Portable Steam device gets new name, release window

August 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The portable Steam device formerly known as "Steamboy" has been given a new name, a price point (at least for pre-orders), and a street date. The Steamboy is now known as the Smach Zero and will retail for $299 for those who pre-order it before Q4 2016. Pre-orders open November 10. Those who don't buy it early will have to pay a bit more for it when it hits retail.

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Valve patches serious security hole in Steam

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has finally fixed an odd (and rather serious) bug that allowed hackers to easily take control of a Steam account using only a Steam username. The bug is detailed at length in this video, but the long and short of it is that the hijacking exploit took advantage of a security hole in Steam's password recovery system.

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Valve offers developers a chance to get their hands on the Steam Controller early

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve is letting a select handful of developers have early access to its upcoming Steam Controller. The company has launched a web form on its forums for developers who want access to the controller to fill out.

The early access will be limited and only a "select" few will be chosen, according to Valve.

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Dean Hall's love-hate relationship with Steam Early Access

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a rather lengthy interview with Polygon, DayZ creator Dean Hall said that he both loves and hates Steam's early access program. Hall's online-focused survival game was one of the first quantifiable successes on Steam program, generating millions of sales despite the game being far from feature complete.

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Valve changes policy on Steam item trading

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Steam will no longer make those getting scammed when trading virtual items "whole" anymore. An update to its scams policy - as noted in its "Scam FAQ," reveals that Valve will no longer restore items lost during shady virtual item transactions.

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Report: 'ARK' and 'Total War: ATILLA' top Steam Monster Summer Sale

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data collected by Steamspy, ARK: Survival Evolved, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Total War: ATTILA sold the most games and generated the most income during the Steam Monster Summer Sale which ended on June 21.

In terms of unit sales, Steamspy put ARK, two Total War games Counter-Strike Global, and Castle Crashers in the top five. In terms of actual revenue, Total War ATILLA topped the list with $14.7 million in sales.

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Hidden Path shuts down 'Early Access' for 'Windborne'

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new update on the Steam page for Early Access game Windborne, developer Hidden Path Entertainment announces that it is shutting down its game's inclusion in the program due to a lack of funding. You may known Hidden Path better as the game studio that the popular Defense Grid games for PC and consoles.

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'GTA V' inclusion in 'Steam Monster Summer Sale' takes heat

June 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some gamers are a little bit upset that Grand Theft Auto V is being prominently displayed as a part of the Steam Monster Summer Sale, despite the game not actually getting a discount. There is a discounted version of the game that comes with $.25 million in in-game currency, but the virtual greenbacks don't appear to be covered under Steam's brand new refund policy.

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The Jimquisition takes on Steam Refunds

June 8, 2015 - James Fudge

The latest episode of Jim Sterling's The Jimquisition tackles Steam Refunds, which he mostly sees as a great thing for consumers, while providing a small bit of sympathy to indie developers who make smaller or shorter games that could hypothetically run afoul of Steam two-hour window of play-time to be eligible for a refund.

He also pokes fun at Hatred in the intro, which I thought was pretty amusing - mileage may vary on that joke.

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Valve details 'Steam Machines' release dates

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve announced this morning that the first batch of Steam Machines - computers designed to be more like consoles and be used in the living room - will starting hitting retail on Nov. 10. Pre-order customers of certain brands could have machines as soon as October 16, according to Valve. The Steam Controller and Steam Link will be released on Nov. 10.

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Valve expands refund policy to cover nearly anything you buy

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has updated the refund policy for Steam making it a little bit easier to get refunds for some purchases. Under the new terms, you can basically request a refund for anything you buy on Steam for any reason. Users can request a refund "for any reason" if the request is made within a fourteen day of purchase, and the item has been played for less than two hours.

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'Hatred' now available on Steam

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Destructive Creations' first game, Hatred, is now available on Steam under an "adults only" rating by the ESRB. The game is described by its creators as a mass shooting simulator, though most reviews we've read so far suggest that - besides the death animations (which can be a little over the top in the violence department) - the game is your average run-of-the-mill run and gun game.

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Microsoft 'not looking to directly compete with Steam'

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft says that the digital store it is deploying with Windows 10, Window 10 phones and devices, and Xbox platforms isn't trying to cut into Steam's business - even though it's kind of trying to cut into Steam's business. Ahem. GamesBeat, who was in attendance at the recent Casual Connect Asia in Singapore, has the dirty little details on Microsoft's digital storefront plans.

