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The Steam Summer Sale has started

If you're sick of notE3 taunting you with games you can see but not play, surprise! Here come Valve with a huge sale on so very, very many video games for you to play today. The 2020 Steam Summer Sale just launched and... many, many games are discounted until July 9th. Steam has has also opened a Points Shops, where points you earn by buying…

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Madden NFL 21 will be on Steam at launch too

The ball is fumbled on the pig iron, and it's good! Electronic Arts have now announced Madden NFL 21, their latest annual American sporting sequel, and it will be on both Origin and Steam and launch. I know EA have been going on about their reinvigorated commitment to Steam for a while now, but between this and Star Wars: Squadrons both coming to Steam at…

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Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition starts today with demos and dev talks

Valve today will launch their Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition, a week-long virtual event helping helping fill the gap left by cancelled public games shows like EGX and PAX. The Stegafesumed will bring playable demos of upcoming games, including tastes of Inkle's Pendragon and the weird adventure Genesis Noir. The Steam Game Festival will start at 6pm today (10am Pacific) and run until 6pm on…

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EA games hit Steam en masse today, and EA Access is coming soon

With very rare exceptions, EA have long been shy about bringing their games to Steam. But over the last year or so, the two massive firms have slowly shown signs of making amends. It started with last year's Jedi: Fallen Order, and this week saw the fruits of that partnership properly come to pass as a ton of EA games, old and new, made their…

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What’s the state of DRM in 2020?

Back in the late 2000s, digital rights management - more commonly known as DRM - made itself difficult to ignore. CD copy protection programs such as SecuROM infamously limited the number of times players could install games like Bioshock on their PC, while Assassin’s Creed II required players to maintain a constant internet connection despite the fact it was a singleplayer game. At the time,…

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Steam now recommends which games you should play next

Not sure what to play next from your vast and frankly decadent collection of unplayed games? The Steam client now has a built-in helpful/patronising selection of recommendations waiting for you. Valve added the 'Play Next' shelf to the Steam Library in an update last night. Mine most recommends I play Dark Souls 3 next and god, I know, okay.

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Try out 28 demos right now in the Digital Dragons Indie Celebration

As expected, another physical event has gone online this year. The Digital Dragons Indie Celebration is the next of the bunch, presenting demos playable through Steam and livestreams with developers to watch. The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is cramping our con attendance but the digital format encouraging events to give access to demos that normally would have only been playable in an exhibition hall a plane ride…

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The Steam Summer Sale dates have leaked, probably

Ah yes, the inevitable precursor to always-anticipated Steam Summer Sale has arrived: the part where folks find out and holler about the dates ahead of time. If you've been eyeing a new game on Steam's store lately, perhaps tuck your wallet away for a while yet. According to one of the folks behind (unaffiliated) Steam Database, they believe the big summer sale will run for…

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The Lego Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit games are back on Steam

After an unexpected journey away from Steam, both Lego Lord Of The Rings and Lego The Hobbit have arrived back, safe and sound. They were delisted in January 2019, presumably for annoying license reasons. Now they are back, presumably for slightly less annoying license reasons. I'm vaguely irritated that licence Hokey Cokey is the reason I'm reminding you that Lego games make for some pretty…

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Steam Labs’ new experiment tries to solve the tagging problem

Steam Labs is back with another experiment and this time Valve are attempting to solve discrepancies in human communication with computers. You know how Steam do. Humans can't ever seem to agree on how to classify games. What exactly is a "soulslike"? How about a roguelike or a roguelike-like? Is Stardew Valley a simulation? Not really, but we call it one. Steam is teaching its…

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Steam will host more virtual game festivals during lockdown

With calendars wiped clean by the ongoing lockdown, another two virtual games events have announced plans to fill in the gap with showcases on Steam for the public to play demos and hear developers. Valve and Geoff Keighley's official Steam Game Festival will return in June, and it's probably no coincidence they're claiming dates previously held by E3. And the Polish games conference, Digital Dragons…

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Steam users tried to review bomb Fallout 76, but some of its fans are having none of it

Yesterday, Fallout 76 arrived on Steam, bringing with it the brand new Wastelanders update. It almost seems like a total refresh for the game, introducing human NPCs, warring factions, quests to complete, as well as a bunch of much needed quality of life changes to the Wastelands of Appalachia. You'd almost think Bethesda added all these things purely to spite 76's players however, because shortly…

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Fallout 76 Wastelanders update finally populates Appalachia, is out now

Bethesda are hoping to repopulate Fallout 76. The newly released Wastelanders update brings human NPCs to their irradiated Appalachia, and the game finally launches on Steam, too. A whole year has passed in-game since the vaults first opened. The world has gained warring factions to side with, as is traditional in Bethesda games.

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Take another Journey when it comes to Steam in June

Thatgamecompany's lovely desert wandering game is floating through another barrier. It first arrived on PC via the Epic Store last summer and, as many games are wont to do when that exclusivity period is up, Journey will land on Steam in June. It's a personal favorite of mine, so I'll gladly cheer it on to its new destination as I did when it finally made…

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Steam would’ve missed out on many successes if it hadn’t opened up, Valve claim

The Steamlords at Valve have rummaged in their reams of data and emerged with a new blog post talking about what the growth of Steam (and the number of games on Steam) has meant for developers. Coming up with a questionable definition of "success", they note that Steam in 2019 saw three times as many games earning $10,000 in their first fortnight compared to Steam…

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Steam will delay some game updates to help free up your bandwidth

Almost everyone is stuck at home right now due the Covid-19 lockdown, and whether you're working or gaming, your internet bandwidth is likely being soaked up a lot more than normal. Steam is one of the worst offenders when it comes to devouring bandwidth, often using a bit more than its fair share. So to help out with how much it's using, Valve are rescheduling…

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Four whole sexy games made Steam’s top new releases in February

Right out of the oven, here are the hottest new games on Steam from February and boy they are hot indeed. Put those games on the cooling rack and open a window, will you? Games with "sexual content," (in the parlance of professional business speak) do occasionally crack the list of top selling new games but four is quite a feat. There are other trends…

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Steam Game Festival is live with oodles of excellent game demos

Steam kicks off a nearly week-long spree of free game demos today with its Steam Game Festival. It is certifiably a celebration of great indie games, with demos available for some that are already released and others yet to come. There appears to be a bit of everything: puzzles, action, management, platforming, and more. Everything from Thunder Lotus' upcoming cozy management game Spiritfarer to the…

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