Showing posts with label Valve Corporation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valve Corporation. Show all posts

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Steam Reveals Best-Selling & Most Played Games of 2018

Valve is looking back at the top-seller games, most played and the ones with the most simultaneous players for 2018 so far.

Each year, Valve Corporation unveils a list of the best-selling and most played titles on their digital distribution platform Steam and 2018 is not going to be any different. Also, Steam Summer Sale was nearing its end and gamers ought to know which games are ruling the top charts currently. Despite seeing a sudden fall in sales for the past couple of months, there are many willing to cash in for their favorite games and the list for best playing games got some surprising and unexpected entries as well.

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Steam Reveals Best-Selling & Most Played Games of 2018

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Steam has separated these top games into four different categories like Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Few of the top sellers of 2018 starts with games like Jurassic World Evolution, Far Cry 5, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Civilization VI, Rocket League, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Grand Theft Auto V and Warframe. Aside from inclusion of CS: GO, Dota 2, PUBG and Warframe, rest of the entries were unpredictable.

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Top-Selling Steam Games of 2018 (So Far)

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Open world action adventure Assassin's Creed Origins, Final Fantasy XV, fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, turn-based RPG title Divinity: Original Sin II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Elder Scrolls Online came close topping the list into Gold category. Considering new sequels from their franchise is awaiting release, Dying Light and Fallout 4 are doing quite well by securing Silver rank, while Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division managed to enter the Bronze class.

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Games that have the most concurrent number of players are according to official report are CS: GO, Warframe, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, PUBG and GTA V. All of the above-mentioned titles are drawing more than 100,000 players simultaneously on Steam. KC: Deliverance, Rocket League, Garry's Mod, Football Manager 2018, Rust, Civilization V, FC5, Path of Exile, Stellaris, Civilization VI, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Payday 2 comes close with 50,000 players hooking up to it in real-time.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2018 (So Far)

RELATED: Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Another thing that stuck on our mind is that cooperative first-person shooter game Left 4 Dead 2 is still generating more than 25,000 concurrent players even after a decade of its release. This clearly states, why Turtle Rock Studios should go ahead with a plan to develop Left 4 Dead 3 for anticipating fan-base. With Steam offering some huge discounts on popular games, hardcore gamers are barging in on old and new titles, because Valve apparently has something for everyone in their store.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Teasing to return in 2017 and having players hope crushed, Turtle Rock Studios is probably working on Left 4 Dead 3 for real this time.

Developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher Valve Corporation have introduced a new horror-movie themed first-person shooter Left 4 Dead back in 2008, which led to a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 the next year because of immense popularity and has since been on departure for over a decade. Dedicated fans still wonder if a second sequel is going to happen and according to a recent job listing from the developer studios, the long-awaited Left 4 Dead 3 seems like a possibility.

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Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

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Apparently, the studio is hiring animator, character concept artist and senior level designer along with a few other categories to work on a "globally known game franchise". They wanted the applicants to have "experience working on competitive FPSs” and “working with modern FPS engines” like Unreal Engine 4, which clearly suggests to L4D. They even mentioned playing Left 4 Dead everyday as part of their game development process and point to be noted, no other game was referenced.

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Now these hints could have also pointed to another FPS title, Evolve that Turtle Rock has developed and released in 2015, which was a commercial success then. However, a downward drive to sales and considering publisher 2K Games is shutting down the servers for the game on September, 2018 doesn't seem rational for the creators to invest resources on the project. So, Left 4 Dead 3 being an ongoing project in development by the studio seems a lot logical on retrospective.

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A third title from L4D franchise is a long-time fan demand just like development of Half-Life 3, which should be met. If speculations are true based on recently found evidence then we may not have to wait for long to see a third entry to the series. The original game took PC and Xbox 360 by storm while many were also able to enjoy the game on Mac. Then the huge pre-order sale of the sequel had us believe that a trilogy is just ahead but sadly, Valve doesn't believe in that concept.

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Now is the time when video game market is over saturated with zombie killing games and even makers of Payday series, Overkill Studios has been up to bringing OVERKILL's The Walking Dead, which clearly adapts the co-op shooter formula from Left 4 Dead. A remake for Capcom's survival horror classic Resident Evil 2 is finally making progress to be released on 2019 as well. All things considered, Valve can make a huge comeback with Left 4 Dead 3 even after failing to do that in 2017 after teasing.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

Valve finally decided to allow everything onto their Steam store, with a few tiny exceptions.

There was a time when we knew Valve Corporation for producing games like Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead. Today, we know it for developing a digital distribution platform for video games known as Steam. Till now, they were running this stage for developers to showcase their games for consumers to pick them up all from one place and often regulated what types of games should or shouldn't be on the place but that is changing after a recent controversy over their action.

