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Video: Half-Life 2 is now fully compatible with VR

Half-Life 2 in VR is probably as close to Half-Life 3 as we will ever get.

Dota 2 is finally getting some co-op story missions

Dota 2 with friends and story? Almost sounds too good to be true.

A day may come when we finally get another Half-Life, but not the way we expect

An AMA (ask me anything) session was recently held by Gabe Newell on Reddit, where people were eager to poke and prod about the likelihood of a Half-Life 3. As per usual, Gaben avoided the question like the plague, but there were some intriguing tidbits offered about a potential spin-off to the series that may or may not be in the pipeline. Gabe’s response to the question whether Valve is wo...

Valve encourages developers to post real screenshots of their games

Marketing is like dating on Tinder. You put up a flattering picture of yourself with a beautiful backdrop, doing some type of exciting thing, you write a flattering bio saying something about how you like “travelling” and being “adventurous” when the most exciting thing you’ve done that week was go to McDonalds in your pyjamas at 2 am. Games do a similar thing. They p...

Valve to add native DualShock 4 controller support to Steam

Are you lost without your DualShock 4? It is a pretty nice controller and the team over at Valve like it too, so they are adding in DualShock 4 controller support to Steam. It turns out that the Steam Controller API sees a PS4 controller in pretty much the same way as a Steam Controller. Until now third-party applications like Joy2Key and DS4Windows have been used to make the DualShock 4 work on P...

UK Advertising Standards Authority investigating marketing of No Man’s Sky

The UK Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Man’s Sky after receiving several complaints about the advertising for the game. The ASA can have adverts that it finds to breach the code of conduct withdrawn, and can impose sanctions if the breaching party doesn’t comply with its rulings. As the investigation is still on-going the ASA has provided scant details on proceeding...

Valve changes Steam reviews (again)

Last week Valve made several big changes to its Steam reviews system, much to the ire of many developers. Reviews from people who received game keys (meaning a purchase or competition or anywhere else other than direct purchases from Steam) would not be showed by default and these reviews no longer count towards the rating of the game on Steam. This was done to counter fraudulent reviews and artif...

Steam changes its review system to ‘combat abuse’, but will hurt many devs

This should be a news piece, but I know that I won’t be able to keep my opinion out of it. It just hits too close to the bone for me to put on an impartial hat and write about it. Steam has changed the way it shows reviews to “combat abuse”, but the way they have chosen to do it is frankly disgusting. (Told you I wouldn’t be able to do this as news.) Steam is removing all r...

Valve finally putting a stop to Steam Item Gambling

After a long silence, Valve has decided to speak up about the controversial gambling scene around steam items. In the last month, Skin gambling has become a hot topic due to some controversial actions by the sites and Valve seemingly allowing it. Recently, we uploaded a story recapping the CSGOLotto discoveries and rigged systems in place. This also following a class action lawsuit against Valve f...

Valve finally starts throwing money at its other child – CSGO prize pool grows

If you talk about money in eSports, someone will mention Dota 2’s The International. Valve has another game with a strong eSports following, but CS:GO is in a completely different league from its own MOBA. Now, things are finally starting to change. Beginning with MLG Columbus 2016, each CS:GO Major Championship prize pool will be $1 million. That is a massive jump from $250,000. [quote]R...

Rumour: Half-Life 3 available for pre-order through a Danish gaming site

Ah yes, once again we have received news that Half-Life 3 is on the horizon. It’s been over a decade since Half-Life 2 hit the shelves and despite the fact that most of us have given up hope that the third iteration of the series will ever see the light of day, every time a new rumour arises, we can’t help but hope that this time will be different. It’s become the butt of many jo...

Half-Life’s writer leaves Valve

The original Half-Life games were some of the finest examples of how to make an FPS. The last time we jumped into the boots of Gordon Freeman was almost 10 years ago and that was for Episode 2 – which ended on a massive cliff hanger. Naturally it ended this way as another chapter was planned. Little did we know that the Half-Life 3 would be one of the longest waits for a a sequel in the hist...

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