Steam

  • Steam Gauge Gauges The Size/Price Of Your Steam

    Steam Gauge Gauges The Size/Price Of Your Steam

    The value of my Steam account is $492.65, and the sum of it requires 155.02 GB of space storage space. Awesome. And my Dad said I would never do anything worthwhile. Steam Gauge is the product of Hacker News user jprusik and is worth several minutes of your time. It pulls data from public steam accounts through the Steam Web API and aggregates everything into a sortable and exportable list. Read More

  • Xi3 Says While Piston May Not Be An ‘Official’ Steam Box, It Could Be Better Than One

    Xi3 Says While Piston May Not Be An ‘Official’ Steam Box, It Could Be Better Than One

    The Xi3 Piston opened for pre-orders on Monday, and seemed to be the first of many Steam Box type devices powered by Valve’s online gaming store and service. But Valve quickly came out and said that despite their investment in Xi3, the company has no “official involvement” in theĀ developmentĀ of the Piston itself. Now Xi3 is firing back, admitting that while it received… Read More

  • Age Of Empires II HD Is Coming To Steam, And We’re “Reeeaady”

    Age Of Empires II HD Is Coming To Steam, And We’re “Reeeaady”

    Gaming isn’t quite cyclical, thought it would seem that the big trend this winter is to remake old-school games from the 90’s for newer platforms. EA just released a brand new version of a personal childhood favorite, SimCity, and now it would appear that Age Of Empires II HD is coming to Steam’s platform. Steam is an online game seller that acts quite a bit like an App Store… Read More

  • Valve’s Steam Box Prototypes Are Being Prepped For Player Testing In “Three To Four Months”

    Valve’s Steam Box Prototypes Are Being Prepped For Player Testing In “Three To Four Months”

    As it turns out, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell gets awfully chatty when he attends award ceremonies. His appearance at the (generally awful) Spike TV Video Game Awards got him ruminating about the future of living room PCs, and ahead of today’s BAFTA Games Awards he confirmed to the BBC that Valve is working on Steam Box prototypes that will be released to testers “in the next three… Read More

  • Gabe Newell Foresees A Slew Of Living Room Gaming PCs (Including One From Valve?) In 2013

    Gabe Newell Foresees A Slew Of Living Room Gaming PCs (Including One From Valve?) In 2013

    I don’t normally expect much to come out of Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards, but Kotaku managed to score a gem of an interview with Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell earlier this weekend. In his brief exchange, Newell said he expected to see several PC makers crafting Steam-centric gaming PCs for the living room in 2013, and that their products would rival the… Read More

  • Steam Starts Selling Windows Apps Just Before Windows Store Launch

    Steam Starts Selling Windows Apps Just Before Windows Store Launch

    As anticipated in August, digital game seller Steam is now offering Windows non-game applications. It acts like a traditional app store. After the reviewing process, apps are available to purchase in a centralized store. Users can choose where to install their apps in the latest Steam beta. However, like Amazon’s Appstore for Android, Valve can discount apps if it thinks that it… Read More

  • Steam Mobile Apps Graduate From Beta, Now Open To All Gamers

    Steam Mobile Apps Graduate From Beta, Now Open To All Gamers

    I know I say this a lot, but man that was fast. Valve’s new pair of Steam mobile apps have been in their respective marketplaces for less than a week, and already they have graduated from beta status. That means that you, Mr. or Mrs. Game Enthusiast, will be able to sign into your Steam account on your iOS or Android device right now and begin chatting your far-flung friends or ogling… Read More

  • Steam Takes First Steps Into Mobile With iOS And Android Apps

    Steam Takes First Steps Into Mobile With iOS And Android Apps

    As a gamer with admittedly poor impulse control, the newly-released Steam app for iOS and Android has me very worried. On the one hand, it seems like an ideal way to to keep tabs on the popular gaming service on the go. On the other though, I could easily see myself going overboard on buying games I don’t need when I should be pretending to be a productive member of society. Read More