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Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

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When they took a tough stand against Adult visual novels, many independent developers involved with such projects took it to social media to address their frustration with Valve's policing. In past, they even made many of devs to even censor their content in order to keep it on their platform. However, rather than being appreciated, they were heavily criticized by fans and many, leading them to finally decide to stop watching over for offensive or adult content on Steam.

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In their official Blog Post, Valve's executive Erik Johnson stated that, their platform will allow almost every type of content from now on unless it is illegal or with an intent of trolling. That means, they have stopped caring about drawing lines and given up that role to the consumers. However, instead of watching over and control what should or shouldn't be on Steam, they will provide various tools to the users, so that they can decide what sort of contents they are interested in and what they want to avoid.

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No Content Policing on Steam

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With this more hands-off approach, Valve now moves away from the debate of their playing role of a moral gatekeeper and allows more freedom to people. They simply explained that, there will always be some developer or games that offend you and think shouldn't exist but that should never take away a game’s voice in a marketplace. Although, the term illegal is considerably easy to define but what exactly constitutes "trolling" is much more complicated than that and leaves room for confusion and debate in future.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Steam to Remove Adult Games

Steam threatens developers of anime-style adult games to be censored or get removed from Steam.

Online dating simulators, video games or visual novels containing adult content are extremely popular on web whether they are free or paid. Of course they are labeled as their type to prevent them from falling into the hands of minors and many indie developers are being drawn towards working on more projects like these. However, Valve’s digital distribution platform Steam has recently issued a warning to a couple of studios regarding adult contents in their games.

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Steam to Remove Adult Games

A couple of developers for visual novel stated in social media that they are being affected by this decision. Two of the most infamous NSFW games HuniePop and Mutiny!! on Valve’s launcher containing some serious nudity are to be mentioned in this case. Developer HuniePot has tweeted out that they have received a notice on e-mail from Valve that their game is currently pending additional censorship for pornographic content in it.



For the time being, HuniePop is still available on Steam store and so is fellow game Mutiny!! Developer studio Lupiesoft of the latter has received same message concerning their content as well. Although, they have worked maintaining strict guidelines and created the game under Valve’s policies, it seems kind of contradictory action for the platform. When their Steam publisher MangaGamer has directly contacted with them, they assured that softcore nudity is allowed. Feeling confused yet?

There are no signs of the game being under threat of removal or something, which was maybe to not alert or frightened the players. The developers received a deadline for 2 weeks, which is basically till the end of this month to either bring change to their subject material or being removed. It appears many other games on the aforementioned platform of visual novel genre are feeling this heat wave now. What baffles us about all of it is that Steam versions of these games are already censored.

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HuniePop and Mutiny!! To Be Censored

If you are willing then fully uncensored versions of HuniePop and Mutiny!! are available on other retailers or you can just download a patch that will include the explicit parts to the game. This is how many players are having their way with such games because Steam will never allow the developers to share those patches on their platform. Fading these updates are no hard task at all as you can simply do it with a Google search or just go to their developers website looking for it.

Bottom line is, there is a pretty good chance that these two games are leaving Steam very soon and many others will follow. Another thing to notice here is that popular mainstream titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Witcher 3 contains nudity but they haven't faced such aggression yet. Some says that they are only against games with sexual content featuring anime-style art and we cannot rule that possibility out. On the bright side, even though Valve purges these adult games from store, owners will still have them on their libraries.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

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Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

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The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

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Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

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There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

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Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

During the release of their Spring Cleaning update 7.08, IceFrog and Valve Corporation announced that they will be releasing biweekly patch for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 from now on. As per the announcement, Patch 7.10 is released on live servers and although it isn't another major update, this brings a huge wave of change to the game's hero pool to make things interesting for players.

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Dota 2 7.10 Update

RELATED: Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The highlight of the update is that is enables ranged intelligence hero Dark Willow in Captains Mode, which makes her character available for professional tournaments from now on. Dark Willow was introduced to the game in October, 2017 though the "Dueling Fates" update. Since this is the first time she is in Captains Mode, we still have to find out how she fares in competitive tournaments. Currently, the character has a 54.69% win rate in 5,000 MMR and above.

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Dark Willow Added To Captain's Mode

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Base gold bounty for Bounty Rune was 50, which is now increased to 10, making it 60 but it no longer gives you XP. Tome of Knowledge XP bonus has increased to 200, as it was 500 before and now it is raised to 700. Melee Creeps gold bounty was previously 41 and now it has become 40 after reducing just 1. As an alternative for branch, you will get a Faerie Fire for Randoming. Bonus hero count is slightly increased from an earlier 10 to 12 now.

