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All posts tagged "Valve"

  • The controversial story behind Hunt Down the Freeman

    Over the last few days, indie developers Royal Rudius Entertainment have received constant waves of harsh criticism following the release of their controversial title, Hunt Down the Freeman (HDTF), a first person shooter that heavily draws inspiration (and apparently a lot else) from Valve's Half Life Universe. From claims of stolen assets to inexperienced leadership, this has to be one of the most bizarre stories I’ve researched in my career as a video game journalist. Author note: I've tried my best to find the truth within the mess that is known as the internet, but currently it's still incredibly difficult...

  • Watch: the moment Valve disappointed its fans with new game

    Whenever video game colossus Valve announces a new game, it's almost guaranteed to be greeted warmly, to say the least. After all, this was the same company behind Half Life, Left 4 Dead, the Counter-Strike franchise and several other titles. However, as this week's announcement showed, if there's one genre that will be greeted with a negative reception, it's probably the collectible card game. This was the case when Valve showed a brief announcement trailer for Artifact, the Dota card game. The delayed "the Dota card game" line perfectly separates the rapturous applause from the mass disappointment. Check out the clip below.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Surprise! Counter-Strike 1.6 has been ported to Android

    We've seen all manner of PC titles come to Android, from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to XCOM: Enemy Within. We can now add another game to the list, in the form of landmark online shooter Counter-Strike 1.6. It's not an official port though, being submitted to GitHub by redditor a1baomarov, but it still makes for an interesting release. It's worth noting that the port requires that you own Counter-Strike 1.6 though. To get the game running, you'll first need to install the requisite APK, then the Xash3D framework (both being found on GitHub). Once these two programs are installed, you'll need to copy...

  • Kill some zombies in Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil 6 on Xbox One

    After much anticipation, Valve's phenomenal Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available on Xbox One. It was originally released on the Xbox 360 and is now part of the backwards compatible list of games. The game didn't just come out as another sequel to its predecessor, but tried to be different as well. Even after much fan outcry due to launching sequel soon after the first release, fans quickly took to it. It doesn't look to include all of its previously released DLC. If you're still up for some zombie killing action, Resident Evil 6 is also now available on Xbox...

  • Weekend News Recap – 22 February: Smite, Team Fortress 2 and Nintendo NYC

    It’s Monday, in case you didn’t know. And while that six-letter noun might strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest CEOs of the world, it really doesn’t have to. At least not anymore. Relive the weekend in our new Monday morning segment — the Weekend News Recap: 20-21 February Edition. Most read stories last week Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: the VR rivals dissected Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 now available in South Africa Samsung Gear S2 review: intuitive but imperfect Smite, the popular third-person MOBA, is finally making its way to the PlayStation 4. The game, already an eSports hit, has been...

  • HTC Vive VR headset will retail for $799, PC specs revealed

    Update: HTC has also announced the PC specifications needed to power the Vive VR. The recommended GPUs include Nvidia's GTX 970 or AMD's Radeon R9 290. The CPU recommended is the Intel Core i5-4590 or the AMD FX 8350. RAM is pegged at 4GB, while ports required include an HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and one USB 2.0 port. Windows 7 with SP1 installed is also recommended. It's zero-day at MWC 2016, and that means companies going tooth and nail to outdo one another before the gates officially open. And although HTC hasn't a smartphone on display (or at least initially), the...

  • Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: the VR rivals dissected

    We're on the verge of a new chapter in the world of technology. Across planet Earth, great minds are collaborating and competing to build the hypothetical bridge into a new dimension, the mystical and mysterious landscape of virtual reality (VR). Among these technological wizards, two definitive leaders have emerged: Facebook-owned Oculus with the Oculus Rift and the Valve/HTC collaboration in the HTC Vive. Both have shown great promise in shaping the future of VR. Now let’s take a look at how their two devices stack up against each other and what influence they may have on the untold future. Brief Overview Oculus Rift Release...