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  • Blog Post: Opinion - The Best Bosses In Gaming Are Other Players

    Dota 2’s middle lane is an interesting place, not only within the context of its own game, but in gaming as a whole. Traditionally the mid lane is the most important lane in each game, where a core hero from each team meets in one-on-one combat. These two heroes generally earn more gold and experience... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Dota 2 Patch 6.82

    Dota 2's 6.82 update features substantial, sweeping changes to the game. With hero reworks and changes, map changes, rune spawn changes and a new rune, and a new item, this patch is going to have a profound impact on gameplay and strategy. Join Daniel Tack and GI intern Sam Stewart as they muddle... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Portal

    Valve's Portal is one of the greatest feats of game design of the last decade. It's also a testament to the power of brevity. Portal was a unique game. It started as a student project entitled Narbacular Drop, which had the now-iconic "portal" gameplay but lacked in storytelling, polish... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - Dota 2’s International 4 Was Amazing, But A Failure For Spectators

    The finals of this year’s $10.9 million International 4 tournament, a best of five bout between Newbee and ViCi Gaming, was a display of unparalleled skill, practice, and preparation from both teams. The issue is, when it comes to the unwavering win-fast or don’t win at all strategy that... More
  • Blog Post: Thinking Without Portals – How The Portal 2 Gel Mod Aperture Tag Came To Exist

    Recently released on Steam , Aperture Tag rests somewhere between a substantial mod, DLC, and a full game release. It uses Portal 2's assets and and setting, but takes one if its mechanics – the use of the blue and orange gel – to create a completely original experience forcing you to... More
  • Blog Post: Chronicles - Dota 2, 2,000 Hours Later

    With this year's International tournament breaking $10 million, Dota 2 and the ARTS genre continue to climb in popularity on the PC. While the title can present players with a high learning curve, the frenetic team vs. team gameplay can be immensely rewarding. With multiple game modes to dive into... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Toward The Horizon

    For publishers and developers, it used to be so much simpler. You selected your target platforms, created the games, and released them to brick and mortar retail stores. But in today’s landscape, where new platforms are constantly emerging, digital distribution has opened up new revenue models... More
  • Blog Post: Embracing The Unreal: The Art And Animation Of Fortnite

    Fortnite marks a drastic shift for Epic Games. The developer is publishing the ambitious title itself and building an all-new online infrastructure, but the most obvious distinction from its previous work is the game's tone. Leaving Gears of War behind, the artists at Epic are embracing the cartoony... More
  • Blog Post: Movie Review: Free to Play

    As the competitive gaming scene continues to grow in prestige and popularity, Valve's Free to Play documentary seeks to give a wider audience a look into the phenomenon of eSports (as Indie Game: The Movie did for the indie game movement) by offering a look into the human stories behind the competition... More
  • Blog Post: Remembering Half-Life 2 For The First Time

    I don't have to tell you how popular Half-Life 2 has become over the years. However, it's one thing to know something is big and another to experience it for the first time almost 10 years after the fact. A lot has happened in the near decade since its release, but it's a testament to the... More
  • Blog Post: Life After Death: The Story Of Turtle Rock Studios

    To finish off our month of coverage of Evolve , we wanted to take an exhaustive look at the complete history of the game's developer, Turtle Rock Studios. Studio heads Chris Ashton and Phil Robb have had long careers in the game industry, contributing to classics like Command & Conquer, Counter... More
  • Blog Post: Full Breakdown Of All Fourteen Steam Machines

    Yesterday Valve unveiled it's full list of fourteen Steam Machine partners, however, not each Steam Machine is created equal. Here's a deeper dive into what you can expect from each system. Valve has taken a fairly hands off approach with it's hardware partners, allowing each one of design... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Twitch And Popular Streamer Share Blame For Server Outages

    Yesterday, starting about approximately 4 PM Eastern, a group known as “DerpTrolling” initiated a number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. During the assaults on League of Legends, Dota 2, and other games, popular streamer James Varga, who goes by the name of “PhantomL0rd”... More
  • Blog Post: Here’s Where Publishers Stand On YouTube Monetization And Copyright Right Now

    Following this week’s YouTube copyright catastrophe , we reached out to a number of publishers to find out where they stand on the matter. We were able to reach a number of publishers, and have also compiled public statements from others. YouTube videos have been growing in popularity, especially... More
  • Blog Post: Connection Failed: Troubled Online Launches

    Games are more connected than ever. Many of the world's most popular games are now exclusively online, and an increasing number blur the line between single- and multiplayer. Times are changing, but one thing has remained constant: Launching a large-scale online game is a difficult proposition -... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Don’t Write Off The Steam Controller Yet

    Valve’s new Steam Controller is weird. It eschews traditional thumb sticks in favor of touch-based trackpads that incorporate vibration to give players a more tactile experience. Valve also says the controller will work with every game in the Steam library. The company’s odd gamepad is unusual... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Who Needs A Steam Box?

    On Monday, Valve announced that it is developing SteamOS, an operating system designed specifically with gaming in mind. It was the first of three announcements coming from the company this week, and some are speculating that news on the Steam Box – a nickname for Valve’s long-rumored gaming... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: The Ups And Downs Of Valve's SteamOS Announcement

    Expect a lot of news, opinion, and solicitation of feedback on Valve and Steam this week. The company is rolling out three announcements tied to a push into the living room. Today saw the first, with the reveal of SteamOS . There are both strengths and weaknesses in Valve's announcement. While the... More
  • Blog Post: Behind The Scenes With The Aperture R&D Web Series

    Fan culture has come a long way from recreating gaming scenes in Legos on top of cakes. In 2010, the video company Wayside Creations produced a web series called Fallout: Nuka Break about a Vault 10 Dweller on the search for an ice-cold Nuka Cola. We chatted with Wayside creation director Vince Talenti... More
  • Blog Post: How To Bring Linux Into Mainstream Gaming

    An open operating system that you don't have to buy sounds like a win-win for gamers and developers, but many obstacles prevent Linux from moving past its current niche status. Here's what needs to happen to break Windows' dominance of computer gaming. As awesome as a Linux-driven future... More
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