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  • 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

  • Report: Canada's Usage-Based Billing Scheme To Be Overturned

    Canada’s Internet innovation-killing usage-based billing scheme may already be dead in the water. The Toronto Star says the decision has been made to reverse the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s plan to implement the controversial billing method, which would have led to a situation where people there could have expected to pay up to CDN$2.35 per gigabyte. Read More

  • Usage-Based Billing Hits Canada: Say Goodbye To Internet Innovation [Updated: UBB A No-Go?]

    O, Canada, what have you done? The country’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the CRTC, has passed sweeping new regulations that will force Internet Service Providers to switch to so-called usage-based billing—metered pricing, in less flowery language. That means ISPs there will charge customers by the gigabyte for Internet access, and that’s on top of a… Read More

  • What Good Are Download-Only Services If You Have A Rubbish Internet Connection?

    It’s hardly a secret that many of us here are big fans of Steam, Valve’s digital download service that makes buying PC games pretty painless. Who among us hasn’t spent more than a few dollars during one of those big Steam sales? The only problem with Steam sales is that, having purchased a game, you have to sit there for at least several (long!) hours, waiting for it to… Read More

  • Portal 2 PS3 Edition To Have Cross-Platform Play, Other Steam Features

    Nice, it looks like the PS3 version of Portal 2 won’t stink on ice—something that can’t be said about the Xbox 360 version of Team Fortress 2. (Though that’s hardly Valve’s fault, having to play by Microsoft’s silly Xbox Live rules.) PS3 owners can look forward to cross-platform (PC/Mac vs. PS3) gameplay in multi-player mode, Steam Cloud-based storage of… Read More

  • The Steam Holiday Sale Has Begun!

    Not to alarm you all, but Steam has just started its annual Holiday sale. There’s a new user interface going on and I have no idea how to navigate it. Exciting! Read More

  • Win Stuff, Make Friends With Steam's Great Treasure Hunt

    In walks Steam, trying to build an actual community around its handy little platform. It’s called the Great Steam Treasure Hunt, and it’ll have players doing all sorts of fun, community-type things, like earning achievements and jointing groups! Wheeeeee! Read More

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