"Gamers have been worried for some time about their ability to buy Battlefield 3 from Steam, and EA has now provided an official statement on the matter: until Valve changes its policies, the game won't be available on the most popular digital distribution service in the United States. According to EA, this isn't their call; it's due to the fact that Valve has placed restrictions on how content can be shared on the games sold via Steam."
Today's daily deals in the Steam Holiday Sale of 2010 bring some huge discounts to a good set of games. Immediate standouts are Burnout Paradise, The Witcher, and BioShock 2. These deals will last until tomorrow morning at 10AM PST, when we'll get a new set of discounts. Your deals for 12/21 are:
"You may love Steam and games publishers may love Steam, but games retailers are certainly having no love for the premier digital distribution channel for PC games. According to MCV, certain game retailers in the UK are upset enough by Steam to threaten that they will not carry any product that carry any Steam integration. Retailers feel that Steam integration will just drive customers to the Steam service, thereby killing the retail model." | more
The closest thing to Steam and Linux is a Mac OS X... I know it's sad right?
"Question: Final question, and one I’m sure you’re not super-keen to answer, but I promised one of our tech guys I’d ask it. What truth is there to rumours that you’re also working on a Linux version of Steam? -- Doug Lombardi: There’s no Linux version that we’re working on right now..."
Given the added improvement of the Mac OSX running a Unix-based operating system with Intel processors, it doesn't' take the programmers long to cross platforms. I'm a little surprised that Apple is actually doing something right here. It feels like a perfect win-win for Steam and Mac to work together. I've known plenty of Mac Book users installing Windows XP on separate partitions. Some of the hold backs for Mac adopters are in large part due to the lack of game support. So what are your thoughts on this matter?
Alien Swarm is a game and Source SDK release from a group of talented designers at Valve who were hired from the Mod community.
With the first full-fledged expansion for Dragon Age: Origins hitting North American today, digital distributor Steam has commemorated the occasion with a "Midweek Madness" sale.
Both Dragon Age: Origins PC and Dragon Age: Origins Digital Deluxe Edition PC have been marked down by 33%--making then $33.49 and $43.54, respectively--with the prices good until 4 PM PST on Thursday, March 18.
Clues in the latest update point in that direction
It would seem that with the announced update to Steam, Valve has reportedly left some clues that a potential port of Steam to Mac OS X might actually be in the works. While Valve isn’t talking, our sources tell us that the beta has offered some clues that seem to indicate it could be in the works.
The decision to bring Steam to the Mac OS X platform really isn’t that surprising because a number of publishers are already using the Steam service to offer Mac versions of their titles.
A public beta for an all-new user interface for Steam, Valve's digital distribution program, is now available to all users through the beta opt-in setting inside of Steam. If you have Steam installed, click here to opt-in.
In the press release, John Cook, director of Steam development, released the following statement:
We made hundreds of changes to the Steam client as a result of customer feedback on the interface, performance, and functionality. For example, we swapped out the Internet Explorer rendering engine with WebKit, which gives us a bunch of size, stability and performance benefits. This release of Steam leaves us well prepared for another year of strong growth.
A full rundown of the new features in this beta can be found at the Steam website.
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