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  1. Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system is one of the biggest names in desktop GNU/Linux. But if you plan to play PC games on Linux, you might want to start looking around for a different Linux distro. Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek announced last week that starting with Ubuntu 19:10, which comes out in October, Canonical would no longer provide 32-bit builds of applications and libraries. This being Linux, there will be workarounds — but many existing apps may not work out of the box anymore. Case in point: a number of games from GOG cannot be installed on a pre-release version of Ubuntu 19:10. So it’s not all that surprising that a developer for Valve says that now that Canonical is dropping support for 32-bit software, Valve’s Steam game client is dropping support for Ubuntu. That doesn’t necessarily mean Linux gamers need to switch right away: Valve will continue to support Ubuntu 18:04 LTS, for example, which is a year-old operating system that still has another four years of official “long term” support. And Valve plans to “evaluate ways to minimize breakage for exiting users” moving forward. But the company also plans to shift its focus from Ubuntu to a different GNU/Linux distribution at some point. Source
  2. Borderlands 3 lead says Epic Games Store is a needed monopoly killer. Enlarge / "You can't get us on Steam, and that's a good thing." Earlier this month, Gearbox drew some ire from Steam-loving Borderlands fans by announcing the next game in the series, due in September, would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store on PC. In a massive tweet thread earlier this week, though (helpfully collated in this reddit post), Gearbox founder and CEO Randy Pitchford defends that decision and highlights what he sees as the long-term positives that Epic's competition with Steam will bring to the industry. While acknowledging that Epic's platform currently lacks many quality-of-life features available on Steam, Pitchford pointed to Epic's public road map for adding many of those features before September's Borderlands 3 launch. In fact, Pitchford sees the game's impending release as a "forcing function... that will, in turn, make all those features available on a faster timeline than otherwise possible... If I were to bet on this... Epic will inevitably surpass Valve on features and quality of service." Pitchford acknowledges that publisher 2K and developer Gearbox could have hedged their bets by releasing on both Steam and Epic. But he added that he feels the entire industry will be better served in the long run if Borderlands 3's exclusivity can help make the Epic Games Store competitive with Steam. (The sizable investment Epic has made in paying to get exclusive content on its store probably didn't hurt, either) Before Epic came into the platform picture, Pitchford says, "a huge amount of the value that Valve has generated [through Steam] has been used to enrich the handful of people who own and manage the company... They’ve been able to do this because they haven’t had to worry about it. There has been no viable competitor to Steam. They have had no external force sufficient to challenge their revenue share and no external force sufficient to motivate a sufficient reinvestment of revenue." Pitchford sees Epic as "the only guys who can really come along to disrupt Steam’s monopoly and help all this get fixed... From a track record point of view, my expectation is that Epic’s investment in technology will outpace Valve’s substantially. When we look back at Steam in five or ten years, it may look like a dying store and other, competitive stores, will be the place to be." Pitchford points to the way Steam has already upped its revenue sharing for popular games as evidence of how seriously it is taking the new competition. "Holy shit! That’s a miracle," he added. "I think the folks at Valve are really smart and really great and they are also, probably, starting to redirect investment into their store." By way of summary, Pitchford suggests that Epic's competition means that "Steam will have no choice but to either give up, lose, or to get better faster than ever before [and] because Valve is pretty damn good with some awesome talent, I do not expect them to give up or to lose. "At the end of the day when we look back at this moment we’ll realize that this was the moment where the digital stores on PC became unmonopolized," he continued. "And we’re all going to look back and see how change happened and how costs for developers and publishers to be on stores went down and how that value was passed on to the customers." Pitchford's lengthy thoughts on the issue are well worth reading in full for anyone interested in a major developer's direct, involved opinion on the expanding PC game store wars. Source: Gearbox’s Pitchford: Steam may be “a dying store” in 5 to 10 years (Ars Technica)
  3. Epic Games detractors have no problem flooding Borderlands with negative reviews. Last month, Valve announced a new policy intended to curb the problem of "off-topic review bombs" on Steam, wherein a horde of players post negative reviews of a game for reasons other than the game's actual content. This month, that policy is so far failing to correct for some clear off-topic review bombs on Gearbox's Borderlands games. In the six months leading up to March 31, Borderlands 2 received a total of 412 negative reviews on Steam—a paltry 4.5 percent of all the reviews posted in that period. In the few days since April 1, by contrast, the game has received a flood of 2,156 negative reviews, or nearly 62 percent of reviews during that time. You can see similar recent review patterns on the Steam pages for the original Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and various series DLC packages as well. Dive into the text of those recent negative reviews, and you'll find practically no one criticizing the games themselves. Instead, you'll find hundreds of people expressing their displeasure with Gearbox's recently announced decision to release the upcoming Borderlands 3 exclusively on the Epic Games Store for a six-month period. One characteristic reviewer with over 300 hours spent on Borderlands 2 writes that the game is "one of the few looter shooters that actually keeps me engaged." But the reviewer then justifies their "thumbs down" rating "[because of] Epic Games exclusivity [for Borderlands 3], please don't play into Epic's game." Plenty of other reviews use copy/pasted ASCII art of double middle-fingers to express their general distaste for Epic and Gearbox's decision. This would seem to be a textbook case of the kind of off-topic review bombing Valve is trying to combat. The company defined that kind of review bomb back in 2017 as "issue players are concerned