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All posts tagged "Steam"

  • This Is The Police [PC] review: ingredients don’t make the recipe

    This is the Police is a narrative-driven police management game created by Weappy Studio. It's the first title to come from the Belarus-based company and while it is by no means a badly developed title, it's not without its shortcomings. While my time with this title wasn’t necessarily a waste, I have to admit that it has a bit of an identity crisis. At one end, it wants to be a police management sim and on the other, a gritty piece of interactive fiction. While both of these approaches could have been great games on their own, fusing them together did...

  • No Man’s Sky: Sony’s Yoshida criticises Hello Games’ PR strategy

    Sony is slowly distancing itself from the No Man's Sky aftermath, that's at least according to comments made by Sony Studios' president Shuhei Yoshida. Speaking to Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show, Yoshida criticised the head of Hello Games Sean Murray for promising more than the developer could deliver. "It wasn't a great PR strategy , because he didn't have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer," he explains. "I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting, because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from...

  • No Man’s Sky ‘not worth $60’, in messy state on PC

    Steam users have taken to negatively reviewing No Man's Sky after the game's release on PC. The company launched the game on Steam on Friday, but users have been complaining about crashes, glitches and the game in general. Consequently, the game is sitting at "mixed" overall user reviews. "This game is not worth US$60. Props to the small dev team for making something as clever as they did, but it's not US$60 clever," wrote Steam user gehsekky in a review. User jlm4us criticised the lack of depth for the price point as well. "Even if the game didn’t constantly crash, even if the FPS...

  • Valve: we’re cracking down on Steam-enabled gambling sites

    The emergence of gambling sites for in-game virtual items has caused an uproar in the gaming industry, especially with news that some prominent YouTubers own these sites or rigged bets. The gambling primarily centred on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, being one of Valve's most popular video games around. Now, Valve has issued a statement, distancing itself from the sites and saying it hasn't received cash from them. "We'd like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them. And Steam does not have a system for turning in-game items into real world currency." It added that...

  • Steam June stats: Windows 10 still growing, HTC Vive trumps Oculus Rift

    Four in ten Steam users access the service using Windows 10, Valve's new June statistics survey reveals. "Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using," Steam explains. Based on its latest survey findings, around 43% of users access Steam using a Windows 10-based machine, while other Windows versions have faced a drop. Around 31% of gamers use Windows 7, while 1.8% still use Windows XP. Windows 10 took over as Steam's most popular OS back in April 2016. All in all, around 95% of all Steam users access the service on...

  • Welcome To The Game review: a dark net thriller

    Welcome to the Game is a first person/desktop horror title created by Reflect Studios, the same indie developers responsible for the currently-in-development and equally creepy Rides with Strangers. In this title, your aim is to scour the dark web (aka the shadow web or dark net) in search for the “Red Room”, described by the game as “a hidden service on the Deep Web to see and participate in interactive torture and murder.” Pretty screwed up, right? You will have thirty days to uncover the location of the the Red Room before it expires, after which your opportunity to vent your...

  • One less app: Steam hits Windows 10 Mobile

    In a week that has seen Microsoft support tease Snapchat on Windows Phone (although I'm a bit skeptical still), we can officially cross one big-name app off the list. It's taken a few years, but Valve has finally released a Steam app for the platform. The app means that Microsoft fans don't have to rely on third-party offerings to authenticate their accounts anymore. On Memeburn: Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon As for other features, the app lets users send and accept trades with friends, sell virtual items via the Steam community and browse the storefront. In a cool touch,...

  • Hide your credit card: Steam’s big summer sale is here

    There's a new Steam sale, which can only mean one thing... It's time to buy more cheap games you won't ever play. Yep, the Steam Summer Picnic Sale went live last night, resulting in Valve's servers being rather overloaded. In fact, some people saw error pages, complete with a Valve message noting that the website was under "heavy load". Still, there are plenty of great games available for sale. Games in the LEGO franchise are available at a discount of between 30 and 75%, with 11 titles available for just R54 each. Indie game fan? This War of Mine is also available for R54, Stardew...

  • Watch Steam games run on a hacked PlayStation 4

    Who thought we'd ever see proper Steam games running on the PlayStation 4? Well, a new YouTube video shows Valve's service in action. According to YouTuber OsirisX, the feat first requires a PlayStation 4 running firmware version 1.76. So in the unlikely event that you haven't updated your machine since 2014, you might be in luck. The uploader then installed Arch Linux on the PlayStation 4, as well as graphics drivers ported by the fail0verflow hacking team. The video shows the uploader booting up Arch Linux and eventually logging in to his Steam account. From here, the uploader visits the system settings page, showing...

  • Steam now accepts Bitcoin as payment method

    You'll now be able to purchase all of your Steam Store sales goodies with Bitcoin. Yes, that digital currency that no one quite understands will net you some excellent titles. Announced on Bitpay's website, the company has partnered with Steam in order to provide this payment functionality. Apparently, Valve reached out to Bitpay in order to implement this new feature. Bitcoin is being implemented in order to accommodate users in emerging markets, such as India and Brazil, due to the lack of credit cards in those regions. Steam also offers support for credit cards, PayPal, WebMoney, Moneybookers, and a range of other payment...