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Skulls of the Shogun escaping Windows 8 exclusivity

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 19, 2013 8:30am PDT

We described Skulls of the Shogun as "a deceptively brilliant strategy game" in our review but you probably never found that out for yourself, as the PC edition launched exclusive to Windows 8. Good news! That's apparently over, as developer 17-Bit Studios has announced it's...

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Shadow Warrior is free on Steam

By Alice O'Connor, May 30, 2013 3:30pm PDT

If you're not a PC gamer of advanced years, the fuss about the new Shadow Warrior may be a mystery to you. To get newcomers all jazzed up about it and, ah, motivated by an unfortunate security hole, publisher Devolver Digital is giving away 3D Realms' original 1997 FPS for f...

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"Those are not even remotely worth the full prize for the game."

- Kristian Joensen see all 17 comments

Team Fortress 2 community introduces 'Robotic Boogaloo'

By Steve Watts, May 20, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Team Fortress 2's "Robotic Boogaloo" is the first update made entirely by the fan community. It features 57 new items including mechanical hats, a new comic, and a short.

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Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Valve has launched "Steam Trading Cards" in beta, a meta-game that nets you with upgrades to your Steam profile as rewards.

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"It's great, it catches the derps and keeps money in the coffers of game companies. Hopefully ..."

- abrasion see all 20 comments

Valve fields indie Greenlight complaints

By Steve Watts, May 13, 2013 1:00pm PDT

Valve hosted an online get-together to talk with indie developers about Steam Greenlight, and was met with some outspoken critics who claim it's not visible enough and has been bleeding users.

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"I've grown to accept that Steam is a F2P MMO now that is best enjoyed by buying DLC."

- Sailor of Fortune see all 48 comments

Valve experiments: sweat-based Left 4 Dead, eye-controlled Portal

By Steve Watts, May 06, 2013 9:00am PDT

Valve has hired on an experimental psychologist who has been working on biometric feedback tests to influence gameplay.

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"I love how so much of this Steam money is going into Valve as basically a big R&D house with ..."

- nwillard see all 14 comments

Linux beta builds of Portal, Left 4 Dead 2 now available on Steam

By John Keefer, May 06, 2013 7:00am PDT

Valve has offered a treat to Linux users with the release of a Left 4 Dead 2 beta. Portal for Linux is also available, but Valve has been a bit more mum on that release. If you own any of those three games, the betas should appear in your Steam library.

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"Yea I was joking that there hasnt been a performance intensive Valve game in a while now"

- spiderfill see all 6 comments

Pinball FX2 bounces onto Steam next week

By Alice O'Connor, May 03, 2013 9:00am PDT

Flip 'em up Pinball FX2 is kind-of sort-of on Windows already-ish, but exclusive to the Windows 8 marketplace so does it really count? Thankfully It'll finally score a multiwindows powerup on Friday, May 10, with a downloadable release through Steam.

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"they don't have licensed real life machines. All the tables are original designs."

- -=kodiak=- see all 13 comments

Papers, Please stamped by Greenlight as approvals gather steam

By Alice O'Connor, May 02, 2013 6:00am PDT

As lovely as Steam is, it's a terrible shame that so many people apparently refuse to buy games not on Valve's digital distribution platform. Steam Greenlight has helped much-desired games get attention and onto Steam, but it's moved quite slowly until now. Valve yesterday a...

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"Really amazing game, completely surprised me with it's premise. Seems simple and boring at ..."

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Steam announces subscription plan support

By Steve Watts, Apr 25, 2013 9:30am PDT

Steam announced support for subscription plans today, debuting with the game Darkfall: Unholy Wars.

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"I kind of doubt they are going to make it a requirement for MMOs on the service. I am pretty ..."

- TheEmissary see all 8 comments

Dreamfall Chapters among newest games getting Steam greenlight

By John Keefer, Apr 17, 2013 1:30pm PDT

Valve unveiled the latest batch of games to get the Steam Greenlight, including a few successful and unsuccessful Kickstarter veterans. Perhaps the most notable entrant is Red Thread Games' Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey.

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"I was all ready to jump in and defend that neck but I can't defend that neck."

- gaplant see all 4 comments

Steam 'Early Access' lets you buy unfinished games

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 20, 2013 12:15pm PDT

With games continuously evolving after release, gamers have become accustomed to frequent title updates and patches. But, what if you could see a game evolve before it's ever officially "released"? That's what Steam plans on offering through its new "Early Access" library of...

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"I'm glad they did this, Introversion released alpha 8 of Prison Architect via steam yesterday ..."

- kwperley see all 38 comments

Team Fortress 2 'VR Mode' adds Oculus Rift support

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 18, 2013 12:55pm PDT

Valve has been experimenting with VR, and plans on launching an official "VR Mode" for its popular free-to-play shooter, Team Fortress 2.

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"Valve is great about these implementations, it's like with the Novint Falcon :)"

- Vogerl see all 2 comments

Steam Box prototypes coming to 'customers' in '3-4 months'

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 05, 2013 3:45pm PST

It won't be much longer until a few lucky gamers will get a chance to try out an early version of the "Steam Box"

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"Word on the strizz is that Valve is working on drivers for Linux, so that these games will play."

- Phunky Bob see all 17 comments

The War Z back on Steam, refund offer ends

By Steve Watts, Feb 27, 2013 9:30am PST

The War Z is back on Steam after a troubled launch. A notice states that Hammerpoint worked with Valve on community feedback, and a patch has been issued for existing customers.

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"World War Z was taken, DayZ was popular. What's not to get. It's a shitty title, but what do ..."

- K1Bond007 see all 14 comments