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Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 “a catastrophe”

Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 “a catastrophe”

This week at the video game conference known as Casual Connect, Valve head Gabe Newell has taken out the knives and cut up a nice clean slice of Microsoft with heavily negative comments on their next big operating system Windows 8. Newell's Valve and Steam create a video game environment in which people can download games and keep their accounts with access to those games in the cloud. Newell is currently working to bring big-name games that otherwise would only have been for Windows and OS X machines to Linux in the meantime.

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Valve working on Steam for Linux

Valve working on Steam for Linux

Attempting to play games on Linux has always been a bit of a chore, with WINE compatibility often hit and miss. Valve has taken to its blog to reveal that a dedicated team has been put in place to try and bring Steam and games such as Left 4 Dead 2 to Linux. The team was first set up in 2011 with three simple goals: get Steam fully working on Linux, make sure Left 4 Dead 2 works at high framerates using OpenGL, and port extra Valve titles.

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Steam Summer Sale begins with a bang

Steam Summer Sale begins with a bang

This year's Steam Summer Sale starts with no less than titanic games such as Portal 2, Call of Duty MW3, and pack collections from Bethesda and the masses of creators behind the Star Wars gaming franchise. This Valve-run sale requires that you have a Steam gaming account and that you not hold your wallet closed too tightly - deals are to be had at every turn! Grab the legendary Indie Bundle (version I) for $9.99 instead of $40, get Total War: Shogun 2 for $7.49 instead of $30, and get a collection of games from RockStar for $49.99 instead of a massive $120! Click your mouse as fast as you can and stock up for the year!

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Valve prepping Steam Greenlight for crowd sourced video game approvals

Valve prepping Steam Greenlight for crowd sourced video game approvals

Valve has been a significant player in the digital distribution of games via its Steam service on the PC for long time. Steam has turned out to be very good for independent game developers allowing them to publish games digitally, directly to the gamer. Valve is set to unveil a new plan that will help independent developers, to get crowd source assistance to get their games distributed via Steam.

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Valve takes a shot at Education

Valve takes a shot at Education

This week it appears that Valve and their wildly successful Steam platform for computer games are taking a giant leap into the realm of education. With their upcoming program Teach With Portals, they'll be bringing a new edition of Portal 2 to the classroom for teachers to utilize its Puzzle Maker engine for teaching physics with computer-based creation tools. This program will have a limited number of Steam platform releases sent to schools for free for use in the classroom very soon!

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Portal gets very real in “Terminal Velocity” video

Portal gets very real in “Terminal Velocity” video

It's time for some IRL Portal with filmmaker Jason Craft and his very own POrtal gun, taking some fabulous camera skills, some 3D tracking, and a little bit of movie magic to make the whole world smile. This fan video is completely non-official and not tied to the makers of the Portal video game series, but it sure as heck has impressed us to no end. Have a peek at what happens when one goes in, one goes out, and physics happen.

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Valve’s “Deep” to be a movie/video game brainchild

Valve’s “Deep” to be a movie/video game brainchild

For years, companies have tried to bridge the gap between motion picture and video game. Now, Valve, one of the most storied companies in the world of digital storytelling, has decided to see if it can take this challenge to the next level. The company, which is more steeped in computer video game development than moviemaking, is venturing off the beaten path into a new project called Deep, which will be a brand new experience for Valve.

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Portal 2 ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’ DLC trailer goes out

Portal 2 ‘Perpetual Testing Initiative’ DLC trailer goes out

If you're starting to get bored of Portal 2, just wait until May 8, when the ambitious new piece of downloadable content, called Perpetual Testing Initiative, is released. The DLC will give players one of the most appealing additions to the Portal franchise to date - the ability to create custom levels. That's right; you can finally make your own Portal masterpieces.

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Valve talks Steam client for Linux

Valve talks Steam client for Linux

Valve has been using its Steam client to distribute digital copies of some of its coolest video games for a long time. Valve's Gabe Newell is talking about the rollout of the Steam client and source engine to Linux. Rumors have circulated for a while now that Valve was working on porting that software out for Linux gamers. Interestingly, Valve apparently has plans for Steam outside of gaming.

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Valve on Tim Cook meeting: ‘I wish!’

Valve on Tim Cook meeting: ‘I wish!’

Earlier this month a meeting between Apple's Tim Cook and the gaming company known as Valve was reported by several sources - now it turns out that it never happened. Or so Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell says. From what Gabe and crew say now, they were as surprised by the news that Cook had visited their facilities as everyone else was, frantically emailing one another trying to find out who, if anyone, had actually seen Cook enter or exit their offices - is he now just being a bit of a fibber to cover up the truth?

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