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ESL retracts CS:GO ban

Valve and ESL retract ban on ex-ESC Gaming CS:GO team


With so much drama with the iBP, it's kinda hard bein' ex-ESC
Feb 08
// Jason Faulkner
Last Friday, Valve and eSports League Europe, issued tentative bans on three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive teams. Epsilon eSports, the former ESC Gaming team, and WinneR had players who were accused of match fi...
Dota 2 tournament photo
Dota 2 tournament

The Dota 2 Asian Championships now has the second highest prize pool in eSports history


Main event is underway now
Feb 06
// Patrick Hancock
The Dota 2 Asian Championships' (DAC) main event is underway now, and currently boasts a prize pool of just under $3,000,000. This brings it to the second highest prize pool ever, behind the 2014 Dota 2 Internationa...
Portal Stories: Mel photo
Portal Stories: Mel

Portal Stories: Mel mod gets a teaser, coming soon


Now THIS is my kind of downloadable content
Jan 31
// Rob Morrow
Portal Stories: Mel is a lovely-looking community-made mod for Portal 2 that's due out sometime in Q1 2015, according to the title's store page. The lengthy 20+ level mod will feature a new protagonist called ...
TF2 Demo pro photo
TF2 Demo pro

I can't even play Demoman this well in my dreams


Ding. Ding. Ding.
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
I've contemplated returning to Team Fortress 2, if only for a few matches, but I'll probably get my ass kicked. After watching this skillful highlight reel from Demoman player Kaidus, I'm sure of it. This guy knows what you're going to do before you do.
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Steam Workshop $$$

Cha-ching: It now pays to create content for non-Valve games on Steam Workshop


Valve has paid out $57 million so far
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
To date, some 1,500 users have earned a collective $57 million from Valve for creating custom in-game content for titles like Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Up until now, only the company's tit...
CS:GO photo
CS:GO

Gambling, match-fixing scandal rocks highest level of competitive Counter-Strike


Bans handed down
Jan 27
// Brett Makedonski
The world of eSports has a Pete Rose-style controversy on its hands. Yesterday, Valve levied a series of bans against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players that were found to be involved in a gambling scandal that inc...
Steam FPS counter photo
Steam FPS counter

Go on, check your frames per second in Steam


Broadcast some games while you're at it
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
While some of you might have experienced Steam's frames-per-second counter while it was in beta, the rest of us are only now taking a look at the nice little extra. To enable the feature, go to Steam > Settings > In-Gam...
Steam Controller photo
Steam Controller

Final Steam Controller design to be revealed at GDC


The 'Steam Machine' name is dead too, apparently.
Jan 08
// Mike Cosimano
In an interview with GameSpot at CES 2015, Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski confirmed the final version of Valve's Steam Controller will be shown to the public at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this March...
Dota 2 mod photo
Dota 2 mod

I hope this Gabe Newell shopkeeper makes it into Dota 2


As seen on Steam Workshop
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
Combining the huggable head of Valve and the perpetual time sink that is Dota 2 in a single Steam Workshop submission -- it seems so obvious now, bringing these two internet loves together. Shopkeeper Gabe Newell deserves a ...

