In an email sent out to developers, Steam has confirmed it will be adding the 10% Goods and Services Tax to all purchases made in Australia in July.
The end result? Steam games will almost certainly become more expensive in Australia.
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.
We all know the feeling when you've splashed out on a new game only to fire it up and feel a crushing sense of disappointment. For the first few minutes you might try and kid yourself - after all, you've just spent fifty quid on this, so surely you'll enjoy it? But soon, inevitably, you quietly admit that it terrible and and your wallet is now significantly lighter. Sigh.
The good news is that this could now be a thing of the past for PC gamers. The new Steam refund policy will enable you to get your cash back - but how exactly does it work?
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.