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Posts tagged “Steam”

“FUCK EPIC GAMES STORE,” declares Google’s listing for Steam

Back in the day, you really had to work hard to pull pranks in Google search results by planting Google Bombs and such. These days, now that the Internet is run by deranged robots made of clouds, it seems Google will happily prank itself. Case in point: today, searching for Steam on Google could return a listing describing Valve's digital store with the words "FUCK…

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Grand Theft Auto IV will return to Steam with no Games For Windows Live or multiplayer

After disabling the option to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in January, Rockstar now say 2008's open-world murder simulator will return to sale in March with a few changes. Microsoft's awful Games For Windows Live technogubbins is being removed because it caused the trouble in the first place, and that's great news. It seems some folks will also receive the expansions or base game for…

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Steam can now tell you what to play next from your backlog

Valve's latest experimental Steam feature is Play Next. It's designed to recommend games for you to play from what you already own, based on what you've played before. It only recommends stuff you haven't played, so if you're one of those people that buys games and forgets about them it's a pretty good reminder of what you've got waiting for you in your library. My…

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EA have price hiked a bunch of their games on Steam

On Wednesday, EA raised the prices for a large portion of their game catalog on Steam. The increases seem to have affected most regional currencies outside the United States. Price changes are inconsistent, with some regions seeing small increases and others being slapped with 300% price hikes on certain games.

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Metro Exodus’ Epic exclusivity is nearly over, and it’s arriving on Steam next week

After a year of being exclusive to the Epic Games Store, Metro Exodus is hitting Steam next week. The third game in the post-apocalyptic FPS series is pretty decent, and by the time it's out on Steam it'll have two expansions to play through too. So, it's a good time to get hold of it, and if you've been waiting for it to be free…

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Valve say they addressed 44 “review bombs” on Steam last year

As with last year, Valve have posted a look back at all of the changes to Steam in 2019 with a brief look ahead to 2020 squeezed in at the end. There are plenty of features you may or may not remember being added to Steam last year, among them changes to User Reviews. Valve claims they have utilized the new system for excluding anomalous…

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Steam servers went offline for a few hours, but they’re back up now

Crikey, glad that's over. It looked like we'd lost Steam for a couple of hours. Today's outage not only affected store listings, community pages, friends lists and workshop access, but also took several of Valve's lovely multiplayer gunshoots/wizard bashers/hat-acquirers offline. Countless poor Steam users were forced to do other things with their time - playing their Steam games alone, going elsewhere for their online kicks,…

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Rat out some discounts with Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale

How are you celebrating the year of the rat? Cheeseboard, perhaps? Steam, predictably, are celebrating as they always do with another store-wide Lunar New Year Sale running today through Monday 27th. Beyond slashing the cost of thousands of games, Steam are bringing back last year's rewards system - letting you grind out Rat Tokens in exchange for cosmetic goodies, or pick up extra coupons to…

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The whole Half-Life story is free to play on Steam right now

It has come to my attention that some people have not played the Half-Life games, to which I can only say: mate, I think you might really like it. Valve will soon return to the series after thirteen years with Half-Life: Alyx in March, and ahead of that they're inviting everyone to catch up on the story so far. From now until the launch of…

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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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Steam Winter Sale has started

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales down and Boxing Day ahead, judging by the angle of the sun it must be... yes, that's it, it's time for the Steam Winter Sale. Winter may not start for another few days but hell, that doesn't stop the sale being vast and the games being cheap. Valve have another metagame for people who get into that, with…

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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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