Earlier this week, indie game Paranautical Activity was mislabeled as an Early Access title when it launched on Steam. This upset one of the game's developers who issued a few profanity-laden tweets culminating in:
"I am going to kill gabe newell. He is going to die."
In response, Valve removed the game from Steam.
Richard Garriott (best known as the creator of the popular Ultima series and the MMO Ultima Online) and his studio Portalarium are taking the next step to get his online RPG Shroud of the Avatar to Steam Early Access.
It looks like From Software and Bandai Namco are finally going to ditch Games For Windows Live. After saying earlier in the year that they were going to stick with the multiplayer matchmaking system for PC games from Microsoft, From Software says that it will allow gamers to transfer over their Dark Souls characters, progress, and Achievements to their Steam accounts later this year. GFWL rankings will not be transferred over.
Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck was upset that his game made the front page of the Steam store labeled as an "early access" title yesterday. It is not an early access game, and so as some like to do, he took to social media to vent in a series of tweets. But as his tweets came out in rapid succession, Maulbeck said something he later regretted - he threatened Valve founder Gabe Newell's life.
Before that, he called Valve and its digital distribution service every name under the sun:
A Steamworks mod for Plague Inc: Evolved on Steam (currently available as of this writing) is catching some heat for its highly racist themes and a title that leaves very little room for interpretation.
The name of the mod is "Niggas Conquering the World (ALPHA)," and features a picture of President Barack Obama, a caption photo of former president George W. Bush saying "Nigga what," and a photo of African American gang members holding guns.
For the next two days, those who want a nifty entry level tool to develop a role-playing game can buy Enterbrain's RPG Maker VX Ace for just $17.49 as part of the Humble Store's RPG Weekend sale. RPG Maker VX Ace normally retails for $69.99, so this is a pretty dramatic price cut.
Valve Software has updated it terms and conditions related to Steam Curators, making it a requirement for anyone that is paid for a recommendation to disclose it to customers. Valve launched the Steam Curator system as part of a large-scale update in September.
"If you've accepted money or other compensation for making a product review or for posting a recommendation, you must disclose this fact in your recommendation," reads the updated terms page.
A lengthy post on Crytek's official blog reveals details about the new features PC gamers will get in Ryse, and one thing removed from the game that probably wouldn't be welcomed on the platform anyway. According Crytek the game will support 4K Resolution, various customization options (related to graphics settings, mostly), and 4 DLC packs that were previously released for the Xbox One version of the game.
Valve has launched Steam Music Player, which lets users listen to MP3s while playing games in Steam. The Music Player allows users to create their own playlists, queue up mixes, listen to albums, and MP3s on your computer.
To go along with today's launch, Valve has some of the Half-Life and Portal soundtracks DLC available for free to those who own the related games and the documentary.
While announcing its new Steam Discovery update, Valve also revealed that the service now has more than 100 million active accounts, up by 25 million from the 75 million figure the company revealed in January.
Valve also announced that more than 3,700 games are available to consumers on Steam, and that more than 1,300 games have been added in 2014. That's a dramatic increase compared to the 304 titles that were added to Steam in the first nine months of 2013.
Over the weekend Double Fine took some heat from fans after it announced that it was releasing version 1.0 of Spacebase DF-9 next month, and effectively killing the benefits of those who bought the game through Steam Early Access.
Those who bought the game via Early Access were not pleased with this news because - as they see it - the game has gone from an early alpha state into a full blown release without a beta period.
Steam now supports additional local currencies, according to an announcement made today by Valve Software - as reported by CVG. Local currency in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand are now supported. In late August Steam added support for the Japanese Yen.
The uncensored PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available to consumers in Australia via Steam today (thanks Blue's News). The uncensored version of Valve's co-op zombie survival shooter sequel now carries an R18+ rating and is for sale - for a limited time - for 75 percent off its normal asking price.
GamesBeat reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Valve Software to court over its "no refunds" policy on Steam.
In addition to Arkane Studios' hit game Dishonored being available for free on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 until the end of the month, it is also available for free play on Steam all weekend. Borderlands 2 is also available during the weekend as a free play game.
The first-person stealth action game is playable for free until Sunday at 1pm Pacific Time (4pm Eastern Time). During that same period, you can buy the game for 75 percent off its regular price. The regular version will cost you $5, while the Game of the Year version is $10.19.
According to research firm DFC Intelligence, 92 percent of all PC game sales across the world were digital in 2013. Speaking to PCR , the firm also said that it expects this number to increase in the years to come. DFC said earlier this year that the PC games market had surpassed the console gaming sector in terms of total revenues.
Sometimes the best way to convey the abhorrent behavior of some industries is to make fun of it in an overblown way. That's the goal of Fat Chicken, a game that puts all the evils of factory farming in the game as important gameplay elements.
Free-to-play MMO shooter Robocraft has managed to surpass one million registered players since its release on Steam Early Access. While an early build of the game was available prior to being released on Steam's Early Access, developer Freejam says that putting it on Steam has helped drive the game's user base significantly.
Recently SteamDB published an open letter to Valve from members of Steam’s developer community concerned with some of the company’s security practices. The letter signed by 16 individuals from the Steam developer community complained that Valve does not offer rewards or bounties to security researchers who discover exploits.
To celebrate the launch of QuakeCon this week, Zenimax and Bethesda are offering sales of its most popular games on Steam and Xbox Live.
Headlining the Steam sale is the QuakeCon 2014 Pack, which includes a number of games for $99.99. Those games include Dishonored: Game of the Year, Fallout: Classic Collection, Doom 3: BFG Edition, Doom Classic Complete, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Imperial Edition.
Anti-virus and Internet security research company Malwarebytes points out a common scam used to trick Internet users into thinking that they are visiting a legitimate site when they are in fact at a scam site just itching to steal their personal information or to infect them with some form of nefarious software. The example they use is a site that takes advantage of typosquatting.
Steam has broken the 8 million concurrent users milestone for the first time in its history - thanks mostly to its popular summer sale. On Sunday evening over 8 million gamers were using the service at the same time as the Steam Summer Sale began to wind down.
The last milestone for concurrent users on Steam - according to its stats page was around 7.5 million, which occurred over Christmas 2013. The new record high of 8,020,834 was recorded at 16:03 PDT on Sunday June 29.
The Steam Summer Sale ends at 10am PDT today.
GII is reporting this morning that UK-based developer Rebellion has revoked thousands of Sniper Elite 3 Steam keys after - it claims - a retailer suffered a "security breach" which resulted in stolen keys being sold to customers through various means online. The game took the top spot in the UK charts for the most recently recorded week, according to Chart-Track.
Malwarebytes researchers have discovered yet another phishing scheme related to gaming. The latest is a Steam Guard phishing scam that steals users SSFN files and Steam log-in credentials, according to Malwarebytes researchers.
Previous Steam Guard scams would prompt users to upload their SSFN files to a fishing page, but this latest scam goes to great lengths to automate the process. The enticing bait for gamers is a community profile full of items ready for trading.
The massive Steam Summer Sale is now underway, offering deals galore on new and older PC games from AAA publishers and indies alike.
Valve Software has banned a couple of Steam Community contributors and released a statement to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive creators, according to this Gamasutra report. The community content creators allegedly used artwork for one of the most popular user-created weapons in the game that they did not own.