about... outside the game itself." Valve restated that definition in March as a situation "where players post a large number of reviews in a short period of time, aimed at lowering the Review Score of a game [and] where the focus of those reviews is on a topic that we consider unrelated to the likelihood that future purchasers will be happy if they buy the game." This isn't the first time Steam users have taken aim at companies that are making the move to Epic exclusivity. Games in 4A Games' Metro series faced similar off-topic review bombs in the months after sequel Metro Exodus migrated away from Steam. Plenty of other Steam titles have faced review bombs for issues totally unrelated to the games' content itself. But those games' review bombs predate Valve's announcement of a potential fix for the problem on March 15, making Borderlands the new system's first real test. We’re waiting Valve says it has an automated tool that "identifies any anomalous review activity on all games on Steam in as close to real-time as possible." But the final decision to remove such potential review bombs from the aggregate review score is up to "a team of people at Valve" who investigate the machine-identified anomalies. If a review bomb is manually identified by Valve, the developer is notified and "the reviews within that time period will then be removed from the Review Score calculation," Valve wrote last month. While such reviews will continue to exist and be visible, they will no longer factor into the top-line aggregate summaries (i.e. "Mostly positive"). As of this writing, the apparent Borderlands review bombing has been going on for over 48 hours in a distinct pattern that should have been quickly identifiable. So far, though, there has been no apparent action by Valve. If there's pending action in the works, Valve has failed to identify it in response to multiple unanswered requests for comment from Ars Technica. (It's also possible that Valve doesn't see reviews focused on Borderlands 3's move to Epic Games Store as "off topic" to previous Borderlands games on Steam. But that would raise other questions.) In the grand scheme of things, this isn't a huge problem for Gearbox (which has sold over 41 million copies of Borderlands 2 alone) or Steam users themselves. Yes, the prominent "Recent Reviews" metrics for Borderlands games on Steam have been flipped from "Very" or "Mostly Positive" to "Mixed" or worse because of these review bombs. But those anomalies are still just a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of thousands of positive reviews the games have received over the years, as listed in their "All Reviews" summaries. This will almost certainly end up being the kind of "temporary distortion of the Review Score" Valve called out in 2017, forgotten by all but obsessive fans. That said, this is also the very kind of temporary problem Valve said it was now equipped to quickly identify and combat with a combination of new policies and tools. Borderlands' Steam situation is the first high-profile test of that new system and, just over two days in, it's a test Valve is failing. Source: Steam’s “review bomb” fix is so far failing its first big test (Ars Technica)
  4. Commission-free Steam key sales through other stores cut into Valve's bottom line. Enlarge Getty / Aurich Lawson Since Epic started taking a 12 percent cut of sales revenue generated on its new Games Store, much has been made of whether Steam's baseline 30 percent revenue cut is justified. But a new analysis shows that Valve sometimes receives much less than that headline revenue percentage for some of the most popular games on Steam. The reason for the discrepancy is Steam keys, which developers can generate pretty much at will to sell through non-Steam storefronts and brick-and-mortar retailers. While these key-based purchases are still redeemed through Steam and can take advantage of Steam's suite of features, Valve actually takes no commission from sales that don't take place directly through its own storefront. Valve doesn't directly publicize how many of a game's sales come from keys versus direct Steam purchases. But as Twitter user @RobotBrush recently pointed out, the Steam store does publish the numbers of user reviews that come from Steam purchases vs "Other" key-based sources (a feature designed to prevent key-based review manipulation). Those review ratios might not match exactly with the overall purchase ratios—maybe key-based purchasers offer reviews at significantly different rates than direct purchasers, for instance. Still, it's the best publicly available estimate we have, especially when taken across multiple games. So over at the ResetEra forums, user Nappael did just that, using a bit of coding to pull out the Steam versus non-Steam review ratios for the 100 most popular games on the service (as defined by Steam Spy and a supporting API). The results (for non-free-to-play titles) show that "on average, 72 percent of games are purchased through Steam, while 28 percent are purchased through third parties." And while that range can vary widely for individual games, the vast majority (80 percent) register between 50 and 80 percent of their reviews through direct Steam sales (You can view the raw, per-game numbers in this Google Doc). When the revenue Valve is missing from these Steam keys is taken out, the company's average cut across these popular games hovers around 20 percent of all sales revenue rather than 30 percent (varying non-Steam sales prices complicate this calculation a bit, though Valve requires key-based sale prices to be comparable to prices offered on Steam itself). That's all before you consider Valve's December decision to lower its topline cut by five to ten percent for games starting when they hit $10 million in revenue. Remember also that Valve incurs plenty of costs for these Steam key sales. Beyond the mere bandwidth costs for game and update downloads, key-based sales can still access the same online lobbies, achievement and leaderboard systems, Steam Workshop inventory management, Steam server APIs, anti-cheat services, and everything else that comes with being on Steam. Epic, on the other hand, provides very few of these services in exchange for the 12 percent cut on its Games Store (though the company does have a roadmap to roll out many similar features in the coming months). Additionally, it's worth noting that while Valve is often taking less than 30 percent, this doesn't mean developers are necessarily keeping more than 70 percent of their revenue by using Steam keys. Those keys are often sold on other platforms that take their own cut, which sometimes amount to the same as Steam's (though platforms like Itch.io and Humble Bundle generally take much less). Steam also imposes some limits on key generation to prevent developers from essentially piggybacking off of Steam's services while solely selling games directly to consumers elsewhere. None of this necessarily means Steam's 30 percent cut of direct game sales is justified, or that Valve couldn't afford to lower its rates. But the next time you hear about Valve's 30 percent headline revenue cut, keep in mind that the functional proportion of total sales the company receives is probably quite a bit lower. Source: Why Valve actually gets less than 30 percent of Steam game sales (Ars Technica)
