Valve

  • Left 4 Dead to debut at PAX for Xbox 360

    Left 4 Dead to debut at PAX for Xbox 360

    Devin loved L4D when he checked it out at E3 and I have yet to demo it, but I’ll take his word for it. Those of you lucky enough to make it to PAX will have the opportunity to see the world debut of L4D for the Xbox 360 platform, which means Devin gets to play it again. Bastard. As a side note, I’m stoked to be getting my Orange Box in the next couple days. I know I’m a year… Read More

  • You've already played Portal: Still Alive

    You've already played Portal: Still Alive

    Flickr’d During Microsoft’s laser light show at E3 last week, the title Portal: Still Alive flashed across the screen, angering certain segments of PC gamers. “An sequel to our game, available only on the Xbox 360? Outrageous!” Only it’s not. The game, which will be released on Xbox Live Arcade, is only an amalgam of previously released material, fan-made or… Read More

  • E3 2008: Project Origin, Left 4 Dead, and more

    E3 2008: Project Origin, Left 4 Dead, and more

    I’m checking in from E3 and it’s been, well, a stressful morning. I’d like to say for the record that Peter can’t drive, and that rental cars should come with compasses standard. But more pressing is the gaming news going on here — you saw our coverage of the big Nintendo event this morning, which was sweet, and now we’re cruising around the (surprisingly calm)… Read More

  • Team Fortress 2 trading cards: Collect them all where all = 2

    Team Fortress 2 trading cards: Collect them all where all = 2

    Valve created, but never released, a set of trading cards for TF2. Now you can download them in full hi-res and make your own double-sided cards to trade with one or more of your friends, although the trading permutations are severely limited with only two items in the set. Why not make up your own cards? Or drop in some J.R. Grossouts? via Kotaku Read More

  • Novint partnering with Valve to make freaky, awesome robo-peripheral useful

    Novint partnering with Valve to make freaky, awesome robo-peripheral useful

    A while ago I posted about how Novint, an innovative and ambitious peripheral company took their freaky-deaky Falcon controller straight to EA instead of standing around like some kind of techno-wallflower. Well, it worked out pretty well and they’re leveraging it into more deals: they’re teaming up with Valve to add Falcon support to a ton of their games. As befitting my skeptical… Read More

  • TF2's Pyro update is live, plus TF2 is free for the weekend

    TF2's Pyro update is live, plus TF2 is free for the weekend

    You’re probably already in the know about this, but the big Pyro pack has arrived along with his/her achievements and unlockable weapons. The full update info is here, including this little gem: Removed Soldier’s 40% damage reduction from his own rockets. Does not affect rocket jumps Thank you Jesus. I look forward to a rash of self-destroying soldiers. Also, in case you haven’t… Read More

  • 'Steam' service to include saved games, key bindings

    'Steam' service to include saved games, key bindings

    Valve’s wildly popular Steam game downloading service allows you to purchase and download games quickly and easily to any computer running the software. I’ve purchased a handful of games this way and it makes it super easy to move them to a new computer. Games get automatically updated and patched too, which is nice. Now Valve’s announced Steam Cloud, which “will retain… Read More

  • Free Team Fortress 2 this weekend on Steam

    Free Team Fortress 2 this weekend on Steam

    Valve is having another Team Fortress 2 Free Weekend to celebrate the latest big map release and achievement/unlockable pack. What this means is you get to use a state-of-the-art digital distribution system to play a fantastic game all weekend, for free. It’s super easy and it’s a lot of fun. If you haven’t tried using Steam yet, you’re in for a treat. This is the future of… Read More

  • Inside the making of Portal

    [photopress:portallll.jpg,full,center] Lots of behind-the-scenes articles written recently. Lots meaning two. This is the second; that was the first. Part of the genuinely terrific Orange Box collection, Portal made me feel like a complete idiot when I first played though it. The vile curse words I strung together while trying to figure out the latter levels bordered on the poetic. This… Read More

  • Valve explains why Apple doesn't 'do' gaming well

    Valve explains why Apple doesn't 'do' gaming well

    The implication here is that Apple and gaming go together like oil and water Aside from WoW, gaming on the Mac—how do I put this?—does not rule. Back when I had a G3 iMac and all I had to play was some dirtbag RTS, I was all, “man, I need an Xbox or something.” (Then I got and modded an Xbox.) But why does gaming on the Mac eat it so thoroughly, processor architecture now… Read More

 
  • Id Software Hops Aboard The Steam Train

    Id Software Hops Aboard The Steam Train

    Sup guys? Digital Trends didn’t expect it and neither did I. Seems Id Software has teamed up with rival Valve to release Id titles through the Steam distribution service. The announcement comes during QuakeCon, which is currently going down in Texas. Price is key here and not just the newer titles, but all of Id’s catalog will be available for purchase. You can get Commander Keen and… Read More

  • Valve Survey Shows Slow Vista Uptake By Gamers

    Valve Survey Shows Slow Vista Uptake By Gamers

    Video game developer Valve has posted the results of its latest Steam-based hardware survey. The numbers don’t look too good for a Microsoft hoping that gamers will be attracted to Vista. Only 5.37 percent of Steam users, a fairly good indicator of the average Windows gamer, has Vista installed compared to 92.91 percent running XP. Even with Direct X 10, gamers just aren’t taking to… Read More

  • Free Steam Games For ATI Card Holders

    Free Steam Games For ATI Card Holders

    Nothing beats free stuff. Whether it’s a free ice cream cone or a free iPod, both are just so, so sweet. Those of you who still shell out $1000 a year to upgrade your PC for games will be happy to know that Valve and ATI have struck a bit of a deal that runs in your favor. Owners of ATI RadeonT graphics cards will be able to download free games from Valve’s Steam service. So you have a… Read More

  • Valve's Steam Servers Possibly Hacked

    Valve's Steam Servers Possibly Hacked

    Russian hackers may have broken into Valve’s Steam servers, obtaining credit card numbers and other sensitive information. While Valve, the developer of Half-Life, has yet to confirm such shenanigans, the Russian hackers are already patting themselves on the back. Next-Gen contacted the black hats, who go by the names of “MaddoxX” and “cintX” (does every hacker name… Read More