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All posts tagged "Steam"

  • GOG launches its new Games in Development programme

    Digital video game sales platform GOG has announced its venture into the unfinished games market. This new programme, called Games in Development, will feature a range of playable titles that aren't quite finished. According to a post on their website, GOG will be "offering a selection of the most promising titles" requested on the Community Wishlist. This allows GOG to avoid over-saturation of titles for the programme and having games getting lost in the void of trash. Yes, Steam, you could learn from GOG here. One of the biggest hooks for consumers is the fact that all titles in development will come...

  • South Africans: you can now only purchase Steam games with Rand

    Popular digital distribution platform Steam has now incorporated the South African Rand into its pricing structure. Users in South Africa will pay for purchases in Rands, but no other currency. Users with US dollar credits in their Steam wallet will have the amounts automatically converted into Rands. According to an FAQ on Steam, the rate was calculated at the time of conversation, and with the weak Rand to the US dollar, this should have benefitted most. When purchasing a title, VAT isn't charged according to the Steam checkout page. Those looking to purchase games from Steam should compare the platform's prices against other...

  • ‘Layers of Fear’ Early Access preview: trust nothing, fear everything

    Enter a world of true madness where nothing is as it seems. A terrifying place where the lines between horror and reality are all too blurred. Layers of Fear, a first-person indie title by Polish developer Bloober Team SA, is one of the most outstanding horror experiences I’ve ever had. A game has honestly not scared me this much since I played the original Outlast. In Layers of Fear you delve into the mind of a mentally insane painter who is on a quest to create his magnum opus, the greatest work he will ever produce. But in the pursuit...

  • The Flock: the game with a death-dependent self-destruct button

    In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of indie gaming studios and this has resulted in a market saturated with gaming titles. Because of this, indie studios now need to take more and more innovative approaches to make their titles stand out from the endless sea of games. One such studio is Dutch indie developer Vogelsap (translated as "Bird Juice"), who have come up with a very intriguing concept for their soon-to-be-released first-person multiplayer horror game, The Flock. Their twist is that The Flock will only be available for purchase on Steam for a limited amount...

  • PlayStation 4 streaming, Ethan Hunt’s return and ‘ZOMBI’: the TGIF Video Roundup

    Welcome to the TGIF Video Roundup, a weekly series where we explore, highlight and poke fun at some of the videos, trailers and clips that have made the internet a fun place to be this week. If you missed our last roundup, catch it below. Read more: Windows 10, ‘No Man’s Sky’ and ‘Life Is Strange': the TGIF Video Roundup How is everyone feeling? Yes, it has been a long, long week, and even longer for the likes of Microsoft. Now that Windows 10 is out in the wild all the company can hope for is that it doesn't become the...

  • SteamLeft calculates how much life you’ll need to beat your Steam library

    Since the advent of Steam in the early 2000s, gamers have racked up game after game like a squirrel with an acorn addiction. If you're one of those gamers with too many titles to count or too many to comprehend, you probably wish you knew how long it would take to conquer your massive library. Well, now you can. SteamLeft is a nifty little service that plugs into How Long to Beat's playtime averages to calculate how much of your life you could (and really should) spend racking up killstreaks and looting lesser individuals. Insanely enough, the most extensive Steam library tested...

  • Valve’s Steam Summer Sale comes early, has added Adventure mode

    Gamers upset that Valve hasn't actually officially launched its Steam Machine platform yet, can today take comfort in the company's massive annual Steam Summer Sale. Valve, through its Steam store, is offering discounts on "thousands" of gaming titles for the next ten days. Although the sale is earlier than last year's, the company will still be offering its customary daily deals, community choice sales and a sales-orientated meta-game, allowing members to win additional titles. This year, eight-hour flash sales also join the fold, because waiting sucks. Current daily deals on offer include the dark DayZ, cut by a measly 15% to US$25.49....

  • Steam Music enters invite-only beta

    Steam sales and downloads have been tremendous, numbering in the hundreds of millions. There's apps now, Steam OS, Big Picture mode for our luscious LCD TVs, even Steam Machines. Recently, Steam added another reason for you to download it, namely Steam Music, a beta invite-only service which will let you listen to your music library while you play. Valve, developers of Steam, say that when you've finished "pointing Steam to your local library", it'll add album and artist views to your music collection. Here's how you sign up: head on over to the Steam Music group and click "Join Group"....

  • Do we even need Steam Machines?

    While the world continues to mourn the lack of information on Half-Life 3, Valve has decided that it hasn't quite finished playing with our hearts. Though it's decreed 2014 a big year for gamers, it’s not quite for the reasons we’d hoped (read: more Half-Life). No, Valve has instead unveiled a machine that combines the power of the traditional PC with the portability of the everyday console. Except Valve isn't going to make it -- at least not entirely. So let’s get this straight. Valve is readying the Steam Machine, a console that works on its proprietary Steam operating system....

  • Things heat up as Valve reveals 14 Steam Machines [CES2014]

    Steam Machines are a go. Today at CES 2014 Half Life 2 creator Valve announced its lineup of Steam Machines, PCs custom-fitted to run Steam OS -- which is in turn based on a custom build of Linux. Starting from "as low as US$499", there are the 14 Steam Machines coming in 2014. "The first generation Steam Machines offers something for every gamer, which is a critical part of extending Steam into the living room. With over 3 000 games and more than 65-million gamers on Steam, it’s important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them...