Just days after GOG.com’s big summer sale came to a close, Steam is swooping in to save you from a drought of great deals. At 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Steam launched its own massive sales event, putting many games and bundles on sale for up to 90% off their original price, including AAA games that launched as recently as this month. More →
After years of pleading from consumers, Valve finally brought refunds to the Steam digital game store this week. In an update posted on its website on Tuesday, Valve outlined the rules for getting a refund on Steam, which looks to be surprisingly simple (and forgiving) for anyone unsatisfied with their purchase. More →
There have been countless Minecraft knockoffs since the indie game phenomenon exploded on to the scene a few years ago, but there’s one that might be able to move the needle. On Monday, following a week full of rumors, LEGO and TT Games launched a new, open-world game called LEGO Worlds in Early Access on Steam. More →
The modding community has been growing steadily ever since the dawn of PC gaming, but only in recent years has the idea of paying for user-created content become a reality.
Valve has been leading the charge with the Steam Workshop, giving Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 modders the opportunity to share their creations with a large audience, but starting this week, modders will be able to start setting their own prices for those creations and selling them directly to consumers. More →
Machinima is the art of manipulating a computer graphics engine in order to create a cinematic production. This art form was popularized in the mainstream by Red vs. Blue, a Halo machinima series that has been running since 2003. Not long ago, Valve decided to give its community the ability to make their own home movies with the Source Filmmaker software.
There have been plenty of impressive productions since then, but this past weekend, we were treated to one of the best yet.
Halloween might be spooky, but there’s no time of the year quite as terrifying for PC gamers as the Steam Holiday Sale. On Thursday, Valve launched the biggest PC gaming sales event of the year on its digital download platform. From now until January 2nd, Steam will feature hundreds of sales, but you’ll have to check back fairly frequently if you want to get the best deals. More →
There have been rumors for years that Steam would eventually evolve from a gaming platform into a full-blown multimedia service, and now it appears that Valve is taking the first steps to make that a reality. Steam Database (@SteamDB on Twitter) was one of the first to notice the addition of the following new app types in the most recent Steam beta update: film, TV series, video, plugin and music. More →
When it comes to video games, mobile gaming grows more impressive with each new device generation. Controlling a game with on-screen buttons never quite offers the same experience as a physical video game controller though, so it seems odd that Ideum would put so much time and effort into creating an app that transforms an Android smartphone or tablet into a video game controller for PC gaming. The result is quite impressive, however, and it actually adds some nifty functionality that standard gaming controllers simply cannot offer. More →
PC gamers rejoice! It’s that time of the year again — the Steam Summer Sale is upon us, and no one’s bank account is safe. The Summer Sale is famously (or maybe infamously) known as the best time to pick up any of the hit games you missed out on over the past year for unthinkably low prices. Discounts for recently released games start between 15%-25%, but older titles have been discounted up to 80%. More →
As with everything it does, Valve plans to tinker with the Steam Controller as many times as the creators and the users deem necessary until it’s complete. Those who were in attendance at Steam Dev Days on Wednesday were the first to learn that Valve is planning to readjust the ABXY buttons on the Steam Controller into a diamond layout, similar to the design of most modern home console controllers. This should limit compatibility issues for classic titles. More →
The first annual Steam Dev Days event doesn’t begin until Wednesday of this week, but Valve has already released SteamVR to the public, its experimental virtual reality mode for owners of the Oculus Rift who want a sneak peek at Valve’s progress on a VR interface. SteamVR allows Steam users to explore the digital platform We reported last week that Valve would be introducing a software development kit for developers who want to work with virtual reality. SteamVR is likely just a proof of concept as Valve prepares even more substantial reveals for later this week. More →