Steam introduces tagging system for games and software – GameSpot

By: Zorine Te Valve has launched the beta for a new tagging feature on its digital distribution platform Steam. The system, called Steam Tags, allows users to add text tags to individual games and software on their associated Steam Store pages. Users are being encouraged to tag entries with both genres and descriptive attributes. Tags can then be used to browse the Steam Store… Full … Continue reading Steam introduces tagging system for games and software – GameSpot

Left 4 Dead developer talks about why it split from Valve

By: Martin Gaston Turtle Rock Studios, the developer of Evolve which at one point was owned by Valve, has spoken about why the developer decided to leave the Half-Life and Steam creator and go it alone. “We had a really great working relationship with Valve for like six years as an independent studio,” said studio cofounder Phill Robb in an interview with Eurogamer, talking about … Continue reading Left 4 Dead developer talks about why it split from Valve

Valve replaces Steam Machine controller touchscreen with physical buttons

By: Justin Haywald UPDATE: We acquired an image of the non-final controller being handed out to Steam Dev Days attendees. It’s identical to the controller Valve demoed at CES. The area in the middle where the touchscreen would be is a grid of four buttons. As you can see from the mock-up controller, the design is still going through a pretty radical change. The original … Continue reading Valve replaces Steam Machine controller touchscreen with physical buttons

Valve looking to discontinue Steam Greenlight and Steam OS may have exclusives

By: Justin Haywald At the developer-only Steam Dev Days event, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell said, “Our goal is to make Greenlight go away. Not because it’s not useful, but because we’re evolving.” The news come via a Tweet from Dave Oshry, director of marketing strategy at gaming glasses maker Gunnar Optiks. However, Valve has not released information on what they have in … Continue reading Valve looking to discontinue Steam Greenlight and Steam OS may have exclusives

Gabe Newell on why Valve doesn’t churn out Half-Life sequels

By: Eddie Makuch Valve cofounder Gabe Newell has explained why the popular Seattle studio does not churn out Half-Life sequel after Half-Life sequel, even though it could have been successful doing so. “When we started out, we were a single-player video game company that could have been really successful just doing Half-Life sequel after Half-Life sequel,” Newell told The Washington Post in a new interview. … Continue reading Gabe Newell on why Valve doesn’t churn out Half-Life sequels

Valve says no Dota 2 Diretide this year was “clearly a mistake”

By: Martin Gaston Valve has announced that Halloween-themed Dota 2 event Diretide will be returning to the game in its next update. The company first unveiled Diretide in 2012, and the candy-collecting seasonal event was well-received by players. Many Dota 2 players expected Valve to feature another Diretide event this year, but the event did not happen and Valve did not comment. Now, writing on … Continue reading Valve says no Dota 2 Diretide this year was “clearly a mistake”

Half-life 3 will not be exclusive to Steam OS

By: Justin Haywald For any gamers worried Half-life 3, the PC-gaming holy grail, might be locked to Vavle’s upcoming console, Greg Coomer from Valve reassures you that, “You won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing.” Speaking in an interview with IGN, representatives from Valve provided new details on experience Steam OS will … Continue reading Half-life 3 will not be exclusive to Steam OS

Valve reveals Steam Machines

By: Eddie Makuch Half-Life studio Valve today confirmed it is working on a new hardware initiative, revealing Steam Machines, described as a “powerful new category of living room hardware.” The announcement comes two days after Valve revealed SteamOS, its own operating system. Multiple models from several manufacturers will be available in 2014. Gamers can apply for a beta test today through Valve’s website . “Entertainment … Continue reading Valve reveals Steam Machines

Square Enix executive criticizes long game development periods

By:  Zorine Te Square Enix senior executive managing director Yosuke Matsuda has voice concerns about the company’s approach to game development, specifically long development times. Matsuda recently presented at the Square Enix financial results briefing session, which included discussion on the company’s business strategy. Acknowledging that the financial results from the March 2013 fiscal year were “disappointing”, Matsuda went on to suggest ways to reform the … Continue reading Square Enix executive criticizes long game development periods

Metal Gear Rising confirmed for PC

By:  Eddie Makuch Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is coming to the PC, series creator Hideo Kojima announced during a recent podcast (via Joystiq). News of the port was later confirmed by Platinum Games creative producer Jean Pierre Kellams over Twitter. No further information about the PC version of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was divulged and a Konami representative was not immediately available to comment. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance launched for Xbox … Continue reading Metal Gear Rising confirmed for PC