Posts tagged with "Valve"

Valve Reveals Thirteen New Steam Machines

Valve Reveals Thirteen New Steam Machines
Alienware’s first design for their upcoming Steam Machine We all know that Valve has been busy, but after the reveal of thirteen (yes, thirteen!) lean and mean Steam Machines at the Consumer Electrics Show 2014, that may have been the understatement of the year. Valve has joined forces with 13 different partners and each party has produced their own Steam Machine for the upcoming Steam Operating System. Alongside their announcement Valve have... 

J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell in talks over Half-Life or Portal Movie

J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell in talks over Half-Life or Portal Movie
During their ‘Storytelling Across Platforms’ panel at the DICE 2013 Summit, Gabe Newell (founder of Valve Corporation) and J.J. Abrams (director of the Star Trek reboot and future Star Wars Episode VII) teased future collaborations, including a movie based on either the Half-Life or Portal game franchises. This exciting news also came with the hint of a game collaboration. Presumably speaking for his production company, Bad Robot, Abrams... 

Gabe Newell Speaks at LBJ University

Gabe Newell Speaks at LBJ University
Gabe Newell (aka ‘Gaben’), founder of Valve Corporation and all-round good egg recently visited the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Texas to give a talk on productivity, economics, political institutions and the future of corporations. Someone has now posted the entire hour long speech online and, if you have the time, it’s a fascinating watch. Gabe talks about his past career at Microsoft, the founding of his company,... 

Player-Created Guides Introduced for Steam

Player-Created Guides Introduced for Steam
Valve has introduced the ability to make and share Steam Guides: player-created reference guides for individual games and software. They can be accessed in-game by opening up the Steam Overlay or by clicking on ‘Guides’ in any Steam Community Hub. Your guide can be a walkthrough, a list of secret items, or just a selection of helpful tips. All you have to do is a Community Hub for any game or software you use on Steam and select ‘Create... 

Portal 2: The Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC

Portal 2: The Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC
Cave Johnson, the fictional smooth talker and CEO of Aperture Science has had a brainwave and Valve are now set to share it with the world. The new release of DLC for Portal 2 has been long awaited since the last piece which was the further co-operative testing chambers. Watch below as Cave outlines how he intends to avoid budget issues and bring you into the Perpetual Testing Initiative. Gamers will now be able to create test chambers no matter... 

Portal 2 Began Without GlaDOS, Chell or Portals

Portal 2 Began Without GlaDOS, Chell or Portals
Last week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), in a panel entitled “Creating a Sequel to a Game That Doesn’t Need One”, Valve writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw explained the process of creating Portal 2, and its wildly different beginnings. Be warned, the following article and video below both contain spoilers for Portal and Portal 2. The project began mainly due to enthusiasm from Valve staff, but as the original experience... 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hands On

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hands On
One of the titles with the most interest at the Eurogamer Expo was without a doubt Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Counter-Strike series was insanely popular on the PC as a mod to Valve’s Half-Life series, and the game went on to develop its own devoted community that are still extremely active to this day. It’s been almost seven years since Counter-Strike: Source was released, so it’s understandable why there’s such a buzz about the... 

Team Fortress 2 goes Free-to-Play!

Team Fortress 2 goes Free-to-Play!
Gaming giants Valve, the minds behind games such as Half Life and Portal, recently announced in their promotional “Meet the Medic” video that their popular online shooter Team Fortress 2 is going ‘free-to-play’. This move came as a massive surprise as the game is still extremely popular among PC gamers. The way that Valve will be able to maintain this system is through micro-transactions. Micro-transactions in Team Fortress... 

Portal 2 Review

Portal 2 Review
So, how on earth do you follow up to 2007’s Valve title, Portal? The immense pressure put upon the development team to expand upon the original concept of Portal is a massive job to be tasked with.  After the 2007 title became a cult hit, Valve poured it’s efforts into excelling the original and it has paid off. Portal 2 not only lives up to the original, It exceeds it by leaps and bounds. Portal 2’s original premise remains... 

Captivate 2011 Blowout!

Captivate 2011 Blowout!
  This past week Capcom held a massive showcase of their latest offerings, aptly named Captivate 2011. Although the event ended over a week ago, the embargo was lifted and now the information is now available to the masses. Hot off the press, we give you the latest announcements from Captivate 2011! Dragon’s Dogma First up is the brand new IP Dragon’s Dogma. This is a new, open world action game developed by one of Capcom’s Biggest, most... 
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