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Microsoft Confirms Free Online Multiplayer for Halo Infinite

Confirmed after a short bout as a rumor.

Microsoft confirmed the short-lived rumor that Halo Infinite would have free multiplayer. Not only that, but they also confirmed that Halo Infinite, at least the multiplayer component, will support 120fps on Xbox Series X. I'm sure that will also hold true for the PC release as well. Sorry Xbox One owners, you can't handle all those delicious frames. ...
 

Valve Cracks Down on Using VPNs to Buy Games Cheaper

This should hopefully lead to more fair regional pricing.

For several years now, users were able to make use of a loophole that allowed them to buy games for cheaper if purchased from certain regions. Users were able to trick Steam into thinking they lived in one region where a price of a game was more favorable to them due to exchange rates. This had the unfortunate side-effect of developers and publishers having to increase prices in these regions to put a stop to those using VPNs...
 

Halo Infinite 4K Gameplay and New Screenshots

Halo Infinite running at 4K 60FPS on the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft and 343 Industries showed off quite a bit of Halo Infinite today as part of the Xbox Games Showcase. The show opener included a lengthy gameplay segment, which you can now see below.

Halo Infinite is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. You can actually add it to your Steam Wishlist right now. Halo Infinite is expected to be released this Holiday season. ...
 

Mafia: Definitive Edition 4K Gameplay Reveal

First look at gameplay.


The first look at the gameplay for Mafia: Definitive Edition was just revealed. Not only do we get a look at the gameplay for the first time, but it's presented in 4K resolution for those with monitors or televisions that support that resolution.

Mafia: Definitive Edition will be released on September 25, 2020. This follows a short delay that hit the game once already that pushed the game from an August release. ...
 

Metacritic Finally Does Away with Day One User Scores

Perhaps done in an effort to suppress user score review bombing.

According to a new report by Paul Tassi, via Forbes, Metacritic seems to be doing away with allowing users to submit scores on games until at least a day after release. Tassi notes that user scores for the just released Ghost of Tsushima only has critical scores posted for the game. The user scores are currently showing a message that user reviews will be permitted starting July 18 at 12PM (PT).

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  • Valve Cracks Down on Using VPNs to Buy Games Cheaper

    Valve Cracks Down on Using VPNs to Buy Games Cheaper

    This should hopefully lead to more fair regional pricing.

    For several years now, users were able to make use of a loophole that allowed them to buy games for cheaper if purchased from certain regions. Users were able to trick Steam into thinking they lived in one region where a price of a game was more favorable to them due to exchange rates. This had the unfortunate side-effect of developers and publishers having to increase prices in these regions to put a stop to those using VPNs...
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  • The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx is Out Now

    The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx is Out Now

    Geoff Keighley takes a deep dive into the development of Half-Life: Alyx.

    Just as he did with Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Titanfall 2, Portal 2, and many others, Geoff Keighley once again takes a deep dive behind the scenes of the development of a game. This time, the game is none other than Valve's Half-Life: Alyx.

    This release features over 25,000 words in a mixed-media project that gives readers a look at the past decade within Valve. Readers will get a look at a number...
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  • PSA: The Steam Summer Sale 2020 is Live

    PSA: The Steam Summer Sale 2020 is Live

    In case you wanted to have less money.

    If you were somehow blissfully unaware of it, today marks the start of the Steam Summer Sale for this glorious year that is 2020. If you are smart, you are still probably staying at home away from people and the world. That means you are probably busy playing far more games than normal. It's a good thing this sale is starting so that you can get even more games for your quarantine lifestyle.

    The sale runs from June 25 through July...
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  • Counter-Strike Turns 21

    Counter-Strike Turns 21

    Old enough to drink.

    Apparently, today is the birthday for Counter-Strike. I think technically it was yesterday, June 18, but we aren't the official record keepers by any means. The official word comes from a short, but sweet tweet that went out from the official CS:GO Twitter account. ...
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  • Steam Game Festival is Live with Hundreds of Demos

    Steam Game Festival is Live with Hundreds of Demos

    Featuring over 900 demos.

    You know what I got a ton of emails about today? Demos. A lot of demos. I mean there are a ton of demos that are now available today. I did not receive emails about all of the near 900 demos that are available as part of the Steam Game Festival, but it kind of feels like it at times.

    The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition runs from today, June 16 through June 22 at 10AM (PT). It will feature over 900 playable demos throughout Steam. These demos...
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  • Half-Life: Alyx Workshop and Editor Tools - First Beta Released

    Half-Life: Alyx Workshop and Editor Tools - First Beta Released

    This release includes the new Hammer editor.

    The moment that many a mod maker and custom content creator have been waiting for is here. Half-Life: Alyx now has a beta release of Workshop content and Editor tools that anybody can make use of. This means that as of today, custom content built off of the Half-Life: Alyx version of Source can be created and shared with the world via the Steam Workshop.

    Creators can make everything from a new VR physics sandbox, their own Rube...
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  • Valve May Be Working on a Loyalty Rewards Program

    Valve May Be Working on a Loyalty Rewards Program

    It's time again for a rumor!

    According to a data miner and developer, Pavel Djundik over on Twitter, Valve may soon introduce some form of a loyalty rewards program through Steam. According to some information found while diving deep into the data mines, Steam has some sort of a currently new and unused point system. There is also a new reaction system that has shown up that will allow you to add a variety of reactions to user reviews.

    Some of the "rewards" that...
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  • Leaked Source Code for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 Resurfaces

    Code is from a 2018 leak.

    Update (April 22, 2020 at 9:18PM ET): According to a statement issued to PC Gamer from Valve, the leaked code is only for CS:GO, but it does include "very old pieces of Team Fortress 2." Valve says that they will continue to investigate.

    Valve also says that after an initial review of the leaked code they "believe it to be a reposting of a limited CS:GO engine code depot released to partners in late 2017, and originally leaked in...
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  • Rick May, Voice of TF2's Soldier, Has Passed Away

    Rick May, Voice of TF2's Soldier, Has Passed Away

    You were good, son. Real good. Maybe even the best.

    ​​​In the late afternoon hours of April 13th, voice actor John Patrick Lowrie passed along word that his friend and colleague, Rick May, has passed away. The two voiced characters from Valve's Team Fortress 2. Lowrie voiced the Sniper while May was the voice of the Soldier.

    While Covid-19 may have been what ultimately took May's life, the actor did suffer from some unfortunate health issues in the preceding months. He...
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  • Stay Inside this Summer with The Steam Game Festival

    Stay Inside this Summer with The Steam Game Festival

    See and demo new games for free.

    This Summer, Valve is going to bring back The Steam Game Festival for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. From June 9 through June 14, gamers from all over the world will get a chance to see new and upcoming releases. You will get opportunities to try out some hot new demos, read about new game announcements, and yes, even add these newly announced titles to your Steam Wishlists.

    This event is held in an effort to "shine...
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  • Review: Half-Life Alyx is VR at Its Finest

    Review: Half-Life Alyx is VR at Its Finest

    A watershed moment for VR gaming.

    In the past several days, I have gone back and forth on what I wanted to write for the Half-Life: Alyx review. I have gone through several revisions and at least two full rewrites now. It's not that I am at a loss for words. It's more that I just have too much that I want to say. I want to go on and on about how neat this sequence was or how refined this aspect was. The result of that review was just some rambling word salad that made for a poor reading...
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