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Posts tagged “Steam”

Twitter’s Microtrailers, the funnest way to follow Steam releases, is back

The best way to experience Steam's torrent of new releases is @microtrailers, a Twitter bot which indiscriminately tweets about (most) launches with cut-down six-second versions of their trailers. With no curation and no adaptive algorithm, it gives a raw look at the range of modern games, the big-budget alongside the no-budget, the flashy alongside the plain, the serious war game alongside the horny anime puzzle…

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Valve’s launch Steam Labs, a collection of experimental new store features

Almost eight years after Google shut down their experimental feature showcase, Google Labs, Valve have rolled out their own take on it for Steam. Steam Labs is a showcase of some of the "dozens of experiments around discoverability, video, machine learning, and more" that Valve produce for their store. So far, there's three to poke around - "Micro Trailers", "Interactive Recommender" and "Automatic Show" -…

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Valve re-balance Steam sale’s Grand Prix event after a wishlist pileup

The current Steam Summer Sale 'grand prix' gimmick is bobbins. Better than last year's risible Saliens, but even Valve reckon they've beefed it here. In a Steam Blog post tonight, they admitted that "We designed something pretty complicated with a whole bunch of numbers and rules and recognize we should’ve been more clear. We want to apologize for the confusion that this has caused, and also…

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Steam Linux likely to not support future versions of Ubuntu [updated]

Update: "Thanks to the huge amount of feedback this weekend from gamers, Ubuntu Studio, and the WINE community, we will change our plan and build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS," Canonical have now said. Steam's Linux version will not support future versions of popular and newbie-friendly distribution Ubuntu, Valve have said. The news came after Ubuntu's makers said they'd drop…

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Steam’s In-Home Streaming now lets you play games out-home

It's been cloud gaming galore at E3, with everyone from Google to Ubisoft wanting you to play fancy games on mundane computers, and now Steam has joined in. Valve already let us stream games from our gaming PCs to other, slower systems in our homes, and now they're tentatively letting us venture outside. Steam In-Home Streaming is now Steam Remote Play, able to let you…

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Steam unveils its upcoming, very familiar-looking library redesign

Time weathers even the strongest of stone, and not even Valve Time can prevent change. In today's official Steam blog post, we get our first official peek at their soon-to-be overhauled Steam library, along with a few tips on what developers can do to make their pages look nicer under the new design. A public beta of the new layout is due in the next few…

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Steam dusts off some free weekends for the Spring Cleaning Event

Valve are joining all those great internet thought-leaders and telling you to clean your room, or at the very least to play the games that you've bought on Steam. Running this weekend until May 28th, 6pm GMT, the Steam Spring Cleaning Event provides a front-page checklist of games to try or return to, and rewarding the diligent with goodies to decorate their account page with.…

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Steam Chat launches new mobile app

Of all the chat clients and apps and sites I use across my professional and personal lives, Steam is the only one that hasn't been on my pocket telephone because, well, the Steam mobile app is pretty bleh. Reader dear, fret no more about missing Dota invitations or confusing late-night messages from people you used to play a game with but can't remember which one:…

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Valve on Assassin’s Creed, Notre Dame and “positive” review bombing

When Valve implemented Steam's anti-review-bombing policy in March - manual exclusion of "off topic" review clusters from a game's overall score - they'd not given much thought to what a 'positive' review bomb could look like. Just one month later, Notre Dame cathedral goes up in holy smoke and Ubisoft bring in a flood of positive press (and reviews) for Assassin's Creed Unity through a…

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Steam Summer Sale starts June 25th, leaks claim

While not quite as reliable a source as PayPal (who had leaked details on the wallet-devouring event in years past), the ever-unofficial Steam Database reckon that the 2019 Steam Summer Sale starts on Tuesday, June 25th. Kicking off at 10am PST/6pm BST on the day, it'll run two weeks, and flood anyone who has a Steam wishlist with mail notifications. Steam Database have been consistently…

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Feature: Ten more of the best gems in Steam's rough

Unknown Pleasures: Wanderers Edition

Sometimes you don't know what you need until you have it. Lately it turns out I've needed a lot of soothing, which is fortunate because this week's selection of the best indie games on Steam ranks highly on the alleviometer. We've the usual variety you've surely come to expect, and a bit less of the drama and thrills than average. It is time, once more,…

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Steam discounts all things Japanese for Golden Week

It's the first day of Golden Week in Japan, and while that may not mean much to those in English-speaking territories, it's one of the nation's biggest holidays. As Valve never miss an excuse for a sale, that means that there's some great deals on games from Japanese developers and publishers. If visual novels, fighting games or JRPGs are your thing, there's some good stuff…

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Epic Store would end exclusives if Steam gave devs larger cut, CEO claims

Epic Games would halt their plan of paying for games to launch exclusively on their Store if Valve committed to taking a smaller cut of Steam sales, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has claimed. That's quite a remarkable claim - and one he can probably make feeling confident he won't be called on it any time soon. I'd like the public record to show that if…

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Steam’s new “off topic” protections kick in over Borderlands review bombing

Steam’s updated approach to review bombing, which prevents “off topic” reviews from counting towards a game’s overall score, has kicked in for the Borderlands series. It seems to be the first time that the (optional) filter has been applied by Steam, after users flooded the series’ reviews following the announcement that Borderlands 3 will be a timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. Viewing the…

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Valve respond confusingly to European Commission region-locking complaint

Earlier today, the European Commission released a statement claiming Valve and five other publishers may have worked together to breach EU international competition rules. The companies are accused of blocking the activation of Steam keys purchased from other nations, even if the purchase and activation locations are both EU member states. The companies named include Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media (including Deep Silver) and…

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Tickets, please: stolen Metro Exodus Steam keys cancelled

Deep Silver have cancelled a load of Metro Exodus Steam keys sold through key resellers after discovering, they say, the keys had been stolen from the factory making boxed copies. Metro Exodus switched to Epic Games Store exclusivity late enough in development that they produced physical PC copies set up for Steam, then swapped out the Steam keys for Epic keys and stuck Epic stickers…

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Bethesda return to Steam with Rage 2, Doom Eternal and Fallout 76

Bethesda are backing down from plans to make Rage 2 and other upcoming games exclusive to their own launcher, announcing today via Twitter that they'll all be sold on Steam. Confirmed headed back to Valve's storefront is Rage 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, VR spinoff Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot and (most importantly) Doom Eternal. The move will be partially retroactive as well, with Fallout 76 confirmed for a Steam release…

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Feature: The best indie games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: It’s a Mystery

Oooh, we've got a bit of a "mystery" theme. Between slow burning stories and the rare survival of a... ah, survival game, this week's selection of Unknown Pleasures is leaving me thoroughly unresolved. Leaving a trail of gross keyboard crumbs this week: space friends, snow lesbians, and evil geometry.

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Valve to remove “off topic” review bombs from Steam user scores

Valve have finally admitted that 'review bombing' on Steam (leaving swarms of negative reviews for questionable reasons) is a big enough problem to have a human clean things up from time to time. According to today's store blog post, when a large, anomalous cluster of score-demolishing reviews happens, Valve will have "a team of people" investigate. If they decide that the reasons stated during that…

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Valve extend Steam Link out of the home and networking API to all developers

As part of their warm-up for the Game Developers Conference, Valve have rolled out two new features on Steam today, one for players and one for developers. For those playing games instead of making them, Steam Link is now officially usable outside of home networks, albeit in open beta. Anyone with home streaming set up from their PC and either a Steam Link box or…

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