Company tries to thwart cheat developers by making it financially unfeasible
In response to a Reddit thread claiming that the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) program records users’ browsing history, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell replied that it isn’t the case. Newell broached the subject on his own Reddit thread to provide an explanation of how VAC works in order to refute these claims.
How many times have you pulled the trigger on a Steam pre-order, only to decide a few days before release that suddenly, you're just no longer into it? Buying in advance just isn't a good idea sometimes, as any seasoned gamer will tell you, and now Valve has implemented a way to protect you from at least some of the impulse buying its digital distribution platform inspires.
A complete in-depth Q&A on Steam Machine pricing, specs, release dates, and more!
Final versions of Valve’s highly anticipated Steam OS (officially written "SteamOS") and Steam Machines that run it aren’t even out but the misinformation and the company’s legendary opaqueness have created perhaps one of the most misunderstood tech projects in recent memory. There’s simply been so much misinformation that even we can’t keep up with what’s actually fact and what’s fiction at this point. So to help you keep up on current events, we’ve tried to cull all of the relevant SteamOS and Steam Machine information into one single in-depth FAQ.
This may well be the weirdest information you've ever seen in a video game's patch notes. Dean Hall, via PC Gamer, has posted up the pending changelog of a build of DayZhe and his team have been working on over the last few weeks. Included are some pretty bizarre alterations that would sound mighty weird to anyone who hasn't actually played the game.
With its announcement of the continued growth of Steam today, Valve kicked off the first iteration of the Steam Dev Days Conference. More than 1,200 attendees to the fledgling conference were treated to inside information about Steam's 2013 geographic performance, and the numbers within were certainly awe-inspiring.
Valve's Family Sharing Plan has yet to be released to the public, but before it can be shown off properly, it's undergoing a facelift first. On Friday, PCWorld reports, Valve announced a new authorization limit of ten users on ten different machines. This is an interesting twist on the old policy, especially considering the new freedom it affords multiple users.
We (along with several other news outlets) missed this when it first happened, but apparently Valve did something back in September that it has never done before. After shutting down the multiplayer servers for Square Enix's Order of War: Challenge due to low traffic, Valve then went and yanked the game from user libraries on Steam of those who had purchased a copy. To the best of our knowledge, it's the first and only time Valve has done such a thing.
Steam's winter sale is drawing a record number of concurrent users
If you missed out on Grand Theft Auto IV on the PC, you can snag it on Steam for just $4.99, which is 75 percent off its normal selling price. Fallout: New Vegas is also marked down 75 percent to the ridiculously low price of $2.49, and you can find scores of other games at discounted prices as part of Steam's Holiday Sale for 2013. Not by coincidence, while all this is going on, Steam just recorded the largest number of concurrent users.
We don't normally take much time to gush about too many games here at Maximum PC, but there's one that just may enhance that sense of holiday cheer that's brewing inside you -- especially for fans of the retro 16-bit aesthetic. It's called Fa'el: Beyond the Gate, and it's am ambitious PC release from independent developer Miguel Angel Perez Martinez. It also happens to be one of the coolest things you'll probably see today.
Don't forget to set aside a few dollars for food and other bills
Word to the wise -- don't go quitting that second job you got to pay for all the games you bought during Steam's Autumn Sale, you're going to need it to fund another round of discounts. The 2013 Steam Holiday Sale is now on and runs through the remainder of the holiday shopping season, all the way up until January 3, 2014. As always, big savings are to be had on popular titles, such as 50 percent off Batman: Arkham Origins ($24.99) and 75 percent off Bioshock Infinite ($9.99).