  5. Sylence

    Epic VS Steam

    The Big AAA game publishers are choosing epic store over Steam, keep reading to find out why. The three most recent games from French studio Quantic Dream — Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain — are all PlayStation exclusives at the moment, but they’re on their way to Windows PC with the help of Epic Games, the companies announced Wednesday at the 2019 Game Developers Conference. PC ports of all three games are scheduled to be released “later this year,” and each one will be sold exclusively in the Epic Games Store for one year, Quantic Dream said in a news release. The company “partnered with” Epic to bring the titles to PC, according to the announcement. It’s unclear if Epic is funding the development of the PC versions, or if the company merely paid for the timed exclusive on the distribution arrangement. We’ve asked the companies for comment, and will update this article with any information we receive. The news comes as no great shock. In January, Quantic Dream announced that it had taken an investment from Chinese internet company NetEase for a minority stake in the studio. At the time, Quantic Dream executives said they would take their future projects to multiple platforms, suggesting that the company’s long-running exclusive partnership with Sony had come to an end. The wording in Wednesday’s announcement underscored that. now as to Why this is happening and Why this is Bad Important: https://imgur.com/BqVfzBd more info: https://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/0/1745605598703934900/?ctp=290#c1843566500527009287 Sources: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
  6. Steam customers who use devices with the operating systems Windows XP or Windows Vista cannot run the Steam client anymore on these devices starting today. Valve Software revealed in mid 2018 that it would end support for the two Microsoft operating systems on January 1, 2019. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in 2014 and support for Windows Vista in 2017. While there are still options to install some security patches on Windows XP or Windows Vista devices, many major Internet and software companies stopped supporting these operating systems already. Valve notes that Steam won't run anymore on those versions of Windows and that users who want to "continue running Steam and any games or other products purchases through Steam", need to "update to a more recent version of Windows". The explanation that Valve gives is the following: Steam uses an embedded version of Google Chrome and that browser does not support XP or Vista anymore. Also, the latest version of Steam requires "Windows feature and security" updates available only for Windows 7 and newer versions. Valve's hardware and software survey, last updated in September 2018, highlights that 0.11% of all devices running Steam ran a 32-bit copy of Windows XP. Windows Vista is not listed which means that its share is lower than the share of the lowest listed Windows operating system; that's Windows 8.1 with a share of 0.06%. Valve's decision to end support for the operating system has far reaching consequences for some customers. Steam won't run anymore on unsupported devices; the main issue arises for users who don't have access to devices running newer versions of Windows. Why? Because they won't be able to access their Steam game purchases anymore on XP or Vista devices. Steam customers have two main options: Upgrade to a supported version of Windows or use a PC that runs a supported version of Windows. Switch to Linux or Mac. Linux offers some advantages but also disadvantages: Linux distributions are free to use and install, and Valve improved support for running Windows games under Linux in recent time. The downside is that there are games that won't run under Linux; certain games, e.g. those that require some form or DRM, may not run under Linux. Steam users can browse the Linux category on the Store website to find out if games are supported under Linux officially. Source: Steam support for Windows XP and Vista ended (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has been rumoured to receive its own battle royale mode since last year. Aptly dubbed “Danger Zone”, Valve has made the mode official alongside making the game free-to-play, but it seems that not everyone supports the move. Danger Zone is “a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish,” according to Valve, including the same weapon play found in the base game. The crucial difference between Danger Zone and pre-established competitors on the market is its smaller 16-player count in singles and 18-player count in duos and triples, making games last just 10 minutes apiece. Blacksite, Danger Zone’s single map is relatively small in comparison to PUBG, Fortnite and Blackout, but it is still jarring for the average Counter-Strike player in size. As usual, players land with a knife after choosing their drop zone and have to procure their weapons and equipment onsite. Cash is still important, and can be found lying on the ground, looting enemy players, in safes that can only be accessed by blowing it with a C4 and as a reward for escorting hostages to pick-up zones. Cash allows players to purchase weapons, just like the base game, however it’s still advised that they be conservative with ammo. Ammo is scattered across the map, but it is an incredibly scarce resource that could determine the outcome of the match. Long-term players will be happy to learn that skins carry over from the base game to Danger Zone, and there are seventeen new seasonal skins up for grabs. New players shouldn’t be intimidated, as they will be given “non-prime” member status and placed into a separate matchmaking pool to avoid unbalanced gameplay. “When you have Prime Status you are matched with other players who also have Prime Status, and Prime users are eligible for Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases,” Valve explains. Although Valve seems to have confidence in its Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC), some players are concerned that making the game free-to-play will see an influx of cheaters that would have otherwise been deterred by the entry fee. Others are more concerned about the money they spent on a game that has now lost its paid status. View: Original Article.
