Nintendo dominate the hand-held market. While they technically do fight Microsoft and Sony, and battle against mobile gaming, they’re currently the only option for a proper hand-held console. That reign of power, though, is finally being challenged, not by Microsoft or a returning Sony but rather by Valve, the dominant force in PC gaming. A company with plenty of resources to throw at any project it fancies, stepping into the market and trying to expand PC gaming in a whole new way. Valve are aiming to do something dramatic, something big and something very exciting. Can it succeed?
The world might be in the middle of a pandemic that’s forced us all to huddle inside while stuffing our faces and watching Netflix, but there’s one glowing beacon of hope: thirteen years after the last adventures of Gordon Freeman we have finally got a new Half-Life. Except, it’s not Half-Life 3, it’s a prequel. And it’s in VR, so you might not be able to play it. What we have is Half-Life: Alyx, a prequel to Half-Life 2 and a very obvious passion project from Valve. This is a game designed for virtual reality and built to the highest standards. I’d actually be surprised if Valve made a profit on Half Life: Alyx because it looks and feels like a lot of money was sunk into its creation, versus the relatively small audience that can buy it. But that doesn’t matter right now. All we need to know is just how good is Half-Life: Alyx?
I was actually just in the middle of writing a short piece talking about Valve’s horrible communication skills regarding last week Steam hiccup when the company issued an explanation and an apology. Regardless the fact that it has taken them five days to apologize and provide some explanation […]
For all the praise heaped upon Steam over the years many people seem to blatantly ignore how crap its attitude toward customers could be. Not only is there no quality control on Steam, allowing games that don’t even work to get released, but attempting to get a refund […]
Valve Is Officially Removing The Ability To Buy And Sell Mods In Steam’s Workshop, And Will Refund Anyone Who Bought A Mod
A Valve employee under the name of Alden has made an official post declaring that the payment system for mods in the Skyrim Workshop on Steam is going to be taken down following an intense backlash from the community over the past few days. Furthermore Valve and Bethesda […]
Update: 53,000 signatures and counting Petition’s are not exactly an uncommon sight these days. They tend to follow intense Internet anger which in itself is incredibly common, usually drawing loads of signatures at first and then sort of dying out as something also draws the ire of gamers. […]
Valve has taken the big step of allowing modders to sell their work via the Steam Workshop, letting them decide whether to have it available for free or to set a specific price, or just let people pay what they want. Before we head into this piece, then, […]
Valve have today introduced a fascinating new feature that allows creators to sell their game mods via the Steam Workshop. They can even create bundles and offer discounts, or just offer up their work for free. The very first game to offer up paid mods is none other […]
According to the folks over at Eurogamer the Steam sale this year is due to begin on December 18th, heralding both the excitement of gamers and the terror facing their bank accounts. Eurogamer say that yesterday a select group of Japanese Paypal users were email about the upcoming […]
This weekend on Steam you’ll be able to play ten games for free. The event officially starts October 16 at 10:00 a.m. PT (October 17 at 4:00 a.m. AEST), and during that time period you’ll be able to buy any of the games at a discount. Yes, this sadly […]