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Valve seeking playtesters for new games, hardware

Valve seeking playtesters for new games, hardware

Ever wanted to stop by Valve's offices and have an early look at the studio's upcoming games? Swinging by Valve Towers for a visit may seem like a pipe dream to most, but now the company is actually giving ordinary players the chance to do just that. In an announcement on the Steam forums, Valve invited players to fill out its new playtester survey. If you're selected, you'll get to drop by Valve's offices and test out the studio's upcoming games and hardware prototypes.

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First footage of 0x10c surfaces

First footage of 0x10c surfaces

Ever since Notch announced that he was handing off the main development duties on Minecraft to Jens Bergensten, Mojang fans have been waiting with bated breath to see what he'll do next. Earlier this year, Notch announced a new passion project called 0x10c, but in the time since that announcement, he's been relatively quiet on the game's progress. We've been given small updates here and there, but nothing all that substantial. Today, however, we're getting a peek at the first footage from the game, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Skyrim: Hearthfire now on PC, no new updates on Dawnguard PS3

Skyrim: Hearthfire now on PC, no new updates on Dawnguard PS3

Skyrim's second serving of DLC, Hearthfire, launched on PC today, meaning that eager homebuilders can get to work constructing their dream house (or at least something resembling their dream house). Hearthfire costs the same on Steam as it does on Xbox 360 - $5 - and for that paltry amount, you get to buy up plots of land, collect raw materials, and then use those materials to build a house, which could potentially include things like a greenhouse or an armory. You can also move your spouse into your freshly-built home and, if you really want your Skyrim experience to mirror real life, adopt children.

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Mists of Pandaria launch sales lag behind Cataclysm

Mists of Pandaria launch sales lag behind Cataclysm

Mists of Pandaria, the fourth World of Warcraft expansion, has been available for a little over a week now. Today we're finding out that Mists of Pandaria sold 2.7 million copies in its first week on shelves, which definitely isn't bad, especially for an expansion. However, when held up against the sales of Cataclysm, World of Warcraft's third expansion, Mists of Pandaria sales are a little underwhelming.

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Left 4 Dead franchise reaches 12 million sales

Left 4 Dead franchise reaches 12 million sales

Valve, it would seem, is on a roll lately. Not only did it launch non-game software on Steam today, but it recently announced that the Left 4 Dead franchise has topped 12 million sales. An impressive feat, to be sure, especially considering just how crowded the FPS genre is at the moment. Zombie games aren't exactly a rare thing these days either, but depending on who you ask, Left 4 Dead does the zombie apocalypse best.

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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition hits 4 million sales

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition hits 4 million sales

For Mojang, Minecraft is the gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps it would better to call it the cash cow that keeps producing that sweet, sweet money, but whatever you want to call it, it's safe to say that it's one of the most popular indie games ever created. That's evidenced in the latest sales numbers for the Xbox 360 edition: 4 million sales less than 5 months after release. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a success.

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Steam for Linux beta kicks off in October

Steam for Linux beta kicks off in October

Well that was quick. We've only know that Valve is working on a version of Steam for Linux for a few months, but now it seems that the studio is ready to put that incoming version to the test. Valve will be putting Steam for Linux through and internal beta sometime next week, and then later on in October, it will invite a group of people to participate in a small private beta.

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