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A wide array of heroes from the likes of Abaddon, Ancient Apparition, Arc Warden, Axe, Clinkz, Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Jakiro, Lina, Lion, Lone Druid, Monkey King, Nature's Prophet, Riki, Rubick, Skywrath Mage, Undying, Venomancer and Warlock got their Level 15 Talent increased, whereas Anti-Mage, Invoker, Luna, Necrophos, Phoenix, Sven, Treant Protector and Wraith King got it changed or improved slightly. The majority of change is related to Cooldown and Damage.

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Dota 2 Patch 7.10 Much Updated Heroes

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We see a vast number of heroes having their talents altered in different ways and abilities tweaked with this patch. In some cases, a few got the boot as their attack radius has been scaled down or exchanged with something else. Aspects as Health, Range and Speed got the secondary priority in update 7.10. Arc Warden, Gyrocopter, Invoker, Lina, Monkey King and Warlock are probably the ones that has received major tuning during the process.

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That's all for now from Patch 7.10 and according to their announcement of biweekly release of updates, IceFrog and Valve will be introducing two patches for Dota 2 every month. Despite the changes make some people happy and some furious for not having what they had in mind, we only hope to see the best outcome from them when they are tested on live matches to help the players strategize.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

Before PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds took the video game world by storm, Valve Corporation's free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 used to rule the gaming communities and Steam. The game sure has lost to PUBG for the crown spot on global dominance but has not faded in popularity. One thing that they are very much known for is to release frequent updates for the game to keep things interesting all the time and we are here to talk about the recent one.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update

The newest update for Dota 2 from developer Valve, Spring Cleaning update 7.08 is currently live and we got some patch notes to discuss here. The Official Site of DOTA 2 contains the update and the details regarding it all in one place, so you can go ahead and check that out too. We want to focus on some key features that update 7.08 is going to bring to the table.

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Player Profile Redesigned

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As part of the update, player profiles are newly redesigned to include various common features as well as some new ones. You can now personalize your profile section by setting your preferred background images available on the index of your loading screen. Your previous performances of last ten matches will be on display and it might be a little uncomfortable for players who are on a bad run lately.

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To keep the negativity out and retain the good vibe among the community, Valve has announced to execute a six-month ban on those who are extremely abusive or needs to learn how to behave in public. Same thing goes for the ones who attempts to cheat in-game. So, you people better stay clear from any sort of cursing to fellow members of the group and try to play your game in a fair way.

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Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 7.08 Update Key-Features

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The "Last Hit Trainer" on the Learn tab lets you practice last hitting creeps and Dota 2 players are well aware of the significance of last hit creeps for gold as well as XP. Matchmaking process is now based on your selected language to improve communication among the team members. You can also see if the others are prepared to queue using the "Ready Check" button.

Many heroes and items are slightly tweaked or cosmetically changed by lead developer IceFrog in Spring Cleaning 7.08 update. Bug fixes, minor changes and adjustments in gameplay are usually expected when an update goes live. It's not that all the changes should please you or be in your favor but you should keep it mind that they are for the betterment for an improved game-playing experience to a large number of Dota 2 players.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

If you are a gamer who played first-person survival horror shooter Left 4 Dead, then you will know him as the person who has voiced the grumpy ol' survivor of "Green Flu" outbreak William "Bill" Overbeck or just simply Bill. He was one of the few remaining voice actors producing full-time radio theater for commercial stations. This promising voice actor from Seattle and a World War II veteran Jim French has passed away today for natural causes when he was 89 year old.

You might not know him as the producer of a radio drama program by the name of Imagination Theater that is being broadcast over 120 AM/FM radio stations over America and Canada from 1980. You can also hear his programs on XM Satellite Radio if you are in North America. He started his career as a morning DJ on KIRO (AM) back in 1959 before starting his own company. He has been credited for over 803 shows including his notable appearance on The Adventures of Harry Nile and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

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Jim French of Left 4 Dead Dies at 89

Jim French lend voice for games like Gunman Chronicles, Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. Jim also voiced the Elder Titan in Dota 2 and a cameo in one of the opening cut-scene of Payday: The Heist. However, it was his role of Vietnam veteran Bill in the Left 4 Dead game that gave him some true recognition to the mainstream audience and a new generation of fan-following. This Assault Rifle wielding, beret-wearing badass is one of the original four survivors from the initial pandemic of the game. Interesting fact is that all of the games above that he voiced for are from Valve Corporation.

Jim is from Seattle and was born in September 1928. He used to serve as a writer and presenter doing weekly shows for the Armed Forces Radio Service during the period of World War II. Following the war, he resumed his career in the broadcasting media while settling in his hometown. Fans of Jim French's work can still enjoy his work on Left 4 Dead game playing as Bill to relive his fond memories.