  8. Gamers fear Valve’s PC gaming platform will be heavily restricted in China Valve officially signs with Shanghai’s government to launch Steam China in Shanghai, as well as bringing the next The International for Dota 2 to the city. Right now, the global version Steam is in a weird position in China. It’s not officially approved for the country, and yet it’s there -- despite the fact that China has blocked thousands of websites ranging from Facebook, Google to Twitch, Steam somehow remains accessible. But Steam hasn’t been immune to China’s censorship, either. Chinese regulators have blocked Steam’s community feature and applied pressure on Valve to ensure the storefront is as compliant as it can be. Now gamers worry that the official version of Steam China -- which will presumably contain a much more limited subset of games, the ones that are approved for sale in China -- will mean that the government will shut off access to the global version. Not helping the tension -- the Chinese government’s moves to tighten its grip on gaming. It’s planning tough new regulations to curb video game addiction and myopia. And it has not approved any new games since March. Since new games can’t be published through other legitimate channels, more and more gamers and game publishers alike inside China turn to the global version of Steam. The biggest example? PUBG. The game quickly became a viral sensation around the world, but wasn’t officially available in China -- so Chinese gamers flocked to Steam, buying 15 million copies. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a "battle royale" shooting game. It's a little like the Hunger Games: 100 players have to scavenge for weapons and kill everyone else to be the last player standing. The surprising success of The Scroll of Taiwu is another case in point. The small-budget indie game, only available in Chinese, ranked among Steam’s top-sellers for weeks. Shocked by their own success, the developers said that they chose to publish the title on Steam given China’s approval freeze. A developer said, “My team has an urgent need to survive.” Within three hours following the announcement of Steam China, posts linked to its related hashtag have been read over 5 million times on Weibo. Weibo is a Twitter-like microblogging service used by hundreds of millions of users. Launched by Sina in 2009, it regularly censors topics deemed sensitive or inappropriate by the Chinese government. Many netizens say that they are bleeding green blood following the news. Why green blood? Because blood and violence is censored in Chinese games, the color of blood in video games in China is often changed to green. A Weibo user sardonically wrote, “Pow! And I spit out a mouthful of green blood. Source
  9. (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has blocked the plans of the biggest distributor of PC-based video games to extend its reach into iPhones, according to the game distributor, a sign that Apple is serious about protecting its ability to take a cut of digital purchases made inside games on its mobile devices. Steam, the dominant online store for downloaded games played on Windows PCs, had planned to release a free mobile phone app called Steam Link so that gamers could continue playing on their mobile phones while away from their desktop machines. But Apple has rejected the app, blocking its release, according to a statement from Steam’s parent company, the Bellevue, Washington-based Valve Corp. “The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we’re clearly disappointed,” Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said in a statement to Reuters. “But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future.” Apple did not immediately return a request for comment. The magazine Variety earlier reported Steam’s rejection from the App Store. Bob O’Donnell, chief of TECHnalysis Research, said Apple’s move to block steam could hurt it with users between 18 and 24 years old, more than half of whom have iPhones, according to his research. “What they’re doing is denying iPhone owners access to the most important gaming ecosystem there is,” he said. “Given that the younger demographic skews toward iPhones, it seems particularly damaging.” Steam did not give a precise reason for the App Store denials, saying only that Apple cited “business conflicts with app guidelines.” But the conflict likely centers on what are known as in-app purchases or micro-transactions, in which gamers can spend small sums of money inside games to buy tokens, extra lives or others so-called digital goods. Lombardi said Steam disabled purchasing its iOS app but did not elaborate on how the change was made. Apple takes a 30 percent cut of such purchases made within apps distributed through its App Store. Analysts believe those purchases are among the primary drivers of revenue in Apple’s services business, which includes the App Store, iCloud and Apple Music. In Apple’s most recent quarter, services revenue hit $9.1 billion, beating Wall Street expectations and providing a bright spot for revenue growth as the smartphone market matures. Steam, however, also offers purchases within games distributed through its platform and also takes a cut of those purchases. Apple’s App Store guidelines ban such a store-within-a-store unless the purchases flow the Apple’s infrastructure and pay Apple’s cut. Source
  10. Valve is kicking the operating system off its service starting January 2019. Upgrade or GTFO. Windows XP and Vista users have six months to upgrade their operating systems or get the hell off of Steam. Windows XP users are a tiny fraction of Steam's overall user base, only 0.22 percent according to Valve's own tracking. However, 0.22 percent out of a total of 125 million Steam users, is roughly 275,000 users who will no longer have access to Counter-Strike unless they upgrade. That's a lot of potentially annoyed customers. Those quarter millions users will have to upgrade or leave. According to Valve, the new features its rolling out on Steam—including its nifty new Discord-style chat system—use an embedded version of Chrome that the older versions of Windows can’t support. “In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 7 and above,” Valve said. That’s what this is really about. Security. Look. Windows XP was great. We all loved Windows XP, but it came out in 2001 and Microsoft stopped supporting it in 2014. Microsoft has been a victim of its own success. XP is was so popular that millions of users, some of them in government and business, have clung to the operating system despite its increasing security issues. Microsoft even released an emergency security patch in 2017 in response to the WannaCry malware. To those 275,000 I say upgrade or lose the ability to AWP noobs in Counter-Strike 1.6. Source
