Today marks a slight change in how Valve (creators of hit game franchises like Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal) utilizes its incredibly powerful Steam service. As promised, Steam will now carry a selection of non-game software titles, available for download. While that's all fine and dandy -- where's the Mac compatibility?
If you're a Mac gamer, you've no doubt grown accustom to buying and playing games through Valve's ever-popular service. Sure, the Mac App Store has a decent selection of games, but it's hard to beat the fine array of great titles -- and community interaction -- of Steam. This afternoon, Valve has officially launched a number of new features designed to help game fans get more social.
What a topsy-turvy world we live in! Valve's Steam is expanding beyond games next month, while Verizon js hoarding some not-so top-secret data plans for its new Share Everything program. Don't know what we're talking about? Then you clearly haven't read today's news recap, which includes all the details on this and much more. Here's the latest for Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
It's pretty much all Dark Knight Rises wherever you go and sure, we've got some of that love for you too. But that's not the only hot property going around the internet. There's always something Apple, always something in the water. So take a peek at what's under the cover including Steam's huge Summer Sale, some bad news for a handset maker, and something curious going on with Office 2013.
It was the week of Comic-Con and the week when Steam broke the internet by causing a stampede with their annual Summer Sale, and most of all it was another week with Apple and all the fun stuff you can do with your iOS device and your Macs. And it just my be that crazy summer heat, but we even allowed that Apple could learn a thing or two from rival Microsoft. Yeah, it was that kind of week.
This is going to be a biggie. Steam is having their annual Summer Sale when the prices just go nuts around there and everything is deep deep discounts. Go checked it out! Plus, see what kinds of deals on cases and refurbs and everything else we have for you this week.
The E3 show kicks off Tuesday in Los Angeles, but game companies are already hard at work pushing their wares ahead of the big kick-off. Among them is Valve, who has announced a new chapter in the Counter-Strike saga coming later this summer.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to develop a video game? Building mods or custom maps is an honest way to gain some experience with game development, but doing so requires technical knowledge most people don't possess – or want to spend the hard time learning. Thankfully, a few games over the years have simplified the process through level-editing software. The Perpetual Testing Initiative, a community-generated content add-on for Portal 2, is a really enjoyable, no-fuss way to try your hand at building your own mind-boggling stages.
Over the past eight years, Valve has perfected digital PC-game distribution through its storefront and community client, Steam. The service's importance to Mac gamers is huge -- remember when you needed a Windows rig to play Half-Life 2 or Team Fortress 2? Or try your hand at virtualization, or dual booting? Well, if recent rumors are true, the business relationship between Valve and and our favorite Cupertino company could be expanding.