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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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Feature: Desert Island Downloads

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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Feature: Recky with the good hair

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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Steam’s summer sale opens with a mini-game gimmick

It's time to lash your wallet to the mast again, because these are choppy waters for anyone with a poor grip on their money. Steam's summer sale has started, bringing its usual boatload of discounts across the majority of games on the mega-storefront. For the first time in a while the event is accompanied by a mini-game gimmick. By playing the browser-based Summer Saliens (yes,…

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Plunkbat costs fewer Plunkbucks, to celebrate hitting 50m players

Since pretty much day one, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been wildly popular enough that discounting it was about as logical as spending $3,600 per month on candles. But lately, two things have happened: 1) Fortnite is considered flavourtown these days 2) Plunkbat just passed the 50 million Plunkbatters milestone. To celebrate/rezeitgeist, it's now available for a third off for the next fortnight (ohhhhhhhhhhh) - making it…

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Fancy creator homepages come to Steam

I’m not sure how many new features Valve will need to bolt onto Steam to aid in the discovery of games before it actually works, but today we see another one arrive. It’s actually a good one this time, though! Creator Homepages are custom hubs attached to developers and publishers, essentially working in the same way as Curator pages. You can follow them and get…

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You can see when and why you got reported in Dota 2

You thought all the European General Data Protection Regulation related news was over, didn't you? Think again. Don't worry, this bit takes the form of fun trivia rather than an endless onslaught of delivery companies begging to throw pizza promotions at you. Among other things, you can now see every report and commendation you got in Dota 2 since 2015, along with the reason given…

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Steam to stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in 2019

The Steam client will stop supporting Windows XP and Vista next year, Valve have announced, meaning it "will no longer run" on those ancient operating systems. Some of Steam's newer features won't work on them, Valve explain, so they're cutting 'em loose. If you want to keep on Steaming past January 1st, 2019, you'll need to upgrade to a newer version of Windows (or switch…

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Steam Chat overhaul drags it into the modern day

Group chats, embedded multimedia, and an invisible mode are among the new features coming to Steam's Chat in a long-overdue overhaul, Valve announced today. The new style will drag the barebones chat client out of the 90s and into the Discord era, and you can try it in the public beta test right now. Just imagine: creating new group chats and voice channels as you…

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Feature: Cowardice isn't a great business model

Valve’s abdication of responsibility over Steam is the worst possible solution

Valve's announcement last night that their forthcoming policy for Steam releases is that anything goes, unless it's illegal or "straight up trolling", has obviously caused all manner of ruckus. Takes are hot, and coming from all angles. But the main issue, roaring over all other discussion following this peculiar statement and its possible consequences, is that Valve's rationale for their latest position is incredibly cowardly…

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Valve take a stand against taking a stand on Steam rules

Good news: Creators of raunchy visual novels and other such things on the fringes of Steam's content rules can now probably breathe easy, despite Valve's worrying and unpredictable behaviour recently. Less good news: In a lengthy and jaw-dropping Steam blog post, Valve's Erik Johnson has effectively abdicated all responsibility for what is sold on Steam, stating that: "-we've decided that the right approach is to allow…

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Massive Steam security hole closed a decade late

For most of the past decade, it has theoretically been possible to hijack someone's PC via Steam, according to IT security consultant firm Context Information Security. Don't panic or go setting your PC on fire, though - as far as anyone is aware, no machines were hacked through this method. While no known harm from using the exploit exists, it's a solid reminder as to…

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Feature: If you like hot beats and doin' it in the streets

Unknown Pleasures: Ten new games you could play

Hello and welcome to the source of all digital joy. It is, of course, Unknown Pleasures, where you can find some good games you may not have heard about. Screeching a colourful stream of profanity this week: memory divers, demonic invasions, and solving a murder by killing hundreds of other people. Oh, games.

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