• Steam UI update hits on Monday

    Steam has been working on their new UI for a few months now, I’ve been using it for a while, but it sounds like it’s finally going to be released. The new version has some really nice cosmetic updates, as well as some added functionality (such as a much loved/hated achievement system). Read More

  • Steam for Mac: 100 percent official. Try to act surprised. (But still, yay!)

    Steam for Mac is 100 percent official. Valve just released a statement saying it plans to launch it this April. The first games available will be Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life (and expansions), Counter Strike, and Portal. Portal 2 will be the first game released for Mac and PC simultaneously. Pretty big news, yes. Read More

  • Portal 2 in Game Informer, scanned for your pleasure

    I haven’t even looked at these yet. I saw them on Reddit and immediately came here to put them up. So that’s why this post is so short. Wait, I just read this: “Portal was a test bed. Portal 2 is a game.” Ah jeah! And it’s out this fall. All these are in this month’s issue of Game Informer. Go to your local newsstand! Read More

  • 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

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