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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.

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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"

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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.

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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 ..."

- 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.

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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."

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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...

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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

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...

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"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."

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"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.

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"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.

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"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."

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

- DinK see all 39 comments