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C-Blog Recaps for 9/22/13 + Jinxisms + SteamOS

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So yeah. This happened. There are still a lot of details up in the air, but I have faith in Valve - and Gabe Newell as a brilliant businessman - that this will be successful. At least, on the scale Valve wants it to be. They are sitting on 50+ million active Steam accounts... expanding the userbase a bit, and offering more to current users, is all they need to do. Valve also thinks long-term, and I think this is about creating an "ecosystem" as they call it. Like any other platform or OS, we have an investment in our Steam accounts. Having 400+ games in my account, the chances of me ditching PC gaming in favor of consoles is nil. If Valve can get more people trying Steam, even with a light gaming box for indie games and emulators, they'll have them hooked soon enough.

As for Valve taking the risk of making hardware, it seems unlikely - this Forbes article makes a very good case against it. We may see them providing specs to manufacturers, though, and they have surely invested a lot of R&D in SteamOS itself and will be supporting developers to port their games to natively run on the game-focused OS.

Steamplay will also surely be obligatory here- if you own a game on Steam for Windows/Mac, I have no doubt you'll be able to play the SteamOS version as much of your back catalog is made compatible. While I'm interested in the performance gains for native SteamOS titles, I'm more interested in buying a cheap box for streaming from my desktop. In fact, I'm wondering if an older laptop or desktop running SteamOS or just Steam in Windows might be able to do that. Would be quite a nice way to reuse an older computer, wouldn't it?

Valve has two more announcements to go, so keep an eye on this page. Next announcement is Weds at 1pm, and I'm guessing the last will be the same time Friday. I'm hoping for Half-Life 3, but based on the glyphs I'm not really seeing it as likely. *sigh*

Still... you never know...


* - Story in Games - A great article about the importance of integrating story and gameplay by Game Games!

M - Favorite GTA Moment - Troy shares his favorite GTA moments with us!

R - Tomb Raider 2013 - Infinitestrike shares his thoughts on this years reboot of the series.

T - Klonoa 2 - JoyfulSanity takes a look back at the well-reviewed but lesser-known game series.

T - Resistance vs Resistance 2 - Callusing compares the gameplay changes between the two games.

T - Next-Gen - Epic-Kx talks about next-gen, including 'wild cards' like the Vita and Wii U.

R - The Longest Journey - Samsneeze reviews the classic point-and-click adventure title.

R - iOS7 - Roll6 gives us a quick review of Apple's new portable OS.

T - Next-Gen - Ocelot examines the trials next-gen consoles face.

Wait... did someone say Ocelot?!




It's the same for us game writers... just replace Solitaire with Skyrim or GTA...



Want true survival-horror? Go back to Haunted House for the Atari 2600.

F - If you don't write, why did you make a blog, dipshit?


I buy a $300 video card, then get hooked on f*cking Triple Town.

At least I'm still hitting Skyrim pretty hard. And omg is it glorious on that GTX760. Click for 1080p. I love how this game just scale and scales with better hardware since you can just keep adding mods to it.



*sigh* Maybe I'll actually finish Skyrim one day. Still, I really can't wait for Dragon Age Inquisition and The Witcher 3. Graphics aren't everything, but... they can be pretty wonderful, too.

Have a good week, D'toid gang!


- Jinx


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