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  1. Valve Finally Makes Steam Work Out-of-the-Box with Open-Source Graphics Drivers Also introduces idle detection and updates the Vulkan loader The new Steam Client Beta update brings quite a lot of changes (see them all in the changelog attached at the end of the story), but we're very interested in the Linux ones, which appears to let Steam work out-of-the-box with open-source graphics drivers on various modern GNU/Linux distributions, while implementing a new setting for older ones to improve the interaction between Steam's runtime and system's host libraries. "Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior," reads the release notes. Vulkan loader updated to enable Xlib support, idle detection added Additionally, Valve implemented idle detection for Linux platforms, automatically switching the friend status in the built-in chat to Away/Snooze when you're not at pressing any buttons on your PC, improves keyboard and mice support for Vulkan apps when using the Overlay, as well as the Vulkan loader to enable Xlib support. It also looks like the close-to-tray behavior is now unified with other platforms besides Steam OS. Users can now use the "STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0" setting to force the Steam Client to close to tray on GNU/Linux distributions that don't offer a proper system tray area. Other than that, the new Steam Client Beta update addresses some DRI3-related crashes with open-source graphics drivers by shipping with an updated libxcb library, and adds a bunch of Steam Controller improvements. All these goodies and much more are coming soon to the Steam Client when a new stable build will be released. Again, you can view all the improvements in the changelog attached below, and if you can't wait until the new stable version arrives, you can switch right now to the Beta channel in the General section of the Setting dialog, but please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release build. Steam Client Beta Changelog: Source
  2. GRID PC game is free for a limited time on HumbleBundle: GRID PC Game Steam Key You need to register, and log in to be able to redeem te game. Gameplay Video Teaser
  3. Steam Controller Works Again with Older Udev Rules in Latest Steam Client Beta Upgrade your rules to allow Steam to access /dev/hidraw* The fact of the matter is that there's only once change in today's Steam Client Beta release for the day of December 9, 2016, and it makes the Steam Controller device work again with the older udev rules. To support future functionalities of the Steam Controller, which Valve is known to implement all the time to make it the best gaming controller for Steam users, the company recommends upgrading the rules to allow Steam to access /dev/hidraw*. "The Steam Controller works again with the older udev rules - upgrading your rules to allow Steam access to /dev/hidraw* is recommended for future feature support: http://steamcommunity.com/app/353370/discussions/0/490123197956024380/," reads the announcement. In-Home Streaming now supports NvFBC with the latest Nvidia video driver As mentioned before, this is the fourth Steam Client Beta update released this week, and the other three brought some interesting features as well, such as support for the NvFBC capture method with the latest Nvidia graphics driver to the In-Home Streaming feature in the Steam Client Beta update for December 7. SteamVR received attention as well in the December 7 Steam Client Beta update, improving the navigation when using the Steam dashboard with the Oculus Touch controller, and it looks like the December 8 Steam Client Beta update fixed a hang at startup if a controller is connected. Lastly, the Steam Client Beta update for December 5, 2016, improved the Web control functionality to fix a SSL loading failure, addressed various XAudio2 games that failed to create audio devices when launched, and fixed Camera Popping when attempting to mode shift the Camera input on games that are natively supported. Source
  4. Random Steam Keys (Full Version) - Full Version Steam Games Promo by Chip.de Links: Offer: http://www.chip.de/downloads/Random-Steam-Key-Vollversion_99958686.html Note: Limited Period Offer. The first 40,000 CHIP-reader will receive a random game completely free of charge. Current Status - Open. Steps - Software to Get Steam Key: Steps - Redeem on Steam: To be able to Key in to Steam to redeem, you must first have a user account on the game platform. You can create an account or login using Steam - Official Website. In addition, the Steam Client must be installed on your System. You can download from the below. After launching the Client, you will be able to redeem the Key: Once you have installed the Steam client, launch the client and enter your login credentials. When you are logged into your account, click the button in the bottom left corner that says "+ ADD A GAME…" to register the product key to your account. Note: YOU CAN ONLY REGISTER STEAM KEYS THROUGH THE STEAM PROGRAM, NOT THE WEBSITE! THERE IS NO "+ADD A GAME..." ON THE STEAM WEBSITE ANYWHERE! In the pop-up window, select the "Activate a Product on Steam" option. This will open up a new window. Follow the prompts, and paste or enter the numerical key you copied from your download page into the "Product Code" field. Hit "NEXT>." If your key is valid, Steam will accept it and you will be taken to your library where you will be able to download and play your newly registered game! Note: If the key extends beyond the reach of the key field on your download page, simply double-click inside the field to select the