October 1, 2014
Lars Doucet, one of the developers of Defender's Quest, on how recent changes to Steam are a good thing for game makers.
July 23, 2014
Brendan Vance has a lot of very interesting things to say, starting with
I develop videogames for a living, but I spent last year really hating videogames. I questioned how it was I could consume 60 hours of ‘content’ for Assassin’s Creed 3 yet feel utterly unsatisfied by my act of consumption. I questioned what it was I had consumed, other than my own time. I questioned what it was I sought from the game in the first place. I questioned the nature of the ‘content’ it claimed to offer me; privately I began to suspect it might not even exist.
June 6, 2014
GOG Galaxy Good Old Games is coming out with their own version of Steam (or uPlay, or Origin, or...). Sounds like it could be an
interesting alternative/addition to the gaming arena, especially since they promise to keep everything DRM-free as usual, and also won't even require an internet connection to play your games.
October 2, 2012
"Steam is now selling non-game software, which means that, yes, non-game software can now get achievements.
This has the potential to be hilarious, and GameMaker: Studio is taking advantage of that. The game-making software offers 24 achievements, allowing you to earn virtual medals for racking up compiler errors and getting your game to run on Windows."
August 3, 2012
Valve's resident economist turns his gaze on Valve's own internal workings, situating it within a history of market societies and the firms/companies/corporations they've produced. [more inside]
April 28, 2012
We're about to run the greatest con game in the history of the multiverse and you are the bottleneck. Cave Johnson on the Perpetual Testing Initiative.
March 3, 2012
Rumors point toward Valve/Steam releasing an open-source-ish set-top box to bring PC gaming to your television? (previously)
February 24, 2012
Penny Arcade Report interviews Gabe Newell about Steam, DRM, Valve corporate culture, and more.
June 18, 2011
A war is brewing on the PC digital download battlefield. First, EA offered a Signature Edition version of Dragon Age 2 that was only available if you pre-ordered before a certain date—and not available at all on Steam, the pre-eminent digital download store. Now, various EA games have disappeared from Steam, including Crysis 2 and the pre-order for Battlefield 3. [more inside]
May 16, 2011
A lengthy and fascinating interview at Develop Online with Gabe Newell , head guy at Valve, on the way they make games, hire people, and do business and what the future looks like. Fifth in a series: Valve on art, on Steam, on Portal 2, and on Source and studio culture. See also: the Valve manifesto. It's Valveriffic!
April 20, 2011
Garshasp: The Monster Slayer is a hack-and-slash action platformer being made in the most unlikely of places: Iran. The creation of Dead Mage Studios in Tehran, it follows the mythical exploits of warrior Garshasp, who is mentioned in both Persian and Zoroastrian texts. This is even more shocking since it's still being made despite several internation sanctions against Iran. [more inside]
April 19, 2011
April 13, 2011
Garry Newman, creator of Garry's Mod (known commonly as GMod), doesn't like it when people pirate his Source-Engine sandbox-style playground. So he threw in some code that would give pirates a specific error when they played the game. But when they went to report their bug, they ended up giving themselves away. [more inside]
February 9, 2011
You Don't Know Jack was first released in 1995, and featured adult humor combined with pop-culture trivia questions. The game was a success and spawned several sequels. There was even a short-lived TV gameshow version starring Paul Reubens. This week, the latest installment was released -- the first since 2007 (or 2003, if you don't count the Flash version from their website). Though, there's been a bit of confusion about the multiplayer options for the Steam version.
January 17, 2011
Monday Night Combat's release has been pushed back one week from January 17th to January 24th. It has been announced on the Steam forums that the official release date has been pushed back a full week, luckily enabling the game to release on a Monday still. The beta will continue to be available to preorders.