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Half-Life Alyx Reveal Trailer, 4K Screens, and Release Date Announced

Valve is back.

It's been over 12 years. 12 years since the last Half-Life game was released. While it may not be Half-Life 3, Valve did today reveal Half-Life Alyx to the world. This is a new VR title for the PC that is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

Valve is straight up calling this a "full-length" game that just happens to require a VR device to experience. Pre-orders are available now, months ahead of the game's currently planned release in March 2020. A pre-order discount brings the $59.99 (USD) price down...
 

Google Stadia is Out Today and Reportedly a 'Monumental Flop'

It's time for "good news, bad news."

For Google, today is a bit of a mixed bag. The good news for them is that they just soft launched their first dedicated gaming platform, Stadia. The bad news is that it's reportedly a "monumental flop."

Today, those who purchased the $130 Founder's Edition of Stadia are probably awaiting its delivery. The physical contents largely consisting of a unique Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra. Though you had to plunk down $130 for this, there was actually no guarantee that you would get...
 

Hey, Valve Just Announced a New Half-Life Game

Half-Life: Alyx is a flagship VR game from Valve.

It's taken 12 years, but Valve has finally announced a new Half-Life title. The studio formerly known for developing hats has just announced a "flagship VR" title called Half-Life: Alyx.

The company has billed it as a "flagship VR" game. It's reportedly prequel to at least Half-Life 2 and will be VR exclusive. We will have more information on this when the main reveal comes this Thursday, November 21. ...
 

Review: Journey for Elysium (PC VR)

A short trip to the afterlife.

For the past several months now, we have offered up glimpses of the story-driven VR adventure title Journey for Elysium. We saw a game that had a unique visual style, the promise of a story that would take us all to an afterlife, a world filled with architecture inspired by Greek mythology, and mind-bending puzzles to solve. The unique visual style was certainly eye catching, but I often wondered if the rest of the game would be able to hold up to this aesthetically pleasing presentation.

With the release of Journey...
 

Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Charity Event Underway

Better late than never.

We're just a few days late in sharing this news with you, but when it comes to charity: Better late than never, right?

The latest annual charity drive (get it?) that is Desert Bus for Hope is well underway. A group of people have already spent three days driving across the desert, in real time, in an effort to raise money for charity. In three days and 6 hours, the crew has already raised over $388,400 for the Child's Play charity. The team is still going strong after all this time.

For those that don't know,...
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  • Valve Puts Major Restrictions on Gift Giving VAC Supported Games; Innocent Users Upset

    Valve recently made some changes to restrictions on gifting of VAC supported games, a move that is actually upsetting legitimate players. Here is what a recently updated Steam Support page has to say about these new restrictions.
    Permanent Bans and Gift Restrictions
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  • SteamVR Tracking Available to 3rd Party Hardware Makers

    SteamVR Tracking Available to 3rd Party Hardware Makers

    Valve released SteamVR Tracking for all third-party hardware makers.
    his tracking technology enables hardware developers to build highly precise position and orientation sensing into devices of all kinds. It is the same tracking technology currently being used in the HTC Vive, the most advanced virtual reality product on the market today. Valve expects the technology to be used in a variety of devices, such as VR peripherals and other input devices. In-person training is being offered to the first wave of licensees, to help each device maker become acqu
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  • Major Weapon Handling Changes in Latest CS:GO Patch for August 3, 2016

    Major Weapon Handling Changes in Latest CS:GO Patch for August 3, 2016

    Tonight's big update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive includes the usual fixes and adjustments to the game, as one would expect. However, major changes to the accuracy and recovery rates of the M4A1-S, M4A4, and the AK-47.

    Valve details some of these changes in a separate blog entry here.
    Accuracy Recovery Rate Accuracy recovery rate determines how quickly the accuracy of a weapon returns to its baseline value after firing. It was previously expressed as a fixed value, but is now split into initial and final values. Now shorter firi
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  • Virtus.pro Defeats Fnatic to Win ELEAGUE Season One Championship

    Virtus.pro Defeats Fnatic to Win ELEAGUE Season One Championship

    The final has been played in the ELEAGUE Season One Championship and a winner has been decided. In a matchup between Virtus.pro and Fnatic, the winner in a 16-10 win on Cobble and a 16-8 run on Mirrage is Virtus.pro! The final map on Train never had to be played due to the sound victory. The win for Virtus.pro comes off of other quick two map victories over NiP on Friday and another two map victory over Mouseports for the semi-final matchup. The matchup certainly painted Virtus.pro as the heavy favorites as they took the W today at the Cobb Energy Performing Ar...
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  • Dota 2's The International Breaks eSports Records Yet Again

