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Like the original Half-Life, but shinier: Black Mesa now in Steam Early Access

After the reception its Valve-approved Half-Life remake Black Mesa got when it was originally released for free in 2012, developer Crowbar Collective has brought the game to Steam Early Access for continued development.

Gaming

Gamers will feel they own the products they buy when DRM and mandatory online play are removed

Ever wanted to just play games without having to worry about digital rights management or always needing an Internet connection? GOG and their distribution platform, GOG Galaxy, want to help.

Gaming

Linux loses ground in latest Steam hardware survey

Figures released by Valve show that the share of Linux systems using the Steam service fell over the course of April 2015, a drop that may make it more difficult for developers to justify Linux ports.

Computing

Valve introduces permanent game bans, defers decisions to developers

Those who engage in "disruptive" behavior in games on Valve’s Steam service will need to be very wary from now on, as now game developers can permanently ban players from their games, a Steam support page revealed.

Gaming

Three years after the announcement of Steam for Linux, the platform is still growing

After three years of working on Steam for Linux, there are over 1100 titles, and a whole lot of momentum, even if SteamOS isn't quite there yet.

Computing

Ditch your console and frag the right way with our favorite gaming PCs

They won't come cheap, but with top-tier performance and speed, these systems are our favorite for getting your game on.

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Valve opens the valve on selling mods on Steam, but not everyone is happy about it

Valve has now given mod creators the option to sell their works in the Steam Workshop, starting off with Skyrim mods. Predictably, a lot of users are unhappy about this, and are already calling for Valve to reverse the decision.

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Critical darling Axiom Verge heads to the PC on May 14

The PC port of Axiom Verge finally has a release date: May 14. The game is a 2D sidescroller influenced by the classic NES game Metroid, but that adds a number of unique additions, such as a tool that seems as if it is causing glitches in the game.

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Steam cracks down on spammers, restricting new accounts until users pay up

Steam users have likely noticed a recent influx of spammers sending bogus friend invites and trade requests. To fight this increase in spam, Valve is limiting new accounts until users pay at least $5 USD.

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Steam gets more secure as Valve adds two-factor authentication to Android, iOS apps

Valve's Steam Guard, which protects users' Steam accounts, is about to get both easier to use and more secure, as two-factor authentication is coming in beta form to the Steam apps for Android and iOS.

Gaming

Half-Life 2: Update breathes new life into City 17

Released over 10 years ago, Half-Life 2 is still revered as one of the best first-person shooters ever made. Half-Life 2: Update gives the game a visual refresh and fixes bugs, and it is now downloadable on Steam for owners of the original game.

Gaming

Here’s how to get a free Vive virtual reality headset

In anticipation of a 2015 commercial release, Valve and HTC plan to offer free development kits for their new Vive VR headset to qualified developers. Applications will open up soon.

Gaming

Sharing your success: How to take screenshots and videos of PC games

Whether you're capturing a funny glitch, or showing off your latest sick achievement, these tips can help you save your best gaming moments for posterity.

Computing

Valve now requires users to disclose paid endorsements on Steam

In an effort to keep its "discovery" system fair, Valve is now requiring Steam users to disclose if they have been paid for reviews or recommendations, similar to the request it made of Steam Curators late last year.

Gaming

Valve will bring its own VR hardware to GDC in March

Valve is preparing to show off never-before-seen virtual reality hardware in March at the upcoming Game Developers Conference, along with the latest Steam Machines and controller.

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