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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,...
 

Google Stadia Launch Games are Lacking

Stadia comes out of the gate already limping.

With the soft launch of Google Stadia rapidly approaching, it seems like we're beyond due for a look at the platform's launch lineup. Hell, we're probably beyond due for a look at the Stadia UI and full featureset, but that is another matter entirely.

Today, Google revealed a list of 12 games that will serve as the launch titles for when Stadia has a soft launch on November 19. For $130, you were able to get in on the ground floor of the launch of Stadia with the Founder's Edition. These kits have...
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  • Valve Announces Steam Dev Days Conference

    Valve Announces Steam Dev Days Conference

    In January 2014, Valve is going to hold a Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Washington. This two-day long conference is for videogame professionals to meet up in a "relaxed, off the record environment to share design and industry expertise."

    Entry fee is $95 per person but a couple of the hotels around the area are offering up discounts for the event.
    Steam Dev Days is a by invitation, two-day conference where video game professionals can meet in a relaxed, off the record environment to share design and industry expertise, participate
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  • Steam Client Update Released (October 7, 2013)

    Steam Client Update Released (October 7, 2013)

    An update has come out today for the Steam client. It includes some performance improvements and more.

    Changelog for Steam client for October 7, 2013

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  • European Half-Life 3 Trademark is Allegedly Fake

    European Half-Life 3 Trademark is Allegedly Fake

    The news we recently had up (well, we did prior to the script kiddie shenanigans) about the trademark filing for Half-Life 3 is allegedly not true. Valvetime discovered that the trademark that was filed with the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM) has been removed.

    It was listed for only about a week before being removed. However, the weird thing now is that a listing for Portal 3 has gone up just two days ago on October 2. Granted, this filing should also be believed as much as the last filing was. It is, much like...
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  • Valve Releases Details on Steam Machine Prototype Hardware

    Valve Releases Details on Steam Machine Prototype Hardware

    If you're one of the lucky 300 who will get to test drive the Steam Machine prototypes, Valve has just revealed what hardware you should expect to see.
    So for our own first prototype Steam Machine ( the one we're shipping to 300 Steam users ), we've chosen to build something special. The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts. It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to. Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Two New Fall Crates (October 2, 2013)

    Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Two New Fall Crates (October 2, 2013)

    An update was just released for Team Fortress 2. Included in the update are two new Fall crates and a new promotional item, The Grandmaster.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for October 2, 2013

    - Added the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate #72 - Added the Fall 2013 Gourd Crate #73 - Added a new promo item: The Grandmaster - Fixed several bugs that would cause inconsistent behavior when switching between or modifying loadout presets - Fixed a bug that would cause modifying (i.e., painting, renaming) an item to break loadout presets involving that item - Fixed the
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  • Valve Files for Half-Life 3 Trademark as Private Tracker Reveals 46 Developers Assigned to Half-Life 3 Development

    Earlier today, it was noticed by those at NeoGAF that Valve has indeed filed for a trademark on Half-Life 3.


    In addition, a tool used by Valve to show which staff are assigned to which project was discovered as being public just about an hour ago. The tool showed that 46 developers are assigned to Half-Life 3 with 71 developers assigned to Left 4 Dead 3.


    Things are getting exciting now!...
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