Steam’s experiment in selling plain ol’ non-games-related films, shows, and videos is ending, as Valve say they’re refocusing on, y’know, stuff to do with video games. Which is no surprise, because games are why people use Steam. They’ve removed the ‘Video’ section from the Steam Store menu and plan to stop selling a number of non-games vids, though folks who bought them will still be able to watch and download them. I’m thankful because this means an end to me getting excited reading descriptions of new Steam releases with fresh and interesting premises then being disappointed when I realise they’re films. “In reviewing what Steam users actually watch, it became clear we should focus our effort on offering content that is either directly related to gaming or, is accessory content for games or software sold on Steam,” Valve said in yesterday’s announcement. So they’re phasing the other stuff out. Perhaps not … [Read more...] about Steam stepping back from selling films
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Well, we all know what is going on in the United States right now. Indian scammers call innocent, gullible people and scam them out of their money. The usual ploy is to get remote access to your computer and lock it with a Syskey. Later they would claim it is a virus and they need to fix it. They try to sell you a security plan, claiming to be from Microsoft. And they go to great lengths to scam people out of their money. They would say anything you want to hear just to make you pay. Due to the sheer number of scams throughout the United States, some people started to fight back and created YouTube channels to troll Indian Scammers by wasting hours of their time, keeping them on a hook. One such channel is “Kitboga” who often plays a character he created, Grandma Edna, while speaking with these scammers. He recently trolled a fake Indian Microsoft and asked to confirm Half Life 3. Grandma Edna will only buy the lifetime “security package” for $500 if Half Life 3 … [Read more...] about Watch An Indian “Microsoft Employee” Confirm Half Life 3
Take hold of the Peacock Throne in Europa Universalis IV‘s latest DLC pack entitled Europa Universalis IV: Dharma, which promises to release sometime this year. According to Paradox Interactive: Dharma is the newest expansion for Europa Universalis IV, Paradox Development Studio’s best selling history strategy game about the early modern era. Dharma puts greater emphasis on peacetime interactions, especially for the varied nations of India and those colonial powers who want to make their fortune in Asia. This government design feature is the most significant change in Dharma, with some exclusive reforms for many nations. In Dharma, players will find a new level of customization for their governments, since not every monarchy should be the same! Design a kingdom or republic with new reforms and upgrades as the balance of priorities shifts around you. Europa Universalis IV: Dharma promises new content to accompany the rise of the … [Read more...] about Europa Universalis IV: Dharma Will Bring New Life to Indian Subcontinent
On May 14, 2011, only one game was released on Steam: Jason Rohrer's tactical shooter Inside a Star-filled Sky. "It was on the Steam front page for five days," he tells me. "Releasing a game back then on Steam meant you'd instantly have an audience—I had all these new players that had never even heard of it before." But things have changed a lot since then. Developers are pumping games onto Steam at an astonishing rate, making it harder than ever for individual games to stand out from the crowd. Last Wednesday, as 83 games came to Steam, Rohrer released multiplayer survival sim One Hour One Life to the public through his own website, opting to sell it to players directly. He's no stranger to direct sales—only two of the 19 games he has made are on Steam—and other indie developers tell me they're keen on it too. So, what's the draw? And without the exposure that Steam and other sales platforms can offer, how viable is the model? The most obvious benefit to a … [Read more...] about Is it worth cutting out Steam to sell indie games direct?
US President Donald Trump will meet with representatives of the videogame industry tomorrow to discuss matters of violence in videogames, and their impact on incidents of real-world violence such as school shootings. It's still unknown exactly who will be attending, although the ESA confirmed earlier this week that it will be one of the invited parties. One group that apparently will not be taking part, however, is the International Game Developers Association. The IGDA took to Twitter today to express what could best be described as disdain for the process. Insert heading here "The stereotype of gamers as disaffected teenage boys is simply untrue: 41% of the 150M+ gamers in the United States are women, and more women over 35 play videogames than boys under 18," the IGDA said in followup tweets. "Gamers come from all walks of life. We're all genders, all ages. We're teachers and students, parents and children." "Making videogames—or any form of media—a scapegoat … [Read more...] about International Game Developers Association says it ‘will not be used as a scapegoat’ for real-world violence