Valve

  • Valve on Left 4 Dead 1-2 cross-play: "That's something we're trying to work out"

    It seems like Valve is hitting on some unexpected obstacles with its sequel to last year’s smash zombie hit, Left 4 Dead. Although they must have expected it, since every one of their games has featured huge differences between “1” and “2,” as well as expansions (free or paid) that were worth the money. Left 4 Dead 2 seems to be little more than a medium-sized… Read More

  • Valve won't develop for PS3 because it's too hard

    Homer Simpson once said, “You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.” Valve must take that second part—“never try”—pretty seriously, since it told some dude at E3 that it has no interest in developing for the PS3. Reason being? It’s too hard. Fair enough. Read More

  • Valve's Orange Box is $10 this weekend – best deal ever


    Why are you still here? Are you insane? You read the headline! Get over to Steam and buy, buy, buy! Half-Life 2 and its two episodes so far, the Lost Coast, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 for ten freaking dollars, are you kidding me? Come on! Read More

  • "Still Alive," bedroom electropop style

    An act of unparalleled nerddom. This talented fellow performs the gamer anthem “Still Alive” with the piano part on his keyboard, the other orchestration with a midi controller, and his own voice through a Rocktron Banshee Talkbox. Nicely done. Read More

  • Team Fortress 2's Scout Update is rolling out

    The long-awaited update for scouts is hitting this week. In other news, I’ll be quitting Team Fortress 2 for about a month while you all get it out of your system. I enjoy killing scouts as much as the next guy (perhaps a little more), but I have no desire to be overwhelmed by them, or to play on a team of them. Sweet lord, no! Read More

  • What's this, a replica gun from Portal?

    The New York Comic Con is this weekend, and while my initial plan to show up dressed as Tifa fell through—you have no idea how hard it is to find pants that match hers!—this Portal gun replica could make a fine Plan B. But then I’d also have to show up dressed as an Asian women (the main character from Portal is an Asian woman, right, or did I totally make that up?), so… Read More

  • EA to release games on Valve's Steam completely free of DRM

    Not only are EA games going to be released on Steam henceforth—in and of itself a big deal—but the games will be totally free of DRM. It seems the largest video games publisher has learned its lesson, and the hard way: legitimate gamers (that is, non-pirates) want nothing to do with digital rights management. Read More

  • Go! Now! Team Fortress 2 is $10 on Steam

    Here’s a fine way to spend that $10 you still have in your pocket after last night’s Crazy Night Out: Team Fortress 2 for $9.99 on Steam for the PC. For the uninitiated, Team Fortress 2 is still the reason I have The Orange Box handy, despite the fact that it’s the lesser Xbox 360 version. Though, as you know, my patience for shooters has pretty much run out, TF2 is well… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Left 4 Dead for $39.98 (Xbox 360)

    Amazon.com has a double dead on Left 4 Dead, a favorite of some of the staffers here at CrunchGear. Xbox 360 owners can scoop it up for $39.98, which is a good $20 off the regular price. The PC version is going for $29.98 – also $20 off the regular price. For the uninitiated, Left 4 Dead is a co-operative shooter “set in a modern day survival-horror universe” from Valve… Read More

  • Valve: Mind if we take a look at your brain while you play?


    Suddenly that logo makes sense. They’ve been planning to tap our heads all along! Well, maybe it’s not quite that serious, but Gabe Newell recently said in an article for Edge that he’d like to hook players up to, among other things, heart rate monitors and EEGs. That way they can tell if you’re really scared. Let me make things easier on you, Valve. Yes… Read More

  • Half-Life turns 10, Valve sells it for a buck


    I hope you’ll all join me in celebrating 10 years of Half-Life! One of the most beloved games in the world has been around for a decade, and what better way to remember it than to fire it up and play through a few chapters? Or if you feel like waiting a while, you can play it all through again shiny and new in Black Mesa Source when it’s released. Congratulations, Valve! Now… Read More

  • Clever: Valve tried to offer job to guy who stole Half-Life 2 source code

    Ha! Remember when the Half-Life 2 source code was stolen a few years ago, showing up all over BitTorrent, IRC and the like? It turns out that Valve, once it was able to determine who was responsible (with the help of the FBI), a German fellow by the name of Axel Gembe, attempted to offer him a job! The company offered him the job in order to lure him to the U.S. so he could be arrested. Read More

  • Microsoft to take on Steam in battle of the digital distribution systems

    Once again, Microsoft is jealous of another company’s success in a sector adjacent to their own, and is setting their crosshairs accordingly. Unfortunately this is one company that can’t be bought or properly imitated: Valve and Steam are firebrands in the gaming world, and have achieved over the years a level of trust and legitimacy among gamers that is nigh impossible for perhaps… Read More

  • Left 4 Dead demo now free 4 all


    I actually pre-ordered the game last night so I could get me some L4D demo, but now that’s no longer necessary. Fire up Steam and download all 3.2GB (!!!) of it, it’s super fun. Play it on Advanced and get your buns handed to you. I played a few rounds last night and when you lose, you feel like it’s your fault for not working together enough (or shooting each other a lot). Read More

  • Left 4 Dead splitscreen on your PC!


    I know lots of you guys out there are either already playing the hell out of the demo for Left 4 Dead or, like me, waiting until the weekend to dive in. Of course, the weekend is the time when those pesky friends are always hanging around, saying how you should drink this or do that. This weekend, you need to take control of your destiny. Tell your pal to come over and play some split-screen… Read More

  • Is That Steam In The Cloud?

    Valve Software, the company behind popular games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, and Portal, just made an interesting move by announcing the upcoming roll-out of Steam Cloud. In essence, it is a free extension that will allow any user of the wildly popular digital content platform to store game saves, mouse and keyboard configurations settings etc. server-side… Read More

  • Google looking to buy Valve?

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. The Inquirer says, “Well placed sources tell us that Google is going to be buying Valve any second now.” What? And all because of Steam, Valve’s “amazing content distribution platform” no less? Okay, I can see that. Read More

  • Google to Acquire Valve?

    Update: Valve says the rumor is untrue. The Inquirer is reporting this morning that Google is close to an acquisition of Valve for an undisclosed price. According to the Inquirer, its “well-placed sources” say the acquisition could happen “any second now.” At first glance, Google acquiring Valve seems a little unorthodox. But considering Steam, Valve’s game… Read More

  • Oh boy! Left 4 Dead demo coming to PC and 360


    It’s definitely happening but it’s still being planned. Gabe says: “I don’t know what the date is for release on that, though. I think it’s going to contain the first part of one of the [game's four] campaigns. That’s a decision that [Valve marketing director] Doug Lombardi is making.” Well, if you were at PAX then you know how long the line was to… Read More

  • Valve announces dedicated servers for Left 4 Dead on 360


    Boy am I excited for L4D. I got to play it at E3 and it was fun as hell, and although I never trust console ports of PC FPSes, at least Valve is doing it right. Playing online will, if I read this correctly, always take place on a dedicated server, which means no more juggling connections to find out who’s the best host. DLC (new weapons, maps, and monsters) will be quicker to come than… Read More