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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Linux Gaming: Open-Source Is Better For Everyone

    The open-source operating system has long been the exclusive domain of programmers and other DIY computer nerds, but big players like Valve have recently begun making real progress in supporting Linux for heavy-duty gaming. Here's why you should cheer for those efforts rather than laughing them off... More
  • Blog Post: Casting Call – Half-Life

    At this year's DICE Summit, attendees were treated to a panel featuring Hollywood director J.J. Abrams and Valve's Gabe Newell. During the talk, they discussed the possibility of Half-Life and Portal movies . While there obviously aren't any concrete plans or pre-production status of either... More
  • Blog Post: The Steam Greenlight List

    Valve’s Steam Greenlight is a community-focused publishing system that allows users to decide what independent games should be made digitally available. This list chronicles all the titles that have been made available via Valve’s new publishing method and will be updated as more are added... More
  • Blog Post: My Favorite Gaming Collections

    In honor of today's official announcement of the Rockstar Games Collection, let's take a look at other collections that offer players absurd amounts of gameplay. The Rockstar Games Collection is a one-stop shop for the revered developer's biggest games this generation. All four included games... More
  • Blog Post: A Video Tour Of Steam's Big Picture Mode

    Valve is offering PC users a new way to experience Steam via their HDTVs. The Big Picture Mode beta is designed to give folks a taste of how much better the PC gaming experience can be in the living room. In this video, I take you on a brief tour of what Valve's TV-friendly interface has to offer... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Half-Life: Bonus Episode

    Many of you have been wondering what happened to all of the outtakes we include in our Super Replay episodes. Maybe you were worried that we had forgotten about or even purposely neglected to include them. Quite the opposite! We've amassed them for you here, in this special bonus episode of the Half... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Half-Life

    Earlier this year, we held a tournament that would determine our next Super Replay. Eight Game Informer editors chose a game to fight for, and I landed on the original Half-Life. I beat Ben Reeves in the finals , and earned the right to play through the entirety of this classic for the first time on... More
  • Blog Post: What We Want In Half-Life 3

    November 16, 2004: Gordon Freeman wakes up on a train barreling into City 17 en route to crowbarring a few hundred head crabs and blowing up the terrifying Citadel that looms over the blasted hellscape that used to be Earth. Valve has released two minor episodic installments since that blessed day that... More
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