Assigning New Year's resolutions to major videogame studios

Jan 03 // Kyle MacGregor
Sony The PlayStation 4 has all kinds of momentum. It's like a snowball rolling downhill. Just like in the cartoons, it's gradually picking up more and more snow, except in this case the snow is money. It's a runaway snowball made of money and nothing can stop it. Absolutely nothing. Probably. Never underestimate a videogame company's ability to chew off its own limbs, but Sony has a guaranteed success on its hands. The Vita, though, that thing could use a good kick in the pants. Resolution: Do something to make people buy a Vita. Something. Anything at all. Nintendo The Vita are and Wii U are kindred spirits. Sort of. Sony's portable is a poor, neglected thing, something kept hidden under the stairs, never given a cake on its own danged birthday. Wii U has a better home life than that, one with nice supportive parents, but it's still sitting next to Vita in the corner of the lunchroom at the unpopular consoles table. Resolution: Do something edgy and hope the popular kids finally take notice. You know you're awesome. You just have to find a way to make other folks realize it. Valve Valve marches to the beat of its own drum. It's a videogame company that no longer makes videogames, which turns out to be a remarkable business strategy. It seems dealing in trading cards and virtual hats is a nice way to fill Gabe's swimming pool with doubloons. Still... Resolution: Shit or get off the pot. Good lord, figure out what the hell you're doing with Greenlight, release Steam Machines already, and maybe put out a god damn videogame this year. Sega In fairness, Sega does some good stuff. Alien: Isolation was a nice surprise. Atlus is alive and well. Yakuza 5 is coming westward. Total War is a good time. Hatsune Miku is a bizarre wonder... Sonic Boom happened, though. Oh boy, did Sonic Boom happen. It's a broken mess and the embodiment of what's plagued the series for years, a symbol of Sega's insecure need to reinvent the wheel for no good reason at all. Stick to what works, Sega. There's no need to be innovative. Resolution: Stop abusing Sonic and the interminable good will of Sonic fans. Go back to basics. Microsoft The Xbox One reminds me of a troubled teenager: twisting in the wind, still trying to find its place in the world. Is it the harbinger of the always-online apocalypse, an all-in-one entertainment hub, or maybe just a plain old videogame machine? Today it's videogames. Tomorrow, well, who knows? Resolution: Keep concentrating on videogames. Your console is confused and needs focus. Capcom and/or Square Enix People are always mad at these guys. Sometimes for good reasons. Other times just because. Resolution: Do something to engender good will. Maybe stop re-releasing every game ever. Electronic Arts Activision was the big evil publisher on the block for a while there. Then EA had its turn. Nowadays, Ubisoft is doing its best Bond villain impersonation, which gives EA a perfect opportunity to worm its way back into our hearts. It will probably never happen, though. Battlefield Hardline is coming out soon, and, considering the current political climate, a militarized police game has the potential to offend just about everyone. Resolution: Maybe launch a couple online games with functioning servers. Ubisoft Ubisoft is pure evil. We've already established this. It's the black hat desperado, riding into town on a DRM steed, overhyping Watch Dogs with too good to be true E3 footage, and saying inordinately stupid things about how female game characters are too expensive to animate. It's also the sort of company that releases two Assassin's Creed titles on the same day, saddled with a pathetic attempt to keep potential customers in the dark regarding the games' quality and readiness (or lack thereof) for as long as possible. Subterfuge like that is astonishingly disrespectful. Sadly, that sort of behavior just seems to be Ubisoft's modus operandi these days.  Resolution: Try to be a tad more pro-consumer, Ubisoft. Also, make Beyond Good & Evil 2.
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Check back to see who failed
It's an annual tradition: Making resolutions to kick off the New Year. There's a whole new arbitrary set of twelve months in which to better ourselves. Or, you know, make the same mistakes we made in the last dozen. It's finally time to quit smoking or start going to the gym. Whatever. Here's a bunch of words about what videogame companies should do to shape up in 2015.

Dota 2 6.83 photo
Dota 2 6.83

Dota 2 gets a 'Shifting Snows' winter update and a balance patch


Hancock: Posting about -> Dota 2
Dec 18
// Patrick Hancock
Frostivus is not coming this year, but that doesn't mean Dota 2 goes stale! While there may not be a big gameplay event, we've got some big gameplay changes taking place. Lifestealer takes a lot of the focus in this upda...
Steam sale photo
Steam sale

The Steam Holiday Sale is on: Ground Zeroes, Dark Souls II, and more


Runs until January 2, 2015
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
For some of us, the year-end Steam Holiday  Sale is the one that matters. It's where I tend to buy most of my PC games for the year, which is a nasty habit considering how few of them end up in my library unplayed and un...
Steam Auction photo
Steam Auction

Recycle your unwanted Steam junk to bid on games (Update)


Time to clear out trading cards, backgrounds, and emoticons
Dec 11
// Darren Nakamura
[Update: The auction has been temporarily shut down, most likely due to the incredible amount of Gem Sacks that were being sold on the marketplace, driving the cost down and inflating the auctions. There are suspicions that u...
SteamStream photo
SteamStream