  11. Steam is actively preventing users from sharing links to the cloud-hosting service MEGA. The URLs are automatically stripped from forum posts and even private chats are censored. According to Valve, Mega links are potentially malicious, something the New Zealand company actively disputes. With more than 150 million registered accounts, Steam is much more than just a game distribution platform. For many people, it’s also a social hangout and a communication channel. Steam’s instant messaging tool, for example, is widely used for chats with friends. About games of course, but also to discuss lots of other stuff. While Valve doesn’t mind people socializing on its platform, there are certain things the company doesn’t want Steam users to share. This includes links to the cloud hosting service Mega. Users who’d like to show off some gaming footage, or even a collection of cat pictures they stored on Mega, are unable to do so. As it turns out, Steam actively censors these type of links from forum posts and chats. In forum posts, these offending links are replaced by the text {LINK REMOVED} and private chats get the same treatment. Instead of the Mega link, people on the other end only get a mention that a link was removed. While Mega operates as a regular company that offers cloud hosting services, Steam notes on their website that the website is “potentially malicious.” “The site could contain malicious content or be known for stealing user credentials,” Steam’s link checker warns. It’s unclear what malicious means in this context. Mega has never been flagged by Google’s Safe Browsing program, which is regarded as one of the industry standards for malware and other unwanted software. What’s more likely is that Mega’s piracy stigma has something to do with the censoring. As it turns out, Steam also censors 4shared.com, as well as Pirate Bay’s former .se domain name. Other “malicious sites” which get the same treatment are more game oriented, such as cheathappens.com and the CSGO Skin Screenshot site metjm.net. While it’s understandable some game developers don’t like these, malicious is a rather broad term in this regard. Mega clearly refutes that they are doing anything wrong. Mega Chairman Stephen Hall tells TorrentFreak that the company swiftly removes any malicious content, once it receives an abuse notice. “It is crazy for sites to block Mega links as we respond very quickly to disable any links that are reported as malware, generally much quicker than our competitors,” Hall says. Valve did not immediately reply to our request for clarification so the precise reason for the link censoring remains unknown. That said, when something’s censored the public tends to work around any restrictions. Mega links are still being shared on Steam, with a slightly altered URL. In addition, Mega’s backup domain Mega.co.nz still works fine too. torrentfreak
  12. SnakeMasteR

    Spec Ops: The Line

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  13. The Red Solstice - Free "Red Solstice" is a tactical, detachable survival game, established in the distant future on Mars, played in single-player mode or with the participation of up to 8 players in a cooperative multiplayer mode.Roam freely over huge maps, complete randomized objectives and deal with surprise events that keep you on the edge of your seat. Survive and conquer by any means necessary. Get stronger every time. Level up to unlock new weapons and abilities. Try to survive the storm.steam linkPromo
  14. Stardew Valley creator teases multiplayer http://store.steampowered.com/app/413150/Stardew_Valley/?l=japanese Stardew Valley’s multiplayer mode appears to be coming alongside very effectively. Eric Barone, creator of Stardew Valley, has beforehand talked about including multiplayer to the sport on a number of events. The most up-to-date replace concerning the function pegged it for a beta launch early in 2018. We’re midway by January and already Barone has extra to share. It’s not an replace per se, extra of a teaser. The designer shared a screenshot exhibiting a number of gamers in the identical recreation, from a current play session. The 4 gamers had been taking part in on LAN, and it appears like taking part in Stardew Valley in multiplayer will probably be a really lively expertise. Though we’re nonetheless no nearer to a date, even for the beta, it’s good to listen to progress is being made. Hopefully that PC beta is coming quickly and followers will be capable of lastly get their palms on it. SOURCE : https://www.vg247.com/2018/01/15/stardew-valley-creator-teases-multiplayer/
  15. GUNS OF ICARUS ONLINE Guns of Icarus Online is provided via Steam key for Windows, Mac, and Linux. For key redemption, a free Steam account is required. DESCRIPTION Guns of Icarus Online is the original PvP steampunk airship combat game that laid the groundwork for the expanded Guns of Icarus experience, Guns of Icarus Alliance. Slip the surly bonds of earth and take to the skies as a bold Captain, fearless Gunner, or cunning Engineer. Raising the stakes on team-based PvP combat with an emphasis on strategic competition and team play, Guns of Icarus Online is all about teamwork, tactics, and fast-paced action. With a good ship and the right crew, you can conquer the skies! A vivid steampunk world Lumbering, heavily-armored airships bristling with guns patrol the skies above a land ravaged beyond repair by an out-of-control industrial revolution. Build your own airship Starting from a selection of basic hulls, players can mix and match hundreds of custom parts to create their own unique airship, then assemble a crew to fly it. Your ship is your life Your ship is your collective life bar - when the ship goes down, the crew goes down with it. Every member of the crew plays an integral role in not only maintaining the integrity - “life” - of the ship, but also weakening the integrity of enemy ships as they work cooperatively towards a shared victory. The ultimate multiplayer team experience You won’t be told to stay still and not die while a veteran preserves their Kill/Death ratio. In Guns of Icarus Online, you are forced to work together. It’s an entirely interdependent gameplay experience that cannot be won by a single crew member. Goggles, gears, and glory A wide range of costumes and cosmetic options to show off your style are available in the in-game store. These items are cosmetic only - there is no pay-to-win in Guns of Icarus Online. Pit crew against crew Form a party with up to 4 friends and crew a ship together to battle against other teams in massive airship battles with up to 32 players in a match with multiple game modes including Deathmatch, King of the Hill, Crazy King, Skyball, and VIP. Rise in the ranks Earn titles and cosmetic upgrades through your achievements. Balanced, competitive matches reward strategic, skillful play, not level grinding. Giveaway Page
