The Sims 3 is now on Steam, bringing interactive soap operas, dysfunctional families and suburban nudist colonies to your Steam account. The game’s many expansion packs are also on Valve’s digital download service, including World Adventures, which lets you take your sims treasure hunting in exotic and often booby-trapped locations, and Late Night, which lets you take your sims out on the town. There’s also a bundle deal offering the Sims 3 and all five expansions for half price. I’m off to build my sims a glorious mansion, and then delete all the doors and watch the carnage unfold.
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If you were one of the charitable souls who purchased the Humble Indie Bundle earlier this year, donating an amount of your choosing to Child’s Play while also supporting independent game development — or, if you were one of those cretins who pirated the package instead of paying a penny for it — we’ve got good news. The Bundle’s creators have worked out a deal with Valve to allow the five games therein to be activated on the Steam platform. How convenient!
If you missed out on the choose-your-own-price collection when it was available this past summer, don’t get too glum — the Bundle’s official site has been updated with a teaser for a second dose of affordable indie games. We’ll let you know when we hear more about this collection, which we’re temporarily naming the “Presumably Even Humbler Indie Bundle.”
Humble Indie Bundle now Steam-compatible, second Bundle teased originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Steam has a big “Give and Get” sale going on throughout the weekend, with a couple of daily deals mixed in for good measure (and your post-download pleasure). Musical racer Audiosurf is a steal at $2.50, and we can’t imagine hiring better heroes than DeathSpank and Batman for just over $10 each. Have a look at the full list:
- Audiosurf — $2.50
- Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition — $10.20
- DeathSpank — $10.04
- Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days — $5
- Indie Story Pack (includes Gish, And Yet It Moves, Jolly Rover, Puzzle Agent and Recettear!) — $4.99
- EVE Online: Tyrannis — $5
- Defense Grid: The Awakening — $2.50
- Cities XL 2011 — $29.99
As of 10PM EST, you have 15 hours left before the daily deal concludes. This counts for Steam’s nifty gift packs too, which offer several copies of a game to be distributed amongst your pals.
Steam deals today include Batman, Audiosurf, Deathspank, Kane & Lynch 2 originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 25 Nov 2010 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you’re a computer gamer that loves DeathSpank, EA and Hothead Games have some great news for you. The sequel to Ron Gilbert’s downloadable RPG, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, will be available for PC via Steam on November 30. The original DeathSpank is already on Steam.
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Another patch was deployaed for the PC edition of Treyarch’s record-breaking shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops on Saturday via Steam, bringing more much-awaited performance tweaks and fixes for a handful of other issues.
As with the previous performance patch, there’s no clear consensus on how much this actually remedies the PC version’s notorious performance woes, as our own Xav experienced. If you played a little Cod Blops on PC over the weekend, how did you find it?
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Treyarch and Activision are apparently big, big fans of quilt-making, as they simply cannot stop sewing new patches into the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Not one, but two new auto-updates are available through the Steam launcher, the combined changes from which are posted just below.
Pair of Call of Duty: Black Ops PC patches released via Steam originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Frozen Synapse is a multiplayer turn-based tactical combat game set in a destructible neon world. It’s not your typical strategy game. There are no bases or build orders, it’s just your tiny squad, a hidden enemy, and some rocket launchers. It’s a tense and brutal take on turn based strategy, and it’s coming to Steam early next year. Here’s why you should be excited.
This is how it works. Both players simultaneously give five seconds worth of orders to their small squad of fighters. Each player has complete control of their squad, and can map out their movements using waypoints, tailoring everything from the stance of each soldier to the direction of their aim. Importantly, players can simulate how their orders will play out before submitting them, removing the frustration that would arise from a slightly misplaced squaddie, and also allowing players to simulate what their opponent might do.
Once both players have submitted their orders, the game calculates the results, and the five seconds of action will unfold. After that, it’s time for both players to adapt their plans and give another set of orders. This continues until one team is horribly dead. Each skirmish becomes a cerebral battle of wits in which both players try to predict and outmanoeuvre each other. Victory comes from succesfully reading your opponent, and managing the different weapons in your arsenal properly. A single soldier with a shotgun can clean out a room if used well, and the destructible scenery means a well placed rocket blast can provide a good entry point for your close quarters fighters.
