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Game Replay: World of Warcraft patch, Dota 2 Reborn beta

06/22, 6:39am

Gaming news summary for June 22, 2015

Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, World of Warcraft gets new content in a patch, Dota 2 Reborn's beta becomes available, Batman: Arkham Knight fans in Europe have issues with their collector's editions, and season 2 of Evolve is about to begin.

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Game Replay: Silent Hills canned, Steam mods, Telltale Marvel game

04/26, 10:12pm

Gaming news summary for April 26, 2015

The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the more notable stories in the world of gaming from the last few days. Today's edition covers the potential cancellation of the next Silent Hill game, the launch of paid mods on Steam and the subsequent complaints, and a future Telltale game produced in collaboration with Marvel.

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Weekly Game Replay: Zelda delayed until 2016, Hearthstone, Half-Life 2

03/29, 10:39pm

News from the video game industry for the week of March 29

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista spend some time covering a few of the stories from the wide world of gaming that wasn't mentioned earlier this week. In today's Weekly Game Replay: the next Legend of Zelda has been delayed, a community patch for Half-Life 2 gives the game a visual overhaul, Blackrock Mountain heading to Hearthstone this week, and Microsoft is offering double the games to Xbox Live Gold members.

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Valve makes Source 2 engine free, introduces Steam Link console

03/04, 7:55pm

Steam Link home streaming device, virtual reality hardware announced at GDC

Valve Software made a considerable number of announcements at the Game Developers Conference, just as it advised, concerning both hardware and software development. The company's Source 2 engine was revealed, alongside a new set-top box for in-home streaming called the Steam Link, Steam Machine updates, and more about its recently-unveiled virtual reality efforts.

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Valve showing updated Steam Controller, SteamVR at GDC next week

02/24, 4:17pm

Virtual Reality hardware set to be revealed by Valve Software

Valve Software is going to be showing off its own virtual reality headset at the Game Developer Conference 2015 next week. As well as its own SteamVR hardware, Valve will be providing developers with the chance to try out a refined version of the Steam Controller, a game pad that was announced alongside the company's high-profile Steam Machines initiative in 2013.

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Weekly Game Replay: Epic Games grants, TwitchCon, Kanye West

02/22, 10:23pm

News from the video game industry for the week of February 15

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista gather together a selection of notable news from the world of gaming into one post. In this week's Weekly Game Replay, we talk about Epic Games fostering development by providing $5 million in grants to Unreal Engine 4 projects, Twitch announcing its first convention, and the revelation that Kanye West is making a game.

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Weekly Game Replay: Molyneux woes, Shadow Realms canned

02/15, 9:15pm

News from the video game industry for the week of February 8

Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista collect together a selection of notable items from the world of gaming into one post. In today's Weekly Game Replay, we recount the drama of Curiosity's heavily-delayed prize of being a "God of Gods," Bioware's cancellation of Shadow Realms, the dropping of a content update public beta for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the expansion of Steam's economy to other games, and the PlayStation 4's return to beating the Xbox One in US hardware sales.

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Valve pulls game from Steam over Gabe Newell Twitter death threat [u]

10/21, 11:27am

Frustrated developer complaints cause removal of game from sale on Steam

[Update: Mike Maulbeck is stepping down from the company] A game has been pulled from the Steam store, after the developer threatened to kill Valve Software's co-founder, Gabe Newell. Mike Maulbeck, the creator of Paranautical Activity, was frustrated at how his creation was incorrectly labeled in the Steam store as an Early Access game, and during a tirade against Valve and Steam on Twitter, wrote "I am going to kill Gabe Newell. He is going to die."

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Steam Controller image leak suggests another iteration coming soon

07/24, 11:54am

Image shows thumbstick on Steam Controller replacing button group

Valve Software may have made another change to its Steam Controller, the gaming peripheral designed for use with Steam Machine game consoles. An image appearing in files associated with the beta version of the PC Steam client shows a modified version of the last controller design, with four face buttons instead replaced by a thumbstick.

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Valve Software pushes Steam Controller release to 2015

05/28, 5:22am

Launch date slips in favor of more hardware development

Steam users will potentially have to wait until next year before they will be able to purchase Valve Software's Steam Controller, the company has announced. In a community blog post, Valve advises it is "looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014" for the controller, and in turn could affect the shipment of Steam Machines from the company.

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Briefly: Microsoft offers OneDrive storage, Steam discount changes

02/27, 5:02am

Microsoft offers 100GB OneDrive storage via Bing Rewards scheme

After the success of its 100GB of cloud storage giveaway to 100,000 users as part of the SkyDrive rebrand to OneDrive, Microsoft is offering another way to gain the large block of online storage. The Bing Blog claims users of the Bing Rewards scheme, a program that offers discounts and other incentives for using Bing, will exchange 100 credits for a code, which provides access to the same 100GB allocation for one year, though the promotion will only be offered until June 30th of this year.

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Windows 8, 8.1 made up 21 percent of systems using Steam in January

02/03, 12:17pm

Increase in Windows 8.1 usage still not enough to beat Windows 7 on Steam

The adoption of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 by gamers has broken 21 percent for the first time, up from 20.06 percent for December, according to the latest figures from the Steam Hardware & Software Survey. Last month, Windows 8.1 systems made up 10.75 percent, with Windows 8 existing on 10.56 percent of reporting systems, though this is still far behind the older Windows 7.

