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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” over the past few days. What does it all mean? The company that built the world’s most successful video game proposed an app store to pay people for remixing and enhancing virtual worlds — and 100,000 angry internet denizens just shot down that idea. It’s a bit of a shame.


10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

While Steam gets a lot of hype for discounted prices, you don’t actually have to spend any money to enjoy some of the best games the service has to offer. Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I’m here to tell you which ones you should check out.


Steam Machines Are Back

When I heard Valve wanted to take over the living room, I didn’t believe it. When the rumours came true, I didn’t think it could be done. When Valve failed to deliver Steam Machines last year, 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

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


Can A Mini-PC Replace A Console In The Living Room?

We have all been eagerly awaiting Steam OS and the inevitable flood of affordable console like mini-PCs that will let us play our existing library of games in the living room. The problem is Valve’s innovative new wireless controller is not ready, holding up the whole launch. Tired of waiting, some manufacturers have launched their own Windows based setups. But can they compete with your existing console?


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

There’s nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For $699, 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 games. That didn’t happen. So I set out to fix it.


Aussies Download From Steam At Under A Megabyte Per Second

Ever wonder why your download of DayZ or Fallout is taking ages? As a country, our average Steam download speed is 6.6Mbps, or about 0.825 megabytes per second.


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?


Top Tips For Steam Big Picture Mode

We’re living in the future, yet you’re gaming like you live in the past. It’s time to get that gaming PC off your desk and into your lounge room, and Steam Big Picture Mode is the way to do it. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of it.