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9:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Dota 2 documentary Free to Play: The Movie released

Produced internally at Dota 2 maker Valve, Free to Play: The Movie is a full-length documentary that tracks three professional gamers -- Dendi, hyhy, and Fear -- on their distinct personal journeys to the million-dollar Dota...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Valve shows off its redesigned Steam Controller

Yes, it's still weird-looking but the Steam Controller is coming along. Particularly when compared with its original, intimidating version which you can see side-by-side below. We knew a redesign was in the works, but this it...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Valve's VR lead Atman Binstock leaves to head Oculus Rift

Oculus VR announced its new chief architect, Atman Binstock. Binstock had spent the last couple years at Valve as one of the engineering leads on Valve's VR project. Valve's VR project dazzled at Steam Dev Days, but Valve is ...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 03.05.2014

Valve's Gabe Newell did an Ask Me Anything

After a false start, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell took to reddit for an Ask Me Anything alongside several other Valve employees. While nothing too revelatory was said, Newell did comment on the upcoming Source 2 engine and it...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Latest Steam Greenlight batch includes Crawl

In the time since Alasdair wrote about Crawl and its superb trailer earlier today, the arcade-y multiplayer dungeon crawler has been approved for release on Steam. Nice timing there. A bunch of other games were greenlit too, ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Valve launches Steam Family Sharing for all users

Steam has rolled out its Family Sharing feature to all users today following its beta release. As the name implies, it allows users to share their game libraries with others. To enable the feature, first set up Steam Guard if...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Steam developers can now start sales without Valve

Developers with games on Steam can initiate sales without seeking approval from Valve now that new Steamworks tools have gone live. Promotions can be scheduled up to two months in advance and the discount percentage and sale ...

Jordan Devore







What if Nintendo put some games on Steam? photo
What if Nintendo put some games on Steam?
by Jonathan Holmes

When Nintendo first got into game development, the game industry was something like the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of a book store. Some series were "less nerdy than others," and there was some class labeling inherent in the rivalries between different brands (Sega fans may give Nintendo fans a hard time, just as Star Wars fans might mock Star Trek fans), but on the whole, videogame fans were united under the banner of being "nerds."

Few people chose what fantasy book to read or videogame to play based on how it would affect their social standing or "projected level of coolness," because no matter what you chose, you'd have an equal chance of being perceived as a geek. 

Today, the videogame industry is more like pop music. How cool you are, what kind of image you put out, and following styles and trends means just about everything. It doesn't matter if you make a great game, you may still be overlooked because a game that "everyone was talking about" due to its "viral potential" ate up your mindshare in the collective consumer psyche. We live in a PAX world, in a PewDiePie world, in a "the only shirts I own are videogame shirts" world. 

A lot of people in the industry have ideas for how Nintendo can better acclimate to this new consumer climate, though their ideas for how to do that are often times awful. Making games for the iPhone, abandoning their own home consoles to make PS4/Xbox One games -- these ideas are often taken from a completely narcissistic and self serving perspective. "I don't want to buy a 3DS or a Wii U, so why doesn't Nintendo start making games for other platforms, those jerks!" It's a ridiculous notion that would only hurt Nintendo's reputation (and pocket book) in the long run. Just look at Sega, SNK, and Atari. Today, they're nothing compared to back when they managed their own platforms. 

Putting games on Steam might be different. That might be pretty smart. 

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12:45 PM on 02.19.2014

Valve's Dota 2 documentary debuts next month for free

Valve is putting out a feature-length documentary which tracks three professional Dota 2 players as they train for the million-dollar tournament, The International. The movie, rather strangely titled Free to Play, releases f...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 02.17.2014

Don't worry, Valve isn't looking at your porn history

Valve and the PC gaming savior Gabe Newell took to reddit to address the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system. Specifically, the CEO reassured Steam users that they are not accessing your browsing history. The company usually doesn'...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 PM on 02.11.2014

28 talks from Steam Dev Days are now online

Valve held a conference for developers last month called Steam Dev Days and, as promised, a number of sessions have since been uploaded to YouTube. In some cases, presentation slides are also available. While there's certain...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 02.09.2014

BioShock themed goodies come to Team Fortress 2

Who doesn't love a shiny new hat, or two, to wear during their Team Fortress 2 shenanigans? Well if you've been looking to spruce up the old noggin with a little BioShock love, then Irrational Games has a treat for you.....

Wesley Ruscher

10:00 PM on 02.07.2014

Keep tabs on games with Steam's Recently Updated section

Valve has added a Recently Updated page to Steam, displaying "new and interesting updates, features, and/or content additions" to games. Take a look for yourself. The intent here is to give developers another platform from wh...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 02.07.2014

New CS: GO update lets you toss grenades in a new way

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has received a rather sizeable update, which includes the introduction of Sticker Capsules, a secondary firing option for grenades as well as a behemoth of map and gameplay changes. Stick...

Harry Monogenis

10:30 PM on 02.05.2014

Mech title Matador and others greenlit on Steam

No, you're not suffering from amnesia -- this latest group of 50 titles approved for release on Steam by way of support on Greenlight is just not terribly recognizable. There are a few on here that ring a bell, namely Matador...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 02.03.2014

Steam Music beta 'coming soon' to Big Picture, SteamOS

Steam's in-client support of music playback isn't a feature I'm dying to have, but it is one I will use on a near-daily basis. I'm ready for it. Valve says the beta release of Steam Music is coming soon -- first on Steam Big ...

Jordan Devore