going to be available in wide release form until November 10, anyone who pre-ordered directly through Valve (myself included) is set to get them today.
I immediately unpacked my shipment this morning and put them through the paces, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how the Link turned out.
According to an informal survey published by Valve (consisting of over 2,000 participants) to research VR viewing habits, most people have their PCs in their bedroom. The next most popular option is the living room, and after...
Eight years after episode two
Valve has apparently pushed a file to Dota 2 Reborn called "hl3.txt" that includes a bunch of code that can be viewed here. Most interesting are the references to virtual reality, procedural generation, and what looks li...
He's also performing some research
At the end of September, Massive Chalice project lead Brad Muir left Double Fine. We knew he was headed to Seattle (thanks to this tweet from Tim Schafer), but we didn’t know where he’d go once he got there.