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Half-Life 3 has reportedly become an open world game

Half-Life 3 has reportedly become an open world game

Anyone who follows video game news knows that there is never any shortage of Half-Life 3 rumors, but this one probably takes the cake as far as extravagant claims go. French gaming site Le Journal du Gamer (via International Business Times) has spoken to an anonymous source close to Valve who claims to have some surprising information on the development of Half-Life 3. According to this source, development on Half-Life 3 has been restarted several times, with Valve's latest attempt at getting it right going in a completely different direction.

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Black Mesa download madness hits the Half-Life gamer universe

Black Mesa download madness hits the Half-Life gamer universe

Today the gaming world was reintroduced to one of their most beloved places to do battle with a total conversion remaking of Half-Life 2 by development group Valve Software. After seven full years in development, this release has been not just given away for free on its own, but given away with a full soundtrack as well. This is the fulfilled promise of the Source engine port of Half-Life as made by the developers all those years ago - if you thought Half-Life: Source was awesome, you're going to have a heart attack today.

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Electronic Arts tried to purchase Valve in the past

Electronic Arts tried to purchase Valve in the past

When you say "Electronic Arts" and "Valve" in the same sentence, most gamers will likely point to the digital distribution tussle currently going on between the two. Electronic Arts wants its platform, Origin, to become one of Steam's biggest competitors, and Origin has garnered a lot of negative comments in the past couple of years because of that. Valve and Electronic Arts have always had a seemingly close relationship though, and it might surprise some to hear that at one point, Electronic Arts was considering purchasing Valve, as The New York Times is reporting today.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 10, 2012

Welcome back to Monday, folks. We're in the final stretch before Apple's big event kicks off, and with just a couple of days left before everything goes down, the iPhone 5 is making a splash in a big way. The (hopefully) incoming handset was given the title of "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history" by one enthusiastic analyst today. T-Mobile is offering an "Unlocked and Unlimited" deal for the iPhone even though it doesn't carry the device itself, and we got word today that Apple suppliers have started shipping new 13.3-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display and a new line of all-in-one iMacs.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: September 10th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: September 10th, 2012

This morning we're heading into iPhone 5 week with a collection of smaller updates before the storm - expect this essentially throughout the week throughout the tech news reporting universe: and things are going to get creative, without a doubt. Google Fiber is ramping up with 180+ Fiberhoods already on the map - coming soon! The Samsung Galaxy Note II had its 13 megapixel camera plans cut down by LG's Optimus G if tips are true. If you're a fan of Steam, you're going to flip out over Valve's Big Picture Mode starting today!

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Valve Big Picture mode puts consoles on notice today

Valve Big Picture mode puts consoles on notice today

Valve's Big Picture mode, putting Steam on your TV, launches today with a new interface suitable for turning a PC into a console competitor. Set to go live later today, Big Picture mode switches the existing Steam UI into one with oversized fonts, icons, and menus, Kotaku reports, for the convenience of the Xbox 360 Dashboard with the flexibility and potential for expansion that PC gaming is known for.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 5, 2012

We're getting ready to wrap-up coverage for this Wednesday, and what a day we had. First up we had Nokia's highly-anticipated Windows Phone 8 event, where it revealed both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. There was a lot to take in during the event, and you can find everything you need to know in our Nokia wrap-up. It's there that you can check out product announcements and hands-on posts with Nokia's new devices, so be sure to give it a look.

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Valve imposes $100 submission fee to stop Steam Greenlight spammers

Valve imposes $100 submission fee to stop Steam Greenlight spammers

Steam's new Greenlight feature launched last week, quickly attracting all sorts of games for the community to vote on for potential inclusion in Steam's catalog. There's just one problem with that: since there weren't any kind of submission requirements in place when Greenlight launched, the door was opened for all sorts of spammers to put fake and offensive games up on the Greenlight page. These submissions ranged from sex games and 9/11 games to fake listings for titles like Half-Life 3 and Minecraft, and after a while, wading through all of that spam to find legitimate games became a chore.

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Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Well, this is pretty interesting: a new Valve job ad pegs the Half-Life developer with an interest in jumping into the PC hardware business. The job ad calls for an Industrial Designer who will be "defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software." Even more interesting is what the company has to say about the current state of the PC hardware industry.

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Black Mesa due September 14: Half Life reloaded

Black Mesa due September 14: Half Life reloaded

An eight-year project to revive Half Life will culminate in the first release of Black Mesa on September 14, the team behind it have revealed, a free game built on Valve's own Source engine. Up to 10hrs of gameplay will be included in the first release, taking the basis of the 1998 classic title and bringing it up to speed with the new, significantly improved engine, as the developers attempt to address criticisms of Valve's own Half Life: Source reworking.

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