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Currency Screw-Up Leaves Australians Unable To Buy Some Steam Games Currency Screw-Up Leaves Australians Unable To Buy Some Steam Games

Steam made the move from US currency to the local dollarydoo in Australia today, and all publishers had to do to ensure a smooth transition was tick a box saying they now supported the Australian dollar. Loads of them, including Microsoft and Konami, forgot.

Valve Says Steam Link Hardware Is 'Almost Gone' Valve Says Steam Link Hardware Is 'Almost Gone'

It seems like only yesterday that Valve declared it was making hardware. In reality, Steam controllers, Steam machines, and an odd little gadget called the Steam Link came out back in 2015. Now, three years later, the most useful of those devices is about to enter retirement.

Valve Says It Will Reduce Artifact’s Hidden Costs, Following Fan Complaints Valve Says It Will Reduce Artifact’s Hidden Costs, Following Fan Complaints

Artifact is, for better and worse, shaping up to be a very Valve card game in that it’s a clever, complex re-imagining of DOTA 2—complete with lanes and heroes—but it’s also heavily tied into a real-money marketplace. In fact, there’s currently no way to earn new cards without spending at least a pinch of your…

Battle Princess Madelyn is a Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts-inspired action-platformer whose “honorary assistant creative director” is a 7-year-old girl. Madelyn Obritsch wanted to be in Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, so her dad, game designer Christopher Obritsch, decided to grant her wish—and involve her in the creative process. The…

Void Bastards is a strategy-shooter inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2. In it, you guide a group of prisoners through “derelict spaceships and myriad dangers.” You plot a course, study ship layouts, infiltrate ships, and fight/sabotage/distract your way through them. Also, your distraction tool is a kitty. Oh,…

Valve Pays $20,000 To Hacker Who Found Steam Bug That Generates Free Games Valve Pays $20,000 To Hacker Who Found Steam Bug That Generates Free Games

Somewhere deep inside Valve’s labyrinthine compound of Steam-sustaining tubes, wires, and pipes, somebody is thanking their lucky stars for Artem Moskowsky. The self-described “bug hunter” came across a glitch that allowed him to generate thousands of free keys for any game on Steam. A lesser person might have kept…

Skatebird is a game about a bird who skateboards. Not sure what else you were expecting, really. In it, you skate around an “expansively tiny world,” do Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater-inspired tricks, and try to cheer up your “big,” probably human friend. It’ll be out sometime next year.

I've Almost Finished The Quiet Man And Still Have No Idea What It Is I've Almost Finished The Quiet Man And Still Have No Idea What It Is

Since hearing about it at this year’s E3, I keep asking myself one question: what the hell is the The Quiet Man? Developed by Human Head Studios and Square Enix, every new trailer for the game was more confusing than the last. Now that the game is out, I finally have my answer. It is an FMV game. It is a brawler…

Save Me Mr. Tako Sure Feels Like A Game Boy Classic Save Me Mr. Tako Sure Feels Like A Game Boy Classic

If I didn’t know Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako-San was a tribute to retro handheld games, I could easily be convinced it was a long-lost Game Boy classic.

Disgaea 5’s Release On PC Has Been A Months-Long Debacle Disgaea 5’s Release On PC Has Been A Months-Long Debacle

Disgaea 5, the latest in publisher Nippon Ichi Software anime tactics series, released on PS4 in 2015. Since then, NIS has been working to port it to other platforms, including Switch in 2017 and now, finally, PC. This version, called Disgaea 5: Complete, supposedly included all of the game’s downloadable content. It…

I Can't Believe I Ignored Monster Hunter: World's Arena Quests For So Long I Can't Believe I Ignored Monster Hunter: World's Arena Quests For So Long

When you’re a busy monster hunter, it’s easy to focus on the next big thing, whether that’s sieges against golden dragons or getting caught up in challenging event quests. That means the game’s other option, arena quests are easy to ignore. I’d been putting them aside for a long time and it might be my biggest gaming…

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Gets Review Bombed For Going On Sale So Soon Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Gets Review Bombed For Going On Sale So Soon

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is, to hear people (including Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo) tell it, pretty good, despite some questionable narrative decisions. Last week, however, it committed a crime that some Steam users decided couldn’t be forgiven: a 34 percent off sale. Cue the review bombs.

Accounting+, a VR collaboration between makers of Rick and Morty and The Stanley Parable, is out. I got to play it last weekend at Indiecade in LA, and it’s the funniest VR game I’ve tried. If you want to get a feel for its sense of humor, watch this trailer, and make sure to stick around for the whole thing.

The Hex Mashes Up Game Genres, Then Gets Really Weird The Hex Mashes Up Game Genres, Then Gets Really Weird

I’m just gonna cut to the chase: The Hex is this year’s Frog Fractions, Undertale, or—perhaps most aptly, given that it’s from the same creator—Pony Island. It’s a game that makes confetti of genre conventions and reassembles the scraps into a surprising story about how we interact with games.

A Bullet-Hell Shooter About Loving Your Enemy A Bullet-Hell Shooter About Loving Your Enemy

The Void Rains Upon Her Heart is an early access bullet-hell game available on PC. It’s all about earning randomized loot and learning to love the monsters you face. Random sequences of difficult bosses challenge the player to adjust their strategies, while special rewards augment your abilities and encourage…

You Can Now Officially Get The Steam Achievement For Not Playing A Game For Five Years You Can Now Officially Get The Steam Achievement For Not Playing A Game For Five Years

On October 17, 2013, farcical indie adventure The Stanley Parable was released on Steam. It features an achievement called “Go Outside,” which requires not playing the game for five years. Today is October 17, 2018. Achievement unlocked?

The Missing Gets Queer Love Stories Right The Missing Gets Queer Love Stories Right

Last night, I finished The Missing. My initial impression of the game was that it’s a sweet but extremely bloody puzzle-platformer, peppered with queer overtones. As I pressed forward, I found a game that was transgressive and shockingly frank in talking about LGTBQA+ issues. It’s been on my mind all morning.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's 'Optional' Questlines Are Just As Important As The Main One Assassin's Creed Odyssey's 'Optional' Questlines Are Just As Important As The Main One

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey packs a lot of activities into its massive world, letting players wander to their heart’s content hunting down cultists or doing side-quests. As a result, the game’s main story is split into multiple branches. Frustratingly, this structure makes some of the game’s best quests and most…

How To Get Good At Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Ship Battles How To Get Good At Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Ship Battles

It’s tough being a ship captain in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Naval combat is one of the game’s trickier aspects and while it’s always going to be tough, these tips should help you deal with any blockades or pirates you come across.

Brazilian Government Calls For Removal Of Violent Far-Right Game From Steam Brazilian Government Calls For Removal Of Violent Far-Right Game From Steam

Does an overtly low-budget game in which a controversial politician smacks down black and gay people count as “straight up trolling” by Valve’s new anything-goes standards? Is it an effort to “incite and sow discord”—which Valve also recently said can be disqualifying? These are the questions surrounding Bolsomito 2K18…

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