Avid gamers are most likely using the digital marketplace and multiplayer matchmaking app Steam to play their games library on the big screen, even if it's just the battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But Steam and its TV-friendly streaming console Steam Link (favoured by users who aren't playing on their home computer or a Steam Machine) aren't just useful when it comes to streaming games to other devices in your home. They're perfect for remote desktop streaming, letting you view the desktop of your gaming machine on whatever compatible device you're on at home.
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I've always been a massive board game fan. I even have an entire book shelf dedicated to them in my house.
But recently my board game nights have been gravitating more towards TV-based party games. They're usually well priced, great quality and don't involve a myriad of tiny pieces to keep track of. If you're looking for some casual games to fire up next time you have mates over, here are some of the best.
When there's nothing on TV, and it's raining outside, and you're bored of your toys, every kid always has one reliable way to entertain themselves: Pretend the floor is lava and do anything you can to cross a room without stepping on it. It used to require a healthy imagination, until someone turned the idea into a video game.
Late last week, a guest reader put forth a question to our sister site Kotaku. They've just joined the world of PC gaming, and they were quite looking forward to the upcoming Steam sale. Question is: what games should they buy?
And that can be a difficult question to broach. There are so many different genres. First-person shooters. Third-person shooters. Survival horror. Survival roguelike. Turn-based strategy. Real-time action strategy. MOBAs. Tower defence. Sports. Co-operative multiplayer. Competitive multiplayer. Simulations. Adventure puzzlers. Point-and-click puzzlers. The list goes on and on. But we're here to help. New to PC gaming? Look no further.
Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree videos. Like magic, they let you peer around in any direction from within the video. Now, one company is taking that futuristic video-viewing from your computer -- and bringing it to your much bigger TV screen.
Hanging out for a compact, SteamOS-powered gaming machine for your living room? Well, you shouldn't have to wait too much longer -- we're only a couple of months away from Valve's vision of couch-gaming nirvana. Alienware will almost certainly be first cab off the rank, with a SteamOS variant of its Alpha home theatre PC.