Steam broke their own record last weekend. They reached over 9.5 million concurrent users logged in at the same time on May 10th. Was there something major going on? I have no idea. I don’t think so though.
It’s pretty crazy that even after the major fallout over payed mods, that Steam had that many users on at once. The question though is, was this just idle users or people playing games? This information is unknown. However, either way, these numbers are still impressive.
That’s almost mean to write. Valve an Zen Studios have announced that they’re working together to create a new Portal game. No, as much as anyone would like it’s not Portal 3. It’s Portal Pinball and it’s coming to Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX on May 25th.
You’ll have to guide Chell and Wheatley through test chamers. There will be familiar Portal elements like aerial faith plates turrets, portals and of course GLaDOS. Atlas and P-Body will be there for Cooperative Testing Initiative Multiball and even Ratman will be around in some form.
This should be one of the most interesting pinball tables we’ve seen yet as the ability to jump around the playfield should make for some very unique opportunities we’ve never really seen before with Zen Studios’ previous table.
Portal Pinball will be available on most consoles where Pinball FX and Zen Pinball are available, PC and Mac beginning on May 25th and will cost you $2.99
It’s happened already. Not even a week after Valve introduced a not-so-great strategy for payed mods, it’s been killed off due to negative fan reaction. According to Gabe Newell, the fan reaction has cost Valve over one million dollars in feedback alone. Read their full statement for it after the jump.
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The Nintendo Creators Program has been at the center of a lot of controversy lately. If you upload any video with Nintendo IP in it on Youtube, you’re subject to the program, even if you’re not attempting to make royalties. Also the list of games that can be used, if you’re part of the program, is quite limited. For instance, every version of Smash Bros. is missing from it. This, of course, hasn’t sat well with a lot of people, especially those making videos. So it’s hard to imagine that, not even half a year later, another company would come along and introduce an even more controversial program to gaming. Unfortunately, though, that’s exactly what happened.
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HTC and Valve have partnered together to bring out their own Virtual Reality headset using Valve’s Steam VR technology. The headset will be named Vive and will released later this year, with the developer version coming this spring. HTC also announced they’ll have a strong presence at GDC this week.
The Developers Edition will have 2 1200 x 1080 screens with a refresh rate of 90 frames a second which allegedly will eliminate jitter and be photo realistic. The screens will also cover your entire 360 degree field of view. HTC claims that it will be the first “full room-scale” experience and will let you get up and walk around. The headset will incorporate a gyrosensor, an accelerometer, and a laser position sensor for tracking your head position.
Looks like the Virtual Reality headset craze is getting competitive before any have hit the market. Personally, I don’t want to walk around with any of these on my head but I’m willing to check this one out. What do you think? Are you interested in VR? Are you interested in this one or is there another one out there that you’re looking forward to?
From now unti July 22nd ,you’re going to want to check out Steam every day, and often. The Steam Summer Sale begins today and some of the deals that are currently available are just downright criminal. Portal 2 for $5? If you haven’t played Portal 2 and you don’t take advantage of that you’re crazy. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is currently available for $7.50.
There will be plenty of sales going on all the time. Some of them lightning deals that will only be available for a limited amount of time. Packs of games from different studios available in bundles for insanely low prices and even some sales where you get to decide the games that are discounted.
If you’re in the market for some good games for next to nothing, Steam is going to be the place to go for a couple of weeks.
I recently posted my review of Dead Space. My Dead Space 2 review will be posted whenever I find the time to write it. Here is a summary of both, those good games. If you haven’t picked up either of them now is your chance. Both of them are $5 (USD) on Steam this weekend. Consider this your PSA for FEAR. Wait, that’s kind of confusing because you might think the sale is for F.E.A.R. instead of Dead Space. Huh… y’all go to Steam while I think of a better catch phrase.