  16. Sid Meier's Civilization® III: Complete Sid Meier's Civilization® III: Complete is provided via Steam key for Windows. For key redemption, a free Steam account is required. Description Use of this product requires agreement to the following third party end user license agreement: http://www.take2games.com/eula/ Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, the latest offering in the Sid Meier's Civilization III franchise, provides gaming fans with Sid Meier's Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World*, as well as all of the great new civilizations, scenarios, and features from Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests! Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, more modes of play, and more ways to win, all in one box! *Online Multiplayer to be suspended as of May 31st 2014, LAN mode still supported Giveaway Page
  17. Dean213


    Men of War: Assault Squad GIVEAWAY ENDS ON 18 OCTOBER 2017 (10 AM UTC) ABOUT THIS GAME Men of War: Assault Squad features a completely new cooperative skirmish game mode with access to five different nations (Russia, Germany, USA, Commonwealth and, for the first time ever in the Men of War series, Japan) as well as increased realism and accessibility. Players can get behind the controls of a tank to smash through obstacles, crush soldiers under their tracks and fire high-explosive shells at enemy emplacements, they can even take control of individual soldiers as they fight. As in previous games in the series, Men of War: Assault Squad includes the unique "direct control" feature which enables players to be in command of any unit using the WASD controls, rather than pointing and clicking. Key Features: Different historical settings and battlegrounds for every nation presented in the game allowing players to face distinct varieties of enemies and tactics Unique hero units with powerful abilities such as increasing units' firepower, boosting morale or providing other advantages to defeat the enemy against all odds Bonuses featuring remote controlled bombs that can flatten entire residential blocks, airstrikes to destroy incoming tank columns, special "For the Motherland!" charge attacks and many more Improved and dynamic AI ensures that no two missions in the game will play out the same way, making each battle a new experience against an AI that really fights back A great choice of various locations including Western Europe to Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Pacific area The ability to play together with up to four friends in LAN or cooperative online play New multiplayer maps and game settings Improved multiplayer providing authentic use of equipment and vehicles Overhauled infantry squads and the ability to purchase specific soldiers More realistic weapon behavior and penetration values A reworked artillery system providing innovative assault and defense strategies New types of ammunition which increase the tanks' strength Installation: Visit the promo site (below) and download game. GameSessions lets you download the full version of Men of War: Assault Squad for free on your own PC. You need to play this game for 5 minutes before the end of the giveaway to activate it and keep it forever on GameSessions. System Requirements(Minimum) OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 Processor: 2.6 GHz Processor or higher Memory: 1 GB RAM Graphics: DX9 compatible GPU DirectX: Version 9.0 Hard Drive: 4GB available space What is GameSessions? GameSessions lets you download the full version of Men of War: Assault Squad for free on your own PC. You need to play this game for 5 minutes before the end of the giveaway to activate it and keep it forever on GameSessions. If you wish to buy a copy of the game and add it to your Steam™ Library, you can do so instantly in-game. After purchase we will provide you with a Steam™ key for you to add the game to your Steam™ Library. promo
  18. OUTLAST DELUXE EDITION Outlast Deluxe Edition is provided via Steam key for Windows, Mac, and Linux and is also provided DRM-Free for Windows, Mac, and Linux. For key redemption, a free Steam account is required. DESCRIPTION Outlast Deluxe Edition includes: Outlast base game Outlast: Whistleblower DLC Hell is an experiment you can't survive in Outlast, a first-person survival horror game developed by veterans of some of the biggest game franchises in history. As investigative journalist Miles Upshur, explore Mount Massive Asylum and try to survive long enough to discover its terrible secret... if you dare. Synopsis: In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, the asylum has been operating in strict secrecy… until now. Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive. Outlast is a true survival horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind. Features: True Survival Horror Experience: You are no fighter - if you want to survive the horrors of the asylum, your only chance is to run... or hide Immersive Graphics: AAA-quality graphics give players a detailed, terrifying world to explore Hide and Sneak: Stealth-based gameplay, with parkour-inspired platforming elements Unpredictable Enemies: Players cannot know when - and from where - one of the asylum’s terrifying inhabitants will finally catch up to them Real Horror: Outlast’s setting and characters are inspired by real asylums and cases of criminal insanity Warning: Outlast contains intense violence, gore, graphic sexual content, and strong language. Please enjoy. Giveaway Page Register on HunbleBundle, Click on the Outlast Banner, and follow the instrucions.
