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Valve’s Free to Play Documentary Review

Free to Play is not a film about Dota 2, nor is it a film about the international tournament that’s confusingly named The International.

By Tim McDonald | 20 Mar 2014 | Comments Off

Free to Play, Valve’s Dota 2 e-sports documentary, launches

In a shock subversion of Valve Time, Free to Play – Valve’s documentary about three professional gamers as they prepare for and compete in The International, the million dollar Dota 2 tournament – is now out.

By Tim McDonald | 19 Mar 2014 | Comments Off

Valve’s Dota 2 documentary Free To Play now pre-loadable

Free To Play is now available for pre-load on Steam.
Free To Play is Valve’s (free) documentary about Dota 2, although before you roll your eyes and click away, I should point out that it focuses more on the players than the game.

By Tim McDonald | 14 Mar 2014 | Comments Off

Dota 2 continuing to move towards custom game modes

A new item schema update has been vigorously hurled at Dota 2, and while it doesn’t contain anything massively groundbreaking, it does offer a glimpse at some upcoming (and incredibly welcome) changes, as well as reminding us that custom game modes are on the way.

By Tim McDonald | 7 Mar 2014 | Comments Off

Gabe Newell talks Steam, VR, eSports and more

Gabe Newell didn’t let PC gamers down today and finally turned up for the Reddit AMA earlier this evening.

By Paul Younger | 5 Mar 2014 | 2

Gabe Newell’s Reddit AMA should take place today, 4 March

Gabe Newell took part in some sort of cosmic joke yesterday, appearing on Reddit to say he’d be doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session later that day and then disappearing.

By Peter Parrish | 4 Mar 2014 | Comments Off

Gabe Newell’s Reddit AMA session postponed for now

Earlier today, Gabe Newell (or his account, anyway) popped up on Reddit to say he’d be taking part in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session at 1pm Pacific Time.

By Peter Parrish | 3 Mar 2014 | Comments Off

Steam family sharing system now open to all

Steam’s system of sharing libraries with family members is now out of beta and available for all users of the platform, according to an announcement post in the Steam Family Sharing group.

By Peter Parrish | 28 Feb 2014 | 1

Steam region locking causing problems for traders and gifters

Region locking is a practice that appears to be increasingly common on Steam.

By Peter Parrish | 21 Feb 2014 | 3

Steam Tags are atrocious, offensive, and entirely stupid

I’m not surprised that Steam’s new and vaunted Steam Tag system is largely a clusterfuck of offensive stupidity.

By Tim McDonald | 13 Feb 2014 | 7

Steam tags mean you can now label rubbish games as rubbish

The concept of Steam tags should be fairly self-explanatory. You can swing by any game listed in Steam’s store and label it with pretty much any word you choose (though swear words will apparently be “filtered out.”)
I’m having quite a good time with it.

By Peter Parrish | 13 Feb 2014 | Comments Off

Steam Dev Days session videos now online in full

You can now experience the joy and wonder of attending Steam Dev Days in your own home, just a few weeks later and without the freebie Steam Machine gift bag.

By Peter Parrish | 11 Feb 2014 | Comments Off

Valve’s In-Home Streaming beta: How it copes over a limited home network

Valve’s In-Home Streaming beta for Steam is effectively in open beta now.

By Peter Parrish | 11 Feb 2014 | 2

Valve can prohibit Steam account transfers, German court rules

Last year, the German consumer watchdog group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (VZVB), a Federation of German consumer organisations, launched an attempted lawsuit against Valve over the inability to re-sell games on Steam.

By Peter Parrish | 7 Feb 2014 | Comments Off

Dota 2 patched to add the Year Beast

Update: The Dota 2 blog has been updated with news on exactly what this mode entails.

By Tim McDonald | 5 Feb 2014 | Comments Off

Steam Music beta coming to Big Picture and SteamOS

Valve is bringing an in-game music player to the Steam overlay, which will allow you to listen to your own tunes while playing your games.

By Peter Parrish | 3 Feb 2014 | Comments Off

Impressions on Dota 2 Patch 6.80 and the New Bloom Festival

I wouldn’t normally write something like this, but… well, I’m actually kinda impressed with what’s been added in Dota 2‘s 6.80 patch.

By Tim McDonald | 31 Jan 2014 | 2

Dota 2’s New Bloom Festival/Patch 6.80 out now

Quick public service announcement: Dota 2 patch 6.80 – also known as the New Bloom Festival update – is now live.

By Tim McDonald | 29 Jan 2014 | 1

Dota 2’s New Bloom coming tomorrow with a second hero and more features

Hahaha. Did you think that Terrorblade would be the only hero added in Dota 2‘s New Bloom Festival?

By Tim McDonald | 28 Jan 2014 | 5

Dota 2’s New Bloom Festival adding new hero, Random Ability Draft, hero changes

Okay, so Valve have finally lifted the curtain on a lot of what the New Bloom Festival patch for Dota 2 will include.

By Tim McDonald | 28 Jan 2014 | 2

Source 2.0 shot of Valve’s Left4Dead2 appears in the wild

NeoGaf’s beloved source of insider tips, “crazy buttocks on a train” (affectionately known as CBOAT) has dropped by with another interesting info-package.

By Peter Parrish | 27 Jan 2014 | 3

Dota 2 details New Bloom Festival event

Frostivus might not have been that long ago, but Valve are already gearing up for the next Dota 2 event – the New Bloom Festival.

By Tim McDonald | 26 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Steam Dev Days made VR enticing, now it needs to be convincing

Thanks to the information that’s been flowing out of Steam Dev Days since last week, we have a much clearer idea how two big names will be approaching virtual reality on PC.

By Peter Parrish | 20 Jan 2014 | 2

Valve’s Michael Abrash shares his Steam Dev Days VR slides and talk

Valve’s Michael Abrash has updated his blog and kindly shared his talk and slides covering the VR portion of Steam Dev Days.

By Paul Younger | 19 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Valve has no current plans to release their own VR hardware

Well, this is an interesting development. You know all the rave reviews Valve’s virtual reality (VR) prototype has been getting at Steam Dev Days?

By Peter Parrish | 17 Jan 2014 | 1

Valve VR gets more positive developer impressions

Last night, Tripwire’s David Hensley was comparing Valve’s VR prototype to Star Trek’s holodeck, and today there have been further developer impressions released prior to the Steam Dev Days’s VR conference talks.

By Peter Parrish | 16 Jan 2014 | 1

Valve tosses out some crazy Team Fortress 2 numbers in economy talk

The latest conference chat to take place at Valve’s Steam Dev Days event was about in-game economies (hats,) and confirmed what a lot of people probably already suspected; that Team Fortress 2 (hats) are still very popular.

By Peter Parrish | 16 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Valve extends Dota 2’s Year of the Horse submission deadline

As previously mentioned, the next event for Dota 2 will be a spring event called “Year of the Horse”, based around the Chinese New Year.

By Tim McDonald | 16 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Tripwire’s David Hensley says Valve’s VR felt “like a holo deck”

The full presentation of Valve’s VR prototype (which Steamdb thinks could going by the name ‘Vortex‘) will take place later today at Steam Dev Days, but Tripwire’s David Hensley has already had a go with it and has tweeted a series of extremely positive impressions.

By Peter Parrish | 16 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Valve shares a tasty Steam pie chart showing sales by region

Not a huge amount is emerging from Steam Dev Days just yet, as the two-day event is closed to the press.

By Peter Parrish | 15 Jan 2014 | Comments Off