You can stream gameplay straight through Steam


Stream Broadcasting
Dec 02
// Steven Hansen
Steam Broadcasting--I'm already confused in the mouth with "Steam Stream," so it's for the best--is now in beta (you'll need to opt in if you haven't). From your friends list or a friend's profile page, all you need to hit is...
Deals photo
Deals

Steam has Alien Isolation for half price, cheap Skyrim


Flip some trading cards for Castle Crashers
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
"Uh-uh, no way, I've spent too much as is." I haven't yet hit that point this year but if Steam keeps it up, I might. The Exploration Sale continues with discounts on Alien Isolation ($24.99), Planetary Annihilation ($5.99), ...
Deals photo
Deals

Already? The Evil Within is $20.39 on Steam


Six days of Steam sales
Nov 26
// Jordan Devore
66 percent off The Evil Within without needing to wait in Black Friday lines? Steam's still got it. Valve kicked off its six-day Steam Exploration Sale today and there are deals on other recent releases, like Civilization: Be...
Early Access Update photo
Early Access Update

Steam updates rules and guidelines for Early Access


While far from perfect, I'm glad the program exists
Nov 24
// Rob Morrow
Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek reported last Thursday that a new set of rules and guidelines for Steam Early Access has been issued to developers in an effort to further define what it means to be involved with the pro...
TF2 bumper cars photo
TF2 bumper cars

Team Fortress 2 is getting bumper cars


Because at this point why not
Oct 29
// Patrick Hancock
Just the other day I was curious as to what Team Fortress 2 would do for Halloween this year. In fact, the TF2 event is one of the reasons why Halloween is my favorite holiday! Well the update, detailed here, h...
Half-Life 2 photo
Half-Life 2

Smell the ashes while listening to City 17


It's like hearing Dr. Breen's own playlist
Oct 25
// Alasdair Duncan
I've been a fan of the various You Are Listening To... streams for a few years now. Initially, you could listen to the police banter of various North American cities while a stream of ambient and instrumental music played at ...
Team Fortress 2 photo
Team Fortress 2

We could've had Binding of Isaac poop hats in Team Fortress 2


Valve went with horns instead
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
When I clicked on this blog post for The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, my eyes went straight to the second image -- specifically, the sobbing Heavy. Love it. Next, they shifted to the Scout wearing a hat that looks like a giant ...
Counter-Strike Zombies photo
Counter-Strike Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies hits Steam


Time warp
Oct 07
// Jordan Devore
This trailer, haha. Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies would get a trailer like this. After a short beta, the free-to-play game is out now on Steam. It's like Counter-Strike 1.6 with a bunch of crazy, cobbled-together modes and, ...
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Steam gets its own music player


Built right in
Sep 26
// Dale North
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...
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THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP


Nothing is sacred
Sep 23
// Patrick Hancock
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? 
New Steam photo
New Steam

Valve rolls out major Steam redesign


Promises better discoverability and more customization
Sep 22
// Jordan Devore
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...
L4D2 uncensored photo
L4D2 uncensored

Took long enough! Left 4 Dead 2 uncensored in Australia


This is an official screenshot on Steam, by the way
Sep 15
// Jordan Devore
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...
Counter-Strike Zombies photo
Counter-Strike Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control


It has 20+ modes, for reasons
Sep 10
// Jordan Devore
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...
Left 4 Dead 2 photo
Left 4 Dead 2

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


Thought this was all meant to be fixed by now
Sep 02
// Alasdair Duncan
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: ...
Techies omg  photo
Techies omg

Techies officially coming to Dota 2 next week


'Time to find a new hobby'
Aug 30
// Patrick Hancock
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...
Dota 2 MMR video! photo
Introducing Dota 2 benchwarMMR!
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 Dot...

Half-Life 2 photo
Half-Life 2

How to reload your revolver in Half-Life 2 VR


I'm just glad it's a speedloader
Aug 23
// Brittany Vincent
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...






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