It's the weekend, which means it's time you downloaded a new video game. And as it happens there's a really good PC game available right now for free. To celebrate the game's five-year anniversary, Sega is giving Company of Heroes 2 away for free on Steam all weekend long, and lowered the price of its many expansions by 75 per cent — most of them are now under five dollars.
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Valve has done a lot of work on Steam, its digital storefront for games, to make it easier to find titles that match your tastes. Unfortunately, because Steam prioritises copies sold over user ratings, it's terrible for uncovering "hidden gems". Enter Steam 250, a website that uses only review scores to pick out quality games getting limited exposure.
Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh, now’s as good a time as any.”
I've always been a fan of Valve's Steam streaming, because it means you don't have to lug your desktop PC around your house or apartment whenever you feel like gaming somewhere else. Though your laptop might not be able to run The Witcher 3 natively - or at least, not very well - it's a lot easier to let your gaming desktop do all the heavy lifting and stream its output to another device, such as the three-year-old laptop you're using from your backyard hammock.
Having too many games is a great problem to have. And it's great that you've been taking advantage of Steam sales, packaged promotions, and possibly a tax refund or two to buy tons of games on the digital distribution platform. Only now, you realise the unintended effects of your buying binges. You have no idea how to keep your games organised - or what to play next.
If you've been gaming on Valve's Steam service for a decent amount of time, you've probably heard of Steam Mover. It's a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).
Today Valve announced it will no longer be accepting Bitcoin as currency on the Steam store.
This follows a series of rapid Bitcoin growth. After recently tipping the $US10,000US mark in late November, Bitcoin lost approximately 20% of its value, but promptly fought back. Roughly one week later Bitcoin is sitting at $US13,000.
Steam is perhaps the most monolithic gaming platform, the PC's biggest show in town by a long shot. It's also a multi-layered mess of systems and ideas, a Frankenstein UI (FrankenstUIn) assembled from limbs and tissue whose purposes are dimly remembered at best. It annoys the piss out of me sometimes, is what I'm saying.
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.
The Steam "Summer" Sale is almost over. If you've been consciously resisting the temptation to splurge on games you don't have time to play, congratulations! You've almost made it to the finish line with the contents of your wallet intact. With that said, one little peek couldn't hurt. Right? UNLEASH THE DEALS!