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  • Blog Post: Valve Opts To Preserve Steam Economy, No Protection From Sour Trade Deals Anymore

    While many use Steam as a storefront for PC games, there is another aspect of the service worth quite a lot to Valve. The Steam marketplace allows users to trade and sell trading cards, emotes, Team Fortress Hats, Dota 2 items, and even games. Up until recently, Steam offered protection for trades gone... More
  • Blog Post: PSA: Steam Summer Sale Is Underway With Minigame In Tow

    This year's Steam Summer Sale features something new: its own game. We've collected badges before, and sure we all have plenty of incomplete trading card sets. This time, people need to play to access deeper discounts. The Monster Summer Game requires little to no skill. Just pick one of three... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Demonstrates The Steam Controller's Unique Versatility

    Steam Machines are on their way, thanks to PC manufacturers like Alienware and CyberPower (In fact, you can even pre-order them now and have them by October 16 ). What would a new Steam Machine be without a Steam Controller? This new video from Valve shows off the device's mouse-like accuracy and... More
  • Blog Post: First Steam Machines Available For Pre-Order Now

    Valve announced today that the first in its line of gaming-centric PCs, Steam Machines, will be available via pre-order by October 16. Preordering your Steam Machine now, through retailers like GameStop ( Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer.) , assures you'll receive your... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Is Now Offering Refunds On Games For Any Reason

    Valve has instituted a major change to Steam's refund policy today, setting new guidelines for when it will reimburse dissatisfied players. Now, if you have owned a game for fewer than 14 days and played less than two hours, you are eligible for a full refund. It seems like Valve has thought of nearly... More
  • Blog Post: Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition Heading To PC

    WayForward's pixelated platfomer that started as a 3DS exclusive before moving over to Wii U, is heading to PC. The version of the game that will be available on PC is the same as the Wii U version, subtitled Hyper Drive Edition, and it will be available some time next month. In the game, players... More
  • Blog Post: New Compendium To Increase DOTA 2 International Prize Pool

    Valve has released a new Compendium – an interactive book designed to not only grow the prize pool for the DOTA 2 International tournament, but to give rewards to buyers. Buying items in the Compendium contributes to the prize pool, and the more that grows, the more rewards – such as items... More
  • Blog Post: Four New Star Wars Games Arrive On GoG, Others Land On Steam

    Even though Star Wars Celebration is behind us, Star Wars Day is rapidly approaching. Not familiar with Star Wars Day? Well, it’s held every year on May the 4th. To celebrate, GoG has added two more titles to its LucasArts catalog Star Wars: Rebel Assault and Star Wars Rebel Assault II are full... More
  • Blog Post: Update: Besthesda Explains Why It's NOT Allowing Paid Skyrim Mods

    Update: Bethesda has updated its blog to state that it will no longer support paid mods in Skyrim. Hot on the heels of Valve's announcement that it is abandoning its paid-mod initiative, Bethesda has amended its blog post with a straightforward update: "After discussion with Valve, and listening... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Pulling The Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim Workshop

    After Bethesda posted its explanation for supporting paid mods via Steam's Workshop earlier today, Valve has announced it's scrapping the feature. Valve employee Alden Kroll posted an update on the Steam Workshop page, stating that the heavily criticized initiative is being shut down and that... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Gabe Newell Responds To Questions About Mod Sales On Steam

    Update: Valve's Gabe Newell is recently engaged in an "ask me anything" session on reddit responding to questions about Valve and Steam's paid mods initiative. Newell opened the conversations writing, "On Thursday I was flying back from LA. When I landed, I had 3,500 new messages... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Do You Feel About Selling Mods On Steam?

    Does Valve's move to open up Steam to modders create a new segment of game development or is it a shameless grab for cash? Do you think you'll buy mods? Yesterday, Valve announced that modders could start making money off of their work by selling their mods through Steam. Steam Workshop users... More
  • Blog Post: Abandoned Half-Life Episode Featured Magnet Gun, Warren Spector Says

    It's not every day that we get to write news about Half-Life, but we do today. We have new details about video game legend Warren Spector's role in a ditched Half-Life project. Warren Spector is one of the most influential developers in video game history, with each of his games (Deus Ex, System... More
  • Blog Post: You Can Sell Mods On Steam Starting Today With Skyrim

    Valve is now allowing mod creators to profit off their work on Steam. With a new update to the Steam Workshop, users can now sell community-made content such as mods, items, and maps. The catch is that the games must have the feature enabled in order to do so. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the first... More
  • Blog Post: Game Developer's Conference 2015 News Round-Up

    Check out our round-up to make sure you didn't miss any of the big stories coming out of this year's Game Developer's Conference. Game Developer's Choice Awards The industry's annual developer-chosen awards were held, and there were some surprise winners. GDC Award Winners Revealed... More
  • Blog Post: Notch And Gabe Newell Make Forbes' List Of Richest People On Earth

    Forbes has released their annual list of the richest people on Earth. This year, Bill Gates has reclaimed the #1 spot with a net worth of $79.2 billion. Meanwhile, a few people with greater ties to gaming, such as Notch and Gabe Newell, have also secured spots on the list. Both Notch and Gabe Newell... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Machines Arriving This November

    Alongside Valve's Source 2 announcement was an extra tidbit of news – Steam Machines should be hitting the shelves in November. In an excerpt from Valve's press release that detailed Source 2 and Steam Link , it is revealed that Steam Machines from an assortment of partners will be coming... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Announces Source 2, Steam Link

    Valve has used the original Source engine since the days of Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2, but the company used this year's GDC as a platform to announce the successor, Source 2. The announcement isn't exactly a surprise; years ago, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed that company was... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Will You Be A Day One Virtual Reality Early Adopter?

    When the consumer versions of Oculus Rift, Vive , Morpheus, or any of the other virtual reality headsets launch, will you be first in line? It will be expensive tech, and there won't be a whole lot of software available initially, but those same cons don't stop early adopters from being first... More
  • Blog Post: HTC Partners With Valve For SteamVR-powered VR Headset, Vive

    HTC announced today at Mobile World Congress its virtual reality headset, the Vive, which it is building in collaboration with Valve. The Vive will have two 1200 x 1080 displays with 90 FPS refresh rates. It will allow full 360 degree viewing and a “full room-scale” experience, which will... More
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