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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Exploring Valve's Premiere VR Experience: The Lab

    After weeks familiarizing ourselves with the new technology, we rolled out a bevy of VR reviews last Friday, including hardware evaluations of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive . Among our reviews is a look at The Lab , a collection of VR experiences built to showcase the potential of the HTC Vive. Andrew... More
  • Blog Post: The HTC Vive Review

    Experimental, Inconsistent, and Sometimes Magical Two heads may indeed be better than one. A project that neither HTC nor Valve could bring to fruition alone has found life through an intense cooperative venture, and the result is the Vive. The virtual-reality headset marks a new direction both for the... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Video Game Franchises That Make Sense For VR

    No more waiting; VR is finally here. Except we are still waiting – waiting for some games that we’d really like to play with our new toys. The Rift and Vive both have some novel launch experiences, but they are a far cry from the system-selling titles that gamers are used to seeing year-in... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Lists About 120 Oculus Rift And Vive Games As VR Era Dawns

    Update: The Vive launches today, and even more titles have been added to Steam's VR roster. We've also updated the list below with pricing for the games releasing today. Original Story: While many gamers aren’t convinced that virtual reality is here to stay, one thing is for sure. There... More
  • Blog Post: Viva La Vive: Hands On With Five Exciting VR Experiences

    In addition to sampling games on Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, we had a chance to check out some of what's coming to the HTC Vive. Valve's headset diverges from the others by encouraging movement while offering smart obstacle sensing. We had the chance to check out some of the games coming... More
  • Blog Post: Making Room For The Vive – Valve And HTC Think They Have A Better Way To Do VR

    Technology constantly reshapes the rooms in our homes. A few centuries ago, our living rooms were filled with fine artwork, musical instruments, and other worldly trinkets designed to impress and entertain dinner guests. But when the radio showed up – promising a steady stream of news and gossip... More
  • Blog Post: Hat Trick: How Valve Is Making eSports Magic

    This year, Valve’s The International 2015 Dota 2 tournament commanded an unprecedented prize pool of $18 million, the largest purse in eSports history. Split five ways amongst the winning team, Evil Geniuses, the first-place payout of $6.6 million is around $1.3 million per competitor, not counting... More
  • Blog Post: A Beginner’s Guide To Watching Dota 2 Matches

    Dota 2's The International is happening now, and it's all gearing up to the finals. With more than $18 million up for grabs (the biggest for any eSports event) for the participants, this is an event worth watching. If you're unfamiliar, however, with Dota 2's mechanics or the best way... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Portal Meets Pinball, Let The Testing Begin

    Today Valve and Zen Studios revealed their new, surprise collaboration: A pinball table devoted to the dimension-hopping antics of Portal. Join us as we take the table for a spin and discuss what the table offers longtime Portal fans. Join us as Ben Reeves, Jeff Cork, and I try out the new table, which... More
  • Blog Post: The Fallacy Of Free Mods - Paying Creators, Developers, And Valve Is The Right Move (And May Return)

    The past two weeks have been tumultuous for PC gamers, as Valve announced (and quickly terminated) a mechanism that allowed modders to charge for their work. While the dust has mostly settled, there are important lessons from the aborted attempt and how we might better discuss this issue in the future... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Half-Life

    The Essentials is Game Informer's weekly recurring feature that takes a look at the most important games the industry has to offer. These games aren't just a ton of fun: Their quality, innovation, and industry influence make them must-play experiences for anyone who wants a greater appreciation... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Left 4 Dead

    The Essentials is Game Informer's weekly recurring feature that takes a look at the most important games the industry has to offer. These games aren't just a ton of fun: Their quality, innovation, and industry influence make them must-play experiences for anyone who wants a greater appreciation... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's First Foray Into Virtual Reality Is A Convincing One

    Three days after Valve announced its virtual reality partnership with HTC, we finally had a chance to test out the technology we have heard rumors about from giddy developers for a couple years. Though the initial setup is much more cumbersome than the other VR demos we've tried, once you drop into... More
  • Blog Post: Keeping Promises: Seven Things That Need To Happen In 2015

    It's tough to make a promise when it comes to video game development. So many things can happen when it comes to a title or feature being completed, to say nothing of nailing a release date. That being said, there have been some...assurances, shall we say...that companies have made about their games... More
  • Blog Post: Kyle Hilliard's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    I’m sure many of our lists will feature broad open worlds and RPGs full of choices and alternate player-driven directions, but I have always been a fan of the more curated experience – the one that has been designed with a specific goal in mind that the player must accomplish. I love exploring... More
  • Blog Post: Matt Helgeson's Top Five Game Of The Last Generation

    It was the longest console generation in history, beginning with the release of the Xbox 360 in 2005 and generally ending in the fall of last year. Looking back, it also may have been the best. With three successful consoles, there were more games than ever before, and console game designers finally... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Valve's Wasted Year

    The beginning of 2014 started well enough for Valve and its initiative to bring Steam fully into the living room with the SteamOS, controller, and Steam Machines. However, with Valve delaying Steam Machines and the controller into 2015, what momentum there was for Valve's plans have dissipated; further... More
  • 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
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