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Valve’s banhammer hits 40,000 accounts after Steam Summer Sale

Valve’s banhammer hits 40,000 accounts after Steam Summer Sale

The annual Steam sales in winter and summer are events that a lot of PC gamers look forward to, but what if you woke up the day after the sale to discover that your Steam account has been VAC banned? That was the reality for more than 40,000 Steam users on July 6 - just one day after the Summer Sale ended. That, in case you were wondering, is a lot of VAC bans for a single day.

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Steam Link app beta test launches for some Samsung Smart TVs

Steam Link app beta test launches for some Samsung Smart TVs

Valve's Steam Link is a pretty handy tool if you're looking to play your PC games on your TV, especially if your PC and TV are in separate rooms. The only problem is that the Steam Link box currently costs $50 from the Steam store, making it a somewhat expensive accessory. The good news is that Valve and Samsung have teamed up to the throw the physical Steam Link requirement out the window, provided you have a certain Samsung Smart TV sitting in your living room.

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Google Blocks app brings DIY OBJ to all

Google Blocks app brings DIY OBJ to all

This week the folks at Google have created a new system for digital object creation called Blocks. This Google Blocks system allows the user to span the virtual universe with their creations in a way never before possible - at least not with this user interface. And before you ask, no, it's not just a new name for Minecraft - it's a whole different ballgame.

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Steam VR “Knuckles” controller has a lot of capacitive sensors

Steam VR “Knuckles” controller has a lot of capacitive sensors

One of the remaining problems with VR, AR, and MR platforms is input. All of them use one form of stick or another, and none of them currently emulate the feel of a hand moving and grasping in the real world. Valve, however, might be coming close to a solution without having to resort to gloves or exoskeletons. The "Knuckles", Valve's nickname for the next gen Steam VR controller, does this by having nearly a dozen capacitive sensors in it.

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Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Here's a bit of good news: PayPal was right and the Steam Summer Sale kicked off today! Now here's a bit of bad news: the Steam store is currently crippled because of heavy traffic. If you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket, it looks like you'll have to wait to spend it.

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Steam Summer Sale start date outed by PayPal: Prepare your wallets

Steam Summer Sale start date outed by PayPal: Prepare your wallets

Like death and taxes, Steam's annual sales have become a certainty of life. Steam is usually pretty secretive when it comes to the start and end dates for its sales, but as it has done for most Steam sales in recent memory, PayPal is here to bail us out. PayPal UK has announced the start date for 2017's Steam Summer sale, and it's coming up a lot faster than you may realize.

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Steam will soon charge developers only $100 to publish a game

Steam will soon charge developers only $100 to publish a game

Back in February, Steam announced that it would be ditching Greenlight in favor of a new submission platform called Steam Direct. With Steam Greenlight, developers entered their games into something of a popularity contest, submitting previews and allowing users to vote on which games they'd like to see in the Steam store. That's all going away, and it's being replaced by a system that allows developers to publish their games to the Steam store after paying a per-game fee.

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Steam adds new video section for virtual reality content

Steam adds new video section for virtual reality content

Steam has added a new section on its website for VR videos, giving its customers a new way to buy and consume virtual reality content. This new section is being launched in partnership with Pixvana, a Seattle-based company, which is lending technology that will be used for the Steam 360 Video Player, a new beta offering available as of today. The 360 Video Player enables Steam customers to watch 360-degree video content using a supported VR headset, such as an Oculus Rift.

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Alan Wake disappearing from digital storefronts soon

Alan Wake disappearing from digital storefronts soon

If you've never played Remedy's hit Alan Wake but have it on your wishlist, then you might want to pick it up as soon as possible. Remedy revealed today that Alan Wake will leave digital storefronts like Steam and Xbox Live next week. The reason for its removal centers on music licensing contracts, which expire on the date the game is scheduled to be removed.

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Vanquish PC port confirmed – watch the trailer here

Vanquish PC port confirmed – watch the trailer here

Sega is on something of a PC-loving roll lately. Last month, it brought the much-loved Bayonetta to PC after seven years of exclusivity to consoles. When that happened, a lot of Platinum Games fans began requesting the same treatment be given to Vanquish, an Xbox 360 and PS3 action shooter that has turned into something of a cult classic over the years.

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Steam and GOG sales celebrate Star Wars Day early

Steam and GOG sales celebrate Star Wars Day early

Star Wars Day is quickly approaching, but Steam and GOG have decided to start the festivities a little early. Both online retailers have kicked off special sales in celebration of Star Wars Day, discounting much of their Star Wars game catalogs. There are some good deals to be found, provided you aren't like me and don't already buy all the Star Wars-related stuff you come across.

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What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

Earlier this week, Xbox One owners participating in the Xbox Preview program were greeted with a rather nice surprise: Microsoft has implemented a beta test for a refund system. Not only is this refund system apparently planned for both Xbox One and Windows 10, but it's also self-service, meaning you don't need to go through customer support to get your money back. This is very exciting news because it's a move that's ultimately great for consumers.

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