Why Won’t Steam Approve These Games Supporting Hong Kong Protestors?

Last year Valve proclaimed that it would allow virtually any game on its Steam service, so long as the game wasn’t illegal or “straight up trolling” – but activist-minded developers who have made games about the Hong Kong protests have realised that, perhaps, there are other ways to get barred from the gaming platform. Read More >>

Terrorists Win

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive came out all the way back in 2012 – though it still has a large player base and its tie-ins with the Steam Community marketplace have remained active long after developer Valve’s attention mostly went elsewhere. Patch notes from Monday flagged by Vice News indicate that may have become a big problem, with the CS:GO team writing that it had disabled the ability to trade and sell in-game keys used to unlock weapons and skins due to criminals taking over their turf. Read More >>

Steam’s ‘Remote Play Together’ Will Add Online Multiplayer Support to Local-Only Games

In a perfect world, every multiplayer game would offer online play. But if you’re an indie developer with limited resources, sometimes adding proper netcode support just isn’t feasible, which is what Steam’s upcoming “Remote Play Together” intends to address. Read More >>

The Health & Safety Monster is Coming for Dad’s Favourite Heritage Rail Carriages

The little heritage railway services that link two places you don't want to be in via a steam train that only operates on Thursdays in August are in peril, as looming stricter health and safety laws for such legacy rolling beasts could see some operators forced out of business. Read More >>

Steam is About to Drop Official Support for Ubuntu

Valve is dropping official support for Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases for its mega-popular Steam video game distribution platform, per Engadget, as the upcoming version of the OS will eliminate updates to 32-bit x86 components. According to Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, the company will “evaluate ways to minimise breakage for existing users,” though it will also be focusing on “a different distribution, currently TBD.” Read More >>

Unruly Trainspotters Endanger Future of Flying Scotsman Runs

Rail operator Network Rail has warned that the fun may soon end for steam enthusiasts, thanks to aggressive trainspotters getting too near the tracks whenever their beloved restored old Flying Scotsman powers through. Read More >>

Sega’s Got A Winter Sale Happening On Steam

The Christmas/boxing day/we-would-like-your-money-please-don't-question-it-too-much sales continue, and the latest brand to add its name to the list is Sega. Read More >>

Report: China’s Censors Stop Approving New Video Game Titles Amid Industry Crackdown

The Chinese government, no stranger to mass censorship, has halted a stopgap approval process it has been using to vet video games before they can be released to the public amid a broader crackdown on the market, Bloomberg reported this week. Read More >>

Report: Steam Had a Bug for 10 Years That Could Allow Hackers to Take Over Your PC

A researcher at security firm Context has published the details of an exploit they found in PC gaming giant Steam’s desktop client. The nasty bug has reportedly been around for the last 10 years and left millions of users’ PCs open to being remotely commandeered by hackers. Read More >>

Steam Train’s Chuffs Trigger Evacuation of London Victoria

London's Victoria station was fully evacuated yesterday evening, thanks to a throwback from yesteryear confusing today's safety systems. It was rebuilt steam-powered legend the Flying Scotsman that was in town, and its output set off all the fire alarms. Read More >>

Apple Just Killed the Ability to Stream Games From Steam to Your iPhone

Valve’s anticipated app designed to let you stream games and movies from the Steam platform to your iPhone or iPad has been rejected by Apple, despite the company approving it earlier in the month. As with Valve’s Steam Link box, the app would have allowed you to stream games from your PC directly to your phone or iPad—provided they’re on the same network. Read More >>

Valve Insists That Steam Machines Aren’t Dead Yet

Yesterday we brought you news that Valve had quietly hidden the Steam Machine page from the Steam storefront, meaning you could only access it through a direct link. Things don't look good for the platform, though Valve has opened up to downplay speculation that Steam Machines (and Linux-based gaming) are dying off. Read More >>

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CES 2018: After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro There’s No Going Back

When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive came out in 2016, we entered a new era of virtual reality. No longer would people think of half-assed fever dreams like Lawnmower Man, or ambitious but profound failures like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy anytime VR gets mentioned. Even so, modern VR still hasn’t caught on. It’s awkward, it’s expensive, and most of the games and apps still feel like tech demos. But earlier this week, a new piece of VR tech reminded me why the headsets are much more than gimmicks. Read More >>

Valve: Your Bitcoin Isn’t Any Good on Steam Anymore

Valve’s Steam, the digital distribution platform which enjoys near-monopolistic control of the entire PC gaming industry, has stopped accepting bitcoins as a form of payment due to the currency’s volatility and increasingly unacceptable processing fees. Read More >>

Valve’s Steam Link is on Sale for a Ridiculously Low Price

Do you remember Valve's Steam Link? It's a little box you plug into your TV, letting you stream your PC games to the big screen in 1080p 60FPS with zero lag. Or at least it will in an ideal situation. Well if you don't have one you might want to take advantage of the fact Valve put it on sale. Read More >>