whole key. This way, regardless of how much of the key looks to be cut off, you will copy the whole thing! From your LIBRARY tab you can see all games registered to your Steam account. You can then select a game and it will bring up a splash page with a large INSTALL button you can click on to install your games. Once your games are installed, the Install button will change to a PLAY button! And that's how register your product keys to Steam! Hopefully this information will help so you can get right to playing your game! Optional Guide and Troubleshoot: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601 Downloads: Giveaway - Installer[Chip.de] From the giveaway promo page, click on blue button "Download Vollversion" and then click on ">> Download-Server CHIP Online" to initiate the download. Steam Client: Linux: https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb Win: https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/SteamSetup.exe Mac: https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.dmg More Advent Kalender Giveaways:
  5. A Linux Based Modular Gaming Console To Run Windows Games A modular console with high-end PC config that runs Windows games on Linux based OS. What else can you ask for? What’s the Achilles’ heel for Linux users? Let me point that out for you. It’s gaming on Linux. Don’t get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and GOG.com. We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming. In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console. But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed? Meet Project Novatio : A hybrid gaming console and PC Things don’t improve by itself, one has to make the effort. This motto resulted in the birth of Project Novatio. A brainchild of hardcore gamers and Linux lovers who want to bring them together. So what exactly is Project Novatio? It’s an upcoming project, based in Italy, that is working on a modular gaming console. This console will run a custom Linux distribution called NovOS and it will be ‘able to play all Steam games, including the Windows ones’, claims Project engineer Samuele Bagalà. The concept is very similar to Steam machine. So you have got a PC inside the body of a console. You might be aware that most hardcore gamers prefer PC over consoles because PCs have better hardware and can be upgraded easily. That’s not possible with consoles. Keeping this in mind, Project Novatio will provide a modular console. This means that you can easily customize your console by swapping its parts and upgrading it as per your desire and need. This gives Novatio an edge over the other consoles because Novatio has the configuration of a high-end gaming PC which can be easily upgraded in future. Modular console lets you upgrade parts How can it play Windows games on a Linux OS? That’s the biggest claim made by Project Novatio. And I know you would be curious to know exactly how can they run Windows games on Linux? When I enquired about it, Samuele told me that the Windows games execution is made possible thanks to a chip which is settled on the motherboard that converts the Windows software and fit them to Linux. They are trying to get a patent for it. Novatio features To summarize the features promised in Novatio: Modular console High end PC configuration Custom Linux NovOS Can run all Steam games including Windows ones No support for console games (no PS4 or Xbox games support) Can also be used with Android smartphone as controller When and where to get Novatio console? Not so soon, unfortunately. The project is in starting phase and it needs funding. Samuele told me that their plan is to start a crowdfunding campaign soon. Once they get enough money, they might ship some early prototypes to selected users by mid-2017. By end of the year 2017, it will be available for general public. A modular console with high-end PC config that runs Windows games on Linux based OS. If this device actually makes it to the market, it does have the potential to be a game-changer. What do you think? Source
  6. Steam Cleaner is a program for Windows that clears temporary data of the gaming platforms Steam, Origin, uPlay and Gog. The program is not to be confused with Tiki Steam Cleaner which we reviewed back in 2013. Unlike Tiki Steam Cleaner, Steam Cleaner is capable of deleting temporary data from other gaming platforms for Windows as well. Note: Steam Cleaner requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 to run. Some games that you install on a gaming platform like Steam install so-called redistributable packages on the system during installation which may be required for game play. The installation files are not needed anymore after installation, but game platforms keep them around anyway. These files may take up hundreds of Megabyte of space, or even Gigabytes depending on the games that you have installed in the path on your system. This may not be a problem if your main gaming hard drive has Terabytes of free space, but if you run games on a Solid State Drive, free space may be limited. Steam Cleaner Steam Cleaner is one of those run and forget programs. Simply download the application to your system and run it afterwards. If things go well, you should see the main program interface and the temporary files that Steam Cleaner detected during its -- quick -- scan of the system. The detected gaming platforms are listed at the top. The program ships without any configuration options which means that you cannot modify the paths manually if the automatic detection does not pick up the installed platforms correctly. Steam Cleaner lists all temporary files in list form in its