ANNOUNCEMENT 12 May 2017­ by L Coulsen

Steam Takes Video in 360 Degrees

As pointed out by an astute Reddit user, Valve have added a 360° video tool to Steam. It seems to be geared more towards VR, given that it can be installed from the SteamVR tools section, but is also fully compatible with standard PC tech. At present, the number of videos available is, understandably, rather…
NEWS 10 May 2017­ by L Coulsen

Valve Tells us More About the Steam Store

Coming close on the heels of the new Steam Gifting system, Valve have another Steam update for us...sort of. Giving us some insights into how the Steam Store works, or rather...doesn't, depending on how you look at it. There isn't actually all that much in there, most of it being fluff about the difficulties in trying to…
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…
NEWS 04 May 2017­ by L Coulsen

Valve Give the Gift of Steams New Gifting Service

In a short, precise and to the point update, Valve have outlined some tweaks to the Steam gifting service. Some of which are most decidedly welcome, others are actually a bit of a pisser, truth be told. Coming in three parts, the changes include scheduling, which is pretty darn nifty actually. It does not specify…
ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Feb 2017­ by Nail Garejev

Valve Releases Steam Audio SDK to Improve Sound in Games

While the gaming graphics have been constantly improving, the same cannot be said about in-game sounds. While there is a lot of investment into voice acting, music and sound effects in high budget games, most games do not take into account how sound should propagate in their environments. It seems that Valve really wants the…
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…
ANNOUNCEMENT 31 Jan 2017­ by Stephen Haselden

Dota 2’s Special ‘Dark Moon’ Event

Love it or hate it, you have to give props to Dota 2, since 2013 this inspired game has grown to dominate a significant portion of the gaming market, with up to 43 million unique players a month, netting Valve up to $18,000,000 per month! It’s also the third most watched Esports game in the world,…
NEWS 22 Dec 2016­ by David Pink

Hide Your Wallet, the Steam Winter Sale Is Hungry

It’s that time of year again when everyone’s wallets are screaming bloody murder as Lord Gaben lets loose the floods of massive discounts for its annual epic Steam Winter Sale event! If your bank accounts weren’t already emptied during this festive time of year, then don’t worry, Steam will fix that in a jiffy. What better…
ANNOUNCEMENT 30 Nov 2016­ by L Coulsen

No False Advertiser’s Sky

No Man's Sky did not break any rules regarding advertising, and thus, Valve is in the clear as well. Yep, that's about all she wrote really. Now, I'm not on the “No Man's Sky is the worstest EVAH” bandwagon, but even I'm a bit baffled by this decision. There are, quite clearly, things shown that don't exist…
ANNOUNCEMENT 23 Nov 2016­ by David Pink

Steam Autumn Sale 2016

I'm not even sure why this really needed an announcement, are there any PC gamers out there that DON'T use Steam or have all the sale events memorized by now? Just as easy as going to any calendar, closing your eyes, spin around and plop your finger down on a date and boom, chances are,…
ANNOUNCEMENT 17 Nov 2016­ by David Pink

Google Earth Joins the SteamVR Family

The always hip and up with the trends, Google Inc. have recently launched their first HTC Vive title with Google Earth VR. Wanting to bring the whole wide world into the realm of virtual reality, what better way to do that than to literally bring the world into VR. Google Earth has been around for…
ANNOUNCEMENT 07 Nov 2016­ by David Pink

Steam Discovery Update 2.0 Now Live

Valve has just "ninja" updated their Steam platform with the newest improvements from the Discovery 2.0 update. The latest "let's make Steam great again" initiative on Valves part to bring Steam into the future, helping customers make quicker, yet wiser choices while browser. Keeping updated with friend activity while shopping or checking out your discovery queue. Getting…
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…
ANNOUNCEMENT 26 Sep 2016­ by L Coulsen

Valve Are Overhauling the Steam Storefront

As unearthed (as always) by those meddling ki...uhm, a NeoGAF user by the name of Nzyme32 (who has an avatar of Mark Lamarr for some terrifying reason) and confirmed by our colleagues at TechRaptor the Steam Storefront will soon look very different. And a whole lot better in my opinion. Making game images larger, adding…