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Steam Greenlight highlights hate-crime game, 'Kill the F*ggot'

May 4, 2015 - James Fudge

In a new video, Jim Sterling highlights a game that is actually hate speech.  Some people often claim a game is inappropriate or sends the wrong message, but a game called Kill The Faggot -- currently on Steam Greenlight -- has a pretty clear and concise message: LGBTQ+ individuals are different, weird and deserve to die.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 141

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 141), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Valve gives Steam developers control of the banhammer

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has made it easier for developers with games on Steam to ban players. Under a newly deployed system, developers have the full authority to ban players, ultimately taking the burden off Steam. The new system gives developers oversight and responsibility to ban cheating or disruptive players as they see fit.

This also means that any player appeals of bans will have to be directed at the people who make the game and not Steam/Valve.

Here's more from the Steam community announcement:

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'Hatred' gets a release date

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today Creative Destruction released a new trailer for its mass murder game Hatred and revealed an official release date for the game.

"We wish to announce Hatred's release date, it's set for June 1st, this year of course. ;)," the company wrote in the description for its latest trailer (which you can watch to your left).

"Fun fact is that we wanted to release it on May 19th, but our team will be occupied with playing The Witcher 3 at the time. :D," the post adds.

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Valve abandons paid 'Skyrim' mods on Steam

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has apparently backed off of having paid mods for Bethesda's RPG Skyrim on Steam - at least for the time being, according to this Gamasutra report. The company announced that it is taking paid mods for the game offline and giving refunds to anyone who may have purchased a Skyrim mod.

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First paid 'Skyrim' mod pulled from Steam marketplace

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

With the introduction of paid community DLC and mods coming to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim this week it was only a matter of time before some modder ran headlong into controversy, resulting in the whole thing being taken down. The first mod to secure this dubious distinction is the "Fishing Mod" according to this Destructoid report.

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PSA: 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' free to play on Steam all weekend

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda's hit role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, will be free to download and play on Steam all weekend. The free weekend coincides with the launch of paid mods on the service. From now until Sunday April 26th at 1PM Pacific you can download the game on Steam and play it for free. After that deadline if you want to continue playing the game you'll have to buy it.

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Poll: Will limiting Steam services to paying accounts eliminate spammers?

April 23, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Valve is going after those nasty spammers and phishing schemers by limiting various Steam services to accounts that have spent at least $5.

"Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do," says Valve's support page.

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Valve puts limits on customers who haven't spent $5 on Steam to fight spamming and phishing schemes

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you haven't spent at least $5 on Steam for something then you will lose access to a number of services on Valve's digital distribution platform. According to this support page the new requirement is part of a new initiative to combat spam and phishing schemes - because accounts that engage in these sorts of activities typically are throw-away accounts that don't spend money on anything, according to Valve.

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Malwarebytes: scammers using Steam's artwork gallery to trick users

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Security research firm and antivirus software maker Malwarebytes has identified a new scam tied to Steam's artwork service.

These con artists upload publicly viewable images via Steam's artwork service and give them descriptions and external links that lead to fake online video streaming services like OfficialStreamTV or to a second launch pad on one of the several free blogging platforms.

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'GTA V' breaks concurrent user record on Steam for non-Valve game

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Steam release of Grand Theft Auto V set a new record for concurrent users on Valve's platform yesterday, pulling in just over 300,000 players at its peak, according to Valve. The record is for games not developed by Valve (such as Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, etc.).

Grand Theft V beat out Skyrim's record for concurrent users set way back in 2011; Bethesda's popular RPG had 280,000 Steam players after selling more than 3.5 million units across PC and console in its first two days.

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Why 'GamerGate' and 'Vivian James' appear in the opening cinematic for 'Afterlife Empire'

April 9, 2015 - James Fudge

On April 7th The Fine Young Capitalists (TFYC) and Bogota, Colombia-based developer Autobotika launched Afterlife Empire on Steam Greenlight, along with a 15-second teaser video from the game (which appears to be the opening cinematic), a handful of screenshots, and lots of information about what players can expect when the game gets released in the second quarter of this year.

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Daybreak moves one million units of 'H1Z1' on Steam Early Access

March 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a tweet from Daybreak Game Studio president John Smedley, over one million copies of H1Z1 have been sold to date on Steam Early Access. The online open-world zombie survival game for PC hit Steam 'Early Access' program on January 15.