  • PSA: Steam Hacked, User Info May Be Stolen, But Personal Data Safe

    PSA: Steam Hacked, User Info May Be Stolen, But Personal Data Safe

    Valve CEO Gabe Newell has contacted all users of the Steam game distribution platform to let them know that the company has suffered a security breach. The hack was originally thought to be limited to the official Steam forums, but further investigation has revealed that the hackers had access to a database containing “user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email… Read More

  • GameFly, Inc To Launch Windows/Mac Digital Distribution Gaming Storefront This Holiday Season

    GameFly, Inc To Launch Windows/Mac Digital Distribution Gaming Storefront This Holiday Season

    GameFly just made the first step towards a future void of physical media with the pre-announcement of an upcoming digital gaming distribution platform. The announcement is missing any real details, including the service’s name, but it’s said to launch this coming Holiday season. This service will allow GameFly subscribers to buy Windows/Mac games rather than just renting as… Read More

  • EA Begins To Pull Steam Availability, Push Origin Exclusives

    If you were hoping to pick up a copy of Crysis 2 on Steam, you’re out of luck. The game is no longer available on Valve’s download service, though it was not (strictly speaking) pulled by EA. While EA has explained in a statement that the title is simply incompatible with “a set of business terms” “imposed” by Steam, the language and context suggest that it… Read More

  • Say Hello To EA's New Online Direct-To-Consumer Gaming Platform 'Origin'

    Electronic Arts is today debuting Origin, a direct-to-consumer gaming platform, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the placeholder website, expect Origin to go live around 9 AM Pacific time. The platform will enable gamers to discover, buy and download more than 150 games from EA at its debut, with exclusive limited edition copies of EA games like Battlefield 3 and FIFA… Read More

  • Steam's The Real Deal For PS3 Portal 2

    Attention! Valve has announced exactly how Portal 2‘s Steam features will work on the PS3. PS3 gamers can look forward to cross-platform (with the PC) matchmaking and gameplay, real-time chat, Steam achievements, and access to the Steam Cloud for game saves. Read More

  • Video Recording En Route To Steam?

    It looks like Steam users will soon be able to record in-game video without the help of something like Fraps. So says a post nestled inside the forums. Read More

  • About Time: NPD Plans To Track Digital Game Sales Data

    The NPD Group, the organization that tracks sales data for the video game industry in North America, says that it plans to track digital sales data in the future. It’s a pretty big deal because, up until now, NPD has only tracked physical, retail sales. If you buy a brand new copy of Madden or Dragon Quest from Best Buy, yeah, that data will be represented in the monthly… Read More

  • AT&T DSL Adopts 250GB Monthly Bandwidth Cap

    AT&T will impose a 250GB data cap for users of its DSL service. The company says that, based on trials, it only expects that less than 2 percent of its users will be affected by the cap. If these people want to continue consuming more than 250GB per month they’ll have to pay for the privilege. Read More

  • Valve's Steam Guard: Protecting Your Account From Evildoers Since 2011

    Valve has officially announced Steam Guard, which is a new form “user rights management” in the words of Gabe Newell. There were all sorts of rumors about it yesterday, but now that Valve has made the official announcement it’s safe there’s no real reason to panic. The service is more about keeping your Steam account secure and out of the hands of evildoers than it is… Read More

  • Steam Gets "Big Picture Mode" For PS3

    Portal 2 may be coming to the PS3 and bringing cross-platform play and some Steam elements with it, but the Steam interface is really designed for mouse navigation, not analog sticks. Valve is looking to fix that with a special “big picture mode” designed for use with big TVs and console controllers. Read More

  • Valve Makes More Money Per Employee Than Google Or Apple

    Here’s an interesting figure: Valve makes more money per employee than Google or Apple. While we can easily figure out how much the publicly traded Google and Apple make per employee, estimating what Valve pulls in is trickier. Valve has done quite well selling video games – over 12 million copies of Half-Life 2 alone – but Valve is even better at selling everyone… Read More

  • Portal 2 Now Available For Pre-Order

    Valve has released the details surrounding pre-ordering Portal 2. The game is available for pre-order right now on Steam (and other retailers), and if you pre-order the game they’ll knock $5 off the price, bringing it down to $45. Read More