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Posts tagged “Steam”

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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Apple reject iOS Steam Link app

Apple have rejected the iOS version of Valve's Steam Link app, the doodad which lets people play their Steam games on pocket telephones and digislates, after initially approving it. Valve have appealed the rejection and been shot down, so this is probably the end unless Apple have a change of heart. If you've been hoping to park in bed playing Slay The Spire on your…

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Steam’s Spring Cleaning Event wants you to clear your backlog… Or just try a bunch of new games instead

I'm not sure if Valve's latest promotional wotsit on Steam knows whether it's coming or going. On one hand, it's nice that the Spring Cleaning Event (running until Monday, 28th May) is nudging players into trying out games they may have bought in sales and never touched, but pairing that with nine simultaneous free weekend events does somewhat undermine the message. Ah well, it's an excuse to…

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What the hell is Steam doing with VNs right now?

Okay. Here's... here's the thing. I've learned more about visual novels in the last 24 hours than I've known in the last 33 years of my life. Most of what I've learned is that VNs are doing a lot of cool things, and some other VNs? Those VNs are doing dangerous things. And the one universal rule of video game distribution is still in effect:…

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Valve threatening removal of visual novels with ‘adult content’, some authorised years ago say MangaGamer

Nerves are a little frayed across the visual novel development scene, as Valve have apparently issued warnings to several developers and publishers, threatening to remove their games from Steam unless they are edited to remove 'pornographic content'. The largest confirmation of this comes from prolific VN publisher MangaGamer, who have received several of these notices, including one for Kindred Spirits on the Roof, a game which…

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Valve’s local streaming Steam Link app hits Android & iOS

Valve's Steam Link app - a beta version, at least - has rolled out onto Android, with an iOS version soon to follow. Now folks with any kind of modern tablet, phone or other free-roaming screen will be able to play their PC games library anywhere in the house through the power of low-latency video streaming, assuming your home Wi-fi is up to par. You'll need a…

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SteamVR Input aims to unify the fractured new frontier

With every mega-corporation and their mega-dog throwing fat sacks of cash at Virtual Reality right now, and a multitude of headsets available, it's easy to forget that nobody really has any idea what they're doing right now. While consensus on how to advance headset technology seems to be fairly universal, every company seems to have their own idea of how to control things in virtual…

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Feature: Girls just wanna have their suitors killed

Unknown Pleasures: Another Five Great Indie Games

Healthy eating is for suckers. Here we are, at the height of a long overdue spring, and everyone here has a persistent cold. In May, no less. I've even been going outside, and just last night I ate a vegetable. Well, there'll be no more of that. Instead, a steady diet of Unknown Pleasures will surely cure all ills. Triumphantly returning to gorging on discounted…

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Feature: 2014 all over again

Steam Charts: surviving eternity

Hallo! John's away so I'm taking over for our latest weekly rundown of the biggest-selling games on Steam over the previous seven days. Familiar faces are here, of course, but the charts also include more survival games than I've seen in yonks. The slightest peek of sun outside and you lot start acting as if it's the end of the world, eh?

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Free Steam Link app for Android & iOS makes your Steam library mobile

When Valve practically started giving away Steam Link boxes for little more than price-of-postage, I assumed that the company was stepping away from the concept of in-home streamed gaming. Today's announcement suggests the idea is very much alive and well at Valve: soon you'll be able to play games from your Steam library through most iOS and Android devices via an official and free Steam…

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Study suggests Steam reviewers are bothered more by bad game design than bugs

A study of over 10 million Steam user reviews has found that when reviews include negative feedback, they call out poor game design more often than they complain about bugs. Which is entirely unsurprising, really: I know that infuriating design decisions tend to stick in my head far more perniciously than occasional bugs. That's not the only insight that the researchers from Queen's University in…

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Steam Input adds native Switch Pro Controller support

While one of the best things about having a gaming-spec PC is the sheer freedom you have in input devices, it really does help to have a reliable, widely supported gamepad. My current go-to is the XBox One controller, but there might be another competitor on the horizon. You'll have to opt in to the latest Steam beta to use it, but you can now…

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Unknown Pleasures: A five-course menu of great new games

You're lucky, readers. It's an optimistic time of year, even for sour-faced mopes like myself, and I damn nearly opened with some lyrics. What can I say? The sun is singing, the birds are shining, and the latest selection of Unknown Pleasures is a zingy blend of drama, carefree fun, and creativity. I for one am feeling inspired. Fooling us into thinking Summer won't be…

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Unknown Pleasures: About four to six great new Steam games

It's been a strange week here at the Pleasuredome. Once again, a bud of the Hivemind prepares to detach and spread in-jokes and sinister, fungaloid thoughts about user interfaces to a new, unsuspecting host. And I'd only just confirmed he's real, too. Bye bye, Adam. Subvert from within, yeah? Still, on the plus side, I high fived Aby Wolf the other night. And now it's…

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