All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘valve’

Watch These Guys Beat Half-Life In Under 21 Minutes

Before 1998, first-person shooters were all about, well, shooting. Half-Life came along in ’98 and changed everything though. Sure, it played a lot like Quake, but it had a story. It wasn’t one of those in your face stories either. It was subtle and left most of the story up to the player to find. In that sense, Half-Life is …

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Valve Is Porting Portal To The Nvidia Shield

Nobody really takes Android gaming that seriously. Ouya tried to appeal to the core gamer with its Kickstarter-backed platform, but it has pretty much fizzled out at this point. Despite this, Nvidia is still trying to make hardcore Android gaming a thing with its Shield platform, but it’s really only good for streaming PC games to a handheld device. Now …

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Microsoft Hasn’t Given Up On PC Gaming Just Yet

In August of last year, it looked like Microsoft was finally getting serious about PC gaming again when it hired former Steam boss Jason Holtman. Those hoping for a PC gaming renaissance from Microsoft were met with disappoint last month when it was revealed that Holtman would be leaving Microsoft after only six months on the job. While his departure …

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Steam Holiday Sale Has Begun, ‘Arkham Origins’ Half Off

During this year’s Black Friday holiday shopping weekend, PC gamers were treated to this year’s Steam Autumn Sale. As expected, this sale was a small taste of the much larger sale that was to come. Today Valve launched its 2013 Steam Holiday Sale. Prices on a huge selection of PC games are at the lowest level they will be at …

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Steam Machine Gets The Teardown Treatment From iFixIt

Earlier this month, Valve sent out 300 Steam Machines to lucky beta testers across the U.S. While the chances of you getting one were incredibly slim, one of the iFixIt team members somehow managed to get his hands on one. Of course, that means they also tore it apart to see just how repairable Valve’s new console/PC hybrid is. It …

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Gabe Newell Talks Coding In Google Hangout

When you hear the name Gabe Newell, what immediately comes to mind? For most of us, it’s probably Valve, Steam, Half-Life or some combination of the three. Not many would immediately equate Newell to coding as it’s easy to forget that he’s a programmer first and lord of Valve second. That’s why Google recently invited Newell to speak to computer …

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Steam Machines Will Ship Out On Friday, Beta Participants To Be Notified Today

Earlier this year, Valve introduced the world to its vision of bringing PC gaming to the living room with SteamOS and Steam Machines. While hardware makers won’t have Steam Machines on the market until next year, Valve said it would be sending out 300 prototype machines to beta testers at some point in December. Turns out that “some point in …

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Valve Is Now An Official Member Of The Linux Foundation

It’s no secret that Valve sees Linux as the future of PC gaming. After all, the company is building SteamOS on top of Linux. Now the game developer has cemented its commitment to the platform by joining The Linux Foundation. So, what does Valve joining The Linux Foundation mean for both? For Valve, it allows the company to have a …

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Steam Autumn/Spring Sale Has Begun

Fresh off the new console launches, Valve today launched its annual Autumn Sale. The sale should come as a relief to gamers who spent tons of money on a new console only to find the launch titles lacking. Actually, the sale isn’t entirely an Autumn Sale. A close look at the bottom of the Steam Store page will show that …

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Here’s The First Third-Party Steam Machine

Earlier this year, Valve announced that it would be getting into the “console” market with the Steam Machine. As its name implies, it takes the PC and stuffs into a box that even the PC illiterate can understand. For now, the only Steam Machines in existence are those built by Valve, but third-party manufacturers will start releasing their own hardware …

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Valve Introduces Steam Reviews, Beta Goes Live Today

Are you one of the many jaded, cynical gamers that just can’t trust game critics anymore? Do you find more truthiness in the words of your fellow gamer? Well, you will be pleased to know that Valve is now introducing a new system in Steam that lets users write and curate reviews for every game on the service. Valve announced …

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Steam In-Home Streaming To Enter Beta Soon

Back when Valve first announced SteamOS, it said that users would be able to either play PC games on its own Steam Machines hardware or stream games from another PC in the house to the television. While Steam Machines won’t go on sale until next year, Valve is now letting interested users register for the Steam In-Home Streaming beta. Valve …

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Valve Demos Its New Steam Controller

Earlier this month, Valve announced its intention to enter the hardware market with Steam Machines complete with Steam Controller. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should really check it out. It’s wild, and totally out there – just like Valve. Now, you may be wondering – how the hell do I play games with that thing? Well, Valve is …

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Valve To Host Steam Dev Days In January

There’s no denying that Valve is a major force in PC gaming. After all, the company singlehandedly revived the PC gaming market with Steam. Now it’s entering the gaming hardware and operating system markets, and it wants developers along for the ride. Valve announced today that it will be hosting the first ever Steam Dev Days on January 15, 2014 …

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Valve Reveals Steam Machine Prototype Specs

Last week video game developer Valve, the company behind the Steam online marketplace, unveiled its vision of bringing PC gaming to the living room and TVs. This announcement included hardware called “Steam Machines” that would run SteamOS and be controlled with the new Steam Controller. Along with the announcement, Valve revealed that 300 lucky gamers will get the chance to …

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Is Half-Life 3 Actually Under Development?