interface after the scan. Each entry is listed with its path, file name, and size. The program displays the total size of all temp files as well in its interface, about 750 Megabyte on a test system with just a couple of game installations in the past year. All that is left to do at this point is to click on the clean button in the interface to remove all temporary files from all gaming platforms that Steam Cleaner detected. You need to confirm the action one more time when you click on the button. If you do, all files listed are removed from the hard drive. These files are not needed for playing these installed games. Closing Words Steam Cleaner is an easy to use program that may help you free up hundreds of Megabyte of temporary storage that programs like CCleaner don't detect by default. The program could do with a couple of preferences, for instance to set program paths if platforms are not detected correctly, or options to back up the files to another location for safe keeping. Steam Cleaner Article source
  7. How to Move a Steam Game to Another Drive Without Re-Downloading It Steam offers multiple library folders, and you can choose where you want to install games when you download them. There’s no obvious way to move a game to another drive after the fact, though–but it is possible, without re-downloading the entire thing. This process can save you from downloading tens or even hundreds of gigabytes of game data all over again, just because you got a new SSD and want to move a few games. It’s different from moving an entire Steam library folder and every single game inside it–in this case, we only want to move a few games. RELATED ARTICLE: How to Painlessly Move Your Steam Library to Another Folder or Hard Drive Step One: Create a Second Steam Folder First, you’ll need to make a Steam library folder on the second drive if you haven’t already done so. To do this in Steam, click Steam > Settings. Select the “Downloads” category and click the “Steam Library Folders” button. Click “Add Library Folder”, select the drive you want to create the library folder on, and click “New Folder”. Give it whatever name you like, click “OK”, and then click “Select” to choose the folder you just created. The folder you chose will appear in the Steam Library folders list. You can now close this window. Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder you just created. There should be a “steamapps” folder inside the main folder. If there isn’t, right-click inside the Steam folderyou created, select New > Folder, and name it “steamapps” (without quotes). Inside the steamapps folder, right-click, select New > Folder, and name it “common” (without quotes). When you’re done, the folder structure should be: [Your Steam Library Folder]\steamapps\common Step Two: Copy the Game Files to the Second Library You’ll now need to move a game’s files from the first Steam library to the secondary Steam library you just created. Locate the installed game you want to move in your Steam library, right-click it, and select “Properties”. Click over to the “Local Files” tab and click “Browse Local Files”. You’ll be taken to the game’s folder in your main Steam library folder. Click the “common” folder in the address bar to go up a folder. Right-click the game’s folder and select “Copy”. Go back to the Steam library you created earlier, right-click inside the “common” folder, and select “Paste”. Windows will copy the files from your first Steam library to your second Steam library. Wait for the process to complete before continuing. Depending on how large the game is and how fast your drives are, this may take some time. Step Three: “Uninstall” the Game Next, you’ll need to uninstall the game from within Steam. Steam will delete the game’s files from their location in the original Steam library, but the files you copied to the second Steam library won’t be touched. Warning: Be sure to wait for the file copying process to complete before you uninstall the game! To uninstall the game, right-click it in Steam and select “Delete Local Content”. Click “Delete” again to delete the game’s files from your first library. Step Four: “Reinstall” the Game You’ll now need to reinstall the game as if you were re-downloading it–but don’t worry, Steam won’t re-download the game. Locate the game in your Steam library and click the “Install” button. Select the secondary library location where you copied the game’s files earlier under “Choose location for install” and click “Next”. Steam will check the library location and say it’s “discovering existing files” before downloading anything. This will take some time, as Steam is actually inspecting the files on your second drive to find they’re correct and not corrupted. If a few files are missing for whatever reason, Steam will just download those files. It won’t re-download the entire game. You’re done. Steam now considers the game installed in the second library. To move other games, just repeat this process. You can skip the first step and copy more game folders to the “common” folder in the second Steam library you created. Source
