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  • Blog Post: North Side Forced To Pull Plug On Bot Colony Due To Poor Sales

    The creative game, which aimed to innovate in video game A.I.-conversation, has been shut down by developer North Side. Bot Colony was the creation of aerospace engineer Eugene Joseph, and was intended to do what has never been done in games - truly free-form conversations with A.I. characters. The game's... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Workshop Payouts Top $57 Million Since 2011 Launch

    Valve has shared new statistics on the Steam Workshop program. According to the publisher and platform holder, over $57 million have been paid out to creators of items for Valve games. That sum was earned by over 1,500 community members in more than 75 countries. Up until now, supported titles were limited... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Broadcasting Is Out Of Beta For All Users

    If you’ve been using the Steam beta client, you’ve had access to in-client broadcasting features since December. For those of you who prefer to use the more fully tested version of the Steam app, your time has come. According to the latest update notes, Steam Broadcasting was moved over from... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Online's H1Z1 Hits Steam Early Access

    You can now get an early look at Sony Online's upcoming zombie survial multiplayer game. H1Z1 is now available as a Steam Early Access title. There are two tiers of Early Access: Standard ($19.99) and Premium ($39.99). Standard gets you three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while Premium... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Free Weekend Double Header Features Civilization: Beyond Earth And Saints Row IV

    Steam is serving up two big AAA this weekend for free. Whether you want to protect the world from alien invaders or choose to be an interloper yourself, there’s something for you. First up is Deep Silver and Volition’s Saints Row IV . We’re only a week and a half away from the standalone... More
  • Blog Post: Steam’s First Anime Games Sale Includes Fighting Games, RPGs, And Action

    Valve is hosting its first sale focused exclusively on anime games. Over 40 titles are on offer, with titles discounted by as much as 75 percent. Included are entries from the Ys series, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, The King of Fighters XIII, and Double Helix’s Strider reboot. You can... More
  • Blog Post: Alien: Colonial Marines And Aliens Vs. Predator Return To Steam

    Last week, we reported that two Sega-published Alien games had disappeared from Steam . Those titles are now back in the catalog. Aliens vs. Predator (2010) and Alien: Colonial Marines had been removed toward the end of the year. No explanation has been offered for their temporary disappearance. We reached... More
  • Blog Post: Alien: Colonial Marines Disappears From Steam

    Reports are surfacing that multiple titles in the Alien universe are disappearing from Steam. We were able to confirm one of them, 2013’s Alien: Colonial Marines, has been removed. The title received critical panning and is the subject of an ongoing class-action lawsuit . The other title identified... More
  • Blog Post: Concurrent Steam Users Top 8.46 Million In Early Hours Of 2015

    In June 2014, Steam saw record concurrent usership during its summer sale. Over 8 million people flocked to the site at the same time during the heat of June. Now, in the early hours of 2015, a that number has been surpassed. At approximately 11:30 a.m. Pacific / 2:30 p.m. Eastern on January 1, usership... More
  • Blog Post: PSA: Holiday Digital Gaming Sales Coming To An End

    Microsoft, Sony, and Valve are wrapping up their holiday sales, making this your last chance to save on popular titles. Here’s what you can find from each of them and when the offers expire. Steam The final two days of the Steam Holiday Sale bring back discounts on popular games. Included in the... More
  • Blog Post: PSA: Steam Holiday Sale Is Live Now Through January 2

    It’s the season for giving, but also a time for paying absurdly low prices for games that will sit in your backlog. We’ve covered PlayStation and Xbox sales. Now, PC gamers take a turn. The Steam holiday sale is on now and will continue through January 2 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern... More
  • Blog Post: The Steam Controller Design Shows Another Tweak In Latest Client Beta

    The Steam Controller continues to evolve. Earlier this year, we reported that images in the Steam Client showed that the controller can support an analog stick . Now, it seems to share another feature with other input devices. As you can see above, the left haptic touch area appears to have a directional... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Payday 2 Gets A New Heist, Character, And Game Of The Year Edition

    Update: Starbreeze has gotten back to us about what's in each of the bundles arriving tomorrow, December 18, for Payday 2. The good news is that if you already own all the game content, you'll get the exclusive bundle masks automatically. The Game of the Year version will include the game, 14... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Steam Migration Now Available

    From Software and Bandai Namco have initiated the promised Steamworks conversion , dropping Games for Windows Live from the title. In order to carry over your save data and achievements, you’ll need to import them in the next two months. There are different processes depending on whether you originally... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Steam Holiday Auction To Resume Shortly, Gem Issues Resolved

    Update 2: Valve has posted an update on the Steam Holiday Auction page stating that auctions will resume shortly. Here is the complete statement: "We apologize for the interruption. The Yeti has been contained. We had an issue with gems that means we need to reset and start again. – All gems... More
  • Blog Post: Racing Platforming Hybrid Distance Enters Early Access Today

    Distance, one of the highlights of my indie booth exploration at PAX earlier this year , enters early access today. Distance recalls the aesthetic and gravity and speed defying physics of games like Extreme-G and F-Zero, with the addition of flight and a jump button. I enjoyed my time with the game at... More
  • Blog Post: PSA: Humble Store Winter Sale Discounts Over 500 PC Games

    The Humble Store has a huge sale going on and a portion of proceeds will be distributed to a collection of charities. For every sale from the winter sale, 10% will go to charities American Red Cross, Child's Play, Electronic Frontier Foundation, World Land Trust, and charity: water. The list of sale... More
  • Blog Post: Steam In-Client Automatic Broadcasting And Viewing Options Available Now

    Valve has announced a significant new beta feature for the Steam client. Now, any game in your library is available for streaming in the Steam client and you’ll be able to spectate your friends while they play. The process seems simple. Once you opt into the beta client (available in the Settings... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Changes Steam Gifting Rules To Combat Code Scamming

    Valve has announced changes to its policies regarding game gifting that seek to protect the platform’s users. The move was announced last week by Valve employee Tony Paloma in the Steam Trading Cards Group. Any game purchased as a gift that is placed in the purchaser’s inventory cannot be... More
  • Blog Post: PSA: Steam Exploration Sale Goes Live

    This week marks the biggest shopping period in the United States, as retailers both physical and digital discount their wares. For those looking for deals on PC games, the Steam Exploration Sale is live now. According to the Steam front page , there are 1,860 games on offer right now. The deals are live... More
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