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8:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Steam gets its own music player

Listening to music while you're playing games? Psssh. That kind of stings to think about as an aspiring videogame musician. But I get it. I've done it. Racing games have me reaching for my own music collection all the time, a...

Dale North


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Terra Battle launches on October 9th

Terra Battle, the highly anticipated RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, launches worldwide on October 9th. Find out more




6:00 PM on 09.23.2014

THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP

A new Dota 2 update hit today, and THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING. Two runes. New rune. THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Reworked Heroes. Chen can take over Ancients. Something happened to Riki, I'm not sure what exactly? THE MAP IS DIFFERENT. Did I mention that they changed the map and added a rune? 

Patrick Hancock

8:30 PM on 09.22.2014

Valve rolls out major Steam redesign

As a platform, Steam hasn't been able to keep up with the rate at which new games are coming out -- there were more than 1,300 releases in the last nine months alone, says Valve -- but today's so-called Discovery update inten...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Took long enough! Left 4 Dead 2 uncensored in Australia

It's sad that Australian gamers are only now getting an uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2, but at least we finally have some closure. After resubmitting the cooperative zombie shooter for classification, Valve is now able t...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 09.10.2014

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control

As previously covered, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is a real game. It's not out yet, but it will be out on Steam soon enough -- an open beta is scheduled to go live on September 23. I was already toying around with the idea...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 09.02.2014

Left 4 Dead 2 on PC is finally reclassified as R18+ in Australia

As a former Australian resident, one thing I don't miss there was the lack of an R18+ rating for videogames; despite the fact that the R18+ rating has now been introduced, there have still been cuts to games like South Park: ...

Alasdair Duncan

1:00 PM on 08.30.2014

Techies officially coming to Dota 2 next week

Techies, the explosive and suicidal Dota 2 Hero, is finally coming to the game next week, as detailed in the latest Dota 2 blog update. I've never played Techies in DOTA, but here's what I've gathered so far: Techie...

Patrick Hancock



Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player photo
Video tips on how to be a better Dota 2 player
by Patrick Hancock

Believe it or not, in all my time spent in Dota 2, I've never played a single solo matchmaking game. I've played plenty of team games, but the anxiety that comes with playing alone with strangers gets to me while playing Dota 2. Well, there's a first time for everything!

Now, the Dota 2 community, along with many others, gets a lot of flak for being "toxic," and sometimes rightfully so. However! In my new "benchwarMMR" video series there will be no anger or blame towards my fellow teammates. My goal is to learn as much as possible from these matches and let everybody in on the lessons I take away.

So join me on an educational journey through the world of competitive Dota 2. And please leave any feedback you have! 

PS - MMR stands for Matchmaking Rating. In other words, a number given to a player to "rank" how good they are relative to other players. 

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7:00 PM on 08.23.2014

How to reload your revolver in Half-Life 2 VR

Prepare for the future. As this Half-Life 2 video demonstrates, reload times in gaming may soon be based on skill instead of animation speed. In the video, reloading the revolver requires swinging the cylinder open, utilizin...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Three Valve characters are playable in Super Time Force Ultra

Zoey. It was Zoey! I would have never guessed she was the third mystery character teased for Super Time Force Ultra following Pyro and Saxton Hale from Team Fortress 2, but it makes sense in retrospect. The Left 4 Dead star b...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 08.20.2014

IGDA survey: Game devs want to work at Valve

The Independent Game Developers Association surveyed over 2,200 developers on where they'd like to work, with Valve winning out. Even over working for themselves. Maybe they wouldn't have liked their boss. Or just w...

Steven Hansen





9:30 PM on 08.07.2014

So, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is happening

Based on the name alone, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies doesn't sound like a legitimate, officially-licensed game, but it is. Valve's okay with it! And, actually it's not too far-fetched when you recall that Nexon is responsib...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 08.07.2014

Valve releases Dota 2 mod tools and possibly Source 2 (or parts of it)

Valve has released an alpha build of its Dota 2 Workshop Tools which will enable folks to create, share, and play custom maps and game modes for Dota 2. That's going to be huge and if you played custom games in Warcraft III, ...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 07.23.2014

The Steam Controller looks different, again

It seems every time we check in with Valve's Steam Controller, it's undergone another significant change. The last design, which added a D-pad of sorts and A/B/X/Y buttons, was more in line with traditional gamepads. Now, if ...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 07.21.2014

This is it: Watch Dota 2's The International grand finals live

[Update: It's over! Newbee has been named champion of The International 4 and will take home $5,028,308 in prize money. For reaching second place, ViCi Gaming will bring home a still-impressive $1,475,699. Watch the final mat...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 07.20.2014

The biggest esports tournament in history continues

Note: there will be no spoilers in this post for day one or two, but expect them in the comments!  Yesterday was as exciting as it was heartbreaking for some, but that's just the way things go when over $10 million is on...

Patrick Hancock