Not too long ago Valve launched Steam Greenlight, a new program that gives developers another way to get their games out there by letting them upload their work and have the community vote on them. This system is exciting for indie developers because of the extra exposure and early feedback they receive usually very early on in development, and if the community gives enough support the game will get distributed on Steam. Unsurprisingly, Greenlight has been popular so far. At the time of this writing, there’s 800 games being voted on by the Steam community. This is why I’ve decided to scour the submissions in search of the best horror games submitted so far. Head past the break for the first batch.
It’s no secret Valve enjoys trolling their audience, but seriously guys, Left 4 Dead isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. So when you’re “a little coy” with the rumored collaboration, as Valve’s Chet Faliszek put it, you’re ruining lives. Speaking with PCGamesN, Faliszek said “We’re trying to be a little coy and a little fun because we want the communities to discover it.” Head past the break for more on this collaboration.
Last month Payday: The Heist developer Overkill Entertainment revealed they are currently hard at work on a collaborative effort with Valve that’s a “very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead.” Not much else about the game was announced at the time, but according to a source at CVG this game could be a prequel to Left 4 Dead. “We are working on a very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead. I am sure it is so exciting that it will have some players check into the hospital before we are done.” said a statement from Overkill regarding the announcement. Could this mean we’ll finally find out how the outbreak began? So far, the Left 4 Dead series has been largely void of a real plot, so some details regarding the cause of the zombie apocalypse in a prequel sounds good to me. What do you think?
I’ll try my hardest not to start violently sobbing while I write this, but you can be sure that as soon as I hit ‘Publish’ I’m immediately going to turn off the lights, lie down on my floor and weep silently while singing to myself until the bad thoughts go away. In case you were hoping for some news regarding any of Valve’s unannounced titles like Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and Portal 3, it sounds like none of them will be making an appearance at E3 next month. According to Valvetime.net, the disheartening news came from an e-mail exchange with Gabe Newell, who said “We’re not announcing anything. Really. We are not announcing Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3.” I’m positive next month will be chock-full of incredible reveals, but this has definitely dampened my mood a bit. How about you? Which of these highly anticipated sequels were you most looking forward to hearing from?
A few days ago the rumors of a VALVE CONSOLE came about, but those were quickly shot down. According to KOTAKU Valve isn’t even close to anything along the lines of making hardware. That sucks to hear, it would have been cool to have a compact extreme console gaming machine I could use for PC games, but alas, we shall wait.
What they ARE working on is the Steam Big Picture Mode UI. What that does is makes it easier for people who want to play PC games through their computers onto TVs. Which sounds awesome enough. Seems like Valve has always got something up their sleeve. Don’t forget, just because they aren’t currently making a console, doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the future. READ MORE
Screens past the break. Counter-Strike GO will be available this summer for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 via XBLA, and Playstation 3 via PSN. READ MORE
The internet is buzzing this weekend with the talks of a possible console being released by powerhouse Valve. If you read this INTERVIEW Penny Arcade had with Valve’s Gabe Newell, you’ll see that it’s an incredibly small portion of the conversation. I think as we play telephone and the news floats from site to site the story grows more and more. Gabe says “Well, If we have to sell hardware, we will.”
Website THE VERGE has posted new “information” regarding Valve’s top secret console project. If the rumors reign true it looks like the box will basically be a console for computer games. Instead of having to build yourself a top of the line PC to play games you can do it right from your Valve console. I presume the console will be connected right to Steam and your account so you can play all those many games you bought right form your fancy new box. I don’t know if I feel this is true yet, what do you guys think? READ MORE
Who here can remember the web comics that Valve released around the time of release for “LEFT 4 DEAD” and “PORTAL”? Well if you do then you know that the stories have been largely unavailable for some time. Well not anymore (or at least as of November) as today Dark Horse Comics released the news that they would be pairing up with the studio to release a printed collection of the books. Below you can get all the details and the teaser photo for the book…
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE…
“July 19, MILWAUKIE, OR – It’s official! Remember reading the Left4Dead comic online as soon as the game hit stores!? Remember Team Fortress 2?! And who could forget Portal 2? Well now you can have them all collected into one fantastic hardcover, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics undying effort to bring you the finest quality comics in print!
For thirteen years, Valve has defined the cutting edge of video games. Now, Valve joins with Dark Horse to bring three critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series to print, with a hardcover collection of comics from the worlds of Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and Portal 2. With over 300 pages of story, Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories is a must-read for fans looking to further explore the games they love or comics readers interested in dipping their toes into new mythos!
