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Steam drops Bitcoin as $13k BTC milestone passed

Steam drops Bitcoin as $13k BTC milestone passed

Bitcoin has been dominating the news a lot lately, thanks mostly the the extreme fluctuations it's been making in value. Just before we entered December, Bitcoin climbed to $10,000 - an all-time high on that day - and now, just six days into the new month, Bitcoin has surpassed $13,000. Bitcoin has had something of a volatile rise throughout the latter half of 2017, and now that's making some people, and companies, a little frustrated.

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Portal returns this month, but it’s probably not what you were hoping for

Portal returns this month, but it’s probably not what you were hoping for

Portal is one of the most famous video game series around, as most Valve franchises tend to become. If you're building a new PC and you're asking your friends for game recommendations, chances are high-to-certain that Portal and its sequel will be near or at the top of the everyone's list. There's only one problem: Portal 2 came out way back in 2011, leaving players without a new Portal game for the past six years.

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Team Fortress 2 is getting a massive, surprise update

Team Fortress 2 is getting a massive, surprise update

It's been quite some time since we heard of a big update for Team Fortress 2, but what Valve's revealing today may just be worth that wait. Valve has revealed a new update for the insanely popular multiplayer shooter called Jungle Inferno. As you might imagine from the name, this new update is going to whisk you away to the jungle with a new map to play on.

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Steam banned in Malaysia over religious-themed fighting game

Steam banned in Malaysia over religious-themed fighting game

Steam was temporarily banned across the country of Malaysia on Friday after a new fighting game on the service was found to be in violation of local laws. The Malaysian government ordered a nationwide block on Steam as the game called Fight of Gods did not adhere to religious-and-racial-unity laws, and was a threat to "racial unity and harmony."

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Half-Life 2: Episode 3 story details were just outed in a very weird way

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 story details were just outed in a very weird way

By now, most of us are probably familiar with the Half-Life story: the last time Valve released a Half-Life game was in 2007, and in the time since then, it's been pretty much silent on the future of the series. We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of Half Life 2: Episode 2's launch, and now a former writer for the series has seemingly released a bunch of story details for the missing third episode on his personal website.

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Valve announces Dota 2 update with 2 new characters

Valve announces Dota 2 update with 2 new characters

This year's Dota 2 tournament at The International 2017 e-sports event has been full of surprises. First fans were treated to a special demonstration of an AI bot crushing one of the game's top professional players, and then developer Valve used the second to last day to reveal that two new characters would be debuting soon. A quick teaser video showed the pair in action, as well as announced that a new update titled Dueling Fates is on the way.

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Watch Valve’s Artifact crush the dreams of Dota 2 fans

Watch Valve’s Artifact crush the dreams of Dota 2 fans

There's a good chance you've already heard of Artifact, the newest game on the way from Valve. Revealed at Valve's massive annual Dota 2 tournament, The International, Artifact has been the topic of much discussion since its debut. A lot of that discussion has been negative, and thanks to one International attendee, we get to see how Dota 2 fans reacted to the news in real time.

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Artifact is Dota 2 re-imagined as a card game

Artifact is Dota 2 re-imagined as a card game

When it comes to the relatively young genre now known as MOBA, short for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, there is no name that rings louder than Dota. Be it the original DotA or the Valve-owned Dota 2, the game formerly known as the “Defense of the Ancients” has become both the poster boy as well as cookie cutter for MOBAs that followed. The franchise, however, has mostly been confined to that. At the International Dota 2 tournament, Valve surprised everyone that it was ready to break into new ground while still carrying that beloved name. Artifact: The Dota Card Game is coming next year and it has Blizzard’s Hearthstone in its cross-hair.

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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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Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Reviving old games seems to be a trend now. And, no, we’re not just talking about a case of “retro” fever. This is about old titles having their dust brushed off, shaken, and updated for the modern age. Blizzard did that with the original StarCraft, not the Remastered edition mind, and now Valve is apparently doing likewise for its debut game. Half-Life just got its first ever update in like forever, nearly two decades after it first took PC gaming by storm. At least back in 1998.

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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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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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