According to Gabe Newell, Valve doesn't see gaming consoles as the biggest hurdle to the company's planned Steam Box. Instead, the legendary developer sees Apple's potential dominance of living room entertainment as the "threat."
You pretty much can't call yourself a hardcore gamer without using Valve's Steam, but if you have an iPad, using the mobile app has been been an exercise in frustration without native support -- until now.
Most of the time, we're content to sit at our desks, playing a Mac game on our beloved machines. But sometimes, you just want to relax on the couch and play a video game with a controller. Starting today, Valve has launched Big Picture Mode for all Steam users, and even placed some controller-friendly games on sale.
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?
This is it. The last hot Apple news before the new handset arrives. Are you excited yet? We're surprised the rumor mill wasn't quite as churny as we expected, though there were a few leaks that got us excited. I guess if the police aren't bashing in someone's door, the thrill is gone. Well, here's ten stories to keep your home fires burning until Tuesday.
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.
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.
Portal 2 players will soon have a whole lot of additional puzzle options starting May 8, when Valve releases a free DLC called “Perpetual Testing Initiative,” allowing gamers to create, share and play new puzzles.