  8. Last month we reported that 48.95% of Steam users are utilizing Windows 10 on their machines. The latest numbers are now in and it appears that the Windows 10 userbase declined a bit for the first time since its launch. The latest hardware and software statistics report from Valve highlights that 48.90% of users are currently utilizing Windows 10 as their system of choice - a 0.05% drop. 47.48% of gamers are using the 64-bit version of the OS, whereas 1.42% are using the 32-bit version, accounting for a total of 48.90%. Surprisingly, Windows 8.1 showed a slight increase of 0.01% as compared to last month, moving to 0.28%. All the other versions of Windows including XP, Vista, 7 and 8 showed a decline in userbase, leading to an overall decline of 0.33%. Windows, however, maintained its position as the most-used OS, accounting for a total of 95.38%. Meanwhile, OS X showed a steady rise of 0.25% as compared to last month, moving to 3.59%. Version 10.11.6 of OS X remained the most popular among users of the OS, peaking at 1.69%, which is a 0.41% increase compared to last month. Linux continued its good run and showed yet another increase of 0.11%, which means that it now accounts for 0.94% of Steam gamers. All versions of the operating system showed a steady rise in userbase. Hardware preferences remained more or less the same as the previous report. 8GB of RAM is still the most used system configuration, accompanied by 1GB of VRAM. Primary display resolution on a single monitor remains 1920x1080 and the resolution on a multi-monitor setup still rests at 3840x1080. While the stats indicate that Windows 10 userbase has declined slightly for the first time in over a year, it is important to note that Steam's monthly hardware statistics report is based upon surveys so it may not accurately depict the situation. But since it has been used as a metric for quite some time, even if the report is accurate, the result is quite expected given that Windows 10 is no longer available as a free upgrade. However, things may slightly improve for the OS in the coming months because Windows 7 and 8.1 machines are reaching their end-of-sales deadline very soon. Source: Steam Article source
  9. Last month, we learned that almost 45% of Steam users are utilizing Windows 10 for their gaming needs, with 42.94% using the 64-bit version of the operating system. Now, Valve has released new statistics for hardware usage, showing Windows 10 usage increasing steadily as Windows 7 user base continues to fall. According to the figures for the month of July released by the company, Windows usage has increased to 95.69%, a slight increase of 0.19%. Windows 10 continues to dominate as the most popular version of the OS for gaming with 44.93% of users utilizing the 64-bit version, with an overall user base of 46.52%. Meanwhile, Windows 7 usage continues to decrease with a market share of 35.98%. Similarly, all other versions of Windows including XP, 8, 8.1 and Vista faced either a decrease or stagnation in their respective user base. On the other hand, OS X usage declined to just 3.20% too - which is a decrease of 0.20% when compared to last month. Usage of all versions of the OS waned except MacOS 10.11.5 and 10.11.6. Surprisingly, Linux saw an increase of 0.02%, climbing to 0.82% in user base. The 64-bit versions of Linux and Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS rose to 0.08% and 0.05% respectively, all other versions faced a decline. Hardware statistics remained the same, mostly, with 8GB of system RAM being the most popular selection among many gamers. 1GB of VRAM also remained the most favored choice among users - despite facing a slight decrease - but 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB of VRAM showed a steady increase as well. 1920x1080 on primary displays was yet again the most used resolution by gamers, while 3840x1080 was the favorable choice for those using multi-monitor setups. In the VR headset category, the HTC Vive commanded the most gamer base with a market share of 0.18%, a slight increase of 0.03% when compared to last month. All in all, it is important to note that with the free Windows 10 upgrade offer now expired, we might not see similar growth of the OS in the coming months. With that being said, commanding nearly half of the Steam user base while toppling Windows 7 as the primary OS for gaming inside a year is a commendable feat on its own. Source: Steam Article source
  10. Limbo is a puzzle platform 2D sidescroller video game released in 2010. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister. The game is presented in black-and-white tones, using lighting, film grain effects and minimal ambient sounds to create an eerie atmosphere often associated with the horror genre. Journalists praised the dark presentation, describing the work as comparable to film noir and German Expressionism. Based on its aesthetics, The title won several awards from industry groups after its release, and was named as one of the top games for 2010 by several publications. http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/
  11. i just installed xubuntu on my 3rd hard drive and play dota 2 , CS GO i was suprised with the FPS on linux which the same FPS on WINDOWS maybe a little bit low let say 5-10 fps lower well good performance on openGL unlike few years ago the fps on linux kernel was pretty bad about 30-50 fps drop compare to direct3d in windows goodluck nsane try it for yourself
  12. Hitman 2016 Looks Like It Could Be Coming To Linux It's looking quite possible like Hitman 2016 will be released for Linux. Linux gamers appear very excited this morning after Linux references for the game appeared on SteamDB. SteamDB Linux references generally have panned out more often than not but there isn't any official announcement yet of Hitman 2016 coming to Linux. Hitman 2016 so far is confirmed for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One as the sixth title in the Hitman series. The game is developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. Once we hear more about the possibility of Hitman 2016 on Linux, we'll be sure to update. Source
