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One year later: Where is Valve’s SteamOS?

One year later: Where is Valve’s SteamOS?

A leaked vision of the next SteamOS "Steam Controller" this morning reminds us that it's been nearly a year since Valve took to CES 2014 and brought us our first look at Steam Machines. Here 11 months later and the finalized version of SteamOS has not yet been released. Instead we've got the latest version of the Steam Client Beta update with an image which reminds us of how much we've seen - not a whole lot. Not that the final version is going to be all that different from Big Picture Mode in Steam, that is to say.

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Game ‘Hatred’ pulled from Steam Greenlight

Game ‘Hatred’ pulled from Steam Greenlight

Hatred, the controversial game that tries really hard to be really bad in an edgy sort of way, was pulled from Steam Greenlight a couple hours after it went live. The game has earned itself a fair bit of criticism recently over its premise, which is largely senseless violence for the sake of violence (aka, hatred). The game's developer Destructive Creations has said it respects Valve's decision to pull the game, and that it'll continue pushing forward with the title despite this setback.

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Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Half-Life 2 Episode One released for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA's SHIELD device exclusive collection continues to grow. Here with the Half-Life 2 Episode One, they bring on another one of Valve's classic presentations in solid gaming history. Half-Life 2 and Portal have already been released - now we've just to wait for Portal 2 and the eventual sequel to Half-Life 2 Episode One and we're all set! This game requires that you use a physical controller - like the NVIDIA SHIELD Wireless Controller, for example - and presents essentially the same experience you'd roll with on a PC. Welcome back to City 17, complete with HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED in full effect.

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Steam Broadcasting revealed as Twitch alternative

Steam Broadcasting revealed as Twitch alternative

The biggest name in live video game streaming today is Twitch - bar none. That's no reason why Steam, the biggest name in PC game sales and hosting, can't create a competitor. That's exactly what they're doing right this minute with Steam Broadcasting, coming your way in Beta form as early as this afternoon. Steam Broadcasting appears, for now, to be sort of the opposite model Twitch is running. You'll have only to find a friend, click the "Watch Game" button, and wait to be let in.

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Steam Sale hits “Exploration” theme for holidays

Steam Sale hits “Exploration” theme for holidays

This week Steam is bringing about one of their yearly initiatives aimed at getting you as many games as you can possibly handle - all at once - as fast as possible. It's a Steam Sale, an infamous event, one in which you see so many games for costs so undeniably low, you can't control your impulses. This week is a Steam Exploration Sale, ready for the days between November 26th and December 2nd - aimed at filling you just as full of game downloads as you are about to be with turkey.

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Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

NVIDIA has hit the Valve once again with the first mobile release of Half-Life 2: Episode One. This game will be released exclusively (at first) for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and optimized for the table's NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. Half-Life 2 Episode 1 will be part of a "Green Box" - a reference to the original "Orange Box" from Valve. This Green Box includes Half-Life 2 and Portal as well, all coming to the 32GB/LTE version of the SHIELD tablet, free when you purchase the tablet this Autumn.

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Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Steam is down, and it’s a little funky

Over the past hour or so Steam has been a bit shaky. Valve is currently working on the problem, but as this article is written, just about half of Singapore is offline (3 of 6 servers, as it were) while 59 of 62 servers are up. Of course even a single server down results in someone realizing it and flipping out, so it's time! It's time to watch the madness unfold.

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Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

Paranautical Activity creator resigns after making death threat

In case you missed it, a bit of hoopla surfaced earlier this week revolving around Steam, the game Paranautical Activity, and the game's rage-prone creator Mike Maulbeck. The final version of Paranautical Activity was released on Steam on Monday, but some snafu resulted in the game's page showing it as "Early Access". This frightened Maulbeck, who was worried that still being dubbed Early Access would "cripple" the game's success. Rather than dealing with the problem like an adult, Maulbeck resorted to raging -- something that resulted in a death threat, the game being pulled, and, more recently, the creator resigning from the company.

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Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

Counter-Strike zombie chickens rise for Halloween

What's more fun than video games? Easter eggs and similar things slipped in games for the sole purpose of giving you a smile (or, you know, a fowl-based zombie to kill). Halloween is quickly approaching, and as it approaches gamers have been presented with what the company calls "A Murder Most Fowl". That is, a zombie chicken, which you can identify by its green color and outstretched feather-frocked wings. The zombie chickens aren't the only addition, however, with Valve going all-out in the holiday spirit.

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Halo: Spartan Strike releasing cross-platform

Halo: Spartan Strike releasing cross-platform

The next Halo title will be a spiritual successor to Halo: Spartan Assault, but this time it’ll be coming with a single release schedule. In this case, it means you’ll be able to purchase it once, on one platform, and you’ll own it on the rest. You’ll be able to save the same in one location and pick up in another. This game will be released on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and through Steam (still on Windows) this December - very soon, that is.

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