Throwing the caution of attracting the ire of the The Answer Is No Twitter account, the idea of actually getting to play Half-Life 3 makes one take risks when it comes to article title conventions. The idea of the game actually seeing the light of day is point of extreme consternation of video game fans around the globe. Of course, …

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Odd-Looking Steam Controller Announced by Valve

On Monday, Valve announced SteamOS, a new PC operating system tuned specifically for gaming. It followed-up that announcement on Wednesday with the reveal of Steam Machines, new hardware from Valve and its partners that will take advantage of SteamOS. Today Valve revealed the final piece of its living room strategy: the Steam controller. The controller itself is the oddest-looking video …

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Valve Announces Steam Machines, Will Ship Out 300 Prototypes This Year

On Monday, Valve announced the first step in its plan to take over the living room – SteamOS. Now an operating system is all well and good, but it needs hardware to run on. That’s where the next step comes in. Valve announced this afternoon that it intends to enter the hardware market with Steam Machines. The company says that …

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Valve’s SteamOS Gets The NMA Treatment

Yesterday afternoon, Valve announced SteamOS. It’s an open and free Linux-based operating system built specifically to play PC games. Valve reportedly has the support of many major industry players, and will be rolling it out this year. Before that, though, you must be wondering what everybody’s favorite Taiwanese animators think about Valve’s move into the standardized gaming market. Well, wonder …

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Valve Announces SteamOS, Brings Your PC To The Living Room

Last year, Valve attempted to bring Steam to the living room through Big Picture. It worked well enough, but it required you to plug your PC directly into a TV. With its next breakthrough, Valve will now bring your PC to the living room through a dedicated operating system. This afternoon, Valve announced SteamOS – a Linux-based operating system that …

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Steam Introduces Family Sharing For PC Games

Valve, the development studio behind the popular PC gaming market Steam, this week announced that it will soon introduce a “Family Sharing” feature into Steam. The feature will be tested in a limited beta starting next week, which can (possibly) be entered by joining the Family Sharing group on Steam. One thousand people from the Family Sharing group will be …

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Microsoft Hires On Former Steam Boss Jason Holtman

Games for Windows Live was a great idea bogged down by poor execution. Microsoft attempted to bring the Xbox Live experience to PC games, but the software itself was nowhere near as convenient as Steam. A recent hire at Microsoft may indicate that the Redmond-based company may be trying to improve its Games for Windows initiative. Gamesindustry International reports that …

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Steam Sale 2013 Has Begun, BioShock Half Off

The summer event PC gamers have been waiting for and speculating about for weeks has finally arrived. The Steam summer sale has begun. The sale, titled the “Steam Summer Getaway Sale,” will last from today until July 22. The first round of daily deals includes well-reviewed titles such as Hotline Miami, Antichamber, and BioShock Infinite. In a new twist to …

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Steam Summer Sale Will Probably Start Tomorrow

The Steam Summer sale is an annual event that’s about as exciting as Christmas. For two glorious weeks, pretty much every single game on Valve’s digital games portal is heavily discounted. For the price of one $60 game, gamers end up buying 10 games that they’ll never play. It’s a tragic kind of beauty. Well, it seems that all you …

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New Update Hitting Team Fortress 2 Was Made Entirely By Fans

Valve loves its fans, and fans love Valve right back. This relationship has led to some amazing things, with the latest being Team Fortress 2: Robotic Boogaloo. Team Fortress 2: Robotic Boogaloo is a new update hitting the popular free-to-play shooter with content that was made entirely by fans for fans. Here’s the official word from Valve: This update is …

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Play Games Before They’re Released With Steam Early Access

Pre-loading on Steam has given gamers everywhere the chance to play a game the moment its released. Now Steam is taking that idea a step further – allowing gamers to play a game while it’s still in development. Steam Early Access gives players a chance to play PC games before they’re officially released so players can give critical feedback to …

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Left 4 Dead 2 Cast To Appear In The PC Version Of Resident Evil 6

Last year’s disappointing Resident Evil 6 is hoping to find new life on the PC later this month. Part of that revival comes in the form of “No Mercy,” a new multiplayer mode exclusive to the PC version. What’s even more surprising is that Valve is bringing the cast of Left 4 Dead 2 to this mode. Capcom announced today …

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Steam For Linux Out Of Beta, Celebrated With Sale

For the past few months, Valve has been testing its Steam client on Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution. During that beta period, many of the games were locked away in beta testing leaving those not invited high and dry. Now that beta period is over, however, and Steam is ready to celebrate. Valve announced today that Steam for Linux …

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Watch Gabe Newell, J.J. Abrams Talk About Films And Gaming

During the annual D.I.C.E. conference last week, a number of gaming luminaries spoke on the state of the industry. These talks were all posted online with the exception of one that didn’t show up until this week. Unfortunately, it was the most important talk of all – a chat between Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Valve’s Gabe Newell. Gamers, and …

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Watch Gabe Newell Talk About The Future Of Valve

Gabe Newell is pretty busy these days. Just last week, he was at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs talking about the business of video games. Now he’s at the annual D.I.C.E. Summit where he gave two separate talks – one with director J.J. Abrams and one on the future of Valve. Unfortunately, the video of his talk …

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