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Early Access Update

Steam updates rules and guidelines for Early Access


While far from perfect, I'm glad the program exists
Nov 24
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... read
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TF2 bumper cars

Team Fortress 2 is getting bumper cars


Because at this point why not
Oct 29
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... read
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Half-Life 2

Smell the ashes while listening to City 17


It's like hearing Dr. Breen's own playlist
Oct 25
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 ... read
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
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 ... read
Counter-Strike Zombies photo
Counter-Strike Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies hits Steam


Time warp
Oct 07
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, ... read
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Steam gets its own music player


Built right in
Sep 26
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... read
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THEY CHANGED THE DOTA 2 MAP


Nothing is sacred
Sep 23
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?  read
New Steam photo
New Steam

Valve rolls out major Steam redesign


Promises better discoverability and more customization
Sep 22
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... read
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
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... read
Counter-Strike Zombies photo
Counter-Strike Zombies

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is out of control


It has 20+ modes, for reasons
Sep 10
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... read
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
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: ... read
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Techies omg

Techies officially coming to Dota 2 next week


'Time to find a new hobby'
Aug 30
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... read
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... read feature

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
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... read
Steam photo
Steam

Three Valve characters are playable in Super Time Force Ultra


Pyro, Saxton Hale, and Zoey
Aug 22
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... read
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IGDA survey

IGDA survey: Game devs want to work at Valve


Even more than their own hypothetical company
Aug 20
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... read
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Counter-Strike

So, Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is happening


On Steam within the next month or so
Aug 07
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... read
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Valve

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


Speculation points to a 'soft launch' of the new engine
Aug 07
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, ... read
Valve photo
Valve

The Steam Controller looks different, again


D-pad out, thumbstick in
Jul 23
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 ... read
Dota 2 photo
Dota 2

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


Winner takes home over $5 million
Jul 21
[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... read
Dota 2  International 4 photo
Dota 2 International 4

The biggest esports tournament in history continues


Dota 2's International tournament enters day 3
Jul 20
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... read
The International 2014 photo
The International 2014

Day 2 of The International is live, let's talk about it!


Biggest Dota 2 tournament will crush hopes and dreams today
Jul 19
First of all, don't worry I won't spoil anything from yesterday here. There will, however, be spoilers in the comments! Yesterday was an intense start to The International 2014, with great teams like DK, Newbee, and EG playin... read
Dota 2 photo
Dota 2

ESPN3 will carry Dota 2's The International


Wow, good for Valve
Jul 17
You can watch the $10+ million Dota 2 tournament The International on Twitch, or in-game, or, huh, even on ESPN. Valve is collaborating with the sports network for coverage this weekend. Notably, ESPN2 will have an exclusive ... read
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Hancocked

Dota 2 International: There can be only one (but right now there's eight)


Hancocked
Jul 15
Eight teams are left fighting for the $5 million first prize in Dota 2's International tournament. The grand final will be played Monday, July 21. Among the teams fighting for it are ViCi, NewBee, Evil Geniuses, Team DK, Cloud9, 2011 champions Natus Vincere, 2012 winners Invictus Gaming and LGD Gaming (the China qualifier winner).  Patrick was dead wrong. Team MVP didn't come close. read
International 2014 photo
International 2014

The Dota 2 International 2014 wildcard round is underway


Two wildcard matches and solo championship today
Jul 08
The day has finally arrived! The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is about to officially begin! Today, four wildcard teams will battle it out for one remaining position in the tournament and their shot at a pri... read
Dota 2 Streams photo
Dota 2 Streams

There will be a newbie-friendly stream for Dota 2's International tournament


For those who don't know a BKB from a CS
Jul 04
The 2014 website for The International Dota 2 Championships is now live, and with it comes some great new information. The best of which is that there will be a specific stream for players brand new to the esport. This s... read
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CS:GO

Counter-Strike: GO's Operation Breakout breaks out new maps for everyone


And a bit more if you feel like paying
Jul 02
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players just got a few new playgrounds to get offensive on, courtesy of the players themselves. As part of CS:GO's Operation Breakout initiative, six user-created maps have been promoted... read
Dota 2 10 Million photo
Dota 2 10 Million

Dota 2 International prize pool now at $10 million


Yes. You read that correctly.
Jun 27
The Dota 2 prize pool for the upcoming International 2014 tournament is now at $10 million dollars. With zeroes that looks like this: $10,000,000. All of the newly added stretch goals have been reached, the most recent ... read
TF2 photo
TF2

Watch Dogs is better with Team Fortress 2 characters


Hat_Dogs
Jun 25
STBlackST did a terrific job with this Team Fortress 2 short, Hat_Dogs. It's a riff on Watch Dogs' "hack everything" mentality using characters we actually like. Impressive, and -- with the inclusion of that bread line -- timely. read
TF2 Update! photo
TF2 Update!

Team Fortress 2's Love & War update detailed, let's talk about it


FAT ENGINEER
Jun 19
I'll assume everyone has already seen the Team Fortress 2 animated short that Valve put out yesterday and have been very excited to jump back into TF2. Today, the Love & War update has been more detailed, with new weapons and GIGANTIC balance changes. Let's chat about them, shall we? read






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