  19. Dean213


    Game: Psychonauts Game Trailer: ABOUT: A Psychic Odyssey Through the Minds of Misfits, Monsters, and Madmen. This classic action/adventure platformer from acclaimed developers Double Fine Productions follows the story of a young psychic named Razputin. In his quest to join the Psychonauts–an elite group of international psychic secret agents–he breaks into their secret training facility: Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. But this is no average psychic summer camp! A mysterious villain has kidnapped Raz’s fellow campers and stolen their brains. Now he must use his psychic powers of Telekinesis, Levitation, and most of all his ability to project himself into the minds of others–to find the loose noodles and keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Fight mental demons! Uncover hidden memories! Sort emotional baggage! Explore the fantastic realm of the inner mind! Giveaway page: https://sharewareonsale.com Download Instructions: Download 1: Steam Client for WindowsDownload 2: Steam Client for MacDownload 3: Steam Client for Linux To get Psychonauts, first you need to create a free Steam account. If you don't have a Steam account already, head over to Steam's website to do that. Once you have done that, you need to create a Humble Bundle account, if you don't have one. Head over to Humble Bundle's website: https://www.humblebundle.com to do that. Once you have both a Steam and a Humble Bundle account, you need to link your Humble Bundle account to your Steam account; you can do this from your Humble Bundle's settings page. After you've done that, click here to go to the giveaway page and click ADD TO CART (make sure the price says FREE; if the price does not say FREE, then the giveaway has ended). Next click CHECKOUT and then GET IT FOR FREE. After that, you will get an email from Humble Bundle with a link you must click. At the page that loads, you must click REDEEM ON STEAM and you will be given your unique Steam code. You must redeem this Steam code inside Steam's gaming client immediately to get Psychonauts for free. Kindly note the terms and conditions on the product page: product page.
  20. jbleck

    A few Steam keys

    I have a few Steam keys that i will not use... Thought that someone here might. Dead Bits Redeemed: How to redeem: Rules: Members with at least 10 posts on Nsane will be served. Reply here with the desired game and i'll provide the key. I have one key for each game. First come, first served. Request only 1 key. (if there will be no demand then i'll change this "rule")
  21. Mirage: Arcane Warfare Mirage: Arcane Warfare will be Free for a Day on Steam starting tomorrow, September 6th at 10am PT. For 24 hours only, add Mirage to your library - and keep it forever. Genre: Action, Indie Developer: Torn Banner Studios Publisher: Torn Banner Studios Release Date: 23 May, 2017 About This Game In Mirage: Arcane Warfare, the calm of a strange fantasy world is shattered by ruthless civil war. Warriors armed with steel and magic bring violence and death as they do battle across a fantastical Arabian and Persian-inspired setting of desert sands, market bazaars and grand palaces. Mirage is a skill-based multiplayer FPS that lets you tear your enemies limb from limb with destructive magic and melee combat. Experiment and find your perfect playstyle between six diverse classes including stealthy assassins, hulking brutes, powerful mages and more. With an unparalleled focus on truly feeling in control of your magic and sword, Mirage demands combat creativity and will challenge you like never before. From the creators of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare comes a new competitive multiplayer FPS about steel and spells. Exchange-based combat expands from close quarters melee to ranged magic attacks, providing an endless variety of tactical choices, yet instant fun and familiarity for FPS fans. System Requirements Minimum: OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit ONLY) Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-4370 Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 670 DirectX: Version 11 Network: Broadband Internet connection Storage: 20 GB available space Recommended: OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit ONLY) Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3770 or equivalent Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480 DirectX: Version 11 Network: Broadband Internet connection Giveaway page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/368420/Mirage_Arcane_Warfare/ Giveaway source: http://steamcommunity.com/games/368420/announcements/detail/1452830226782492235
  22. Last month, we reported that the Steam user base on Windows 10 had climbed to an all-time high of 51.23%. This time, it appears that the operating system has lost some ground while Windows 7 is clambering up once again. According to Valve's hardware report - which is based on optional user surveys - for the month of July 2017, it appears that Windows 10 has fallen to 50.49%. More importantly, this decline has been attributed to the 64-bit version of the OS rather than the 32-bit iteration. Windows 7's user base climbed to 36.99%, which is an increase of 0.85 percentage points. All other versions of Windows lost some of their user base. As a result, the overall user base for Windows fell slightly as well, and now accounts for 96.12% of surveyed Steam users. The report indicated some positive news for operating systems developed by other companies. While the increases in percentage are within the margin of error, Apple's OS X/macOS grew to 3.11% and Linux progressed to 0.74%. There were no changes in the hardware side of the report with 8GB of system RAM still the most-used configuration. The display resolution for primary displays and multi-monitor setups remained 1920x1080 and 3840x1080 respectively. While the statistics in Steam's report are certainly interesting, it is important to remember that they are based on optional surveys. As such, any changes in the user base of a particular software or hardware wouldn't necessarily represent a shift in broader usage beyond the Steam gaming community. Source: Windows 10 faces slight decline in Steam user base as Windows 7 rises (Neowin)
