"Despite the fact that Portal 2 is racking up some of the best reviews so far in 2011, it seems that the user community that has purchased the game so far isn’t exactly happy with one aspect of the release. The grumbling is coming from the pay downloadable content that Valve has released in conjunction with the game. Normally, players don’t have problems with at least some DLC being made available on day one, but Valve has stepped into a new realm with the developer releasing $80 worth of downloadable content with the game.
"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
"Valve has confirmed that 'The Sacrifice', DLC for both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, will be released on October 5 for the PC and Xbox 360. It will be free for both games on the PC, while the Xbox 360 DLC will cost 560 MS Points ($7)." | 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..."
It's true, the cake is a lie, but at least Valve makes one mean pie..
"Valve has finally confirmed a release date for the upcoming Portal sequel known as Portal 2. While we knew that it would be arriving in 2011, many might be surprised to learn that it will in fact arrive on February 9th, 2011, which is a bit sooner than expected." | More
Steam proprietor Valve Software has apologised after its cheat-detection software banned over twelve thousand innocent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players.
Valve has been getting clever when its announcements recently. The company has intrigued fans by placing hints of something in an update to Portal, and gamers are still following the clues to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. The next announcement? It looks as if Steam is coming to the Mac.
Valve has been sending cryptic images to a number of sites, using its characters and properties to create faux Apple-looking advertising. Francis is talking about "hating" different, Gordon Freeman is wearing iMac colors...
Portal's eerie symbolism was ramped up another notch this week when Valve announced a patch that has gamers playing what seems to be an alternate reality game within the platformer.
Steam's unit sales increased by 205% in 2009 over 2008's figures, Valve has declared as part of an announcement detailing the digital distribution platform's growth last year.
According to the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead dev, this "extraordinary growth" marks "the fifth straight year the platform has realized over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales."
"Active accounts" also rose 25% to pass 25 million, of which ten million have Steam Community profiles--though Valve does not explain what constitutes an "active" account.
"The peak number of concurrent users eclipsed the 2.5 million
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