    Dota 2's The International Breaks eSports Records Yet Again

    It feels like this is becoming an annual tradition any time the latest iteration of Dota 2's The International rolls around. Once again, the eSports juggernaut has surpassed all records for the biggest prize pool. Yes, it has even already surpassed last year's record setting prize pool. The pot sits at $18.7 million as of this posting and there is still a week to go before the event even kicks off. The biggest contributor to this prize pool comes from sales of the Dota 2 Battle Pass which has replaced the Compendium that used to be sold in previous years. Simi...
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  • HonorTheCall Exposes FaZe Clan's Ownership of Skin Betting Site CSGOWild

    HonorTheCall Exposes FaZe Clan's Ownership of Skin Betting Site CSGOWild

    In case there was still any doubt that members of the FaZe clan owned and operated the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin betting website, CSGOWild, this should help make things clear. HonorTheCall released another new video yesterday that shows the FaZe clan involvement in CSGOWild, which includes FaZe Rain and FaZe Banks.

    The previously undisclosed ownership of CSGOWild was exposed thanks in part to FaZe Banks' own admission of ownership from a series of private conversations. Whoops!
    In this part 3 we look at skype and twitter chats between
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  • Valve Issues Cease and Desist to 23 CS:GO Gambling Sites

    Valve Issues Cease and Desist to 23 CS:GO Gambling Sites

    Valve has sent a cease and desist letter to 23 different Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling sites. Citing violations of the Steam Subscriber Agreement (SSA), Valve has finally started to call for the closure of these sites.

    The official document, seen below, names 23 sites that are in violation of the SSA. This comes shortly after Twitch banned PhantomL0rd and other scumbags were added to a lawsuit against Valve for gambling.

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  • Twitch Streamer PhantomL0rd Accused of CS:GO Skin Bet Rigging and Undisclosed Ownership of CSGOShuffle

    Another "big winner" of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin betting, PhantomL0rd, has been found to potentially be involved in bet rigging and undisclosed partial ownership of CSGOShuffle, yet another skin betting website. These are the accusations being thrown out by Richard Lewis, a noted esports journalist, after he obtained chat logs between PhantomL0rd and a person named Joris. Joris appears to be the person that coded the main functions on CSGOShuffle. These chat logs were provided to Lewis from an anonymous hacker. The hacker confessed that he had plan...
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  • Twitch to Crack Down on CS:GO Skin Gambling Streams

    Twitch to Crack Down on CS:GO Skin Gambling Streams

    Twitch prides itself on abiding by third-party terms of service and user agreements. Given Valve's statements earlier this week about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling sites, it seems as though people streaming themselves gambling for skins may be an endangered species now. Twitch issued a reminder that broadcasters are not permitted to stream content "that breaks the terms of service or user agreements of third-parties."
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  • Valve Denies Involvement with Gambling Sites; Promises to Request Gambling Sites Cease Using OpenID

    Valve just sent out a public statement regarding their involvement with various gambling sites. To address the growing concern over Valve's involvement, Valve's Erik Johnson issued a statement just moments ago on what Valve's involvement is with these sites and what they plan to do moving forward.
    In-Game Item Trading Update In 2011, we added a feature to Steam that enabled users to trade in-game items as a way to make it easier for people to get the items they wanted in games featuring in-game economies. Since then a number of gambling sites start
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  • CSGOLotto, TmarTn, and ProSyndicate Sued Over Illegal Gambling

    CSGOLotto, TmarTn, and ProSyndicate Sued Over Illegal Gambling

    Earlier this week, CSGOLotto, Trevor "TmarTn" Martin, and Thomas "ProSyndicate" Cassell were added to one of the two legal complaints recently filed against Valve over allegations of facilitating illegal gambling with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins.
    In the suit, which was filed by an anonymous parent on behalf of their child, Valve is accused of deliberately allowing the creation of a market where players and third-parties trade weapon skins like casino chips. The lawsuits accuse Valve and third-party sites like CSGO Diamonds, CSGO Lounge and CSGO
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