The game kicked off a promising beta earlier this year, demonstrating many of the game’s different multiplayer modes. Some ask you to capture points, others are straightforward fights to the death. There’s one that asks both players to gamble on the territory they think they can secure, the player who makes the most ambitious gamble then has to defend their claim. Every kill and casualty affects your overall score, which is fed into a global leaderboard, so you can see exactly how good you are. Matches can also be uploaded straight to Youtube at the press of a button, so you can show off your most masterful manoeuvres.
Mode 7 are working on an extensive single player campaign for the game’s final release, which will consist of a series of skirmish challenges that will contain “a variety of missions, from escorting VIP’s to defending against all-out rocket launcher attacks.” The small selection of single player challenges available in the beta turned the competitive game into a violent puzzler, and will hopefully prove to be good training for the online battles.
The game’s available to preorder now from the Frozen Synapse site. When you buy it, you get an extra copy for a friend as well as access to the ongoing beta. Everyone who has bought the game will receive a key for the game once it appears on Steam early next year. Check out the trailer below for a good overview of how the game works, and a taste of the game’s minimalist style.
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You know Gabe Newell as co-founder and president of Valve Corporation known for Half-Life and Portal, and of course, download service Steam. Newell, an ex-Microsoft employee, quit the company and formed Valve back in 1996. Now because of his company’s success, Newell has made it onto Forbes‘ “Names You’ll Need To Know In 2011” list.
Part of the reason for the entry is the overwhelming success of the corporation. Since it began, Valve has generated some impressive numbers thanks to its digital distribution service, Steam.
- Steam storefront accounts for 70 percent of the digital distribution market in the gaming industry
- There are currently 1,200 PC and Mac titles available on Steam
- Steam has 30 million active users
- In the last 12 months, Steam sales have seen a growth of more than 200 percent
Congrats to Valve!
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Call of Duty: Black Ops was released last night, with midnight launches across both the US and UK. But anyone who bought on Steam or Direct2Drive might be feeling a little left out – the game still hasn’t unlocked. Those who bought the game in a shop are able to play, and you can see them merrily doing so on Steam’s stats. But those who bought digitally are locked out until 7am. The tricky part is, 7am where?
Last night, UK customers were given a countdown to 7am UK time. When that came and went without the game actually unlocking, the Steam store page gave up showing a countdown in the UK at all. In the US, it’s ticking down to 7am Pacific Standard Time – 3pm here in the UK. Elsewhere in the world, customers are reporting being able to play from 7am in their local time zone. So it’s local for some, US-time for others. But by 7am PST/3pm GMT, the game should be unlocked everywhere. Direct2Drive say that’s when they’ll be sending out keys to those who bought through them.
While PC Gamer does secretly rule the world, we can’t be everywhere at once. So if you’ve bought the game, let us know in the comments where you are, whether it’s unlocked for you, and how you bought it.
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If you’re looking for a wonderful way to kill some time (and monsters), you can’t do much better than The Ball — a clever little PC action-adventure title in which your main weapon is, in fact, a giant, titular sphere. You can grab a demo for the game on Steam, or on our sister site Big Download.
The slimy platformer that’s been delighting and infuriating console owners in equal measure for the last few weeks is going to be bringing it’s crazy and incredibly hard levels to the PC later this month.
The indie devs Team Meat made the announcement on Twitter, saying “Steam (Pc) version is coming out last week of nov.” There will be a non-Steam version of the game coming out afterwards, though that version won’t come with the Steam achievements.
Super Meat Boy is … weird. You play as Meat Boy, a living, slippery cube of meat, on a quest to rescue his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the clutches of Evil Dr. Fetus. It contains eight worlds, with plans for a level editor to be released later on PC. For a taste of the full release, the original Flash version of the game is still available to play on Newgrounds. Meanwhile, check out the completely deranged release trailer below. It will melt your face.
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The Steam Wallet Beta is now live, allowing users to pre-load preset amounts of cash into a virtual “wallet.”
Starting today, Steam members can make $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100 deposits into their Steam Wallet, to be used for purchasing (you guessed it!) games on Steam.
If you’re wondering what possible reason you’d have to use Steam Wallet, given that it still makes more sense to purchase a $7.99 game for exact change rather than pumping $10 into your Steam Wallet using an identical payment method first, you’re not alone. Valid questions like these have already been posted in the comments of the official “Steam Wallet Beta Now Available” announcement.
While Steam Wallet Beta’s usefulness may not be readily apparent its current state, it could eventually serve as a gateway for prepaid Steam cards and open the service up a lot …
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