It had a rocky start at launch, but Daybreak (or the artist formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment) seems to have fixed a lot of the game's early quirks, bugs, and general shortcomings.

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Play 'Tropico 5' and 'Killing Floor' for free on Steam this weekend

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend on Steam you can play Killing Floor and Tropico 5 for free. And if you like either game you can purchase them at a deep discount - 75 percent off its normal price.

Killing Floor is a first-person cooperative survival shooter that supports up to six players at once. It offers single, multiplayer, and cross platform play.

Tropico 5 is the latest game in the political strategy simulation series from developer Haemimont Games.

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Digital refund policy now in effect for European Steam customers

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Beginning today, Steam users in countries under the banner of the European Union can get a refund for digital purchases. For up to 14 days from the date of the original purchase of an item, Steam users are entitled to a refund under European law and Valve officially announced via its Steam Subscriber Agreement that it is following that law:

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Steam users must now disclose paid endorsements

March 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has added a new clause to its Steam Subscriber Agreement requiring individuals who receive some kind of compensation (free game key, money, or physical goods) to disclose it when using the Steam Curators' List or Steam Broadcasting Service to review or promote a game.

The clause is found in Section 6, Paragraph C of the agreement and states the following:

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Valve Lists Steam Machines and Steam Controller on Steam Marketplace

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has put both Steam Machines being offered by third party hardware manufacturers and its own Steam Controller on the Steam Marketplace today with an expected release date for all of "November 2015."

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Papa MidnightBack to when, RedMade? A week ago? (seriously, though...)08/30/2015 - 1:55am
RedMageOh hey, a news station is trying to scapegoat gaming. That takes me back. https://twitter.com/GamingAnarchist/status/63754361236507443208/29/2015 - 1:40pm
Big PermA link to TB twitter with Matt Lees in the replies - https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/52528604482949939208/29/2015 - 12:16pm
Brad GlasgowWhy would he say the company lies about getting abuse? Oh, because people don't abuse GG?08/29/2015 - 10:38am
Big PermBrad - Matt Lees was also quick to say the company "Gamers Gate" lies about getting abusive messages thinking they were an official GG channel08/29/2015 - 9:11am
Goth_SkunkMGSV: The Phantom Integrity - A Rant by RazörFist. (NSFW on account of language). RazörFist discusses the latest batch of unethical journalist conduct, with a caveat. - http://ow.ly/RwXYT08/29/2015 - 7:10am
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Goth_SkunkI assume "Stacy" is a pseudonym. After reading what she went through, I would not be one bit surprised if it is.08/29/2015 - 6:13am
Goth_SkunkA Year of #GamerGate: From Neutral To Anti To Neutral To Pro by "Stacy" - http://ow.ly/RwVeT08/29/2015 - 6:12am
Brad GlasgowI can't believe Matt Lees deleted his positive review of Ethan Carter because Chmielarz is sympathetic to GG.08/29/2015 - 5:30am
Goth_SkunkA GameDev's Year With #GG: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly by Adrian Chmielarz - http://ow.ly/RwSCd08/29/2015 - 5:18am
Goth_SkunkDespite not being a fan of fighting games I had to check out that R Mika trailer. Loved it. Still won't buy the game though, on account of Isuckatstreetfighteritis.08/29/2015 - 2:42am
MechaCrashI use a Dynex DX-840 headset, but it's discontinued. :( I wanted a mono headset so I could keep the other ear free for my speakers, but it has the bonus of being very light and comfortable, so you don't notice it.08/29/2015 - 12:41am
Big PermSora - I was just having a slow day at work earlier. Now I'm home with vidya!08/28/2015 - 7:54pm
ZippyDSMleeSora-Chan: Blender is easy compared to 3Dmax :P08/28/2015 - 6:51pm
Sora-Chantime to take up a hobby? maybe messing around in GIMP to make wallpapers? use qCAD to design somethin? open Blender and stare at it for a couple hours trying to figure what does what?08/28/2015 - 6:41pm
Big PermAlso, yes. I've been spamming the shoutbox. I don't have much going on today, don't judge me08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Big PermThanks, but yeah. Not sure I wanna drop that kind of cash :P I don't even mind the sound quality of my krakens, it just hurts to wear em after a couple hours.08/28/2015 - 3:25pm
Sora-Chan@Big Perm: I'm a bit of a fan of the Omega Recon3D headset from SoundBlaster. Though it is a bit expensive.08/28/2015 - 2:36pm
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