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Steam to drop support for Ubuntu but Linux users shouldn’t panic yet

Steam to drop support for Ubuntu but Linux users shouldn’t panic yet

The majority of the time that Linux gets dragged in the spotlight is when there are high-profile security bugs that remind people how Linux practically runs the world behind the scenes. This time, however, the controversy is ironically around one of the operating system's weakest points: gaming. A Valve developer just "announced" on Twitter that the company will be dropping support for future releases of Ubuntu and, as expected, it has driven Linux users into a slight frenzied panic.

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Alpha Protocol removed from Steam: Sega’s got the reason why

Alpha Protocol removed from Steam: Sega’s got the reason why

Back in 2010, Obsidian Entertainment released a role-playing game by the name of Alpha Protocol. Though there was a good amount of hype heading into Alpha Protocol's release, the post-launch reaction to it was divided. Some loved it, some hated it, some never played it. That was the only Alpha Protocol game publisher Sega commissioned from Obsidian, and though the world has since moved on from Alpha Protocol, it has remained available through various digital storefronts, waiting for people who may want to dive into Obsidian's back catalog.

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Dota Underlords is a standalone Dota 2 Auto Chess game

Dota Underlords is a standalone Dota 2 Auto Chess game

There always comes a time when fans of a gaming franchise creates a mod that proves to be equally or even more popular than the original. At times, those developers get lucky and get hired by the original owners to work on an official version. Other times, those original owners try to strike off on their own to eventually wipe the mod from history. Both have happened to Dota, originally called the Defense of the Ancients. Valve has just fully revealed Dota Underlords, its own take on the Dota 2 Auto Chess mod that's taking the market by storm.

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Shenmue 3 trailer can’t hide fan rage over Epic exclusivity

Shenmue 3 trailer can’t hide fan rage over Epic exclusivity

Even though Shenumue 3 was recently pushed back a few months, it's still far enough along in development to make an appearance at E3. Deep Silver and Yu Suzuki delivered a new trailer for the game during E3 2019's PC Gaming Show today, but unfortunately, that trailer was also accompanied by what's sure to be some controversial news. Shenmue 3, as it turns out, will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC.

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Steam Spring Cleaning event offers badges for playing forgotten games

Steam Spring Cleaning event offers badges for playing forgotten games

With every new Steam sale comes lamentations from players who acknowledge they already own more games than they can play, and that they're going to buy even more titles they'll probably never finish. In light of that reality, Steam has announced a new event called Spring Cleaning that encourages players to dust off those old forgotten games, offering them rewards in exchange for playing what they already own.

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Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

When one thinks of Steam, its chat capabilities aren't often the first thing that comes to mind. Still, it's clear that Valve considers chat to be an integral part of Steam, as it now has its very own app. Valve has launched a new Steam Chat app on iOS and Android, allowing you to always have that aspect of Steam at your fingertips.

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Steam Link iOS app returns for real this time

Steam Link iOS app returns for real this time

Apple is being criticized, even sued, for holding its App Stores so tightly to the point of being anti-competitive. Of course, it rightfully owns that App Store and until something drastic changes, what it says goes and app developers have no choice but to find ways to compromise. That seems to be the situation Valve found itself in last year with its Steam Link mobile app. Thankfully, that may now be a thing of the past as the app has popped up on the iTunes App Store again. Hopefully, for good this time.

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Valve Index VR headset fully detailed: Price, specs, release date

Valve Index VR headset fully detailed: Price, specs, release date

Back at the end of March, Valve revealed - or at least teased - the Index, a new VR headset it's been working on behind the scenes. That teaser didn't come with any significant information on capabilities or hardware requirements, but it did suggest that we could look forward to learning more in May. With May now just around the corner, Valve announced today that the headset will go up for pre-order tomorrow.

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Epic challenges Steam to pay devs more, with PC exclusives on the line

Epic challenges Steam to pay devs more, with PC exclusives on the line

In launching its own games store and attempting to unseat Valve from the top of the digital distribution heap, Epic has ruffled its share of feathers within the PC gaming community. Epic started out by offering developers and publishers an 88%/12% revenue split on game sales - meaning that Epic only keeps 12% of the revenue from each game sold, far better than the 30% Steam keeps. Then Epic decided to take things one step further and started pursuing exclusivity deals for its own store.

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Octopath Traveler heads to PC later this year

Octopath Traveler heads to PC later this year

For fans of JRPGs, Octopath Traveler was definitely one of the biggest releases last year. One problem, though, is that Octopath Traveler launched as a Switch exclusive, which meant that if you didn't have a Switch on hand, you weren't playing it. Square Enix is fixing that later this year, announcing today that Octopath Traveler will soon come to PC.

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Valve and five PC publishers might be in hot water with the EU [Update]

Valve and five PC publishers might be in hot water with the EU [Update]

The European Commission announced today that it has sent a Statement of Objection to Valve and five PC games publishers concerning their practices of geo-blocking games across the EU. Region locking, of course, has always been a headache for gamers, particularly those who live in regions where game prices typically run higher than those in other regions. It seems the European Commission wants this practice to end, at least within the confines of the EU.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection goes free this weekend, but not for everyone

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection goes free this weekend, but not for everyone

It's been a big week for Borderlands fans. Not only did Gearbox release more Borderlands 3 details - including its release date - but the original Borderlands received an updated Game of the Year Edition for modern day platforms and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection got a nice 4K upgrade. Now, to cap off a week of news and launches, The Handsome Collection has gone free-to-play for the weekend.

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