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Valve Big Picture mode puts consoles on notice today

Valve Big Picture mode puts consoles on notice today

Valve's Big Picture mode, putting Steam on your TV, launches today with a new interface suitable for turning a PC into a console competitor. Set to go live later today, Big Picture mode switches the existing Steam UI into one with oversized fonts, icons, and menus, Kotaku reports, for the convenience of the Xbox 360 Dashboard with the flexibility and potential for expansion that PC gaming is known for.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 5, 2012

We're getting ready to wrap-up coverage for this Wednesday, and what a day we had. First up we had Nokia's highly-anticipated Windows Phone 8 event, where it revealed both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. There was a lot to take in during the event, and you can find everything you need to know in our Nokia wrap-up. It's there that you can check out product announcements and hands-on posts with Nokia's new devices, so be sure to give it a look.

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Valve imposes $100 submission fee to stop Steam Greenlight spammers

Valve imposes $100 submission fee to stop Steam Greenlight spammers

Steam's new Greenlight feature launched last week, quickly attracting all sorts of games for the community to vote on for potential inclusion in Steam's catalog. There's just one problem with that: since there weren't any kind of submission requirements in place when Greenlight launched, the door was opened for all sorts of spammers to put fake and offensive games up on the Greenlight page. These submissions ranged from sex games and 9/11 games to fake listings for titles like Half-Life 3 and Minecraft, and after a while, wading through all of that spam to find legitimate games became a chore.

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Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Valve looking to enter PC hardware business

Well, this is pretty interesting: a new Valve job ad pegs the Half-Life developer with an interest in jumping into the PC hardware business. The job ad calls for an Industrial Designer who will be "defining new entertainment experiences through both hardware and software." Even more interesting is what the company has to say about the current state of the PC hardware industry.

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Black Mesa due September 14: Half Life reloaded

Black Mesa due September 14: Half Life reloaded

An eight-year project to revive Half Life will culminate in the first release of Black Mesa on September 14, the team behind it have revealed, a free game built on Valve's own Source engine. Up to 10hrs of gameplay will be included in the first release, taking the basis of the 1998 classic title and bringing it up to speed with the new, significantly improved engine, as the developers attempt to address criticisms of Valve's own Half Life: Source reworking.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 30, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. We had a lot of news coming out of Germany for the second day of our IFA 2012 trip, so let's jump in. We have a ton of hands-on posts to get through, but first, be sure to have a look at our Dell IFA 2012 Wrap-Up for all of the details on what the company announced and what it let us see. Moving on, today was a big opportunity to get some hands-on time with a bunch of different devices announced at IFA today and yesterday, and of course we took full advantage of it.

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Steam Big Picture Mode beta kicks off in September

Steam Big Picture Mode beta kicks off in September

Valve has given us a better idea of when it plans to launch the beta for Steam's Big Picture Mode. Steam Big Picture Mode, as many of you already know, allows players to hook up their computers to their televisions and play the games in their Steam library on the big screen. In the latest episode of GameTrailers TV (which features a rather hairy-looking Gabe Newell) Valve's Greg Coomer announced that the beta will be coming early next month.

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Half-Life 3 tipped for Gamescom reveal (UPDATE: Valve denies announcement)

Half-Life 3 tipped for Gamescom reveal (UPDATE: Valve denies announcement)

Gamescom is due to kick off in Germany tomorrow, bringing together games publishers from across to the world to highlight the latest and greatest titles coming out across various platforms. T3 has managed to spot an exciting reference in the list of games that will be announced at the conference. According to the PDF, Valve will officially announce Half-Life 3 at the gaming event.

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Steam Community getting ‘major’ update, Game Hubs detailed

Steam Community getting ‘major’ update, Game Hubs detailed

Valve has announced that the Steam Community will soon be going through a major change, but like everything Valve does, it's revealing this "major" update at its own pace. That is to say that Valve will be announcing a new feature every day this week, and today we were introduced to Game Hubs. A Game Hub serves as something as a catch-all for the content related to a game, and every title available on Steam will be getting one.

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