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Opinion: The Key to Making Paid Mods Work

By Nathaniel Hohl, May 11, 2015 8:00am PDT

Steam's first attempt at introducing a paid mod system was short-lived, but perhaps there is a way to make it work. We make suggestions for how make everyone happy.

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"I made a Mod pack for Stalker out of like 4 people's individual small mods (with permission and ..."

- AxeMan808 see all 31 comments

Black Mesa re-imagines Half-Life with Valve's Source today

By Daniel Perez, May 05, 2015 9:15am PDT

The team at Crowbar Collective have released their re-imagining of the original Half-Life using Valve's Source, called Black Mesa, on Steam Early Access today.

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"I bought it. I'm a huge Half-Life fan and these guys deserve a show of appreciation from the ..."

- Madwacker see all 7 comments

Valve gives game developers power to issue Steam bans

By Daniel Perez, Apr 30, 2015 7:55am PDT

Steam bans can now be requested by a particular game developer for Valve to enforce.

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"It's multiplayer only. From the Steam faq on game bans: /It cannot prevent the user from ..."

- yukichigai see all 54 comments

Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels hits today, Valve Pinball teased for later

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 28, 2015 2:45pm PDT

Zen Studios released the latest Star Wars pinball table today with Star Wars Rebels arriving on PlayStation. However, the studio also has an enticing tease up for its next set of tables.

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"HAHAHA I will die laughing if HL3 ends up being only a pinball game. An awesome pinball game. ..."

- daggot see all 2 comments

Fixing Valve's paid mod idea - Chatty weighs in

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 28, 2015 11:00am PDT

Valve issued a reversal to its idea to introduce paid mods yesterday. The idea has been a hot topic in the Shacknews Chatty community and, today, we're taking a look at some of their best ideas to help Valve refine the program into something workable for all parties.

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"I honestly can't see a game like Skyrim using paid mods on a large scale as the number of mods ..."

- Hemtroll see all 7 comments

Valve removes paid mods from Skyrim

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 27, 2015 5:19pm PDT

Valve has done an about-face and has removed paid mods from Skyrim, essentially pausing the plans they revealed late last week.

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"Swallowing pride has nothing to do with it. They made a business decision to enact it in the ..."

- birdcool see all 15 comments

Paid Skyrim Mod Removed Because of Controversy

By Steven Wong, Apr 24, 2015 8:25am PDT

A premium mod of Skyrim has been removed from listing due to concerns, starting what could be a long line of potential issues stemming from Steam's paid mod program. 

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"Yes they can. That's one thing I really like about the Kerbal Space Programming modding ..."

- OverloadUT see all 10 comments

Opinion: Money for Steam Workshop Mods Turns Hobby into Commerce

By Steven Wong, Apr 24, 2015 6:30am PDT

Valve announced that Steam Workshop creators can now charge money for their mods, starting with Skyrim. This could have serious, degrading, effects on the gaming community and should be stopped. Here's why.

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"This outrage echoes the discussion when Garry's Mod started selling for $10. I feel the same now ..."

- crummynz see all 22 comments

Steam opens door for paid mods to enter Steam Workshop, starting with Skyrim

By Ozzie Mejia, Apr 23, 2015 10:35am PDT

Steam Workshop has allowed content creators to make money by contributing items to games, but now Valve is about to let them sell their mod work, too.

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"Yeah, I like the idea. It may even result in higher quality mods because there's incentive to ..."

- Dontdrop see all 118 comments

Valve requires new Steam users to spend $5 to access all features

By Daniel Perez, Apr 20, 2015 8:12am PDT

Valve is taking measures against spammers and phishers as they now require Steam users to spend at least $5 on the Steam store in order to gain access to all of the platform's features.

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""requiring spammers or phishers to spend at least $5 to get all of Steam's features will ..."

- BicycleRepairMan see all 50 comments

Opinion: Steam Machines Need More Than SteamOS Power

By Steven Wong, Apr 03, 2015 1:30pm PDT

Steam Machines, powered by SteamOS, are set to release this fall, which promise to bring PC gaming to the living room and challenge Windows' reign over PC gaming. Except, that they won't. These machines will need a lot more than Steam to get moving, and here's why.

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"They haven't tried 10 times, and a failure of a great idea due to poor implantation doesn't mean ..."

- Peanut Fox see all 8 comments

PSA: Dota 2: The International tickets go on sale tomorrow

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 26, 2015 2:20pm PDT

If you're looking to attend The International this year, you'll want to act fast. Tickets for the annual Dota 2 championships are going on sale tomorrow.

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"Valve's FAQ says there is no VIP seating or anything, so it's all general admission."

- OzzieMejia see all 5 comments

Valve's HTC Re Vive is a Formidable Opponent to Oculus Rift

By Asif Khan, Mar 23, 2015 4:00pm PDT

Hands-on time with Valve's entry to the VR marketplace shows that Oculus' early start wasn't enough to fend off competition.

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"Nope, but I am pretty conditioned to VR. There was no judder so that helps."

- the man with the briefcase see all 61 comments

Goat Simulator Could Cross Over to DOTA 2

By Steven Wong, Mar 16, 2015 1:15pm PDT

Coffee Stain Studios, makers of Goat Simulator, has submitted a rocket powered goat courier for consideration as part of DOTA 2. This goat really has an exciting life.

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"The way this has made the rounds in the Dota2 community, I think it has a good chance of making ..."

- dfay see all 8 comments

Team Fortress 2 gets Taunt Workshop and Mannpower update

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 12, 2015 6:40pm PDT

Team Fortress 2 has taken custom taunts out of beta and is allowing users to build their own customized taunts, so you can laugh in your opponent's general direction.

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