Posts Tagged ‘Steam’

Editorial: Why Steam Needs To Give New Releases A Chance

By John Walker on July 21st, 2014.

Valve can’t win. And Valve always wins. That’s a fair starting point for any discussion about Steam.

From their vastly dominant position, with a concerning grip over the online PC marketplace, they’re both the bane and the boon of PC developers. If Valve makes a decision, you can guarantee that there will be more voices screaming dissent than those declaring joy (alongside those trying to work out how it’s a covert announcement of Half-Life 3). So you can see why they might start to form a habit of making changes, then stuffing wadding in their own mouths, refusing to talk about it. However, I think it’s time for the company to start taking notice of a mistake I think they’re consistently making with their Store page: hiding new games.

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Steam Summer Sale Is Go, With Summer Adventure Madness

By Graham Smith on June 19th, 2014.

GAMES.

Hide your wallets, shield your baby’s eyes: the Steam Summer Sale has launched. If you’re not familiar with it, this is the time of the year when Valve provide huge discounts to huge numbers of games, prompting everyone everywhere to buy games they might have missed at full price.

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Heroes Rise: Text Adventures Coming To Steam

By Graham Smith on June 18th, 2014.

It’s 2014. Despite the creative rennaissance enabled by the likes of Twine, text adventures and interactive fiction are one of the few genres yet to experience a commercial revival from the rise of new funding models and digital distribution. There’s still hope, though. Choice Of Games, one of the few companies trying to make a living from making such games, have just announced that their Heroes Rise series is coming to Steam. They’re the first text adventures to join the platform.

So what’s your plan of attack?

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Steam Age: Rise Of Nations Extended Edition Out Now

By Graham Smith on June 13th, 2014.

MORE. GAMES. Even old ones.

I’ve always though that Rise Of Nations never got its due. Developed by Big Huge Games, it was a real-time strategy game which looked like Age of Empires but took inspiration from Civilization. Mainly that inspiration was that you could advance your civilizations across eight ages of history during a match, meaning that you could begin with Hoplite and end with stealth bombers just an hour later. If you missed it, or if you miss it, then there’s now a Rise of Nations: Extended Editions available on Steam.

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Store Wars: GOG Launching Its Own Steam-Like Service

By Nathan Grayson on June 6th, 2014.

GOG’s been slowly moving from strength to strength for years, but now it looks like CD Projekt’s DRM-free baby is ready to step into the big leagues. GOG Galaxy is set to be a client-based service with friends, achievements, automatic updates, and the like ala Steam, only it’s entirely optional. No online game activations required, no sign-ins needed to play. You can play with friends using other platforms (like Steam) too. Trailer – yes, for a store/service – below.

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Steam Early Access: Games May Never Be Finished

By Nathan Grayson on June 5th, 2014.

Steam Early Access has been a contentious subject over the past many months for a number of reasons, but it really boils down to an unsurprising truth: the games aren’t finished. How should those games be treated? Should they be reviewed? Should they get prominent store placement? How much should they cost? And most of all, what happens if they never cross the finish line? What if they get caught up in the grinding gears of game development’s ashen hell forever? Can anything be done? For now, Valve seems to be erring on the side of “knowledge is power.”

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Microsoft’s Loss: Ex-Steam Boss Joins Oculus

By Nathan Grayson on June 5th, 2014.

I'm in the business of Jason Holtman, and business is booming

Normally when videogame execs are the subject of countless headlines, it’s because they said something fighty or controversial. Or maybe they got an inner-thigh tattoo. Not former Steam brainguy Jason Holtman, though. Truth be told, he hasn’t really said much of anything for quite a while. The man just won’t stay still, is the thing. First he helped pioneer Steam at Valve, then he moved on to Microsoft to focus on “making Windows a great platform for gaming.” But suddenly he left mere months later, never to be seen again. OR SO WE THOUGHT. Now he’s surfaced at Oculus as “head of platform.” When reached for comment, Oculus would not explain who will be the body, nor whether the arms and legs will be made of robot lions.