  13. The Number Of Linux Games Has More Than Quadrupled In The Past Two Years There are more than four times as many Linux games available today as there were two years ago. Two years ago today marked when Steam on Linux had 500 titles. Now today, the Steam Store lists 2,208 games as being available for Linux! Well more than four times the amount of Linux games available in just two years. Of course, most of those games are indie titles while there have been many AAA Linux game releases as well like F1 2015, Shadow of Mordor, Tomb Raider, and many others. Steam on Windows shows 8,712 titles available. It's too bad thought that more of these new Linux games don't comply with our benchmarking requirements. What's been your favorite Linux game release so far? How many games do you think we'll see released for Linux this year? Source
  14. [Not Massive] Valve Just Struck Down Digital Homicide In the world of Steam and shady developers, no name has drawn quite as much hatred from the gaming public like Digital Homicide. Not unlike similar personalities including Uwe Boll, Digital Homicide’s notoriety is only superseded by the fact that the perception of its following is much higher than the real numbers. What it does have, however, is the ability to flip Unity engine assets and turn those into cookie cutter games that are quickly becoming parodies of themselves. Fast forward to Steam Greenlight, a service that Digital Homicide has flooded with dozens of titles. As of this publishing, the company has more than forty titles in its Greenlight section. You read that correctly, more than forty. In their rush to clutter the service with as many titles as possible, Digital Homicide has resorted to putting out entire series of games that appear to be quite literally the exact same game but with different stock images.                   The picture above is Daisy’s Sweet Time: Cupcake Mania 3. It is identical to the other two iterations of the game plastered on Greenlight, and functionally it is also identical to Merle Wizard Extraordinaire #1, 2, and 3, all posted on the exact same day. Those games, in turn, are identical down to the placement of enemies, to Sarah to the Rescue, and its four sequels. Eleven games, all posted to Steam on the same day, all completely identical except for the art. As of this posting, there are more than a dozen Space Inavders clones up on Greenlight through Digital Homicide. Continue reading ↓
  15. Change Steam looks to Microsoft’s Metro design language Game listing with the Metro skin If you’re on Windows 10 and playing games on Steam on a regular basis, here’s something that’s really worth having on your PC. It turns out that only a few people actually know that Steam actually supports skins, and this Metro theme spotted recently on reddit is just the perfect choice for everyone running Windows 10. As you can see in the screenshots here, the new look of Steam with Metro theme installed perfectly aligns with Windows 10, as it uses a flat design that makes more sense on a desktop PC running this OS version as compared to the traditional interface. Metro, however, isn’t the only Windows 10-inspired Steam theme that looks good on a PC, as the so-called Threshold skin is also bringing UI elements inspired by the OS on the gaming platform. And it goes without saying that there might be more of them out there online, as the Steam community is huge and full of talented designers, so it’s all up to your imagination to give Steam a new look. How to install new skins in Steam Installing a new skin in Steam is not rocket science, and it only takes one minute. All you have to do is download the new theme, extract all files and copy the folder into the Steam skin directory (typically, this is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\skins, but depending on your installation location, it could be different). Launch Steam, fire up the Settings screen and open the Interface section. Look for the option that reads “Select the Skin you wish Steam to use,” pick the one you want, and you’re good to go. Restarting Steam is mandatory to apply the changes. All these skins are available free of charge and are created by the community, so you can install whichever you want on your PC without paying a single cent. Article source
  16. Hello lucky member/guest, I am compiling a list of all the ways that will get you free game keys, all organized in one single post. I've been following this guide for a couple of years now. And as result I got over a thousand of free unique games! Good news: You can do that too! And I'll show you how. There are actually 3 methods to get free games. I ordered these methods from easy to hard and gave a brief description of each method: Method 1: Promos Variety of games: Small Difficulty: Easy Requirements: Personal information (social media) Type: Instant Method 2: Tasks (RECOMMENDED) Variety of games: Large Difficulty: Medium Requirements: Some time and effort Type: Instant Method 3: Giveaways Variety of games: Small to large Difficulty: Hard Requirements: Some time and effort Type: Contest (winning chance) Have fun with these freebies! Be generous like me and share this post to your friends! METHOD 1: METHOD 2: METHOD 3: Extra: https://www.orlygift.com/giveaway (Register and join the Steam keys giveaways, social media are not mandatory) https://www.steamgifts.com (Key drop thread) http://www.tremorgames.com (Key drop thread) Found this guide elsewhere and wanted to share it with my lovely nsaners I updated the guide and fixed it for nsane viewing. Enjoy your Free Games! P.S. If you have any questions please feel free to ask I can guide you through TremorGames, since at first I was confused as well.
