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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


"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...


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

- Smoochy666 see all 11 comments

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.


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

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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.


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

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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...


"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.


"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"


"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.


"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

Dota 2 adds player-created in-game guides

By Alice O'Connor, Feb 22, 2013 4:15pm PST

You ruined everything, idiot. Uninstall Dota 2 now. Then take your hard drive out and beat yourself around the face and genitals with it. Then kill yourself. In real life. Or, pop up a player-written skill build and guide for your character in-game, pick up a few tips, and t...


"The graphics in that engine are nice. It would be so good if someone made a mod which converted ..."

- abrasion see all 13 comments

Arma 3 to be Steam exclusive

By Steve Watts, Feb 21, 2013 10:30am PST

Arma 3 is Steam-exclusive, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Without this move, project lead Joris-Jan van't Land says "there was a very real chance there would be no Arma 3 this year."


"Great. Now how am I going to disinfect the insides of all of these tortoise shells?"

- Poor Yurik see all 71 comments

Steam for Linux officially launches

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 14, 2013 11:30am PST

After a lengthy beta period, Valve has finally launched Steam for Linux officially.


"that sucks :( tf2 on my 560ti, maxed out, 2048x1152, i sits around 150fps on average"

- harold.johnson see all 18 comments

Team Fortress 2 items pulling in lots of cash for users

By Steve Watts, Feb 01, 2013 2:00pm PST

Valve president Gabe Newell recently talked about their experiments in community-driven marketplaces, and how the most lucrative user earned half a million bucks in a single year.


"Red Tape Recorder, yeah that might be a bit OP, but spycicle? What's your problem with that? ..."

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Valve boss says Apple is biggest threat to Steam Box

By Steve Watts, Jan 31, 2013 7:55am PST

Valve founder Gabe Newell believes that the biggest threat facing Steam Box is Apple. He says the question is if the PC industry can get a foothold before Apple "takes over the living room."


"People don't seem to realize this. Apple's portable devices are handled more like consoles than ..."

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