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Valve Opens Repair Centers For Broken Steam Decks

The days of DIY fixes are over; Valve has announced its new Steam Deck repair centers are now open and ready to help. If your Steam Deck is already acting up, the company says it’ll diagnose, repair, or even replace systems on the fritz. Valve’s update (via Game Developer) notes…

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The Steam Deck Is Fucking Huge and Probably Runs Control for 2 Hours

Today Valve dropped the news that it’s making yet another piece of black plastic: the Steam Deck. This time it’s a handheld (though I use the term loosely) starting at $399 (though anyone actually using it will probably pay more than that). The device is very reminiscent of the Nintendo…

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Valve Confirms an End to Artifact

Over two years ago, Valve released Artifact, a Dota 2-based card game that was to be the next big live service game from the massive digital platform holder and somewhat infrequent game developer. Within two months, 95% of its player base abandoned it, and Valve put an “Under Construction” sign on…

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Valve Politely Asks To Be Left Alone After Apple Subpoena

It’s been about six months since Epic Games and Apple began their legal dispute about Apple taking a cut of in-game purchases on iOS devices after Fortnite was pulled from the storefront. Since then, Apple has revoked Epic Games’ access to iOS development tools. Epic also hosted has hosted an in-game…

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One Year Later, Valve Details an Upcoming Artifact 2.0 Beta

Y’all remember Artifact? It was Valve’s foray into the world of computer-based collectible card games, designed by Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield and loosely based on the characters and concepts of DOTA 2. It came out on November 28, 2018 for PC, macOS, and Linux, and unfortunately for Valve…

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Steam On Chromebooks May Be Very Real One Day

Did you really think your kid or cousin’s Chromebook would be safe from video games for long? Forget Cool Math Games or YouTube marathons of gaming videos. Now, there’s a chance kids will be able to play Steam on Chrome OS, aka Chromebooks’ operating system, if the product development team…

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Mildly Helpful Changes Coming to How Steam Handles Soundtracks

In keeping with years-long tradition, Valve today finally got around to implementing the bare minimum amount of expected functionality for one of its flagship platform’s services. From now on (sorta, I’ll get to that in a second), soundtracks on Steam may no longer be classified as DLC for their respective…

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Human Trashcan Pleads Guilty to Blowing Campaign Funds on Games

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, Republican of California, plead guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds for the benefit of himself and his family, according to a press release issued by the Department of Justice. Hunter’s wife, Margaret Hunter, who served as her husband’s campaign finance manager…

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Campo Santo’s Next Game Devoured by Valve’s Infernal Machine

When Valve purchased Firewatch developer Campo Santo in the spring of last year, a resounding chorus of “oh no!” echoed across much of the internet. While many in the independent games scene congratulated Campo Santo on its resource-rich future, fans of the studio’s beloved debut adventure game Firewatch expressed concern…

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The Steam Controller Is Now Sold Out And Gone, Forever And Ever

The winter holiday is always a pretty high-tension time for hardware purchases, and it seems Valve’s products are no exception. Now, however, the holiday rush has brought the end of one of its most iconic pieces of hardware: the Steam Controller. Unfortunately, with the Steam Controller sold out,  and the…

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ICYMI: Everything From Today’s Half-Life: Alyx Reveal

True to its word, Valve today unveiled Half-Life: Alyx, “a new full-length entry in the Half-Life series” coming to Steam VR-compatible PC devices next March. The game takes place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, with the player filling the shoes of anti-Combine resistance leader/scientist Alyx Vance, who…

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Alright, Well, Valve Is Announcing a New Half-Life Game on Thursday

Every journalism bone in my body is yelling at me to stop, that there’s no way this can be right, but by all accounts Valve will announce a brand-new Half-Life game this Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific time. (Bones can yell now, it’s horrible.) Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s “flagship VR…

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Apple And Valve Might Be Making An Augmented Reality Headset

After Airpods and Apple Watch, consumer product fans have wondered what the next frontier for Apple is. The answer may come from an unexpected place — an augmented reality headset, made in conjunction with American gaming supercorp Valve. As reported by Diginews via industry sources, Apple and Valve are rumored to…

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Steam Plans to Bring Local Games Online with ‘Remote Play Together’

Steam users will soon be able to link up online and play games that are normally limited to local multiplayer, thanks to a new beta feature called “Remote Play Together.” While Valve has yet to announce the new feature publicly, it has emailed a large number of developers with games…

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In Lieu of Meaningful Work, Valve Patches Original Half-Life

Nearly 21 years ago, Sierra Studios published a new PC shooter called Half-Life. It was the debut game of a fresh-faced Washington studio named Valve and was heralded as an instant classic — an achievement so monumentally important to its genre that the history of first-person shooters would henceforth be…

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Duke Nukem 3D Composer Sues Gearbox, Valve for Unlicensed Music Sales

Bobby Prince, a composer/sound designer responsible for many iconic early-90s midi jams, has filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software, Gearbox Publishing, Valve Corporation, and Mr. Randy “Where’d I Leave My Thumb Drive” Pitchford himself, claiming that Gearbox et al. have been selling Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour without…

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Valve Must Allow for Steam Games to Be Resold, Says French Court

The High Court of Paris (aka the Tribunal de grande instance de Paris, or “TGI”) has ruled against the digital games magistrates at Valve, siding with a French consumer rights organization in a lawsuit over Steam users’ inability to resell the games that they purchase on the platform. European Union…

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Valve Implements Approval Process for Steam Workshop Content

I looked out my window this morning to see a pig take flight. Later, as I scanned the news over my customary Eggo and Picross breakfast, I noticed that snowball futures are doing extremely well in arid markets. I learned shortly thereafter that Valve has implemented living, human moderation staff…

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Valve Debuts ‘Interactive Recommender’ Tool Powered by Neural Network

Discoverability has been Steam’s biggest problem for longer than anything else. Ever since Steam Greenlight ushered in an era of Lord of the Flies-esque mob law, an ever-increasing slice of the New Releases pie is dominated by early 90s edutainment software and full-on pornography. If you’re not in the market…

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Digital Homicide drops lawsuit over negative Steam reviews

Shovelware developer says business was 'destroyed' after Valve delisted all its games.

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