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Unknown Pleasures: Species of Eight

It's another transitional time, view-chums, when the students are settling, the returning TV dramas are nervously eyeing up various sharks, and I must decide which of my first ever batch of plants must be sacrificed to the ice gods. Will it be Younas, the defiant mortar tomato? Surely it couldn't be Wilfred, producer of the Great Unexpected October Chilli? Oh, the terrible burden of choice!…

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Xbox 360 remains most popular Steam controller, but Switch Pro is gaining ground

Surprise, surprise, the Xbox 360 controller continues to be the most popular button masher on Steam, according to new figures released by Valve yesterday, but the Nintendo Switch Pro controller is also proving to be a "pretty popular" choice as well, the numbers show. It's still got some way to go before it matches the 27.2 million Xbox 360 controllers that are currently registered on…

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Valve to start moderating Steam’s game forums

Much of the Internet is awful, everyone agrees, though people disagree about exactly which parts are the bad ones. This becomes a problem when you need to venture into one of the bad places, perhaps to search a game's Steam forum for a solution to a problem. Oh no! Now you're wading through a swamp swarming with alligators cussing you to the nines when all…

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Feature: Pop Idol Will Eat Yourself

Unknown Pleasures: By Land, Air, and Sea

You're in for an "I can't think of an intro" intro, viewers, because the last fortnight has kept me busy with the second most important thing I've ever done in my life. I don't know about you, but while the world seems to be on a downward slide, things have been looking pretty great for me lately. When the bombs fall I shall surely rule…

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Negligee: Love Stories will be one of the first fully explicit ‘Adult Only’ games on Steam

This feels like a milestone - a sexy milestone. When Valve said that under their new content warning system, there'd be fewer restrictions on what could be sold on Steam, I was sceptical. Now it seems they were true to their word. If nothing goes wrong between now and its launch this Friday, saucy visual novel Negligee: Love Stories will be Steam's first uncut sexually explicit…

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Valve will require developers to write their own Steam store content warnings

Valve continue to wrestle with the self-made monster that is their storefront. Earlier this year, they said Steam would be lifting most of its restrictions, meaning they would no longer decide what should and shouldn't be allowed on their store as long as it wasn't illegal or "straight up trolling". Today, the company made another statement to explain some of the ways they'll carry out…

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Steam on Linux expanding support for Windows games

Valve have done a huge amount for gaming on Linux, bringing their store and client to the open-source operating system [don't even... -ed.] while encouraging and supporting other developers to port more games over. Their next step is building tools into Steam which can let Windows games without official Linux versions run seamlessly on Linux, appearing and working like any other Steam game. This expansion…

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Unknown Pleasures: Witness the best five new indie games on Steam

Forgive me, readers, for I have let us all down. This week I had someone over to sign a legal document as a witness, and we watched Fury Road, and I didn't say "Witness me!". There's nothing I can do to redeem myself, but before you destroy me with sticks, why not enjoy another round up of the best new, obscure games on Steam with…

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Unknown Pleasures: Simply the Best Five New Indies on Steam

The grim prospect of shopping for PC components looms over my August like a looming, grim prospect. God I love writing. You might be surprised how demanding indie games can be on a slightly creaky video card, and not always because of ongoing optimisation. Although admittedly it's more likely the searing heat rather than some bad code that baked my video card and almost the…

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Valve chap says last night’s Steam sexy search filtering was a mistake

Those with their ear to the pipes might've heard rumblings last night about Steam's search feature hiding all games with a whiff of wallopers and/or jubblies, seemingly a huge break from Valve's supposed stance of not restricting content on Steam. A variety of games, from jiggly-bedicked party platformer Mount Your Friends 3D to steamy comedy Ladykiller In A Bind, were briefly filtered out from everyone's…

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Digital board games going cheap in Steam weekend sale

The best moments in board games happen while making intense eye contact. They're when a twitch betrays a lie in a game of deception, or when you're fixed with a look of smugness and sympathy as your neighbour marches into your territory. Digital board games definitely have their drawbacks, but so does spending hundreds of pounds on cardboard you can only break out when people…

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Valve pull Abstractism from Steam after allegations of cryptocurrency mining

Valve might want to reconsider their planned 'anything goes' approach to content on Steam, after Abstractism - a game that had been apparently lurking around on the store since March 15th - had to be pulled from sale after a flurry of bad press. As reported by YouTuber SidAlpha in the video below, the game was being identified by many virus scanners as dangerous, and…

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Unknown Pleasures: Defy the sun’s wrath with five new unsung games

Darkness again casts its protective cooling veil over us, and we leave the caverns to sift through the desert. As we spear lizards for sustenance, elders play cruel tricks on the children, telling tales of a mythical land where sunlight was pleasant, plants were green, and water fell from the sky. Madness. The heat claims all in time. But anyway. Don't think about the impending…

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Steam launches new Friends and Discordian chat

Valve have dragged the Steam client's chatting out of the noughties and into the early tensies with the launch of its new chat update, which looks to borrow more than a few ideas from smash-hit chat client Discord. Steamers can now create group chats on the fly, see GIFs and YouTube videos and Soundcloud tunes and so on embedded in chats, add extra voice and…

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Steam blocks another weird trick for estimating sales

Valve have stifled another statistical technique people used to estimate Steam sales figures, one which temporarily revived the popular estimatron SteamSpy. This latest weird trick, based on Steam achievement numbers, has been cut off less than a week after game dev Tyler Glaiel--of Closure and The End Is Night fame--brought it to public attention. While such numbers are mostly useful to Jo Public for funsies…

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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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PSA: the Steam summer sale ends today

Sad news, fellow consumers. The Steam Summer Sale, our annual festival of rampant capitalism, is coming to a close today (6pm BST/1pm EDT/10am PDT). I don’t know about you, but I’ll be very sad to see all those little green boxes with numbers on them go away until three hours later, or whenever the next big sale is scheduled to begin. But the hollow search…

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The Crew 2 is out now, but unplayable for some on Steam [fixed]

Update: Ubisoft say the Steam problem is now fixed. Affected people may need to restart the Steam client but then it should work. Ubisoft's open-world online drive-o-fly-a-boaty racer The Crew 2 launched in the wee hours and... a great many people cannot play it at all. The Steam version is currently busted (perhaps just for for folks who pre-ordered?), as attempts to launch the game…

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Steam Summer Sale recommendations: 2018 edition!

The old quote is wrong: neither death nor taxes are, it seems to me, as terrifyingly certain as the Steam Summer Sale. Yes, once more we can add to the heap that is our backlog by buying games for, what, five quid, on average? But there are so many to choose from that it's easy to get flustered, so who better than the staff of…

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Discord’s new Game Tab seems handy, and also metal?

Steam and Discord seem to be butting heads a lot lately - Valve aren't happy with just the lion's share of the PC digital games market; they want Steam to be where players do their socialising and chatting, too. Discord's latest shot across their rival's bow is the Games Tab, currently rolling out to the games-focused chat software right now. Essentially, it turns Discord into…

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