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Steam Labs Experiment 008 recommends what you should play next

Steam Labs Experiment 008 recommends what you should play next

If you are any sort of gamer, chances are you have amassed more games than you can ever play within a given amount of time. In addition to actually remembering which games you own, you also have the seemingly insurmountable task of deciding which one to play next. When you're organic brain can't decide for you, maybe an artificial one can help, which is where Steam's latest experiment called "Play Next" can come in handy to suggest which games you should, well, play next.

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Half-Life: Alyx launch date has finally been revealed

Half-Life: Alyx launch date has finally been revealed

Half-Life is one of those games that many gamers talk about, most often very fondly, but very few new gamers today see. That's mostly because, despite the cult following, the game has not seen any new release in more than a decade. That will be changing next month when the sequel-prequel-spinoff Half-Life: Alyx is finally released on Steam. It could be the start of the franchise's revival if the game truly takes off, which is going to be tricky considering it's exclusive to PC-based VR systems only.

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CS:GO will start muting abusive players by default

CS:GO will start muting abusive players by default

Valve has announced an important new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive feature that will make the game more enjoyable for some players. Going forward, players who are deemed abusive by other players will eventually be muted by default, preventing them from directing their abuse at others. The players will be given a warning and a chance to prevent the penalty before it happens, however.

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Steam blows past a long-standing concurrent user record

Steam blows past a long-standing concurrent user record

It shouldn't be surprising to hear that Steam has a lot of users. As the most popular PC gaming platform by a long shot, there are a ton of people who use Steam every day to buy and play their PC games. Today we're learning that Steam recently broke a record for its number of concurrent users, suggesting that the app's user base is still growing.

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Valve Index got a major sales boost from Half-Life: Alyx

Valve Index got a major sales boost from Half-Life: Alyx

Late last year, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, which constituted something of a risk on the company's part. By the time it releases, Half-Life: Alyx will be the first game in the beloved Half-Life series in nearly 13 years, and in making Alyx a VR game, there was certainly the potential for backlash from a significant portion of the fanbase. As it turns out, though, it seems that Half-Life: Alyx brought the Steam Index a significant boost in sales.

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All Half-Life games are now free on Steam until Alyx launch

All Half-Life games are now free on Steam until Alyx launch

The Half-Life franchise is one of Valve's biggest contributions to the gaming industry next to Steam. It has, however, let that property languish for more than a decade now. Fortunately, that period of dormancy will be ending in two months or so as Valve readies its biggest game release in years. And to make sure that everyone is also ready for Half-Life: Alyx, the company is making all Half-Life titles available for free at least until the prequel-sequel comes out in March.

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Valve Index just sold out thanks to Half-Life: Alyx (VR)

Valve Index just sold out thanks to Half-Life: Alyx (VR)

Half-Life: Alyx - the first Half-Life game we've seen in more than a decade and the flagship title for Valve's Index VR headset - is on the horizon. It was revealed back in November with a March release date, and it seems to have people excited right now. The Valve Index is apparently sold out in pretty much every region where it's available, so if you were hoping to pick up a headset in anticipation of Half-Life: Alyx, good luck.

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Steam’s customer service has been garbage for far too long

Steam’s customer service has been garbage for far too long

Any PC gamer out there will be able to tell you that there are three truths in life: we're all going to die, we all need to pay taxes, and we all know how awful Steam's customer support is. Steam's lack of comprehensive customer support has become a meme at this point, and with Steam being the king of the PC digital distribution hill for so long, it seemed like it was never going to change.

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Steam Winter Sale heralded by November Top Releases: Gundam, GoT, Star Wars

Steam Winter Sale heralded by November Top Releases: Gundam, GoT, Star Wars

This morning we're taking a look at the latest in a series of Steam's best-of game release lists for the month of November. These releases are compiled in the first week or two of the month after they're captured. The Top Steam Releases for November 2019 include some obvious entries from big-name game titles, but also has its fair share of shockers.

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Steam Controller orders being refunded as stocks run out completely

Steam Controller orders being refunded as stocks run out completely

If you haven't heard the news yet, Valve has been clearing out its inventory of Steam Controllers by selling at its cheapest possible price (excluding shipping and taxes). But if you were still planning on getting one, perhaps for posterity's sake, you can forget getting it at that low price. Valve has run out of stocks of the controller that wasn't meant to be and since it won't be making any new ones, it is giving buyers their $5 back, hopefully, to put towards buying a proper game controller.

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Steam Controller has been discontinued and is now at its lowest price

Steam Controller has been discontinued and is now at its lowest price

Valve is perhaps best known for the Steam PC games store and Half-Life. Some may even know it for Team Fortress, the Source engine, and the first Portal game. What the company isn't really known for is its hardware, like the Steam Machines and the physical Steam Link. Now yet another such product is about to bite the dust as the eccentric Steam Controller's price drops as Valve clears out its stock.

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Valve suggests Half-Life: Alyx is just the start of the franchise’s return

Valve suggests Half-Life: Alyx is just the start of the franchise’s return

Yesterday, Valve officially unveiled Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR game that's more or less reviving the much-loved franchise from dormancy. While fans have been waiting more than a decade for Half-Life 3, it's clear at this point that Half-Life: Alyx is not that fabled game. Instead, it's set between the original Half-Life and Half-Life 2, giving us insight into Alyx Vance's efforts against the Combine between those two titles.

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