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Briefly: Free Left 4 Dead 2, Altek launches Cubic 'lens camera'

12/26, 5:56am

Valve makes Left 4 Dead 2 free on Steam until 10am PST on December 26th

Valve Software treated customers of its Steam game store to an unexpected holiday gift, by making Left 4 Dead 2 free to play. The team-based first-person-shooter for PC and Mac, which sees a group of survivors attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse, is free to claim through the online store until 10am PST on December 26th, according to PC Gamer, after which it will revert to its usual price.

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Briefly: Rdio expands to 20 more countries, Steam Mobile iOS updates

12/11, 7:49am

Rdio opens service to another 20 countries, covers a total of 51

Rdio has expanded its reach to include 20 more markets, bringing its total coverage to 51 territories across six continents. The areas the streaming audio service now operates in include Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, South Africa, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Hungary. It is not clear if Rdio will be offering a free account option alongside the subscription version in these countries, something users in the United States, Canada, and Australia already enjoy.

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iBuyPower shows Steam Machine prototype, aims for 2014 launch

11/26, 7:19am

Linux-based game console includes AMD processor, Radeon R9 270 graphics

One hardware manufacturer has confirmed it is preparing to offer its own take on Valve Software's Steam Machine game console. iBuyPower has unveiled a prototype Steam Machine device that it hopes to launch sometime in 2014, one that for all intents and purposes is a high-specification home theater PC in a consumer-friendly case.

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Valve reveals Steam Controller with two trackpads replacing joysticks

09/27, 2:04pm

Trackpads, clickable touchscreen feature on Steam Machine controller

Valve Software has completed a trilogy of announcements, by revealing a new game controller. The Steam Controller, said to be designed to work on SteamOS and with all games on Steam, uses a pair of clickable circular trackpads instead of the dual joystick configuration used on other controllers, which Valve says provides a "far higher fidelity input" than in other versions.

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Valve supplying 300 Steam users with Steam Machine prototype

09/25, 1:42pm

Hardware beta test ahead of expected 2014 Steam Box launch

Valve Software will be providing a number of Steam users a free hardware prototype of the fabled Steam Box, dubbed Steam Machines. The second of an expected trilogy announcements, the game developer has also revealed that it is working with multiple hardware partners to bring a number of Steam devices to market next year, all of which will run the previously-announced Linux-based operating system, SteamOS.

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Valve reveals free SteamOS software for living room gaming, new timer

09/23, 2:17pm

SteamOS to offer Steam-based gaming, licenseable by device manufacturers

Valve Software has announced it will be making its own operating system available to download in the future. SteamOS, the first of an expected trilogy of Steam Box-related items to be revealed this week, is an operating system based on Linux that is designed to run on a computer located in the living room, with a heavy focus on gaming.

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Briefly: Valve sets launch timer, Microsoft Xbox One vertical warning

09/20, 2:19pm

Valve teases possible Steam Box launch with countdown timer

Valve Software is hinting at a new launch for helping gamers play in the living room. A countdown timer that will end on Monday could potentially be the launch of the rumored Steam Box, a Linux-based game console that founder and game developer Gabe Newell strongly hinted at during a presentation at the New Orleans LinuxCon earlier this week.

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Steam rumored to have game lending system, says leaked beta code

06/20, 5:46am

Digital titles could be shared by library owner with other users

Valve Software may be planning to add game sharing to its digital game marketplace, according to a rumor. Code allegedly found in the beta version of the Steam game client and store appears to show the software developer is working on a way to allow users to share their games with other Steam players, a system similar to what could have appeared on the Xbox One.

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Valve distances itself from Piston, Xi3 counters claim

03/13, 7:58am

Valve claims no involvement in Piston, despite investing

Valve Software has publicly disassociated itself with the Xi3 Piston, a device shown at CES as an example of the Steam Box game console concept. Comments by the game producer removing its involvement in the project were followed by a statement from Xi3 explaining how the Piston was initially made by the request of Valve itself.

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Gabe Newell: Steam Box to run Linux, Windows installable

01/09, 6:28pm

Valve CEO explains hardware plans, user-generated Steam future

Gabe Newell has confirmed that Valve Software will release its "Steam Box" in the future, and it will run on Linux. The Valve CEO spoke about how, in working with multiple technology partners, creating Steam-powered hardware was like herding cats, that the company's own hardware offering would be based on a narrowly-focused set of values, and the potential user-generated future of Steam itself.

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Newell: Valve to release PC hardware for living room

12/09, 5:04pm

Steam Box rumor confirmed in awards interview

Valve Software is planning to release a PC package aimed towards living-room gaming. Though stopping short of a console, Gabe Newell confirmed the company's plans to release the previously-rumored "Steam Box" by next year, and follows the "stronger than expected" reaction to Steam's Big Picture mode by gamers.

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Valve adds Big Picture mode beta to Steam client

09/10, 1:11pm

Claims solved problem of game controller-based typing

Valve Software will be making an assault on the living room later today, with the introduction of Big Picture Mode. According to Kotaku, the menu system, previously thought of as part of the rumored Steam Box console, will allow users to have access to Steam content through a PC connected to a TV, with an emphasis on game controller-based navigation as opposed to the keyboard and mouse.

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