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In an announcement perhaps meant to obliterate the definition of “Valve Time,” the publisher announced that Alien Swarm has been rebuilt in Source Engine and will be released — for free, no less — tomorrow, Monday, July 19. The team that originally …
Portal 2 is coming to the PS3! That big bombshell was announced during Sony’s press conference today and along with that announcement came this new teaser above. That mean robot bitch is still alive and she wants to play again, in the na…
Wait, isn’t that … tomorrow? Why yes it is! Turns out that the third week of Mac releases on Steam will include Gordon Freeman’s second adventure against the Combine in Half-Life 2. Rather than simply release a press blurb about the game’s forthcoming availability, Valve has created this parody of Apple’s “1984″ advertisement featuring Alyx [...]
To celebrate Steam’s arrival on Mac, Valve went ahead and did what Valve does best: create a sweet promotion that will raise awareness of its games and client, earning them big bucks in the long run. They have all sorts of fancy charts and graphs to prove this works, I’m sure. Starting now and lasting [...]
Yesterday, Valve issued an update to its 2007 first-person puzzle game Portal, adding exactly one new Steam achievement and 26 audio transmissions that players could listen to via in-game radios. So started an impressive puzzle. Instead of listening to those transmissions in-game, members of various web forums, including the Steam, Facepunch and Something Awful forums—who [...]
Valve’s brilliant first-person puzzler Portal has just been updated. Not normally a big deal, but when that update adds a new, mysterious Steam achievement and some hidden radio transmissions and this is Valve we’re dealing with, we’re right to be curious. Today’s Portal update, officially, features the following addition: “Changed radio transmission frequency to comply [...]
Yesterday’s announced update to Valve’s Steam digital distribution service came with a surprise—hints that the Half-Life developer may be planning to add Mac OS X support to the currently Windows-only software. Steam forum members dug through newly released files from the recently launched open beta and dug up a handful of Mac OS X-specific graphics, [...]
In: Gaming News19 Jan 2010
The latest issue of Game Informer magazine has a bit of potential bad news for Gordon Freeman fans, casting doubt on the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Three in 2010. Specifically, Game Informer’s rumor-centric Loose Talk column notes that there “won’t be any game from the [Half-Life] franchise in 2010, and what will finally come [...]
Do you remember the awe you felt first firing up Half-Life 2 in 2004? Now fire it up in 2010. It’s more like “aawwww”. Flat textures, dull lighting. It’s a shame! What this game needs, then, is a makeover.
A makeover like the one provided by Filip Victor. It adds HDR lighting, new models, new textures, an upgrade to the Orange Box engine (Valve performed their own tweaks for the 2007 re-release of the game on Xbox 360) and even some new Steam achievements to the ageing PC version of the original Half-Life 2.
You can see examples of the improvements made in the clip above (though be advised, you’ll want to kill the sound). If you like what you see, you can find instructions on how to download the mod below.
Authoring tools and a player software package that will allow for the creation and play of custom Left 4 Dead 2 campaigns for the PC were released Wednesday by Valve. Players wanting to play home-grown campaigns will need to install a sizable update (available via Steam under the Tools heading) in order to play new, [...]