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Valve's Steamworks Seeps Into Unreal Engine 3

Epic Games and Valve Software announced they have inked a deal that will see the Valve's free Steamworks tools more easily available to all Unreal Engine 3 licensees.

The free Steamworks suite offers solutions for everything from auto-updating and social networking to matchmaking and copy protection in PC games. Unreal technology has been licensed widely by titles as diverse as Batman: Arkham Asylum and BioShock. Read more »

"You misinformed pour soul. Unreal engine 3 does not support AA under Dx9. It requires Dx10/11 ..."
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PC Games Net $13.1 Billion in 2009 as Digital Distribution Grows and Retail Sales Shrink

The industry consortium known as the PC Gaming Alliance has unveiled details of its 2009 Horizons Report, offering an update on the worldwide state of PC gaming.

Among the key findings is word that "PC gaming software revenue" continues to grow, with the worldwide market pulling in some $13.1 billion during 2009. The previous year, 2008, saw revenue of "about $11 billion" while 2007 bought in $10.7 billion. Read more »

"Some games have mod support. Some games don't. That's been the case forever and probably will ..."
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Remedy Gives Better Reason for Alan Wake's Absence on PC, Citing Small Dev Team as Cause

Related Topics – Alan Wake, xbox 360, Microsoft, PC Gaming, PC

Following a highly questionable explanation from Alan Wake publisher Microsoft that Remedy's "pyschological action thriller" wouldn't receive a PC version as the game was not "suited for the intimacy of the PC," Remedy has given VG247 a far better reason.

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"What's your point? GTA IV was a brand new next-gen engine ported over by Rockstar Toronto who ..."
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Ubisoft's New PC DRM Really Requires Net Access, Ends Game If Disconnected

Ubisoft wasn't kidding when it said that its new digital rights management technique mandates "an active Internet connection to play the game, for all game modes."

Advance copies of the first two games to embrace the new solution--Assassin's Creed II PC and The Settlers 7 PC--recently arrived at PC Gamer, leading to the discovery that the games automatically shut down if temporarily disconnected from the Internet. Read more »

"You miss the main point though! Every time a game doesn't sell well, the developer's say it's ..."
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Alan Wake No Longer Coming to PC

Related Topics – Alan Wake, xbox 360, Microsoft, PC Gaming, PC, X10

With the Xbox 360 version of Remedy's Alan Wake now sporting a May 18 release date, publisher Microsoft has confirmed that the "pyschological action thriller" will not hit PC.

Alan Wake was originally announced for PC and "next generation consoles" back in 2005. In July 2009, Remedy revealed that the fate of the PC edition was "up in the air," later clarifying that it "would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers" but stressing that "this decision lies with our publisher." Read more »

"Hey Mr. Grown Up it's not that we don't want to save "a few bucks" for an Xbox. We just don't ..."
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Dead Space 2 No Longer Coming to PC, Survey Suggests XBLA & PSN Ports of Dead Space Wii

The PC edition of Dead Space 2 was conspiciously abscent from EA's fiscal year 2011 release lineup revealed yesterday--because apparently there is no longer a PC edition.

"As of right now a PC sku is not in the plan," an EA representative told Blue's News. No reason was given for scrapping the PC edition, which the video games colossus announced alongside Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions a mere three months ago. Read more »

"I don't think "it was designed that way" is a good excuse. If you have to gimp the visuals and ..."
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Valve Boasts of 205% Steam Sales Increase in 2009

Steam's unit sales increased by 205% in 2009 over 2008's figures, Valve has declared as part of an announcement detailing the digital distribution platform's growth last year.

According to the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead dev, this "extraordinary growth" marks "the fifth straight year the platform has realized over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales."

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"They don't care about the bandwidth, they care about what their users are going to see. ..."
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Valve's Newell Receives GDC Pioneer Award

Joining the ranks of Ralph "Father of Video Games" Baer, Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov and Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has been named this year's recipient of the Game Developers Choice Pioneer Award.

The award "celebrates those individuals responsible for developing a vital technology or game design at a crucial juncture in video game history, paving the way for the many who followed them," event organizer Think Services Game Group explained in today's announcement. Read more »

"A few points. Microsoft and Bill Gates made this possible. Newell is Microsoft money if I'm not ..."
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Razer, Sixense and Valve Bringing Motion Controls and Gesture Recognition Hardware to PC Games

Gaming hardware developer Razer has announced a new multi-year partnership with Sixense Entertainment and Valve Software to deliver a, "...revolutionary true-to-life, next-generation motion sensing and gesture recognition controller for PC gaming."

