First, a quick recap: A couple weeks ago, EA announced its brand new PC gaming download service, Origin. The publisher then took Origin to E3 and promoted it until our dreams began telling us to “download the rest of your innermost desires on Origin!” Days later, Crysis 2 went into invisibility mode and crept away from Steam's hallowed halls – permanently. Hell of way for EA to declare war, huh? Well, it would have been – you know, if EA had actually done anything.
Steam's penchant for spit-take-worthy sales is well-documented, but in the past, we've at least been given time between bouts of purchase lust to re-amass our fortunes so we can once again blow them on a million games we'll never get around to playing. Now, however, Valve's elected to add daily deals to the mix, ensuring that we'll perish poor, alone, and in possession of every game ever conceived. Oh well. Could be worse.
Let’s get one thing straight right away: Portal 2 is not Portal 1. Don’t get us wrong: Portal 2 is still completely brilliant—just in entirely different ways. If Portal 1 was an incredibly witty one-liner, then Portal 2 is a whole night of stand-up. That is to say, it’s still smart, subversive, and riotously funny, but it does manage to drag in a couple areas—if only briefly.
Just because invasive DRM always ends up as the star of the show (genre's tragedy, for those wondering) that is the gaming industry's struggle against piracy, that doesn't mean it's the only option. Case in point: popular Half-Life 2 spin-off Garry's Mod. It all started a couple days ago when certain players began experiencing a very peculiar glitch.
While other companies roll out the savings to celebrate holidays and new game launches, Valve's themed its latest after the humblest and most unassuming of all roots: the potato. Then again, the simple confection's been instrumental in keeping humanity from dying of starvation over the years, so we think that might be worth a few slashed price tags. Gamers have quickly discovered, however, that this isn't merely some goofy Valve theme. Well, ok, it's still pretty silly, but apparently potatoes have infested each of the formerly spud-less games. Why? No idea, but there's already a wiki dedicated to it.
GameStop has been watching the declining fortunes of brick and mortar bookstores over the past several years, and I think it’s safe to say the company’s management knows they are headed down a similar path. The first nod towards acknowledging the problem came just two days ago with the acquisition of Stardock’s Impulse PC distribution platform, along with a second company named Spawn Lab’s which specializes in on-live style streaming. Yesterday GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines detailed his future plans for the new acquisitions, and actually claims that he sees the retailer evolving in into a full-fledged “Technology Company”.
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If you're a PC gamer, you probably use Steam. Maybe originally it was because Steam was the only way to get at juicy morsels like Half Life 2, but these days Valve's online marketplace is pretty much the best thing going, with a huge library of titles, hyper-competitive pricing, and a strong set of social features. Keep reading for 13 tips, tricks, and addons that'll help you get the most out of your Steam games!
Ever wanted to login to a steam account with every single game unlocked and ready to download? Valve CEO Gabe Newell is taunting gamers with this very promise by offering up his username and password for all to see. So now your wondering, what's the catch right? His account is protected by Steam Guard.
Hit the jump to learn more about this great new security feature.
Buying games is messy business. You have to find a decent store, avoid the bad employees, and then dodge and parry as you're assaulted by barbed ripostes of “trade-in!” and “pre-order!” Or, you know, you could always just use Steam. GamersGate CEO Theo Bergquist, however, thinks Valve's reign as beloved Emperor of Sales is nearly at an end.
We realize we're preaching to the choir here, but PC gaming is alive and well, folks. Nay, PC gaming is thriving and well. Sure, your local GameStop/Babbages likely reduced the PC game section to a sad looking rack situated between walls of console titles, but while brick and mortar store shelves are getting smaller, virtual shelves keep growing. No one knows this better than Valve, who's Steam platform raked in nearly $1 billion ($970 million) in revenue in 2010, according to Forcasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE).