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GOG Galaxy “Steam killer” in beta, everything is optional

GOG Galaxy “Steam killer” in beta, everything is optional

When it comes to PC gaming and distribution, perhaps no name rings louder than Steam. Despite that, not everyone is happy to put all their eggs in Valve's basket, especially when the question of DRM comes up. GOG, which doesn't just do Old Games only anymore, has always challenged that business model and now it's preparing to hit Steam where it hurts the most. After nearly a year since it was first revealed, GOG Galaxy is now partly out of the woodwork, taking everything you might have loved about Steam and making them completely optional.

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Steam developers may now ban users

Steam developers may now ban users

Should a player resort to cheating in a game you make and release to Steam, you now have the power to ban that player from your game. Valve has released this newest ability to developers as of the 29th of April, 2015, and it should be rolling out to all developers by the end of the weekend. This transfers the responsibility of banning users from Valve to the developers of the games, the same people who would be concerned with said cheating in the first place.

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Unreal Engine 4 expands VR support with Valve

Unreal Engine 4 expands VR support with Valve

Today Epic Games and Valve have announced Unreal Engine 4 support for SteamVR with the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. While we've worked with an experienced Unreal Engine 4 with Oculus (to great effect) before, today Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic, suggests that Epic is extremely pumped up to move forward with development tools for SteamVR as well. "This technology is incredibly freeing," said Sweeney, "There is a magical sense of immersion in walking around a VR space and directly interacting with it."

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Halo: Spartan Strike launches on multiple platforms

Halo: Spartan Strike launches on multiple platforms

Microsoft Studios is once again expanding its Halo franchise beyond genres and beyond platforms. It has just announced the launch of Halo: Spartan Strike, actually its second top-down shooter game that eschews the FPS conventions of the main titles. And also unlike the main titles, which are mostly confined to Xbox consoles, Spartan Strike is available for a whole lot more platforms and devices, including the iPad, the iPhone, Windows 8, Steam, and even Windows Phone. Curiously, there is still no sign of an Android port.

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OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

The streaming game service known as OnLive has been acquired by Sony, and all OnLive services will be shut down on April 30th. Were you one of the unlucky few that purchased a physical OnLive Game System when it was released back in 2011? Too bad! That system doesn't work with any other software. Were you using the OnLive app on Android or your desktop machine? Too bad, it's all over. Starting on April 30th, all OnLive services are finished, gone, kaput, no more.

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Barrage shares months of process working with Unreal Engine 4

Barrage shares months of process working with Unreal Engine 4

It's only just been announced to be heading to Steam's Greenlight program, but it already looks like a heavy hitter. This is Barrage, a game created by Tectonic Studios with Unreal Engine 4 - so you know it's going to look just lovely. This game is about bombardment, pointed strikes, and defending your home world. Research, launch, and kill. But that's not the best part - the best part is watching the process, Unreal Engine community involvement, creation, development, and everything step by step.

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Fan-made Half-Life 2: Update mod gets steamy on Steam

Fan-made Half-Life 2: Update mod gets steamy on Steam

Who says you can't make it big just with game modding? While some game developers frown upon the act of modifying a released game, and even more on the act of releasing said mods, others have embraced the reality of this gaming sub-culture. And others, well, they might even reward you for it. Valve has not only sanctioned the mod that is now officially known as Half-Life 2: Update, it is even allowing it to be distributed on Steam. Provided, of course, you own the original game on Steam as well.

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Steam for Linux: 1,000 games and counting

Steam for Linux: 1,000 games and counting

The recent GDC 2015, especially the revelation of its own VR ambitions, has thrust Valve and Steam back into the spotlight. Many gamers, especially of the PC kind, might still remember the promise of Steam Machines that have yet to materialize in retail forms. But while part of that equation lies on the hardware, especially the special Steam Controller, the other part is tied to the software. So just how well is Steam doing on Linux today? Well, apparently quite healthy, but it could do with a bit more.

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Maingear Drift is a Steam Machine that isn’t but should be

Maingear Drift is a Steam Machine that isn’t but should be

Steam Machines are back in the spotlight after Valve revealed its big plans for gamers later this year. But while we approach with caution due to last year's disappointing turnout, some of the rising supporters rallying around Steam's ecosystem are quite interesting. You have small mini PCs dressed up as Steam Machines, ready to conquer the living room. And then you have bigger, hulking boxes that would still look nice somewhere near your TV. Maingear's upcoming Drift is one of the latter. It may not be a Steam Machine, but it might very well be.

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