ARTICLES 08 May 2017­ by L Coulsen

When Valve Got Steamy in the Living Room

Having been available for a year and half, following the November 2015 launch, now seems like a good time to reflect on Valve's invasion of the living room. Granted, in my case, my PC is already in the living room and hooked up to my TV, so I've been making use of the latter mostly…
ARTICLES 02 Apr 2017­ by L Coulsen

For Honor, Paid Unlocks and Investing Your Time in a Game

Those who want to unlock absolutely everything in For Honor, including all cosmetic items, all characters, equipment and so on. Assuming you want to buy everything, with real world money, before playing the game for the first time, you're looking at $732 on top of the $60 to purchase the game. If you're not so…
ARTICLES 13 Feb 2017­ by L Coulsen

Steam Direct: Greenlight, Indie Devs and the Future

Since its inception, Steam Greenlight has been much maligned by a significant chunk of the Steam community. Many seeing it as nothing more than a massive floodgate opening to allow all the shittiest shitty shite in the universe to make its way into their Steam libraries. Now, putting aside the fact you, y'know, have to…
ARTICLES 03 Nov 2016­ by David Pink

Steam Cracking Down on “False” Image Advertising…

Valve has been busy the last few months with plans to give their Steam platform a bit of an overhaul, most recently with the Steam Review System itself, the controversy that followed and its timely resolution. While the previous update had its purpose, it ultimately didn’t affect me, since I personally don’t put much stock into any…
ARTICLES 19 Oct 2016­ by Sawyer Scherbenske

Street Fighter from East to West

Happy birthday Street Fighter! To celebrate your 29th birthday and Street Fighter V’s full character roster, let’s go down memory lane. Let’s talk about the past and present of Capcom’s premier series, how it’s traveled from Japan to the west, and how a small, pixelated, redheaded Japanese man became the beefy warrior we know as…
ARTICLES 22 Sep 2016­ by Stephen Haselden

Steam Tackles Bogus Reviews (Updated)

Update (22 Sep, 2016): Steam have been listening. Complaints about the user reviews scores have prompted Valve to change the default rating for each game from the “Steam Purchase” only score to the ‘All’ score. If however, you prefer to see just the Steam Purchased reviews or just the ‘Key Activated’ reviews, then simply scroll…
ARTICLES 24 May 2016­ by Stephen Haselden

Paradox Reacts to Racism

I relate gaming to “going round a friend’s house”, I’m there to kick back, have fun, and crush my enemy into dust. Telling people my world view/ideology is just rude under the circumstance. But politics creeps into everything eventually. Paradox have recently been dragged into “making a political statement”. Let's be clear here, they were…
ARTICLES 23 Apr 2016­ by Kyle Johnson

Paid Mods Are Slowly Returning to Steam

Almost a month after I brought the news that paid custom games had made their way into Dota 2, and almost a year since paid mods found their way onto Steam, a few new pieces of information and updates from Steam have hinted at the inglorious return of paid mods. As we all remember, the…
ARTICLES 30 Mar 2016­ by Fr33Lanc3r.007

What Does the Australian Court Ruling Against Valve Mean?

Back in August 2014, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission - Australia's consumer protection watchdog - announced that it would be taking Valve to court over its failure to abide by Australian Consumer law in its business practices. On March 29th 2016, the ACCC announced that the Australian Federal Court had ruled in their favour…
ARTICLES 25 Mar 2016­ by Kyle Johnson

The Evolution of Paid Mods?

We’ve come a long way from last year’s paid mods fiasco on Steam. For those who can’t remember, Valve added paid mods to the Steam Workshop for Skyrim seemingly out of the blue, though various tweets from modders revealed that it had been in the works for some time. It took less than a week…
ARTICLES 10 Mar 2016­ by Stephen Haselden

An Unlikely Inspiration

Wargaming are a big company who’ve made a lot of money on their freemium third person simulations so it came as a real shock when they took on an utterly alien project to their usual games and bought the rights to Master of Orion. Wargaming then declared that they would remake the classic in modern…