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Oh Hallelujah: Steam Now Lets You Preload To Any Folder

By Nathan Grayson on June 3rd, 2014.

This may sound inconsequential, but I assure you: it is most certainly not anything of the sort. Previously if you wanted to preload a Steam game, you were stuck with good ol’ C:-fault, which was both a) an inconvenient pain and also b) dumb. We’ve been able to download Steam games to any hard drive for quite some time, so the restriction on preloading made zero sense. Now Valve’s fixed that – well, if you’re using Steam’s beta version, anyway.

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Why Did Nobody Play The Floor Is Jelly?

By Nathan Grayson on June 3rd, 2014.

Hey you! Yeah, you. The one with the facial expression that says, “I think I have a relatively full and complete understanding of my world’s physical properties, including the basic solid nature of the ground beneath my feet.” YOU ARE WRONG. The Floor Is Jelly. Other things are jelly too. Trees, lamps, houses, your sense of morality – all of that. Really though, it’s not so bad once you get used to it. It’s pretty charming, even. The Floor Is Jelly is now on Steam, so I’ve made a quick video to show you why it’s a vibrant, soothing dive off the deep end that didn’t get near enough attention when it first came out earlier this year. Watch me bounce (and bounce and bounce and bounce) below. 

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Must-See CT: Twitch Rating CS Streamers With Steam API

By Alice O'Connor on May 30th, 2014.

No scrubs.

One problem with using Let’s Plays and livestreams to fill video game-shaped longings in my life when I can’t summon the will to actually play one myself–and there may be several problems with this–is that so many are terrible. While good players or good performers can be genuinely entertaining, if they’re not I can’t pretend I’m not trying to fill a gaping emotional hole with ‘content’ and human voices. So huzzah! Twitch is tapping its Steam connection to use magical metadata so viewers can find the good stuff, starting with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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Gabenship Down: Steam Controller Delayed To 2015

By Nathan Grayson on May 28th, 2014.

Half-Life MOBA trading card art game Diablo clone lawnmowing simulator confirmed

Calm your consoles. Give your Blu-ray/DVD/VHS (???) a soothing pat. Tell your ottoman it can stop whimpering in the closest. Your living room is safe – for now. Valve’s takeover plans have been pushed back to next year, as steady Steam Machine testing progress has revealed just how far the little Linux box/controller that could still has left to go. The controller won’t be out until 2015 at the earliest, meaning that it’s now entered the hallowed chronological halls of Valve Time.

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Alienware: Steam Machine Will Be Our ‘Least Profitable’ Ever

By Nathan Grayson on May 20th, 2014.

I find it interesting how Valve both is and isn’t investing a lot of time and precious, precious GabeNcoins into its Steam Machine initiative. On one hand, this is the PC juggernaut’s plan to bull-rush through the living room’s console-lined walls and play jump rope with the entrails of enemies within, but on the other Valve is hedging its bets as cautiously as possible. It’s letting countless hardware manufacturers take the risk on building and distributing these things, and it’s hoping audiences will give them some clue as to what they should do after that. It’s not a terrible strategy by any means. It’s just a very Valve-centric one. Hardware manufacturers like Alienware, then, are worried, even as they place utmost faith in Valve’s time-proven ability to prime penniless pumps until money cascades out like a Biblical flood.

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More Games Added To Steam In 2014 Than All Of 2013

By Nathan Grayson on May 16th, 2014.

You have probably noticed lately that the Steam store’s “new releases” tab is crowded and confusing and like being in an overstuffed subway station where you’re looking for your friend but you have no idea where to begin and maybe they’re dead and an incredibly ragged-looking man just asked you for cigarettes or maybe a needle and your shoe has been glued to germ-infested tile by gum or maybe oh gosh that’s not gum is it but it does rhyme with gum. There are suddenly a whole, whole lot of games on Steam, is what I’m saying, and they won’t stop crawling out of the woodwork. You’re not alone in this realization. Not by a longshot. We’re not even halfway through 2014, and Steam has already added more new games than it did in the entirety of 2013.

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