  23. The loco steam-powered Black Pearl motorcycle from Revatu Customs The Black Pearl constructed by Revatu Customs blends a motorbike with a locomotive The Black Pearl was unveiled at the Bigtwin Bike Show in Rosmalen, Holland, next to a poster of Captain Jack Sparrow. But unlike the legendary sea vessel of the silver screen, this Black Pearl is a land vehicle powered by a steam engine. Constructed by Dutch company Revatu Customs, the two-wheeled locomotive is a fully functioning motorcycle, albeit a slow one. Staying faithful to the Train Wreck’s design, van Tuil built a motorcycle whose locomotive inspiration is obvious from every angle. The final transmission, an exposed crankshaft rotating the rear wheel by means of an eccentric pivot, mimics a steam train’s engine both mechanically and visually. Adding a bell and a steam horn doesn't steer the mind away from trains either. A setup more familiar to the typical motorcyclist can be found at the front, where two shock absorbers connect the steering to the wheel through a trailing link structure, housing a drum brake assigned with the task of stopping the beast. Go to source for tons of Pics!
  24. Microsoft has been criticized for being overly aggressive in its attempts to push Windows 10 onto consumers, but to the company's credit, it continues to gain market share. That is especially true among gamers—usage among Steam users is now at 51.2 percent combined for both 64-bit (50.15) and 32-bit (1.05) builds in the month of March. That's a jump of nearly 2.5 percent from the prior month. In other words, more than half of all Steam users are rocking a Windows 10 PC. The next closest is Windows 7, which accounts for systems owned by around a third (34.74 percent) of Steam users. Windows 8/8.1 is the only other operating system with a somewhat significant share of the Steam community, albeit it's less than 1 in 10 users (8.98 percent). Windows XP and Vista holdouts barely register a blip on the radar at 1.04 percent combined. It's not too surprising that gamers are adopting Windows 10 faster than the general public. Windows 10 is the only OS that supports Microsoft's low-level DirectX 12 API. The promise of DX12 is that it can deliver big performance gains, as the API gives developers deeper access to hardware resources that were previously off limits. In building or upgrading systems, gamers have a vested interest in being sure their setups are DX12-capable. Supporting this notion is another statistic—nearly three-fourths (74.76 percent) of Steam users own a DX12 GPU. That number has been steadily rising over the past several months and is up from 71.06 percent in November of last year. Microsoft also did itself a solid by offering free upgrades to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users for the first year. Technically the free upgrade period is now expired, though it's still open to users with accessibility needs. This is not something Microsoft actively polices, so undoubtedly there are some users without accessibility needs who are still upgrading to Windows 10 at no cost. Source
  25. This is what Fences can do for you on the desktop Fences is currently one of the top desktop organization tools for Windows users, and parent company Stardock is trying to make it as widely available as possible, so today it’s rolling out the application on Steam. Making Fences available for Steam users is supposed to boost adoption especially among gamers, who could discover the benefits of using a desktop organization program to keep things organized regardless of their Windows version. Stardock says it turned to Steam because other titles that it launched on Valve’s gaming platforms were quite successful, so it makes sense for the company to release Fences here too. “We’re already known for games like the Galactic Civilizations series on Steam,” Stardock CEO Brad Wardell explained today. “Our software has always been sold elsewhere. We think that gamers, streamers, creatives, and the types of people drawn to Steam could really benefit from some of our applications, and that’s why we’re starting with Fences.” Trial version also available The application will be available for Steam users with a $9.99 price tag, and if you are interested in giving it a try, you can download Fences for Windows from Softpedia to test drive it for 30 days. For those who are unfamiliar with Fences, this is a super-helpful tool that helps users keep things organized on the desktop by creating separate groups of icons that can be moved around and marked individually. There are tons of configuration settings and you can even hide icons on the desktop should you want it to be completely clean. Fences comes with support for Windows 10 and also works on high DPI monitors, while also including some exclusive features for Microsoft’s most recent desktop operating system, such as wallpaper blurring behind fences. Without a doubt, Fences is worth a try, so you can get the trial to discover what it’s up to or watch the video below to see the application in action in Windows. Source
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