Valve and Gaming Heads team up to make Soldier Statues

Posted on February 03, 2011

In a surprise letter from the Man of war himself Valve has announced the sale of hand finished and painted Red and Blu Soldier statues with preorders…

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Top Games of 2011: Portal 2

Posted on January 24, 2011

PREVIEW: With Valve’s Portal 2, writers Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw seek to deliver a sequel that expands on the innovative gameplay and humor that made the first Portal a hit.

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Valve Founder Calls PC "Center Of Innovation" For Gaming

Posted on January 08, 2011

In recent years, Valve has become a major developer of successful console games, including such hits as the Left 4 Dead games and the upcoming Portal 2 (pictured above). They started out as a PC-focused team with the Half-Life series, though, and co-founder Gabe Newell says he still believes PC gaming is the most original and forward-thinking sector of the industry.

Speaking to Develop, Newell said that “open platforms are where innovations are going to occur,” listing off several examples of such innovations from recent memory:

“We see [the PC] as the center of innovation of everything that’s going on, whether it’s microtransactions, MMOs, free-to-play, or something like CityVille which — after its first month — has 84 million people playing.”

Despite moving to include console development, Newell said Valve remains “tremendously excited about the future of PC gaming.” Do you agree with him that PC is where most of the innovation is happening in our industry?


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Valve announces TF2 beta, Left 4 Dead 2 rotates mutations again

Posted on December 04, 2010

In a move reminiscent of the CounterStrike Source beta program Valve has announced a new TF2 beta where they can try out new tweaks, items, and map…

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Forbes Lists Valve's Gabe Newell As A Name You'll Need To Know

Posted on November 15, 2010

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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Valve announce Dota 2

Posted on October 14, 2010

After a long period of secrecy, Valve have finally revealed the new game they’ve been working on with one of the key developers of Defense of the Ancients community: it’s Dota 2. DOTA was the common abbreviation of the original game type: fan-made maps where players control and level up a single powerful hero, while lesser AI troops fight alongside them. But Valve are using it as the full title here: it’s just Dota 2. Read on for the first details.

This is, of course, what key Defense of the Ancients developer IceFrog has been working on since Valve hired him. And it’s not the reinvention some might have expected: GameInformer say, “Dota 2 basically is DotA-Allstars with new technology,” and that “The single map games take place on is functionally identical to the one that you can download for free today in the Warcraft III mod.” Allstars being the version of the game that IceFrog developed.

Defense of the Ancients has been massively successful, but never quite mainstream. It’s pretty obvious Valve’s priority was to keep what made it work intact, and bring it to a much bigger audience. But that’s easier said than done: it’s not quite like any other genre, and both the original game and spin-offs like League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth have been tough to get into for new players.

Valve’s Erik Johnson explains that they’re going to solve this by rewarding the community for helping each other learn the game.

“I think the interesting thing is us adding a second layer where the community is a service to each other. That’s the real shift that we’re trying to build here. Valve is going to keep building software around Dota and around the community and around Steamworks for Dota, but we’re also going to build this system where the community can bring service to each other and be recognized for it.”

GameInformer have more on how they’re doing that, and some great artwork of some of the 100 heroes the game will carry over from the original. Let us know in the comments whether this is exciting to you, or whether you were hoping for more.

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Valve Announces Portal 2 Co-op Mode at PAX

Posted on September 14, 2010

Possibly as one of their previously mentioned “Big Surprises” Valve released info on Portal 2’s multiplayer Coop mode at the Penny…
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Orion Going Retail

Posted on September 02, 2010

The team behind the futuristic HalfLife 2 mod Orion, has gone with the decision to open their own independent game developing company, and to produce…
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Nightmare House 2 Released!

Posted on September 02, 2010

Nightmare House 2, a singleplayer horror modification for HalfLife 2 Episode 2, has finally been released! If you haven’t seen it already, check…
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The Gate 2 Media Release

Posted on September 02, 2010

The Gate 2, an upcoming singleplayer total conversion for HalfLife 2, and a sequel to The Gate for the original HalfLife, has released 10 juicy…
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