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Valve Says Game Devs Can Now Put Anything on Steam Unless It's Illegal or 'Trolling' Valve Says Game Devs Can Now Put Anything on Steam Unless It's Illegal or 'Trolling'

Valve, the company behind the Steam platform that has achieved a near-monopoly on PC game sales, issued a blog post on Wednesday clarifying its content policies after it removed a mass shooting-themed game titled Active Shooter from its store in late May. According to Valve’s Erik Johnson, from now on the company will…

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

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

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

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

After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro, There's No Going Back After Trying the New Wireless Vive Pro, There's No Going Back

When the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive came out in 2016, we entered a new era of virtual reality. No longer would people think of half-assed fever dreams like Lawnmower Man, or ambitious but profound failures like Nintendo’s Virtual Boy anytime VR gets mentioned. Even so, modern VR still hasn’t caught on. It’s awkward,…

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

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

Remember Playing 'The Floor Is Hot Lava' As a Kid? It's Now a Video Game

When there’s nothing on TV, and it’s raining outside, and you’re bored of your toys, every kid always has one reliable way to entertain themselves: pretend the floor is lava and do anything you can to cross a room without stepping on it. It used to require a healthy imagination, until someone turned the idea into a…

Marvel's New Variant Comic Covers Want to Get Kids Into STEM (and the Arts, Too) Marvel's New Variant Comic Covers Want to Get Kids Into STEM (and the Arts, Too)

Lunella Lafayette. Reed Richards. Peter Parker. Tony Stark. Amadeus Cho. Hank Pym. Some of Marvel Comics’ biggest names are scientists and engineers as well as superpowered heroes. To celebrate, Marvel is having a month of STEM-themed covers to promote science education... and a little bit of the arts too, course.

Team Fortress 2 Recreated With Nerf Guns Looks Like Too Much Fun

“Your friends are all dead” isn’t something anyone wants to hear.

HTC Wants to Send Its Vive VR Headset to 100,000 Chinese Internet Cafes HTC Wants to Send Its Vive VR Headset to 100,000 Chinese Internet Cafes

To make virtual reality truly popular, you have to make cheap and accessible. And HTC is zeroing in on a huge market: Chinese internet cafes. It’s the latest example of tech companies worldwide trying to get VR in the hands of massive groups of users, quickly and cheaply.

You Can Now Watch 360-Degree Video on Your TV You Can Now Watch 360-Degree Video on Your TV

Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree videos. Like magic, they let you peer around in any direction from within the video. Now, one company is taking that futuristic video-viewing from your computer—and bringing it to your much bigger TV screen.

Steam Link Review: Convenient, Cheap, and Flawed Steam Link Review: Convenient, Cheap, and Flawed

Despite its simple appearance, the Steam Link–Valve’s first hardware exploration into your living room–isn’t for the light-hearted gamer. For $50, it’s a perfect complement to your current gaming setup–only if your current setup is already pretty much perfect.

Alienware Steam Machine Review: PC Gaming With Console Comforts Alienware Steam Machine Review: PC Gaming With Console Comforts

Steam is a massive online gaming platform that reaches 100 million players worldwide. Now, Valve, the company behind Steam, along with a litany of hardware makers (in this case Dell/Alienware) wants to go head-to-head with Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.

The Internet Just Killed An App Store For Video Game Worlds The Internet Just Killed An App Store For Video Game Worlds

Perhaps you’ve heard a thing or two about “Valve” and “Skyrim” and “mods” recently. What does it all mean? The company that built the world’s most successful video game marketplace started an app store that pays people to remix virtual worlds—and 100,000 angry internet denizens just shot down that idea.

Steam Machines Are Back Steam Machines Are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn't believe it. When the rumors came true, I didn't think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last fall, I felt vindicated. Now, a year later, it's happening. I've tried them. I'm about to eat my words.

HTC Vive: Virtual Reality That's So Damn Real I Can't Even Handle It HTC Vive: Virtual Reality That's So Damn Real I Can't Even Handle It

I saw the future today. I mean that. I got the chance here at MWC to try the new VR headset that Valve and HTC are developing. Is it good? It's absolutely incredible. This thing is just...my god you guys I can't even.

Valve Is Getting Ready to Debut "SteamVR" Valve Is Getting Ready to Debut "SteamVR"

You've got your Oculus Rift. You've got your Sony Project Morpheus. You've got your Microsoft Hololens. Which gaming heavyweight is missing? OK maybe Nintendo, but I'm talking about Valve, and Valve just announced it's making "SteamVR."

Turning the Alienware Alpha Into a Steam Machine Turning the Alienware Alpha Into a Steam Machine

There's nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For just $500, it's a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more…

Where Are All The Steam Machines? Where Are All The Steam Machines?

One year ago, at CES 2014, Valve introduced a new kind of gaming PC, a Linux game console with a gamepad designed to be good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. 14 PC manufacturers were on board, each creating a Steam Machine in its own image. And then... crickets. What the heck happened?

Explore the Largest Steam Pipe System in the World, Hidden Beneath NYC Explore the Largest Steam Pipe System in the World, Hidden Beneath NYC

In its latest adventure, New York Times' Living City series explores the city's enormous underground steam distribution system. Unlike anywhere in the world, New York hides away the largest steam system that powers all types of humidification sources, preserving museum art to even dishwashers in every restaurant…

Your Nest Protect Just Got a Whole Lot Smarter Your Nest Protect Just Got a Whole Lot Smarter

It's been a tumultuous year for Nest's second product, Protect, a fire and CO alarm that's endured not only a halt in sales and recall, but also a price cut and return to the shelves. Yet in a low-key announcement today, Nest showed how powerful its product model can be: By introducing new functionality for devices…

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