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Valve’s “Deep” to be a movie/video game brainchild

Valve’s “Deep” to be a movie/video game brainchild

For years, companies have tried to bridge the gap between motion picture and video game. Now, Valve, one of the most storied companies in the world of digital storytelling, has decided to see if it can take this challenge to the next level. The company, which is more steeped in computer video game development than moviemaking, is venturing off the beaten path into a new project called Deep, which will be a brand new experience for Valve.

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Portal 2 ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’ DLC trailer goes out

Portal 2 ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’ DLC trailer goes out

If you're starting to get bored of Portal 2, just wait until May 8, when the ambitious new piece of downloadable content, called Perpetual Testing Initiative, is released. The DLC will give players one of the most appealing additions to the Portal franchise to date - the ability to create custom levels. That's right; you can finally make your own Portal masterpieces.

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Valve talks Steam client for Linux

Valve talks Steam client for Linux

Valve has been using its Steam client to distribute digital copies of some of its coolest video games for a long time. Valve's Gabe Newell is talking about the rollout of the Steam client and source engine to Linux. Rumors have circulated for a while now that Valve was working on porting that software out for Linux gamers. Interestingly, Valve apparently has plans for Steam outside of gaming.

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Valve on Tim Cook meeting: ‘I wish!’

Valve on Tim Cook meeting: ‘I wish!’

Earlier this month a meeting between Apple's Tim Cook and the gaming company known as Valve was reported by several sources - now it turns out that it never happened. Or so Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell says. From what Gabe and crew say now, they were as surprised by the news that Cook had visited their facilities as everyone else was, frantically emailing one another trying to find out who, if anyone, had actually seen Cook enter or exit their offices - is he now just being a bit of a fibber to cover up the truth?

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Valve head says Apple meeting never took place

Valve head says Apple meeting never took place

We talked a few times now about rumors that pegged Apple CEO Tim Cook at Valve for some sort of meeting. The head of valve, Gabe Newell, has now come out and said that meeting never happened. The announcement comes during a podcast with Seven Day Cooldown. Apparently, the rumor was so factual that even Newell was confused.

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Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

Apple + Valve = OS X Gaming Push

This weekend we're hearing basically every single tech, gaming, and Apple-heavy site flip out over the idea that Tim Cook's visit to Valve means an Apple gaming console is in the mix - I disagree. Several simple factors mean that Apple's next-generation television push isn't going to be a full-fledged television, and several simple factors count Valve out of the physical gaming system game as well. Instead, I contend that Apple will be releasing their next-generation MacBook Pro line with emphasis on graphics and computing power, with Valve's library of OS X-compatible games there to back up their claims.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted at Valve offices

Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted at Valve offices

The head of Apple has reportedly been meeting with people at PC gaming giant Valve, right at a time when Valve has been the subject of rampant rumors. The company posted job ads for what appears to be a hardware initiative or at least something that sounds like a complete departure from its long-standing traditional business model. So Apple having some sort of position in that would be interesting to say the least.

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Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve confirms Wearable Computing R&D

Valve has confirmed that it is doing its own research into wearable computing, joining a club that includes Google's Project Glass and Nokia R&D, though the company has warned not to expect a commercial product any time soon. Managing director Michael Abrash revealed his pet project this week, researching the future of hardware and software for wearable, "Terminator vision" style devices that could possibly be a direction Valve might follow.

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Valve job listing points to potential hardware offering

Valve job listing points to potential hardware offering

Last month, a rumor arose indicating that Valve was working on a “Steam Box” designed to rival console experiences. The company was said to be looking to use powerful PC hardware, like an Intel Core i7 and NVIDIA graphics card, and pairing it with a customized software experience. The box wouldn’t be locked down though, with Valve hoping to establish a hardware set of minimum hardware guidelines for developers. Engadget has spotted a job listing that adds further credence to the rumor, with Valve looking for an electronics engineer.

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Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

Portal 2 alternate realities detailed by Valve writers

There are now two Portal games out there in the wild, both of them created with Valve ultimately simple concept of a factory testing technology on you, the player - but that's not all the writers on the team had in mind at one point or another. As all games begin with an idea, so too did Portal 2 begin with a notion that even though Portal could exist as a one-off game, it certainly didn't need to. Speaking up this week at an event in San Francisco, Valve writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw spoke on how iterations of the game Portal 2 existed in which there were no portals, no character Chell, and no GLaDOS factory at all - a maddening set of realities indeed!

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