  17. Steam is known for its solid platform for purchasing PC games. What it isn't known for is the ability to rent movies. It's a feature that's been around for a little while, but a lackluster selection has prevented the service from gaining much traction. However, a new deal with Lionsgate may change that. Today, Valve and Lionsgate announced a partnership that would bring more than 100 feature films to Steam. The titles include blockbusters such as the Hunger Games series, Saw, and of course, Leprechaun. You'll be able to rent each of the titles and view them for up to 48 hours, just like the rest of their rental catalog. What's interesting is that Valve made sure to point out that you can view any of the movies in VR, which would make Steam the best platform for VR film-watching. I'm still not quite on-board with the idea of watching movies with a headset on, but I'm sure over time, it will become more appealing. One strange detail about this is that the announcement stated "over 100" films would be available at launch. Currently there are only 70 listings on the Lionsgate Steam page. At least one of those is a compilation of four films that are listed. So I'm curious where the other 30+ films are. source
  18. Of all the modern board games that constitute the current golden age of tabletop gaming—your Settlers of Catans, your Ticket to Rides, your Pandemics—one looms larger than all the others, like a mythical icon made of dice and cardboard. That game is Twilight Struggle, a behemoth of a board game famous for its epic rulebook, length, and depth of strategy. And this week, it's being given a new, digital life with a release for PC and Mac via Steam. Twilight Struggle, first published in 2005, is a two-player game that pits the United States and the Soviet Union against each other in a re-imagining of the Cold War. Players jockey for control of countries around the world, scoring points based on how much territory they've accumulated through influence and coups. Its unique strategic element involves playing cards derived from real-life capitalists versus Commies events—say, Reagan's “tear down this wall” speech or the Cuban revolution—and reshaping the game world based on how well one side can mitigate the others actions. That description doesn't nearly do justice to this incredibly complex, award-winning game where one must imagine and prepare for dozens of potential moves every turn. And just like the actual Cold War, it usually embroils a player in crisis, paranoia, and threats of starting nuclear Armageddon. That fact kept it at the vaunted top slot on BoardGameGeek.com's ranking of over 80,000 games for five years, until it was usurped by newcomer Pandemic Legacy earlier this year. For my money, Twilight Struggle looks poised to retake that top spot after Pandemic Legacy's honeymoon phase is over (Pandemic, however, is also an incredible great game). Translating such an intricate game to computers isn't easy. Its print publisher, GMT Games, tried once before and ended up canceling the project in 2014 “after a long and challenging development process.” This version, developed by Playdek, came about via a Kickstarter that launched in June 2014. Less than a month later, the campaign raised $391,047, dwarfing its $50,000 goal. The digital version is faithful to the tabletop original, with a sleek user interface and transitions between turns. It will also solve one of the game's biggest problems—finding someone to play with. It's not simple to convince a friend to read a couple dozen pages of rules and strategy, and even less so to sit them down for a game that could easily last six hours. It's a challenge one might encounter even among like-minded gamers at a brick-and-mortar store's tabletop night, given the length. An online multiplayer component is just what struggling Strugglers could use. So far, the community has praised the easy-to-adapt-to interface as well as cosmetic additions like the mood-setting Cold War sound effects and audio clips Playdek has integrated into the game. However, a consistent critique so far is that the AI opponent in single-player is buggy and slow, so expect playtime to last quite a while until that’s fixed. Playdek says that post-release, it’ll work on developing the AI system, and it has also promised a mobile release on iOS and Android, “with other platforms to follow after.” As they say, the Cold War never really ended. source
  19. We all fall victim to a Steam Sale now and again, factoring the money behind the sofa cushions into justifying one more purchase. We're not often in a position to fund our habit with election campaign funds, however. That's why the Federal Election Commission is questioning congressman Duncan Hunter, whose credit card was found to have purchased no fewer than 68 Steam games at a cost of $1,302. In fairness, each purchase is marked "to be paid back", but as The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, that doesn't appear to have happened yet. Hunter's spokesperson attributes one purchase to his teenage son. The rest, he claims, were unauthorised charges that he is trying to recover, making reimbursement unnecessary. That could explain the extraordinary number of games purchased in a three-month period. I'd have struggled to get through one. The full FEC letter is publicly available, and Hunter has until May 9 to respond formally. PC Gamer
