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A month before Half-Life: Alyx, Valve’s Index headset is still sold out

Half-Life: Alyx is barely a month out now, scheduled to release on March 23rd. When it was originally announced as a VR-only title, Valve's own Index VR headset quickly flew off physical shelves and was entirely sold out online by mid-January in all 31 countries where it's sold. As reported by Road To VR, the Index is still all but sold out globally.

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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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Half-Life: Alyx brings us back to City 17 in six weeks

A new Half-Life game is launching in a little over a month. Huh, all sounds very real when you put it like that. It's only been, what, thirteen years since the last one? Today, Valve revealed that Freeman-free VR prequel Half-Life: Alyx has nailed down a March 23rd release date. Assuming Valve are right about getting through the next six weeks without delay, we'll all…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit a new record high playercount this weekend

While Counter-Strike has long seemed one of those games that might just have found its final form and will now be around forever, I am surprised that it's still breaking its own records. Over the weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive set a new record for the number of people in-game online at the same time, beating a record set in April 2016. That was back before…

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Counter-Strike will soon start silencing abusive players

We've been there. You're rushing long-A on Dust, asking for smoke cover, but the response is deadlier than any digital gunshot. A high-pitched wail ruptures your headset, puncturing eardrums and shattering glass. Your monitor's ruined. When the dust settles and the ringing stops, the comms are wild with name-calling, homophobic slurs and swears that'd make a sailor blush. But mic screamers beware. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive…

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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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Dota 2’s International 2019 documentary lured me in as a non-sports watcher

"They're like monkey business men", says Team Liquid member Kuroky, "they will GO". Liquid are gathered around for a quick smoke before the Dota 2 International 2019 finale, about to face Team OG. They're visibly nervous, despite Kuroky's repeated insistence that they should "feel free", and treat this like a scrim. Another team member insists that it IS a scrim, and Kuroky immediately reneges on…

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Half-Life: Alyx will let you put buckets on headcrabs and the buckets will move around

In Half-Life: Alyx you will be able to trap headcrabs, the prime nemesis of footlobsters, inside buckets. "It'll move the bucket as it crawls around", confirmed the Half-Life: Alyx team in yesterday's Reddit Q&A, adding that "playtesters all keep reporting it as a bug". I hadn't given all that much thought to Half-Life: Alyx but this is honestly a game changer. It's a little crystallisation…

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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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No, Valve still aren’t working on Left 4 Dead 3

Like a pesky head cold that never quite clears, Left 4 Dead 3 rumours returned to clog the internet airways again this week. After all, Valve are making games again. Between the surprise announcement of Half-Life: Alyx and another wave of leaked concept art for an infectious Left 4 Dead threequel, there was fleeting hope that the fantastic co-op shooter was, perhaps, ready to make…

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Feature: Autobattle to the death

Dota Underlords and the autobattler genre is struggling to keep players

Few realised at the time, but last January we witnessed the birth of a genre. Dota Auto Chess shot to the top of Dota 2's custom games, enticing MOBA players with wizarding army management. The big names took notice. By June we had Riot's Teamfight Tactics and Valve's Dota Underlords, squaring off against each other. An unknown number of millions flocked to TFT, while Dunderlords…

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Dota Underlords tunnels out of early access in February

The undertown is nearly ready. Its Dota Underlords are chomping at the bit, a mere month away from the point where Valve go 'yep, that's version 1.0' and bury the early access label on their wizarding general simulator. They say all this in their post about yesterday's update, a smaller affair aimed at reducing misclicks, fixing bugs, and delivering the usual round of balance tweaks.

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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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RPS Asks: How did you survive over the holidays?

That squeaking noise is 2019 slowly deflating in the corner. You’re done now, noble year. Thanks for trying. Uh-oh, I’m getting introspective and thinky. I’d better distract myself. With the holidays all but over, how did you manage to survive them? Tell me what you played and what sort of fun you had. I'll go first! I survived with Portal 2.

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Feature: There was a single-player Counter-Strike?

PC Gaming’s most surprising spin-offs

I love a spin-off. Angel? Great stuff! Count Duckula? The Better Call Saul of cartoons. Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami? Take me, I’m yours! I could go on and on cutting-and-pasting from this Wikipedia page, but I’ll get to the point. Games also have spin-offs. Often they’ll be forgotten about. Sometimes they’re even disowned. On a few occasions, they’ll take on a life of their…

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Firewatch devs put In The Valley Of Gods on hold

It is a sad day for pretend archaeology. Firewatch developers Campo Santo have placed In The Valley Of Gods on hold, instead choosing to work on Half-Life: Alyx, Dota Underlords, and other Valve projects. This follows their move to Valve last year, which John (RPS in peace) quizzed them on at length in 2018. That means we've got a weird, melancholy portal into when Campo…

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