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Steam Greenlight shutting down, to be replaced with "Steam Direct"

Submitted by: Amadeus @ 12:49 PM | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | (url: http://steamcommu...)

The next step in these improvements is to establish a new direct sign-up system for developers to put their games on Steam. This new path, which were calling Steam Direct, is targeted for Spring 2017 and will replace Steam Greenlight. We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.

While we have invested heavily in our content pipeline and personalized store, were still debating the publishing fee for Steam Direct. We talked to several developers and studios about an appropriate fee, and they gave us a range of responses from as low as $100 to as high as $5,000. There are pros and cons at either end of the spectrum, so wed like to gather more feedback before settling on a number.

Will it stop the deluge of "games" (i.e. hastily cobbled together asset flips with no real content) from flooding the store? Probably not.

You can now delete unwanted games from your steam library. Shhh!

Submitted by: Mooley @ 07:30 PM | Friday, December 4, 2015 | (url:

Valve will now allow users to delete games from their Steam library. Valve did not announce this feature publicly, but NeoGAF user Enter the Dragon Punch found the option on Steam's support page.


[Valve] Accepting Tshirt designs through Steam Workshop

Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 07:38 AM | Monday, August 18, 2014 | (url: http://www.pcgame...)

Team Fortress 2 has shown that people will pay good money for virtual headclothes that sit upon the crown of the cartoon murderers they control in first person. Now Valve are trying something daring: seeing if people will pay for non-hatsnot in the game, but in real life. The TF2 Workshop is now accepting community designs for new lines of merchandise to be sold through the Valve Store.

As per the regular TF2 item popularity contest, users can upload their designs to the Workshop to be judged by the community. "Well curate the top-rated entries," write Valve, "and the best of the best designs will be made available as official merchandise at the Valve Store and various online retailers. You won't just be ensuring your place in history: You'll also get paid a handsome royalty for every unit sold."§ion=merchandise

NEOTOKYO Half-Life 2 Mod Released!

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 01:06 AM | Saturday, July 4, 2009 | (url: http://planethalf...)

"The much anticipated release of NEOTOKYO, the Source total conversion set in a realistic future of Japan, is finally here!"

"NEOTOKYO takes place in and around a fictionalized Tokyo approximately 30 years in the future. Mankind has begun to fuse with technology. Government and corporate corruption have transformed Tokyo into a deadly dystopian nightmare. After a near-successful military coup by ranking members of Jinrai, the National Security Force (NSF) is formed - answering directly to the Prime Minister, it's mission is to investigate and eliminate all threats to Japan, both abroad and at home. The initial core of the NSF is made from an exodus from within the intelligence branch of the military. With this betrayal begins the war in the shadows between the NSF and Jinrai. "

Steam Update Adds In-game Web Browsing

Submitted by: Beren @ 06:47 PM | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Now we can browse TW ingame within Steam games. This is kinda handy for a very low effort extension to the Steam platform as so much of the platform uses IE to load the content. There are a bunch of bug fixes in the update as well, but not much else.

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Yes, the Left 4 Dead Demo is out, go play it

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 05:14 PM | Thursday, November 13, 2008 | (url: http://www.left4d...)

The Left 4 Dead demo is available on Steam for anyone who'd like a taste of the 4-player online co-op PC zombie action. See the link for for more Left 4 Dead information and updates.

Steam to Begin Supporting Source Mods

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:17 PM | Monday, September 29, 2008 | (url: http://storefront...)

As a part of our continuing efforts to support the MOD community, we will begin hosting selected MODs directly on Steam starting next week. The first five MODs to ship on steam will be Age of Chivalry, D.I.P.R.I.P., Insurgency, Synergy, and Zombie Panic. As always, owners of any Source game will be able to download and play all of these MODs for free.

Once installed, these MODs will appear in your "My Games" list and will receive automatic updates just like other games on Steam. Also, these MODs now take advantage of Steamworks, which provides stat tracking and tighter integration with the Steam community.

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Free Source Mod: Science & Industry 2 Released

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 11:55 AM | Monday, July 7, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

The first version of Science & Industry 2, the Source remake of the popular Half-Life mod, has been released. The team states that the mod is only an early version of the mod and isn't a final polished product, but ensures that it is good fun regardless.

