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Grand Theft Auto IV is missing from Steam, for now, anyway

Just in time to launch Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, Rockstar announced their own game launcher for desktop. Despite having both Grand Theft Auto V and San Andreas available on the new digital storefront, Grand Theft Auto IV is still notably absent. Now it's been delisted from Steam as well, though it doesn't actually seem to be related to any grand plans Rockstar have…

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Steam to start selling soundtracks independently of games

The virtual hills are alive with the sound of music, thanks to Steam wresting soundtracks from the videogames they were yoked to. As of today, developers can sell soundtracks independently rather than as DLC, which means you won't need to buy or download the games themselves. Videogames are defunct now. Let us all escape into the superior medium of sound.

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Feature: Death of a gamepad

Goodnight, sweet Steam Controller

Right now, there’s a room in Buffalo Grove, Illinois that's as quiet as a grave. The power is off, the robotic limbs are becalmed, and the once thumping presses are depressed. The Steam Controller assembly room is assembling no more, and with the recent Steam sale clearing out all the stock, the grand experiment is over. It’s the final part of Valve’s great Steam Machines…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 comes to Steam next Thursday

While Red Dead Redemption 2's been out on PC for a month, Rockstar's cowboy epic has only been sold through their own store and Epic's clients, steering clear of Steam. It was always due to mosey on over, of course, but like a fine wine, it needed time to breath (and satisfy exclusivity arrangements). Today, Rockstar announced a release date for RDR2's Steam debut, opening…

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Steam’s Autumn Sale begins today

Are y'all ready for some deals? With Black Friday almost upon us and only a few weeks since the last big Steam sale, of course it's time for some deals. Steam's Autumn Sale kicked off today, dealing out discounts and delights until the shutters close next Tuesday. You can check out the full list of discounted games on Steam here. Blimey, there's a few of…

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Steam Remote Play Together leaves beta, bringing couch co-op online for all

Local multiplayer's always been a strange fit for PC. Desktops, shockingly, live on desks, often in cramped corners with sole-occupant seating. It's rare indeed to find a PC setup with room for a sofa. Nevertheless, there are some absolute bangers on Steam, their tantalising multiplayer offerings locked away for those rare nights you can squeeze three mates into a bedroom. Enter Steam Remote Play Together,…

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Feature: Spacehow?

Spacewar! Why a hidden, ancient game keeps showing in Steam’s most-played games

Click here if you have Steam. What's downloading is a true space oddity. Spacewar! was one of the first multiplayer games ever made. It was made before we landed on the moon, in 1962, and it ran on the PDP-1, MIT's supercomputer. It's a space shooter with two ships firing at each other. There's a black hole in the middle, adding some gravitational trouble to…

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Steam now lets you ditch its fancy new library for a more compact alternative

Change is scary, I get it. Over Halloween, Valve put a bullet in the old Steam library and brought in a flashy new look, filled with visual flair and more customisation for your categories. But what if you liked things barren? What if you just want a big flat list of all your stuff to pick from? While the old library is dead and gone,…

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Death Stranding PC will launch simultaneously on Steam and Epic

Now that our console cousins are traipsing all over Death Stranding, the mystery of what it even is has lifted: it's mostly a game about having a nice hike, trying to keep your balance and not to stack it down a hill because of your comically large backpack. I'm well up for a careful walk. The PC release of the first game from Hideo Kojima's…

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Steam’s new library is out of beta, bringing a new way to search and sort your games

Valve have decided that Halloween is the perfect time to kill off the old Steam library, replacing it with a more customisable screen for your games collection. I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt us, because I can’t handle being chased down a dark alleyway by the angry spirit of the old UI. The old library screen is dead and replaced by a new…

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EA games are returning to Steam, starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Electronic Arts are returning to Steam after a long hiatus. The first game to come over to the dark side is, appropriately enough, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on November 15. It'll be followed by the EA big guns of FIFA 20, Battlefield V, and more next year. And they're bringing their subscription service, EA Origin Access, which is a real surprise.

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Valve block Counter-Strike loot key reselling to fight money laundering

From today, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's loot box keys can no longer be resold on Steam's marketplace. Valve are putting a lock on their keys because of the global gangs of evil-doers who were using the keys to launder money. From now on, any key bought will be bound to the purchaser's account.

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Boo! Steam and GOG’s Halloween sales started today

If you're short of something spooky to play this Halloween week (Halloweek?), hit Steam and GOG to see what's going cheap in their spooky sales. Launched today, they've got oodles of ooky discounts between them. Since almost everyone else has gone home for the day and I'm the one writing this post, I'll drop a few recommendations of my own then shuffle off.

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Feature: The Epic Game Store: reviewed

Epic Games Store: Nearly one year from launch, how is it to use?

The Epic Store’s arrival in December last year marked the single biggest shakeup of the PC gaming marketplace in over a decade. But the discussion surrounding the Epic Store has overwhelmingly been on two subjects: the ethical implications of Epic buying up exclusive games; and the benefits for developers the Epic Store offers. But putting aside whether the Epic Store is some bold trailblazer/harbinger of…

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Steam Remote Play Together takes local multiplayer games online

Playing a multiplayer game shoulder-to-shoulder with pals in the same room is grand but does, y'know, require being in the same room. For times when you want to play those local multiplayer games but aren't all together, Steam is adding a technomagical way to play them online. It's called Steam Remote Play Together, it entered open beta testing today, and it should work with all…

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Steam’s Halloween, Autumn, and Winter Sale dates leaked

As sure as autumn leads to winter, a Steam Autumn Sale leads to the Steam Winter Sale, and the dates for these discount-o-ramas are leaked long before Valve announce them. Word is going round that dates are set for Steam's Halloween, Autumn, and Winter Sales, with the spooky sale starting in one week. Details of which games will be on sale and how cheap are…

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Steam will soon let you play local multiplayer games online

Oh, the possibilities. Late night TowerFall tournaments, no longer restricted to the too-rare occasions when I'm in the same room as my internet friends. I might get to finish Overcooked 2, this time with a pal who finds efficient cooking more entertaining than winding me up by pretending to mistake fire extinguishers for lettuces. Multiple developers have revealed Valve's plans for "Remote Play Together", which…

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Duke Nuke 3D composer taking Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, and Valve to court

With a back catalogue including Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, and Wolfenstein 3D, Bobby Prince certainly helped define the sound of much of early 3D shooters. Like most folk, though, I reckon he's also a fan of getting paid for his work. Last week, the musician raised claims that 2016's expanded re-release Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour included his music without asking nicely beforehand.…

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