  20. Steam users who want to share a link to The Pirate Bay from the built-in chat client will be disappointed, as mentions of the popular torrent site are being censored. Links to various torrent and file-sharing sites are actively stripped from discussions, presumably because Valve doesn't appreciate some of the content that's shared through the site. With millions of active users Steam is not just a game distribution platform, but also a social network and a communication tool. Many people use Steam’s instant messaging tool for chats with friends. About games of course, but also about lots of other stuff. Interestingly, it appears that Steam doesn’t want its users to mention certain topics, piracy included. When one user tried to post a link to the notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay this week, Steam actively censored the message. Instead of the link the user on the other end saw {LINK REMOVED} in the chat window, as illustrated below. TF tested some more domains to check if this was merely a one-off incident. We discovered that the same also happens to another torrent site, Torrentz, while the URL of the KickassTorrents website comes through without any issues. {LINK REMOVED} The screenshot below shows what the same conversation looks like from the other side. Please note that the sender of a censored URL doesn’t get any notification that their link has been censored – only the receiving party sees the “link removed” mention. Same conversation from the other side Further tests showed that in addition to The Pirate Bay and Torrentz, links to the file-hosting service 4shared are also being removed from Steam conversations. It’s unclear why Steam is censoring these particular links. TorrentFreak contacted Valve to find out more about the disappearing chats, but at the time of publication we have yet to receive a response. Since all the censored sites are frequently associated with copyright infringement, it could be that piracy concerns are among the reasons for the links being censored. However, Steam is also known to remove certain URLs to prevent malware and viruses from spreading. What’s perhaps even more worrying than a link or two being removed, is that Steam is actively monitoring everything that’s said in private conversations between users. This is also reflected in the privacy policy. “Any information that is disclosed in chat, forums or bulletin boards should be considered public information,” Steam’s agreement reads. This is not the first time that Steam’s link removal policy has been brought up. Previously we reported that chats mentioning the old Kickasstorrents domain Kickass.to, were also removed from chats. SourcE
  21. It took only 8 months for Windows 10 to overtake Windows 7 in Steam share data, thus becoming the top operating system for those who are playing games using Valve’s gaming platform. Windows 7 loses first place in Steam OS charts Specifically, Windows 10 64-bit is now the leading choice for Steam gamers with a share of 36.97 percent, up no less than 2.96 percent in the last month. Windows 7 has been the top option for many years, but last month it dropped 1.22 percent to 32.99 percent and thus lost the first place. Windows 8.1 64-bit is also losing users, down 0.31 percent last month, so it’s now at 12.93 percent on Steam. Overall, Windows 7 still leads the charts thanks to the 6.97 percent share of the 32-bit, but version-wise, the 64-bit SKU of Windows 10 keeps growing and will continue to do so in the coming months too. No competition on Steam What’s also worth mentioning is that in March, Windows 10 was the only operating system that actually gained users on Steam (and Windows Vista 64-bit, but in this case the increase was of only 0.01 percent). Windows 10 64-bit gained 2.96 percent on Steam last month, while the 32-bit improved its share by 0.01 percent. All the other Windows desktop versions lost users during the month. As far as rivals are concerned, Windows seems to have no competition on Steam and the addition of DirectX 12 brings more people on Windows 10. Mac OS X dropped 0.08 percent to 3.32 percent while Linux lost 0.06 percent of its share to settle at 0.85 percent. Windows 10’s growth is very likely to continue in the coming months as Microsoft continues working on the operating system and, at the same time, also keeps pushing users to upgrade. The new OS is offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users as part of a promo that ends on July 29, 2016. Softpedia
