Valve

  • Will Valve revitalize Mac gaming with Steam for OS X?


    Valve is in the midst of a media blitz at the moment — not that you’d notice, since their idea of a media blitz is secretly launching a complex alternate reality game, or emailing single novelty screenshots to six different media outlets. You could be forgiven for expecting a full-site skin for 1UP, or a week-long series of “developer diaries” on IGN &mdash… Read More

  • 28 billion zombies killed. And they're still coming!

    Left 4 Dead 2 was released on November 17th, 2009. Since then, 28,981,249,043 zombies have met cruel and unusual, along with plenty of mundane and unimaginative fates at the hands of gamers everywhere. Now I love zombie killing, but 28 billion? Let’s put that into perspective a bit. Read More

  • Steam steams ahead to 25 million users, 205 percent increase in sales

    Steam, Valve’s digital distribution for video games (as well as a kind of “social network” for gamers, though the phrase “social network” makes me nauseous), is really quite successful. In 2009, its fifth year of operation, sales were up 205 percent over the previous year. The service has more than 25 million users, of which 10 million have full profiles. Read More

  • Valve puts the future of TF2 in the players hands with Soldier-Demo feud

    Sorry to break the gadget flow here with this bit of rather specific gaming news, guys, but this is awesome. Over the next week, all Team Fortress 2 servers will (they say) be monitored and a tally kept of how many demomen kill soldiers and vice versa. At the end of the week (during which time their new unlockable gear will be revealed), the class with the higher score gets a special item. Read More

  • Steam has many deals for you to peruse

    Interrupting your Thanksgiving Day weekend (and my Team Fortress 2 Sniper marathon) with a quick deal that will appeal to many of you (I should hope). You know Steam, right, Valve’s digital distribution deal? There’s a crazy, multi-day Black Friday sale going on right now that includes Left 4 Dead 2 at $37.99 (25 percent off the regular price) and Star Wars: Knights of the Old… Read More

  • Man alive: Valve owns 70 percent of the digital distribution business

    There really is something to be said about being the first to the dance. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Steam was the first big digital distribution service for video games, and I also think we can all agree that it was something of a success. But how big a success? Stardock, which owns the Impulse distribution service (and published Sins of a Solar Empire), believes that Steam… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Pre-order L4D2, get a cool hat for TF2

    Let me translate that for those of you out there that aren’t “down with the lingo”. Pre-order Left 4 Dead 2, get Bill’s beret (from the original L4D) in Team Fortress 2. That’s it. That’s the deal. Well, you’ll save 10% on LFD2 because it’s a pre-order, but the only extra schwag you get is a cool hat in TF2. Read More

  • Dear Valve, where is Episode 3?

    Sometimes less is more. In the case of a fan comic recently posted to Valve’s forums, it definitely raises a valid question. Where on earth is Half-Life: Episode 3? Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Stalker – Shadow of Chernobyl for $5.00

    Heads up FPS fans. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl is on sale this weekend on Valve’s Steam store for a fiver. That’s quite the discount off the already quite reasonable price of $20. Read More

  • Valve has a censored, Australian version of Left 4 Dead 2 ready and waiting (in case it needs it)

    Australia’s crazy anti-violent video game restrictions strike again! Valve submitted Left 4 Dead 2 (aren’t we boycotting that game?) to whatever board is in charge of rating video games down there, and the board replied with this: yeah, this game is too violent for anyone under the age of 18. Read More

  • Left 4 Dead 2 may be sold in Australia after all

    Good news everyone! Turns out that Left 4 Dead 2 will most likely be sold in Australia after all. If you remember, we told you a few weeks ago that the governing body in Australia that rates game had in fact banned the new L4D game on the grounds that it was just too violent for people between the ages of 15 to 18. Well, Valve decided to work with the ratings board to try and resolve the issue. Read More

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