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Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

By Steve Watts, Apr 16, 2014 11:00am PDT

A study of Steam community members' playing history reveals that an estimated 37% of games are owned but not played.


"I think the ONLY reason people buy Half-Life 2 but not play it is because of MODS."

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Dota 2: The International's fourth year begins July 18

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 01, 2014 11:30am PDT

Dota 2: The International will return for its fourth year and will run from July 18-21 at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA.


Valve's Michael Abrash exits company to join Oculus

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 28, 2014 4:15pm PDT

Michael Abrash was previously known as one of the faces of Valve's VR initiative, having most recently spoken about the potential of VR tech during January's Steam Developer Days. Today, Abrash has announced his depature from Valve, having joined the team at Oculus VR as its...


"In this case I think Facebook just equals lots of $$$. Sure they could ruin the tech and use it ..."

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A better look at the updated Steam Controller

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 14, 2014 12:30pm PDT

With Game Developers Conference around the corner, Valve has offered a better look at the updated controller.


"Right, I understand that, I just wonder how many people there are who would care to do that."

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Portal board game coming from Cryptozoic, here's how it works

By Steve Watts, Mar 05, 2014 3:00pm PST

Portal is being adapted into a board game with the cooperation of Cryptozoic, and now we have a better idea of just how it will work.


"Cryptozoic makes the walking dead best defense board game and that's pretty fun. Roommate's and ..."

- k1ld0r see all 12 comments

Source 2 engine driven by focus on user-generated content

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 04, 2014 6:30pm PST

Source 2, an engine Valve has confirmed in 2012 and has--in typical Valve fashion--spoken nothing of since. A new Reddit AMA with Valve's Gabe Newell gives us at least some insight into what's happening.


"i'm sure there are many who've already worked out their own visions of how the story could end!"

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Steam Family Sharing now out of beta

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 01, 2014 11:00am PST

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.


"I somehow missed this in the FAQ. I agree that this limitation makes the whole system way less ..."

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Counter-Strike: GO 'Operation Phoenix' rises for $3

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 21, 2014 9:45am PST

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Phoenix offers eight community-made maps, 13 new weapon finishes, and an in-game coin to help track your competitive stats. It'll run through June 4 for $2.99.


Valve-produced Dota2 documentary Free to Play releases March 19

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 19, 2014 11:15am PST

Valve is making a feature-length documentary called Free to Play that follows three Dota 2 players as they venture to the Dota 2 International Tournament.


"You are not alone! I'd rather play PS 2 games with Breivik than watch a documentary about this. "

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Steam Dev Days videos let you stream Gabe Newell

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 11, 2014 1:00pm PST

Chances are you did not go to Valve's exclusive Steam Dev Days event. So now you can virtually attend with these videos.


Steam Music announced, beta starting soon

By Steve Watts, Feb 03, 2014 11:30am PST

Steam will be getting a new Music feature soon, in beta testing on both the Big Picture and SteamOS interfaces.


"Seems bizarre at first but I reckon they picked up on the fact that people like to listen to ..."

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Dota 2 adds two new heroes and 'Random Ability Draft' mode

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 30, 2014 9:00am PST

With Chinese New Year nigh, Valve has launched a honking great Dota 2 patch heralding a new special seasonal event. Yesterday's patch brought over two new heroes from the original DotA mod, Terrorblade and Phoenix. More weirdly, it added an astonishing new mode named 'Random...


"You're talking about a DOTA player - for whatever reason, the communities for these types of ..."

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The Witness will support Valve's VR tech

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 25, 2014 4:00pm PST

Despite some early pessimism, The Witness creator Jonathan Blow is sold on the idea of Valve's VR prototype and his upcoming puzzle game will fully support it.


"Ahh damn, I wondered why it looked familiar, he already confirmed it like six weeks ago."

- Kolzig73 see all 11 comments

Automatic refunds now available for Steam pre-orders

By Ozzie Mejia, Jan 25, 2014 11:00am PST

Those suffering buyers remorse on a pre-order PC title will be relieved to know that Valve has streamlined the process of pre-order refunds, now issuing funds directly to a user's Steam Wallet.


"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

By Steve Watts, Jan 23, 2014 10:00am PST

The latest beta version of SteamOS allows you to dual-boot your system, letting you try out the gaming-dedicated OS without reserving an entire box for it.