Science and Industry 1 was a much acclaimed, original mod for Half-Life 1.

TF2 Pyro Update Includes Significant Class Changes; First Unlockable Weapon Unveiled

Submitted by: LouCypher @ 01:13 AM | Sunday, June 8, 2008 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

One of the new weapons, dubbed the Axtinguisher, does about half the damage as the standard axe but will guarantee a critical hit when striking enemies set ablaze by the Pyro's flamethrower.

And you thought it was bad when the medic achievements were introduced...

Valve Announces Steam Cloud

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:55 AM | Saturday, May 31, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

Gabe Newell spoke about PC gaming and announced an exciting new feature for Steam. You see, your personal computer may become the least important part of your PC gaming experience. Steam Cloud hopes to keep everything from your purchased games, to your saved game files and control configurations, on a central server so you can log onto your account from anywhere and pick up exactly where you left off; you won't even have to invert your mouse.

No one in the PC gaming industry has ever tried to create something as ambitious as Steam, and Valve seems to want it all for its service. Blazing this trail means missteps and odd choices, and it's possible that Steam Cloud may be more useful than it at first appears.

Audiosurf Evolves With New Features

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 02:38 PM | Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

It's been dubbed the FM Update because it adds in Audioscrobbler from - an application that compares your taste in music with that of other people to produce recommendations, statistics and more.

Audiosurf FM Update
# Comments tab on every song's scoreboard
# Customized player news on the song loading screen (when friends last played, songs you're champion of, etc...)
# Command interface for 3rd party mod apps (extensions)
# New hover vehicle for Eraser Elite
# Added Vegas ability: generate a random powerup every 60 seconds
# You can play freeride as a music visualizer on your desktop while other applications are running, and it will automatically advance to the next song in your current folder or current m3u playlist.

Steamworks Development Kit Available

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 11:37 PM | Saturday, May 3, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

Steamworks, the Steam-based tool that gives developers access to auto-updating, anti-cheat/hacking technologies, key authentication and management, social networking, and much more has been made accessible by all. Steamworks is offered free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it.

Deploy NoFix at waypoint.

Lower Prices on Valve Titles

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 11:36 PM | Saturday, May 3, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

Over at the Valve Steam Store, it would appear as though many titles, including Team Fortress 2, have new and lowered prices. If you've been waiting for the prices to drop, the time has come. The new prices include:

The Orange Box: $39.99
Half-Life 2: Episode Pack: $19.99
Half-Life 2: Episode 1: $9.99
Half-Life 2: Episode 2: $14.99
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch: $4.99
Team Fortress Classic: $4.99
Team Fortress 2: $19.99
Day of Defeat: $4.99
Deathmatch Classic: $4.99
Ricochet: $4.99

There are also two new packs you can purchase for additional savings as well. The Half-Life Complete Pack (from Half-Life to Episode 2) for $49.99 and the Counter-Strike Complete Pack (Counter-Strike, Condition Zero, and Counter-Strike: Source) for $29.99.

Huge Update for Jailbreak: Source- Free mod for Half-Life 2

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 11:34 PM | Saturday, May 3, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

Jailbreak: Source has finally been brought up to version 0.4 with a mammoth update including a bucket-load of new content. The change log speaks for itself:

Jailbreak: Source 0.4
# Perks system: Custom classes!
# New Point scoring system
# 17 new weapons
# 4 new maps (Total of 8)
# Complete HUD redesign
# End of Match Awards System
# Quick Radio menu
# HUD based team locations and goals
# Automated placeable turrets
# Integrated team-work

As if the release of the mod wasn't enough, a bunch of new screenshots have been uploaded alongside an enticing trailer.

Fistful of Frags 1.35 Released

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 01:14 PM | Sunday, April 6, 2008 | (url: http://planethalf...)

Whether you're a new player wanting a rich and rewarding multiplayer experience or you're a veteran in need of the latest patch, be sure to head on over to There's also more media and information on Beta 1.4 available, and even a small hot-fix for those of you experiencing lag on maps with water available, so don't miss out.

From it's initial release Fistful of Frag's gameplay has improved considerably and is definitely worth a few minutes of your time for a free mod on the Source engine.