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See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

Half-Life is one of the seminal games that catapulted Valve into fame, aside from the Steam platform of course. Thanks to the game's engine and its moddability, Half-Life has taken on different forms, some of which try to bring the game forward into the current century. Black Mesa, released in 2012 after 8 years in the woodwork, was one of those mods but now it has taken a life of its own. Presenting Black Mesa, a Steam Early Access game that promises to re-imagine Half-Life as if it were a game created today.

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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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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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Valve’s HTC VIVE headset going free to developers (at first)

Valve’s HTC VIVE headset going free to developers (at first)

While competing developer kits in the virtual reality headset market go for hundreds of dollars, Valve and HTC are taking a different approach. The first wave of HTC VIVE VR headsets are going to be free. For developers. And not just any developers - developers hand-picked by Valve. This headset is also being developed as a consumer virtual reality headset which will be released for a standard price (which we do not know at this time) at some point in the future - closer to the end of the year 2015.

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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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Why I refuse to believe VR is the future of gaming

Why I refuse to believe VR is the future of gaming

Virtual reality was all the talk at the Game Developers Conference this week. From Sony to Valve to Oculus to Sulon, a slew of companies showed off virtual reality technology that they say, will carry us well into the future.

Of course, this is something we’ve heard before from hardware makers. Oculus has shown its Rift product off for years, arguing that it can succeed in virtual reality where so many other companies have failed. Now several other companies are arguing the same.

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HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset. There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring. Cloistered in a room at the back of HTC’s Mobile World Congress stand, and with the reassuring voice of a Vive engineer whispering in my ear, I got to try out a number of demo apps and environments created for the platform by Valve and others, including the first announced title for SteamVR.

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NVIDIA GRID Store revealed: Android side-by-side with Steam

NVIDIA GRID Store revealed: Android side-by-side with Steam

The NVIDIA GRID experience is about to expand. Now that the graphics card-making crew at NVIDIA have created a PC game streaming service that's proven itself as robust, they're ready to move beyond their free model, and on to one that charges. Instead of continuing with a sort of an All You Can Eat situation, NVIDIA GRID will have you paying a subscription cost - for streaming services - as well as a cost per game. Each game you purchase in this way will be delivered to you with a Steam code as well - for full PC gaming.

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Valve’s GDC 2015 loot bag: Steam Link, SteamVR, Source 2

Valve’s GDC 2015 loot bag: Steam Link, SteamVR, Source 2

It's GDC time again and PC gamers are in for a treat. As expected, Valve is making a big splash but it has more than just virtual reality in mind. To push the PC gaming industry even further, Valve is announcing the availability of the Source 2 engine, which any content creator can get their hands on. It has also disclosed a new hardware product called Steam Link for streaming any and all Steam content. Of course, there's also the SteamVR platform and, surprise surprise, Steam Machines.

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