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This Xen teaser for Black Mesa is a promising start

The last time we spoke about Black Mesa, the fan-made Half-Life remake, it had to do with Xen. This time, we're also talking about Xen. And next time, I'm willing to bet, we'll still be going on about Xen. Today's news is a progress update ...   read

 
 
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It's beginning to look a lot like Smissmas in Team Fortress 2

Not to get all morbid here right before Christmas, but sometimes, I feel like the odds aren't terrible that Team Fortress 2 will outlive me. (Well, all of us, really.) Valve's eternal team-based shooter is chugging along with updates, and t...   read

 
 
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First annual Steam awards nominees have been finalized

Y'know what, guys? Turns out Steam is pretty popular. Over 15 million people participated in nominating games for the Steam awards this year. That's pretty good for a set of awards that didn't exist and no one knew about a few weeks ago. Vo...   read

 
 
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Dota 2's 7.00 patch fundamentally changes the game

I'm uhh, not even sure where to begin here. Fresh off of the Boston Major, Valve has just released the update page for Dota 2's newest patch: 7.00. The community has anxiously been awaiting the patch just for the brand new Hero of Monk...   read

 
 
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Glove skins come to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

When I think of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (and, at this point, Valve more generally as well), I think of monetized items. You too? Well, here's another! Valve has introduced cosmetic glove skins as well as Steam Group Lobbies, a way ...   read

 
 
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Damn, the Steam Awards art is hella good

Look, I'm a Fancy Man, alright? I cut my pizza with a fork and knife. I go to many a Broadway play and art gallery. I could probably ballroom dance if I wanted to. If I were a cat, I'd only eat wet food. The point is that I'm cultured and h...   read

 
 
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The Steam Autumn Sale just started, includes the brand new Steam Awards

Please don't mistaken us for AWOLNATION given how often we've screamed "SALE!" lately. He's singing about -- uh, boats? -- and we're talking about cheap video games. Fun with homophones. Also fun (probably) is the fact that Steam's Autumn ...   read

 
 
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Valve may have to pay up to $3 million for violating the Australian Consumer Law

Back in March, the Australian Federal Court found Valve guilty for several breaches of the Australian Consumer Law in a case that was initially brought forth in 2014 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The rational...   read

 
 
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This War of Mine getting a retail release and some anniversary DLC

This War of Mine utilized the medium of gaming to create a harrowing experience of dread. No one should have to live through war, but most people find it hard to understand the psychological effects such a situation can cause. It is easy to...   read

 
 
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Introducing Hot and Steamy: Popular and upcoming Steam games

Are you feeling the AAA blues? Season passes got you down? Then look no further than Hot and Steamy, a new feature I hope to make a regular thing looking at popular and upcoming Steam games releasing each week. While I don't guarantee any o...   read

 
 
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Lay (Rainbow Six) Siege to your friends for free this weekend

I guess betas and free weekends are the new demos, because a lot of developers have been opting for post-release "free" weekends to generate interest in their hot titles. We've seen one for Overwatch on consoles and now Ubisoft is following...   read

 
 
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The Steam store has a new look today

"Keep scrolling for more recommendations." I think that sums up the direction Valve has taken the Steam store in recent years. You can manually search for games by name or genre, or peek at the chart-toppers, sure, but have you seen these p...   read

 
 
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Turtle Rock Studios releases the final, lost episode of Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead was an addictive experience upon its release in 2008. The game eschewed a standard single-player campaign for something that merged co-op and competitive play together with a unique AI system that would create disturbances based...   read

 
 
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Valve announces expansion of licenses for VR demonstrations

Valve announced earlier today that they're expanding the Site Licensing Program (SLP) that allows people to use Steam content or services in a public setting. This is good news for people who want to demonstrate Virtual Reality (VR) games l...   read

 
 
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Valve will soon require that only screenshots be shown in the Steam store

Valve has put out some new guidelines for the upcoming "Discovery 2.0" update to the Steam store and misleading screenshots will no longer be allowed. The guidelines specify that all screenshots must be from actual gameplay. Valve won't be ...   read

 
 
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Xen will be added to Black Mesa in summer 2017

Fan project Half-Life remake Black Mesa is mostly done at this point, but still on Steam Early Access. That's because it's missing the game's final chapter, the one that never went over well in the first place: Xen. In an update o...   read

 
 
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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is coming 'very soon' to iOS

I have an utter infatuation with The Binding of Isaac. While I typically don't enjoy procedural-generation games, the core mechanics in Isaac lend itself to an infinite amount of playthroughs by employing luck and pure skill on the part of ...   read

 
 
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Review: Civilization VI

Over the course of many playthroughs and almost three full days of game time, Civilization VI is still on my mind. I’ve gone through the motion of placing districts, training an army, distributing “great” people, and build...   read

 
 
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Scream Fortress VIII is now live

Team Fortress 2 is celebrating its eighth (!) Halloween this year, and new events and items went live a few hours ago. Valve may be feeling a little pressure from Overwatch, because it looks like there's more new stuff available this time t...   read

 
 
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Review in Progress: Civilization VI

Many empires have risen and fallen throughout the history of mankind. What once stands as a towering achievement to human ingenuity and engineering soon becomes rubble, dust, and bones. The cycle repeats and history moves on; nothing demons...   read

 
 
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Valve's Orange Box is backward compatible on Xbox One

The Orange Box was a special release back in 2007. Hell, it still is to this day. Valve's compilation disc brought Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two to consoles, and good lord that's a lot of...   read

 
 
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Steam is overhauling its support for PlayStation 4 controllers

Steam is slowly assimilating every control method into its ever-expanding core, and it's just as well. While Xbox controllers were king on PC in terms of ease of use, the DualShock 4 has slowly been climbing the ranks. During its "Steam Dev...   read

 
 
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Valve brings monetized, limited-use sprays to Counter-Strike: GO

[Screenshot by Afro Deziak] Did someone use their monkey's paw to wish for sprays in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? As of this week's update, Valve has introduced graffiti to the game. It's a light feature folks have wanted to see make a...   read

 
 
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Civilization VI feels like a new beginning for the series

Sitting down to write this preview was a challenge. That isn’t because I can’t describe Civilization VI or I don’t like the game; it has to do with the nature of turn-based strategy titles. They become so addicting that yo...   read

 
 
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Valve is in hot water with Washington State over skin gambling

The Washington State Gambling Commission notified Valve Corporation today that it "must immediately stop allowing the transfer of virtual weapons known as 'skins' for gambling purposes through the company's Steam platform." The notice comes...   read

 
 


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