Collected in print for the very first time, this book features comics from the bestselling games Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Portal 2, and Team Fortress 2, including “Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice,” “Portal 2: Lab Rat,” and the Team Fortress 2 comics.
With cover artwork by Valve artist Jason Brashill (Spaced) and interior artwork created in house by Valve Corp artists, Dark Horse’s continues its tradition of cross-platform creative collaboration with the top creators in video games!”
“VALVE PRESENTS THE SACRIFICE – AND OTHER STEAM POWERED STORIES” Is on sale November 16, 2011 From Dark Horse Comics!
Earlier this week Valve told its fans that if 20,000 of them beat the still a work-in-progress Cold Stream campaign by Sunday then the reward would be early access to the slightly tweaked Dead Air level early. Valve isn’t known for being “early” with anything, they’re students of the “it’s done when it’s done” school of thought, and that’s one of the reasons all their games kick so much ass. While 20,000 might at first seem like a big number, you should consider Steam’s user base that’s somewhere in the 30 million range. 20,000 is no big deal, and that was proven when Valve’s fans managed the feat after just four hours.
Valve’s true to their word, so if you own a copy of Left 4 Dead for the PC you can expect Dead Air to hit no later than July 22nd. If you only have the 360 version than this next bit of news might interest you more: Valve’s “working on and testing a new version of the ‘Dark Carnival’ finale and some gameplay changes for finales in general.” New finales that offer a little more than running from a billion infected and a couple of Tanks? Count me in! READ MORE
Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, was officially revealed at E3 earlier this month to a mostly warm reception. It brings with it things we expected, like better hardware, and a few surprises, particularly its unique controller. The Wii U is Nintendo’s next console is also a big step toward giving third party developers, like Valve Software, more options with their console. So far the list of third party companies interested in the console is pretty impressive, including big names like Ubisoft, EA, and Activision. So what about Valve?
The team that brought us the critically acclaimed Portal, Left 4 Dead and Half-Life series definitely has their interest piqued. Valve’s managing director, Gabe Newell, had positive things to say about Nintendo’s next console, saying “It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model.” Could this mean the cooperative zombie series Left 4 Dead might make its way to the Wii U? If anything, the chances are better now than they were on the Wii. READ MORE
Valve (Left 4 Dead, Half Life) has joined forces with SteelSeries (many gaming peripherals) to bring you gaming peripherals featuring some of Valves top games. They already have stuff for Diablo, check out the pictures past the break. But we can expect more Valve games to get the same treatment in the future. Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, etc.
With legions of fans waiting to jump back into Chell’s spring heels and pick up an Aperture portal gun, Valve has delivered the goods once again with Portal 2, giving players the level design, puzzles and top-notch script they craved. But Valve went one step further, delivering an interactive trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 as an extra on the PC version. I couldn’t find it on my PS3 copy (… yet) so I’m not sure if it’s packed in with console ports or not (the PS3 version comes with a code for a PC/MAC download of the game through Steam for “cloud” integration for save files, so there’s that). The short “game” places you on a train as a passenger and allows you to witness the crash from the theatrical trailer. Kotaku posted a play-through with a commentary which you can check out beyond the break.
Portal 2′s release is just around the corner. The corner that is this weekend. Let me ask you, do you like boots? What about super boots? Well the video below shows you some super awesome boots that basically make you like a cat.
I’m very much looking forward to the games release, as I am also looking forward to getting super nerdy and showing off my puzzle solving skills to a certain Mr. Adam Dodd. Portal 2 releases on April 19th for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. READ MORE
Portal nerdos can get pumped that on April 21st Portal 2 will be released for the Mac, PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. In Portal 2 you are back in new areas of Aperture Science Labs, GLaDOS, there is now co-op so you and a friend can rack your brains to figure out puzzles together. Below you can watch a sweet viral video (in French) and looks very much like it could have been in WALL-E.
“Portal 2 is Valve’s most innovative title in the company’s history and will be launched with a first-class launch campaign this April,” said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve. “We’re excited to be working with Electronic Arts to deliver this title as we expand our platform strategy to include the Mac and PlayStation 3 platforms.” READ MORE
Left 4 Dead 2′s DLC known as “The Passing” will be coming out this Thursday April 22nd for the PC and Xbox 360. The DLC will feature a meet up between the Left 4 Dead 1 crew and the L4D2 crew in a small town in Georgia sometime after the Dead Center campaign.
The Passing will also deliver a new co-op challenge mode, support for infected bot play in Versus, a new “uncommon common” zombie class (the fallen survivor), golf club melee, and an M-60 to add to the many guns. You can download the DLC for 560 Microsoft Space Bucks, and free on the PC version. READ MORE