  22. Go to any of the following pages and click "Install Game" to add all of the games in this package to your account. You will only need to do this once. Jet Set Radio Golden Axe Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit
  23. Gaming on Linux, Steam Machines Set to Soar With DirectX Competitor Vulkan The Vulkan API may also be useful for robotics, VR and automotive applications The look of games on Linux-based Steam machines and mobile devices should improve significantly with the soon-to-be-released Vulkan API (application programming interface). Vulkan can be used for many applications, but is most relevant to games, much like DirectX for Windows. The new API is a much-needed upgrade from the aging OpenGL, which was first introduced in 1991 by Silicon Graphics. Khronos, the consortium behind the development of Vulkan, hasn't provided a formal release date for Vulkan. But momentum for the API has grown in recent weeks with Intel and Qualcomm talking about it. Khronos has scheduled an introductory Vulkan webinar for Feb. 18. The consortium in December delayed the release of Vulkan 1.0, but said development was in its "final stretch." The Vulkan API will improve the look of games on Linux and Mac systems and mobile devices. Games will use fewer system resources and preserve battery life in laptops and mobile devices. In addition to gaming, the API could have other applications. Cars, virtual reality headsets, robots and drones rely on visual computing, so applications for those devices could be written using the API. Vulkan is a low-level API that has closer interaction with hardware than OpenGL, which will help render games faster. There are fewer steps involved in drawing up images as Vulkan is more in tune with modern hardware such as multi-core processors and high-performance GPUs than OpenGL. OpenGL provided an abstraction layer, better suited for older hardware, while newer low-level APIs reduce the level of abstraction and overhead involved for programs to interact with hardware. Games will exploit the full power of GPUs with Vulkan, as developers can define how they want graphics rendered. That's a change from OpenGL, which mostly hid how hardware rendered graphics. Most games today are developed in DirectX, but Vulkan also makes porting games to other platforms quicker, said Jason Ekstrand, a developer at Intel, during a talk at the FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting) forum in late January. Previously, graphics quality would degrade when trying to port from Windows to Linux or Mac. But with Vulkan, quality remains largely intact when porting from DirectX, Ekstrand said. Writing games becomes easier, Ekstrand said, and supporters hope that will draw developers to Vulkan. Tech vendors have recently pushed to develop low-level APIs such as Apple's Metal, DirectX 12 and AMD's new GPUOpen. Vulkan is also a low-level API, but is designed to work across multiple hardware platforms. It shares some characteristics with OpenCL, which is mostly hardware agnostic and used for high-performance computing. Companies supporting Vulkan, including AMD and Intel, have committed to releasing open-source drivers. Other graphics chip makers are backing Vulkan. Imagination Technologies -- which makes GPUs for Apple devices -- will demonstrate Vulkan at the upcoming Mobile World Congress show. Nvidia is holding sessions to discuss Vulkan at its GPU Technology conference in April. Vulkan SDKs will be available for Windows, Android and Linux, according to Khronos' Web site. Source
  24. While the fanfare surrounding digital currencies like Bitcoin seems to have settled down a bit over the last year, plenty of people still have some left over to use and soon, you may be able to use your left over Bitcoins up on Steam according to hints found in the Steam client’s translation servers. While Valve has yet to make an official announcement, Reddit user Haoose has come across some evidence that Bitcoin payments could be coming. According to reports, Valve may be planning to use a third-party company known as BitPay to handle transactions. Bitcoin would join the many other payment methods Steam currently offers, including standard credit/debit cards, PayPal, Skrill, and Steam credit. According to the Reddit post, an entry found under “checkout_receipt_pending_bitcoin_long” contains the following text, which could be presented to Steam buyers following the transaction: “Your purchase is currently in progress and is waiting for confirmation of bitcoin delivery from BitPay. This process can take several minutes to a few days for confirmation. Valve will send an email receipt to you when payment is received for this purchase. During this time, you may continue shopping for other games though you will not be able to re-purchase any products that are pending in this transaction.” View: Original Article