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Steam Controller and Link owners get free games from Valve

Steam Controller and Link owners get free games from Valve

If you were one of the early adopters of the Steam Controller or Steam Link, you may have an unexpected surprise waiting for you, from Valve. Over the last few days, owners of one or both of the devices have been getting emails similar to the one above, letting them know that they now have access to all past and future Valve titles, free of charge. Specifically, the Valve Friends and Family Pack.

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You only get One Life in this new FPS

You only get One Life in this new FPS

The formula for an FPS game is pretty simple. You run around, shoot enemies, die, respawn. Rinse and repeat until the match is done. Right? Well, a new game is looking to change up that formula ever so slightly. The aptly-named title One Life (currently on Steam Greenlight) aims to give players one chance to play their game. Should you die, you will be forever locked out of the game.

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You already have a SteamOS Machine at home: here’s how

You already have a SteamOS Machine at home: here’s how

Don't bother going out and buying a several thousand-dollar Steam Machine, Valve says you already have one at home. Requirements for installing SteamOS on the computer you already have are relatively low - just so long as you've been upgrading over the past couple of years. Installing and customizing SteamOS will require that your computer be wiped out - but once you do that, you'll be ready to roll. In other words: the Steam Machine you have at home isn't going to be your main desktop - it'll need to be a machine you don't use that often.

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Steam Sale begins in Stealth Mode

Steam Sale begins in Stealth Mode

The Stealth Game Steam Sale begins as a lead-up to whatever spooky bits Valve will reveal for Halloween. This push will include just over 60 games, each of them living inside the "Stealth" genre - one way or the other. This includes games such as Thief (more than one version), the Assassin's Creed series, and Ghost Recon. This is apparently the first "Stealth" Steam event that Valve has ever held, starting this morning and running until October the 16th, 2015.

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SteamOS coming to your local GameStop

SteamOS coming to your local GameStop

Steam will be opening up shop within shop in your local game store soon, bringing Steam products to GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games Canada. This new section in each of the stores will include sales of the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and a number of Steam Machines. Also present will be "a variety" of Steam-related prepaid cards. This team-up will be exclusive for all Steam Hardware products in the USA, UK, and Canada through the holidays - after that, all stores are fair game.

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SteamBoy re-named “SMACH Zero”, detailed for release

SteamBoy re-named “SMACH Zero”, detailed for release

Before today the device now known as "SMACH Zero" was far more recognizably called the "SteamBoy". Of course the company Smach Zero more than likely ran into some early legal trouble (or sensed trouble on the horizon) with such a name, so it's been changed to SMACH Zero. This device is a handheld gaming device that runs Valve's SteamOS. That means games from your Steam account accessible on a handheld mobile device.

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HTC Vive World Tour lets you see things for yourself

HTC Vive World Tour lets you see things for yourself

To see is to believe. Cliché perhaps, but nowhere is it more applicable than in the now revived virtual reality industry. But since getting your hands on an honest to goodness VR headset isn't exactly that easy, even with Google Cardboard, HTC has decided to bring virtual reality to you instead. Sort of. The HTC Vive, its lovechild with Valve, is making its way to different cities around the world, all in the US and Europe actually, to give people the chance to take it for a spin and experience a new kind of reality.

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LEGO Dimensions Portal gameplay trailer goes GLaDOS

LEGO Dimensions Portal gameplay trailer goes GLaDOS

Today a new Portal game is revealed - not in the traditional sense, but in the odd universe of LEGO Dimensions. WB Games revealed that the Portal test chambers would be available for your perusal, jumping in with every character from Gandalf to Scooby Doo. The trailer you're about to see has a glimpse at the first Valve-licensed LEGO toys, including a LEGO Chell minifigure and builds of both GLaDOS and Wheatley. And Batman and Wyldstyle. They're all in the same universe here.

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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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ILMxLAB created for Star Wars interactive experiences aplenty

ILMxLAB created for Star Wars interactive experiences aplenty

The folks at Industrial Light and Magic, the creators of the special effects and the entire look of Star Wars, have created a new experience lab. This effort is called ILMxLAB, and it's really made up of the efforts of ILM, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm's story group. Together, the crew will create immersive experiences - augmented reality and virtual reality - for the first generation of market-ready VR devices. This means Oculus Rift, it means Valve's HTC VIVE, and it means everything in-between.

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Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

Valve’s VR headset unboxing and super cute illustrated manual

It has begun - Valve and HTC have shipped the first round of Vive VR headsets to developers of all sorts. What you're about to see is a series of photos of the Vive Dev Kit manual, the box, and the headset itself, as shipped to users across the United States, Canada, and abroad. As Valve's Chet Faliszek suggests, "this first wave includes a wide range of developers from major movie studios, triple A developers, to small indie teams working on their first title."

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SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

SteamOS 2-years later: why you don’t want it

Back in September of 2013, Valve revealed SteamOS - now it's time for action. Here in June of 2015, just a bit under two years later, Valve's revealed the final iteration of the Steam Controller, the key to the system - the one component you can't buy anywhere else. Every other piece of this gaming environment can be had elsewhere, or run on a PC you've got at home. After months and months of preparation, Valve's presented a system they hope will take over your living room. Is it too late? Has the company lost all momentum? Is SteamOS dead in the water before it launches in ernest?

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