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XCOM 2

XCOM 2 will be compatible with the Steam Controller at launch


I still need to get one of these
Feb 04
// Zack Furniss
While playing a review copy of a game that may or may not rhyme with Frying Dwight, a pop-up appeared to announce that Firaxis and Valve are implementing Steam Controller support for XCOM 2. If you have one of them fancy dooh...
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Free erotic visual novel

Win a free copy of that sexy lesbian ghost game


Kindred Spirits on the Roof
Feb 01
// Steven Hansen
Hey, how's it going? Remember Kindred Spirits on the Roof, the visual novel that, "focuses on a lesbian relationship between two ghost girls who haunt an all-girls academy and the unrequited feelings in their hearts, unabl...
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Team Fortress 2

Think you're good enough to rock Team Fortress 2 competitively?


Time to prove it!
Jan 28
// Vikki Blake
Here’s your chance to prove it, boyo. Though there’s, as yet, nothing on the official Team Fortress 2 website, Valve has launched a new Steam Community Group dedicated to keeping players updated about the new beta...
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Half-Life

A sequel to Half-Life: Opposing Force is coming to Steam next month


Fan-made, but with Valve's blessing
Jan 15
// Brett Makedonski
Before Half-Life 2, the Black Mesa universe gave birth to three Half-Life spin-offs: Opposing Force, Blue Shift, and Decay (and where Gearbox Software got its start). The average person might not know this because they w...

Sven Co-op 5.0 photo
Sven Co-op 5.0

It's almost time to play the Half-Life campaign with friends


Sven Co-op 5.0 released for free soon!
Jan 13
// Patrick Hancock
Sven Co-op was part of the holy grail of Half-Life mods. It was played as frequently as Counter-Strike or Team Fortress Classic by many people, myself included. It's purely cooperative, hence the name, an...
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Steam sale

The Steam Winter Sale made a whole lot of money


It eclipsed the Summer Sale
Jan 11
// Brett Makedonski
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before: Steam raked in a lot of cash thanks to one of its vaunted seasonal sales. Steam's Winter Sale again turned out to be a giant source of revenue for Valve, even with the C...
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Valve

Half-Life's lone writer has left Valve after 18 years


What does this mean for Half-Life 3?
Jan 08
// Brett Makedonski
Marc Laidlaw, co-creator and sole writer of the Half-Life franchise, has resigned from his position at Valve. He had worked at the Bellevue-based developer for 18 years at the time of his departure. The news comes a...
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CS:GO

The bans given to CS:GO match-fixers last year are permanent


Cheaters never prosper
Jan 06
// Joe Parlock
Just over a year ago, Valve and eSports Entertainment Association shook the Counter-Strike scene by dishing out bans to a whole load of high-profile players who were caught match-fixing. Duc ‘cud’ Pham, Derek &lsq...
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Valve ARG

This sure seems like a new Valve ARG


Ring in the new year with a rabbit hole
Dec 30
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Steam

Valve finally discusses Steam's 'troubled Christmas'


Here's what Valve had to say
Dec 30
// Zack Furniss
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...
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Steam

So, how about explaining that Steam Christmas debacle, eh Valve?


Silent Nights
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
::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 ...
Steam photo
Steam

(Updates) PSA: Steam is giving people access to random accounts, don't log in


Do NOT visit the Steam Store
Dec 25
// Mike Cosimano
[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...
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Steam Winter Sale

The Steam Winter Sale just started, thousands of games discounted


But do you really need any?
Dec 22
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Valve

French consumer group takes on the Steam user agreement


FIGHT!
Dec 21
// Vikki Blake
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...
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HTC Vive

The HTC Vive has been improved, details at CES


They've apparently made a 'breakthrough'
Dec 20
// Mike Cosimano
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...
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TF2 update

Sick of playing Team Fortress 2? Tough break


The ride never ends
Dec 18
// Nic Rowen
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...
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CS:GO

Valve is undoing weapon tweaks that broke Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Never mess with Counter-Strike balance
Dec 17
// Joe Parlock
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 ...
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Steam Trading Cards

Steam is dropping Mysterious trading cards again


For the 2015 Holiday Sale
Dec 16
// Darren Nakamura
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...
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Valve

Let's watch robots build Steam Controllers


They're our new overlords
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
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...
Steam photo
Steam

Valve says around 77,000 Steam accounts are hacked each month


Now there's a new security process
Dec 10
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Holy Team Fortress Batman

Team Fortress 2 is getting a bunch of Batman inspired items


Arkham 2fort
Dec 05
// Nic Rowen
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...
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Rocket League x Portal

Portal crossover coming to Rocket League


The cake is a li-- er, topper
Nov 29
// Kyle MacGregor
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: Cake (Topper)  Conversion Gel (Rocket Trai...
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Deals

Green Man Gaming squeezes into sale madness with Thursday deals


Aka Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale
Nov 26
// Dealzon
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...
Steam sale photo
Steam sale

Steam's autumn sale is different this year


Prepare to scroll
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Steam sales

The next big Steam sales will have more stable discounts


So long, daily and flash deals
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Saxxy Awards

Here are the winners of Valve's 2015 Saxxy awards


TF2 is still funny 8 years later
Nov 19
// Joe Parlock
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...
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Deals

Steam Machines are out, so there's a game sale


The Steam Link sounds intriguing
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
Steam Sales photo
Steam Sales

Valve misled customers during the Steam Summer Sale, says UK's Advertising Authority


The discount on GTA V was misleading
Nov 06
// Joe Parlock
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...
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Make items, make money

First Steam developer Item Store opened, not quite paid mods


Modder and developer profit split
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Steam player record

No Halloween plans? Steam hits new user record over weekend


Almost 12.6 players on Halloween
Nov 02
// Steven Hansen
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. This Hallow...

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