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New phishing scam puts your beloved Steam trading cards at risk

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New phishing scam puts your beloved Steam trading cards at risk

A new phishing scam has found a way around Steam Guard, Valve has admitted. Steam Guard requires a code sent to the Steam users registered email address before it lets users on unrecognised devices access the platform. 

This scam bypasses the security completely and Steam have been warning people not to send  their SSFN files to anyone, as this is what the cheeky perpetrators have been using to access users’ libraries. 

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The gaming habits of the wild Steam user

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The gaming habits of the wild Steam user

The folks over at Ars Technica have been busy. Very, very busy. Since the games industry is strangely shy about releasing sales data and other stats about games (unless it’s the occasional PR boast), Ars Technica has trawled a sample of hundreds and thousands of public Steam profiles to generate data about Steam’s enormous library. 

Valve’s own titles rule the roost, particularly Dota 2, which is the most owned game on Steam as well as the most played game. Ars takes a look at hours played, median and mean number of hours per owner as well, since a game being owned by many on Steam does not equate to popularity.

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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

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System Shock 2 Linux port means soundtrack, radio interviews and more for Steam owners

Hands are often wrung in places where journalists congregate (courts, houses of ill repute, gaols) over whether news can ever truly be objective, or whether the becoming long brown coat of the reporter simply conceals their own selfish purposes and prejudices.

Let this post serve as proof of the latter - for though you’ve been tempted here for the dirty on System Shock 2’s new Linux version, it’s all a big sham. An excuse to sell you on this cold, cruel game I’ve fallen unrequitedly in love with on Windows lately.

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Steam in-home streaming users can now prioritise speed or quality

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Steam in-home streaming users can now prioritise speed or quality

There are a few big companies about right now who really want to let you play PC games through the screen and inputs of another device - if only you’re willing to pay a subscription, or buy their box, or wait for your bandwidth to catch up.

Of those, Amazon’s PC game streaming dongle is most exciting through merit of being new and unknown - but progress on Steam’s in-house streaming continues steadily. Beta users can now choose between speed or quality via a preference setting, and play with a new mouse emulation mode for controllers.

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Steam Reporting lets you tell games off for having naughty bits

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Steam Reporting lets you tell games off for having naughty bits

In what looks like a step towards an open unadministrated Steam marketplace, canny dataminers have spotted that Valve are working on a reporting system for the Steam client.

With all games currently sold on Steam going through an approval process there’s no great need to report games but if Valve were to start letting anyone upload games then giving players a way to point out pornography and child exploitation would be useful.

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Gong Home: Steam are selling BAFTA nominees at cut price

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Gong Home: Steam are selling BAFTA nominees at cut price

The gaming BAFTAs happened last night - and until the Oscars get a little more lax with their licensing, it’s pretty much the best gongfest we have. Our Fraser was disappointed by the scarcity of surprises - but I consider any evening that celebrates PC indie things like Gone Home and Papers, Please a good one.

You’ll find both of those games on sale on Steam today, uncoincidentally, alongside their fellow nominees - apart from GTA Online, which isn’t on PC and definitely wouldn’t be its best multiplayer game if it was.

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Crawl is a dungeon runner where your friends play the monsters

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Crawl is a dungeon runner where your friends play the monsters

“Your friends are all bastards." That’s the message Powerhoof seem to be sending with their game Crawl. One player controls a dungeon explorer as he moves from tomb to tomb collecting loot, the other three are disgruntled spirits trying to kill them. Possessing traps or using arcane symbols to rise as a monster, the spirits have a lot of tools at their command for splatting the human.

However, whoever kills the human is resurrected themselves and must fight off the other three players.

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Steam Family Sharing launches today

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Steam Family Sharing launches today

Steam Family Sharing is now live for all Steam users, Valve has announced. So now everyone can share their library with whomever they want. All users on the same account can earn their own achievements and save their game progress to the Steam cloud.

You can set up sharing now by authorising it on shared computers, but there are some caveats. Aren’t there always?

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a tenner for its Steam launch - 30 free days included

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a tenner for its Steam launch - 30 free days included

Steam’s ‘You’ve played’ hour counter is open to interpretation - and not just because it’s unreliable. It’s a number which, when cross-referenced with your progress in Dark Souls, can quantifiably define how rubbish you are. It can be a badge of honour. Or it can be a timely reminder to maybe go for a walk instead, just this once.

I mention this because it’s something Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn players might want to consider before they begin playing it via Steam, where it’s just been added. You can lie to yourself, but the hour counter will not lie to you.

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Valve introduce report system to tackle abusive, spoilery or unhelpful Steam tagging

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Valve introduce report system to tackle abusive, spoilery or unhelpful Steam tagging

What was previously a tidy marketplace became a raucous bazaar overnight last week, as Steam’s new tagging system offered a way for players to make their opinions known to developers and potential buyers alike. Popular protest tags pushed themselves onto the sales pages of games like Fez (“diva dev"), DmC (“#TooEdgy4U"), and Godus (“scam", and “diva dev", again).

The less savoury end of the spectrum saw games like Gone Home subjected to pun-based homophobia. It’s not in Valve’s nature to moderate, but they’ve found the next best user-driven equivalent - in-client snitching.

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Steam tags: helping you find games with "Grandma love" and "Fish AI"

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Steam tags: helping you find games with "Grandma love" and "Fish AI"

Ostensibly, Steam tags are helpful, because if I want to find a list of open world games, I can find them all via the “open world" tag. But everyone who is adding tags to Steam games is not playing by the same rule book. Sometimes there is no book.  

I’ve spent the afternoon looking through this gargantuan list on the hunt for tags that make this experiment worthwhile. The ridiculous, the absurd, the “Nanomachines, son". 

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Valve launch community-created Steam tags; community pulls zero punches

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Valve launch community-created Steam tags; community pulls zero punches

Valve have pushed out a new tagging system for Steam games overnight. It works thusly: whatever Steam users want to be a tag, is.

It might be the first step along the road to the user-driven storefront Gabe Newell has envisioned for the future; the first tangible sign that Valve are taking a step back from their curative role at the head of Steam.

Now we get to see what happens when the gamers run the asylum. 

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Steam architect Jason Holtman leaves Microsoft

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Steam architect Jason Holtman leaves Microsoft

If Valve has a problem - and I’m not convinced they do - it’s that they attract staff of such calibre that their ambitions can’t be contained even within Gabe's broad church (which has a spire made of lead for extra malleability).

So it was that Valve director of business development Jason Holtman, there from Steam’s beginnings and for TF2’s free-to-play reinvention, left in the Summer for Microsoft - the occasional games publisher with a diverse portfolio including Flight Simulator, Forza Motorsport and Outlook. The hope was that he'd fix the company's broken approach to PC gaming.

Six months later, things look a little more wintery - Holtman’s moved on, again.

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Steamward bound: Hawken moves home today

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Steamward bound: Hawken moves home today

Today sees the free-to-play mech-smashing Hawken begin its transition onto Steam. It won’t appear in the Steam Store straight away, but existing players have been sent out a Steam code which allows them to play early. 

From now on, every Hawken pilot will need a Steam account to play, and publisher Meteor Games recommends players uninstall the previous version before they dive into this new steamy future.

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Steam Client beta update tweaks In-Home Streaming

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Steam Client beta update tweaks In-Home Streaming

Those of you participating in the In-Home Streaming beta on Steam, you crazy kids with your multiple PCs and acceptance of eldtrich magic which allows you to stream games between two computers, might notice a few changes, recently added in the latest beta client update. 

It's okay if you haven't, there's a list. 

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