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Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

If you’ve ever felt ashamed of games you’ve picked up but never played, at least you can rest assured you aren’t alone. A study into Steam playing habits has found that more than a third of all games purchased through the service have never been loaded up even once.

Read more: 37% never played, 17% played less than one hour »

"Same here, had my Steam account since Counterstrike first came out. I've got the 10+ year badge ..."
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Age of Mythology 'Enhanced Edition' coming in May

Age of Mythology 'Enhanced Edition' coming in May

A decade old game is getting a jolt of new life this spring. Age of Mythology came out in 2002, which is so long ago people might as well have actually believed in Zeus, but soon it will get an "Extended Edition" with all the subsequent bells and whistles and some new extras.

Read more: Steamworks, HD widescreen, and global lighting »

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Steam Family Sharing now out of beta

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Steam Family Sharing now out of beta

Valve is ready to bring families (or ten really close friends) a lot closer together, as the company has brought its Family Sharing program out of beta. All Steam users will now be able to share games with others, without compromising their own save progress or achievements.

Read more: Restrictions do apply »

"I somehow missed this in the FAQ. I agree that this limitation makes the whole system way less ..."
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Plague Inc: Evolved now available via Steam Early Access

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Plague Inc: Evolved now available via Steam Early Access

The recently announced PC version of Plague Inc is now available for purchase via Steam Early Access for $15.

Read more: 'Stable' but not feature-complete »

"loving this on mobile. only 1 more DLC to buy and beat now :)"
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Steam Dev Days videos let you stream Gabe Newell

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Steam Dev Days videos let you stream Gabe Newell

Chances are you did not go to Valve's exclusive Steam Dev Days event. The developer-only event didn't reveal much in terms of news, other than a redesign for the Steam Controller. However, it proved insightful and provocative for attendees.

If you want to learn more about the future of Steam Machines, and getting started with Linux development, you'll be glad to find out that all the talks delivered at the event are now available for streaming.

Watch: Get educated »

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Double Dragon: Neon now pummeling Steam

Double Dragon: Neon now pummeling Steam

After taking out the trash on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network a while back, the Lee brothers have returned to clean house on Steam. Midnight City has yesterday launched Double Dragon: Neon for PC via Steam, for $9.99. Players will fight through everything from neon streets to space stations on a mission to rescue the kidnapped Marian from the vile Skullmageddon.

Read more: Time to pummel some afros »

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Steam Music announced, beta starting soon

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Steam Music announced, beta starting soon

Steam Machines are taking a big step towards turning the popular gaming platform into an all-in-one set-top box, and Valve has announced a new beta feature that will further those goals. Steam Music will be hitting both Big Picture and SteamOS interfaces as a beta, letting you listen to your music collection while playing games.

Read more: Desktop version coming soon »

"Seems bizarre at first but I reckon they picked up on the fact that people like to listen to ..."
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Automatic refunds now available for Steam pre-orders

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Automatic refunds now available for Steam pre-orders

Steam has made their marketplace a bit more user-friendly by streamlining the process of pre-order refunds. Customers will no longer need to contact Valve directly or wait for an email response in order to get their money back on an unreleased title. Because let's face it, we've all suffered buyer's remorse on a PC game that's coming out six months from now.

Read more: Early Access does not apply »

"Drama much. If you know it won't be released immediatly then you didn't get ripped off. If you ..."
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SteamOS installer adds dual-boot support

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SteamOS installer adds dual-boot support

Good news, curious early adopters: if you want to try out SteamOS, you no longer need to dedicate a box solely to its operation. The initial release of Valve's Linux-based OS wouldn't let you run more than one OS out-of-the-box. An update to the SteamOS beta makes dual-boot installation much easier, though Valve engineer John Vert warned that it's still mostly untested.

Read more: "Don't install it on any machine you are not prepared to lose." »

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Steam in-home streaming enters beta

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Steam in-home streaming enters beta

One of the fancy features promised by SteamOS is the ability to stream Windows games over your home wireless network. So even if you don't have a top of the line Steam Machine hooked up to your TV, you'll still be able to use your primary gaming PC to stream Windows games wirelessly.

Read more Targeted towards 'development partners' »

"I was actually wondering how much power you need. Maybe Raspberry Pi could do it. "
- K1Bond007    See all 8 comments


3DMark attempts to benchmark Steam Machines

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3DMark attempts to benchmark Steam Machines

There sure are a lot of Steam Machines to choose from. However, what offers the best bang for the buck? Futuremark has taken an early stab at benchmarking these systems with 3DMark.

Read more: Huge gap between the high and low end revealed »

"The price and compact size on some of them makes for a nice way to bring your Steam library into ..."
- Junktown    See all 12 comments


Steam Controller drops touch screen, adds physical buttons

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Steam Controller drops touch screen, adds physical buttons

Last we got our hands on a Steam Controller, we thought it a bizarre device. With clickable trackpads instead of analog sticks and a number of oddly-placed triggers, the learning curve of Valve's new way of interfacing was certainly high. The company admitted that the controller was still in beta, and it looks like major changes are in the works.

Read more: D-Pad and Xbox buttons »

"depending on the spacing, pressing button up + button right to give you up-right is really ..."
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Steam UI adds experimental Oculus Rift mode

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Steam UI adds experimental Oculus Rift mode

Playing games in 3D with your Oculus Rift is all good and well, but no one will ever believe you're a super wizard class hacker if you remove your goggles between games to gawp at a plain old monitor. Thankfully Valve is thinking of you, and has brought an "experimental" virtual reality mode to the Steam interface so you can browse your games deep in cyberspace.

Read more: Looks like Big Picture on a curved screen »

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Steam Family Options launches out of beta

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Steam Family Options launches out of beta

As Valve winds up for the first wave of Steam Machines to hit living rooms this month, it's making sure the software is in shape too. One important feature for a more console-y system is a way to parents to keep innocent young eyes away from horrid adult content, so they can play Peggle but not, say, Saw. No child should suffer that.

After a spot of public testing, Valve this week brought Steam's Family Options into the main client for all and sundry to enjoy, without any need for fiddly opting into beta builds.

Read more: Lock the store and more away behind a PIN »

"That's about right. Also, I'd be satisfied if this were tightly restricted, aka every computer ..."
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Steam Controllers will get another round of beta testing

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Steam Controllers will get another round of beta testing

The Steam Controller is odd. Even after a bit of hands-on time, we were a bit confused. Clearly, Valve's unique approach to game input will require a bit of a learning curve. And, it may need some more user feedback to iron out the kinks. That's why the company is planning on shipping out another batch of Steam Controllers to developers and users.

Read more: Coming later this year »

"If only Batmans batarang could do all of this. Controller tight."
- kenclopz    See all 2 comments




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