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  • Wolfire's Antitrust Lawsuit Against Valve is Back On

    Wolfire's Antitrust Lawsuit Against Valve is Back On

    Wolfire's amended lawsuit is given the greenlight by the court.

    In April 2021, Wolfire Games filed a lawsuit against Valve. The lawsuit claimed that through Steam, Valve somehow suppresses the competition. The lawsuit was dismissed in November 2021 because it failed to meet necessary standards for the court. Wolfire had 30 days to amend their complaint and refile it. They did just that and a judge has now ruled that the case may move forward.

    The original lawsuit from...
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  • Noclip Gives Us a Long Look at Canceled Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm

    Noclip Gives Us a Long Look at Canceled Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm

    This is the longest look yet at the canceled Half-Life 2 spin-off from Arkane and Valve.

    Back in 2006 and 2007, Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Prey) was working on a Half-Life 2 spinoff title called Return to Ravenholm (or simply Ravenholm). Development on the game began at Junction Point Studios between 2005 and 2007 with a team led by Warren Spector. The idea was to create a spin-off episode that would explain the backstory of the trap filled Ravenholm and Father Grigori.
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  • Russian Esports Team Disqualified from Dota 2 Tournament After Player Draws a Z on Minimap

    Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko claims the drawing was a mistake, but consequences were dished out.

    A Russian Dota 2 esports player, Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko, has been cut from Virtus.pro. This comes after Moskalenko drew a large letter "Z" on the minimap during a qualifying tournament for the upcoming ESL One Stockholm Major.

    A report from Yahoo says that Virtus.pro was playing under the name of "Outsiders" in order to evade an ESL ban on...
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  • Going Rogue Festival Live on Steam

    Going Rogue Festival Live on Steam

    Sales and videos from now until May 9.

    Announced about a week back, the Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence event is now live on Steam. This event runs from now through May 9th and it includes a focus on roguelikes, roguelites, and everything in between. There are discounts and various video events.

    There is a compare and contrast video detailing some of the differences and similarities between roguelike and roguelite. You can find that one below these words. There...
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  • Steam Announces Rogue- Festival for May

    Steam Announces Rogue- Festival for May

    Roguelike, roguelite, and everything in between.

    Valve just announced a special event that will run from May 2 at 10AM (PT) to May 9. The event, Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistence, will offer discounts on games that can commonly fall under the roguelike and roguelite genres of video games.

    Confused about what the differences are between roguelike and roguelite? Valve has you covered here as well. The team created a long writeup about the differences that you can check...
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  • Steam Deck Update Adds in New Lock Screen

    Steam Deck Update Adds in New Lock Screen

    Now you can rest assured that nobody will see your questionable games.

    A new feature update for the Steam Deck was released on April 25. There are several changes and additions included in the update, such as a new lock screen feature, more localized keyboard support, updated Achievements page, and so much more.

    Of these new features, one of the biggest additions was a lock screen mechanic. This optional feature allows users to set a PIN. This code can be used when the...
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  • Valve Writer Erik Wolpaw Wants to do Portal 3

    Valve Writer Erik Wolpaw Wants to do Portal 3

    Time is not on his side.

    Co-writer on Portal and Portal 2, Erik Wolpaw, says that he would love to work on Portal 3, but there are some hurdles at Valve to overcome.

    Wolpaw recently appeared in the Kiwi Talkz podcast (embedded below). Near the end of the interview, Wolpaw says, "we've gotta start Portal 3. That's my message to... to whoever." He continues on to say that he isn't getting any younger and that if Valve wants to do Portal 3 with any of the original...
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  • Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition is Now Underway

    Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition is Now Underway

    Gentlemen, start your tractors, trains, trucks, and pressure washers.

    As the prophecies foretold, the Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition is now underway through, you guessed it, Steam. Today marks the start of a weeklong event on Steam that celebrates all things simulation.

    From now through April 4, Steam users can try out demos, get deep discounts, and watch developer livestreams for all sorts of sim games. They've got games where you run an animal shelter, games where you...
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  • Valve Announces Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition

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    Valve Announces Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition

    Truck sims, farming sims, washing sims, sim sims.

    Next week on March 28, Valve will kick off the Steam Simfest: Hobby Edition. This is a planned multi-day celebration of games that "attempt to simulate a hobby or job."

    Think what you will about the genre, but simulation games are a massive market and quite loved by tons of people. As such, it just makes sense that Valve is dedicating an entire week for the genre. The event runs from March 28 through April 4 at...
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  • Valve Shares Big Steam Milestones in 2021 Year in Review

    Valve Shares Big Steam Milestones in 2021 Year in Review

    Steam's monthly active players went from 120M in 2020 to 132M in 2021.

    Valve has once again rolled out a little "year in review" for their Steam platform. Though coming a bit later in the year than their 2020 year in review, this look back at the previous year is still full of interesting little details.

    According to the 2021 Year in Review for Steam, Valve says they saw 132 million monthly active users. These users spent about 38 billion hours on Steam in 2021,...
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  • Valve Launches the Steam Deck

    Valve Launches the Steam Deck

    The first batch of shipments are starting to go out today.

    Valve has officially launched the Steam Deck today. This portable gaming PC has started to ship out to those that got their reservations in and who then paid for the device once notified about their availability.

    Valve says that the Steam Deck is the "first handheld device designed to play Steam games, with a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD that makes it comparable to a gaming laptop."...
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  • Steam Next Fest: February 2022 Edition Begins on February 21

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    Steam Next Fest: February 2022 Edition Begins on February 21

    The next Next Fest is about a week away from starting.

    Valve sent out an email today to let everyone know that the next Steam Next Fest is almost here. Specifically, they're calling it the Steam Next Fest: February 2022 Edition and it all kicks off on February 21.

    From the 21st through the 28th you will be able to play hundreds of demos from games that will be released in the near future on Steam. Beyond the demos, there will also be plenty of developer livestreams and...
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  • Portal is Coming to the Switch

    Portal is Coming to the Switch

    And so is the sequel.

    Nintendo and Valve just announced that both Portal games are coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The compilation is called Portal: Companion Collection and it bundles both Portal and Portal 2 together for $19.99 (USD) through the Nintendo eShop.

    In case you have no idea about either of these games, Valve provided a little synopsis for both of them, which you can read below. It should be noted here that The Companion Collection marks the...
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  • Steam Deck Memory Card Speeds as Fast as SSD

    Steam Deck Memory Card Speeds as Fast as SSD

    Early tests show that SD card load times are just as fast as SSD load times.

    Some tech focused outlets, including Linus Tech Tips and The Phawx, were able to get out some early impressions on Valve's Steam Deck today. As part of their pre-release testing, these outlets tested the load times on the micro SD cards and compared it to the built-in SSD.

    The tests conducted show that load times off of the SD cards are almost as fast as the built-in SSD across several titles....
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  • Steam Deck to Launch on February 25

    Steam Deck to Launch on February 25

    Valve just locked in a shipping date for the first batch of Steam Decks.

    Valve has just announced that the first batch of Steam Deck units will begin to ship out starting February 28, with full orders starting on the 25th. This falls neatly in line with their previous statement saying that the first batch would begin to ship out by the end of February.

    There will be a little bit of a process involved in this before your unit ships out, of course. On the 25th, Valve will...
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