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Dear Esther developer Robert Briscoe joins Valve

Robert Briscoe, developer on experimental art game <i>Dear Esther,</i> is taking a break from what he calls "the solitary life" of an indie developer to join Valve Software, he announced in a post on his personal blog.<p>Briscoe wrote that over the past 11 months he has been in the application process for a …

Valve adds Steam report options for adult, offensive content

Valve now allows Steam users to report games for offenses such as pornography or child exploitation.<p>Users can flag a game that violates laws in their jurisdiction, contains content that is "patently offensive or intended to shock or disgust," or includes defamatory statements, among other options. …

How Valve and Cryptozoic came together for a Portal board game (update)

The Portal board game that Cryptozoic Entertainment announced last week didn't originate from within the company, a boutique publisher of tabletop games. The idea actually came from Valve.<p>Back in 2012, the developers who made <i>Portal</i> and <i>Portal 2</i> — as well as their predecessor, <i>Narbacular Drop</i> — …

Valve engineer makes a mouse you control with your tongue

A video from Valve designer Ben Krasnow shows off an experimental project to test the use of the tongue to control a computer.<p>The development of the "Tongue Mouse" is the result of mapping "X/Y cordinates in a Windows-style UI with tongue movements constrained to a plane."<p>According to Krasnow, this …

How Valve created the Steam Controller

During a talk from Steam Dev Days, Valve's Eric Hope detailed how the developer conceptualized, experimented with and created its Steam Controller.<p>According to Hope, the controller had to be capable of supporting play for everything in the Steam catalogue and comfortable enough for the living room. …

Valve hosting 'off the record' dev conference with access to prototype Steam Machines

Valve plans to host Steam Dev Days, a two-day game developer's conference offering "a relaxed, off the record environment," on Jan. 14-16, 2014 in Seattle, according to the event's official website.<p>According to the event's description, attendees will have the opportunity to share industry …

Report: Valve to launch standard interface for VR controllers this month

Valve is "days away" from launching a VR software development kit that will offer developers with a standardized way of creating an interface for VR controllers, the BBC reports.<p>"Steam is in a unique position to be this intermediary between hardware and software and users," the Valve designer told …

The International Dota 2 tournament watched by more than 20M viewers, Valve says

More than 20 million people tuned in to watch this year's annual <i>Dota 2</i> championship tournament, The International 4, according to a release from Valve.<p>Valve said that this year's International <i>Dota 2</i> Championships had "well over 2 million" peak concurrent viewers, more than double last year's peak. …

Valve Announces 'Steam Machines'

Valve continues its major push into console territory, and today is all about hardware. Valve is partnering with hardware manufacturers to make PCs designed to work with living room gaming, and they’ll arrive in 2014.<p>“Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world,” reads the announcement. “We want …

Did Valve just soft-launch the Source 2 engine?

Valve appears to have stealthily soft-launched the long-awaited Source 2 game engine alongside the overnight release of Workshop Tools for <i>Dota 2</i>, Dota modders are suggesting.<p>Central to the theory is while <i>Dota 2</i>'s assets remain the same in this update, the code is decidedly different — in …

Valve Possibly Adding Film, TV Series and More to Steam - PC

New application-type IDs for Film, TV Series, Video, Plugin and Music were discovered in Steam binaries today following a recent Steam Beta …

Full Steam Ahead: Valve Supports In-Home Streaming on Latest GeForce Cards

Valve and NVIDIA have just made game streaming better than ever<i>.</i><p>Last week, Valve officially released support for hardware encoding on NVIDIA GeForce …

Valve taken to court by Australian consumer commission over Steam refund policy

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is suing Valve in federal court over the company's refund policy on Steam, alleging that Valve "made false or misleading representations regarding the application of the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law."<p>According to a release …

Valve Launches Steam Discovery Update

Available now.<p>Today Valve launched the Steam Discovery Update, which revamps Steam's homepage and makes it easier to find the games you're looking …

Valve details big changes to Dota 2's map and more with 6.82 patch

Big changes are on the way with 6.82, including a relocation for everyone's favorite respawning dragon.<p>Months after the Dota 2 International championship, developer Valve is finally bringing a massive balance patch to the game in response to player feedback and design tests over the course of 2014. …

24 legendary Valve games for $25, digital Duck Dynasty, and more must-know games news

I'm currently drowning under review games, so let's get right into it. System requirements galore, Duck (shudder) Dynasty, and Rudy Giuliani—this is gaming news for the week of September 22.<p>Kickstart your heart<p>...Where in this case your heart is your PC gaming collection. To celebrate hitting 100 …

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Valve introduces Steam Music Player with sale on Valve games and their soundtracks

Valve released the Steam Music Player for all Steam users earlier this week, and the company marked the launch with a sale on six different titles in the Half-Life universe and their original soundtracks.<p>Steam Music, which Valve originally announced this past February, allows people to point Steam …