Posts Tagged ‘Valve’

! The HTC Vive Costs $799/£560, Shipping Starts April

HTC and Valve have just broken cover with price information on their much-anticipated upcoming Vive VR hardware, and it’s bad news if you were hoping it’d be cheaper than the contentious $600/£500/€700 pricetag on the Oculus Rift.

Hell, it’s bad news if you were hoping it’d cost the same – in fact, the headset, wireless motion controller & location-tracking base station package costs an almighty $200 more than the Oculus. Though it is a bigger bundle of hardware (and theoretically capable of many more things) than the Rift, bear in mind the quoted $799 price is before we even know the full damage of shipping and tax.
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Team Fortress 2’s Competitive Matchmaking Beta Plans

We’ve known for almost a year that Valve have been planning to add competitive matchmaking to Team Fortress 2 [official site] buuut well, I imagine Valve got distracted chasing a squirrel in the park or something. After many months of staring at the tree the squirrel vanished up, Valve have shook off their coating of snow and come back indoors to crack on with TF2’s competitive matchmaking. They don’t have too much to say about it yet, such as when it’ll properly launch, but closed testing is beginning within a week or so and you can sign up.

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Counter-Strike: GO Revives Nuke, All Prettied-Up

Counter-Strike level de_nuke is 15 years old, which means it has the legal rights to have a part-time job and to watch films containing adult themes, foul language, and strong violence. 15 is also an age for reinvention, and Nuke is coming back from the half-term hols with a new look. Valve last night launched Operation Wildfire for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], bringing the usual Operation challenge jazz and the rebuilt Nuke. It is bright and colourful and makes me feel like spring is coming.

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A Few Of My Favourite Monsters

We live in complex times. When I was a youngster, it was perfectly reasonable to buy a game simply because it had more monsters than the other games. Playing through shooters, RPGs and platformers alike, I’d be tempted to give up when I reached the point where no new enemy types were appearing. The very idea of a game with only one type of enemy, no matter how intelligent and believable, was poison. Give me all of your mutants, demons and aliens, I cried, give them to me now.

Here are a few of my favourites, ranging from the first-person shooters of my teenage years to the surreal horrors of my childhood.

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Dota 2’s Winter Battle Pass Brings Icy Prettiness

Valve have launched the Winter 2016 Battle Pass for Dota 2 [official site], a £5.29 virtual ticket giving you access to… new ways to get more hats for your wizards, I think? Look, I’ll be honest: I’ve played 1,498 hours of Dota 2 and I’m still confused by this. The end result is that you can get new cosmetic items by way of a great many progression tracks and statistics and gambling and… ah, go look. Basically, if you want pretty new stuff, you can get it by paying a fiver then playing a load of Dota.

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Sven Co-Op Now Free Standalone, Including Half-Life

Here’s a bit of nostalgia for you: Sven Co-op [official site] is now on Steam. The seventeen-year-old Half-Life mod is available as a free standalone game, and—thanks to a fair bit of generosity on Valve’s part—includes all of the Half-Life campaign maps. For free.

That means you can head to Steam, download the game, and start playing co-op Half-Life right now. Again, for free. No need for you or anyone you’re playing with to own Half-Life proper.

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Dota 2 Shanghai Major Qualifiers: Winners And Highlights

The regional qualifiers for Dota 2 [official site]’s Shanghai Major tournament concluded in the wee hours of Monday morning, confirming which eight teams would join the direct invitees at the Valve-sponsored event in March. To find out who’s heading to the tourney and to see the finest moments from the weekend’s competitions read on:

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