Razer, Valve, and Sixense, along with a selection of PC OEM partners, are aiming to produce, "...ultra-precise one-to-one motion sensing controllers that use electromagnetic fields to track precise movements along all six axes." Each controller will reportedly track its orientation within a single degree, and detect positioning within one millimeter. Thankfully, the device will be compatible with both current and future generation PC games. Read more »

"looks interesting.. nothing more nothing less... there's a slight delay... nothing more ..."
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ModDB Announces PC Digital Distribution Service 'Desura' for Games and Mods

Related Topics – PC Gaming, PC, Digital distribution, Desura

Mod and indie development hub site ModDB has revealed it is launching a community-oriented PC digital distribution service for mods as well as games, named 'Desura.'

"Unlike ["Steam, D2D, Impulse, GamersGate etc"] however which are just shops with little to no interaction between the community and the content available, we aim to bring the power and openess of ModDB to digital distribution," the announcement declares. Read more »

"*THAT'S* it! Thanks! I knew it was a play on Steam, but couldn't come up with it for the life of me."
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Square Enix CEO Wada Talks Social Gaming and Console-Free Future

Related Topics – Facebook, Square Enix, PC Gaming, Eidos

Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada recently spoke with industry magazine Develop about the future of the company responsible for the beloved Final Fantasy series, with a focus on new development possibilities in social and browser-based gaming.

"Social and browser games, which is now a very big genre, is something we have started development into," Wada states. "I believe that these types of games are going to be spreading and growing dramatically - especially in areas like Asia which does not have much penetration of consoles." Read more »

"It would be a sad day to see nothing but Mafia Wars clones in the future. I can't stand the ..."
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Games for Windows Live 'Games on Demand' Launches With 50% off Shadowrun, Viva Pinata

Microsoft's foray into PC digital games distribution has begun in earnest today with the launch of Games for Windows Live Games on Demand, offering a small selection of titles at prices roughly comparable to competing digital distributors.

Requiring an update to version 3.2 of the Games for Windows Live client, Games on Demand sells digital downloads of GFW titles by credit card or with Microsoft Points. Read more »

"Activation only works for titles the publishers previously made a deal with Steam for activating ..."
- levente@speakeasy.net    See all 59 comments


Games for Windows Live Embraces Digital Distribution with Games on Demand

Games for Windows Live will become a full-fledged distribution platform for full games from December 15 with the addition of 'Games on Demand', Microsoft has announced.

The Games for Windows Live store will accept either Microsoft Points or credit card as payment for its Games on Demand, which can be downloaded and installed "whenever you want, wherever you want." Currently the store sells only downloadable content. Read more »

"Well, if Cliffy B is that worried, tell him to find a DRM-scheme similar to Steamworks from ..."
- MysterD    See all 57 comments


Digital Distribution Platforms Dispute Market Share, Sling Mud

A dispute between digital distribution platforms Direct2Drive and Impulse over market share has highlighted the difficulty of assessing the digital market and become a wee bit snippy, with Direct2Drive calling Impulse's estimates "misinformation at best."

Stardock had estimated in its 2009 consumer report that Valve's Steam held 70% of the market by dollars generated while Impulse sat in second place with a 10% share, and all others--including the IGN-owned Direct2Drive--shared the remaining 20%. Read more »

"I have both Impulse and Steam, and I play games on steam more than impulse (just because of ..."
- MidnightShift650    See all 48 comments


Alienware Adds Steam to PC Gaming Systems

Alienware gaming PCs will now come pre-loaded with the digital game distribution service Steam, as well as a copy of the critically acclaimed game Portal, according to the official Steam news site. Dell announced that all 'Area-51' and 'Aurora' desktops, along with the 'M17x' and 'M15x' laptops will include Valve's digital distribution service.

Frank Azor, Senior Manager of Product Planning for Dell's Gaming Group, explained the decision. "With its automatic game updates, easy friend finding and the ability to play your Steam purchased games on any PC, Valve has helped simplify PC Gaming to make it more enjoyable." Read more »

"No kidding, are people actually complaining that you get Portal for free? The amount of troll ..."
- bob3578    See all 78 comments




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