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Valve's going up against an Australian watchdog in court over its refund policy

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Valve's going up against an Australian watchdog in court over its refund policy

Australia and video games don’t have the most ammicable of relationships. Actually, that’s probably a bit unfair. I mean, I doubt Ayers Rock has an issue with games, and I suspect that most people don’t consider them dangerous. But some people of influence do, which is why developers sometimes end up jumping through hoops so they can sell their games over there. 

Now an Australian consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has Valve in its sights. The group is suing Valve over its refund policy, which it claims breaks the country’s consumer laws.

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Not going to PAX Prime? There are bundles for that

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Not going to PAX Prime? There are bundles for that

If you can’t make it to PAX, which you will no doubt know is opening its doors tomorrow, then you might as well stay at home and play some games. To assist in this noble endeavour, two bundles have been released - one on Steam and the other on Humble Bundle - filled to the brim will indie treats. 

Hopefully, your weekend is looking less gloomy. 

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Sekai Project licenses Clannad visual novel for Steam release

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Sekai Project licenses Clannad visual novel for Steam release

At the Japan Expo USA 2014, Sekai Project and Key Visual-Arts announced that they will be localising the cult classic visual novel, Clannad, for western release. What’s more is that the visual novel will be releasing on Steam. The version being localised will be the “full voice edition" of the game, and a release date is still yet to be determined.

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Capcom release public beta for Ultra Street Fighter IV to K.O. netcode issues

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Capcom release public beta for Ultra Street Fighter IV to K.O. netcode issues

Capcom have released an opt-in public beta for Ultra Street Fighter IV in an effort to collaboratively squad some horrible netcode issues. Players can download and test the fixes on Steam today.

The game has been afflicted with lag and stutter while playing in ranked online games since the most recent iteration launched earlier this month.

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Hi-Rez: Steam free-to-play games have a discovery problem

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Hi-Rez: Steam free-to-play games have a discovery problem

Smite seems destined for years of prosperity. A simpler, third-person take on the MOBA, it’s backed by Riot Games owners Tencent, $600,000 in Smite World Championship prize money, and the plaudits of our Fraser in his Smite review.

But it’s not on Steam. According to developers Hi-Rez, that’s because it’s harder to promote a game on Valve’s storefront if it’s free-to-play.

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Dead Rising 3 on PC removes FPS limit and provides mod support

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Dead Rising 3 on PC removes FPS limit and provides mod support

Dead Rising 3 arrives on PC in only a few weeks, and with it a number of big improvements over its console counterpart. You can expect full control over the graphics options, including native resolution and the ability to remove the 30FPS hardcap. The game will also feature mod support, allowing players mould the sandbox to their content.

“I think the best thing that [we] can do as a developer is to create an awesome gaming experience that people want to play."

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More changes are coming to Steam, including ominous groups of curators

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More changes are coming to Steam, including ominous groups of curators

Steam sleuths SteamDB spotted an update Valve pushed through the Steam Translation Server today, and it confirms some of the big changes coming to the store. 

They are meaty additions, like personalised front pages, a better search tool, changes to tabs and the introduction of curators, which seems to app features from social networks. 

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Street Fighter IV plagued with netcode issues after Steamworks move; Capcom working on it

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Street Fighter IV plagued with netcode issues after Steamworks move; Capcom working on it

Ultra Street Fighter IV launched on PC just this Friday, but users are reporting multiple issues when it comes to the games online multiplayer. Constant lag and freezes are abundant while playing online ranked matches, which no doubt are an issue when an single frame can decide your fate.

A recent patch from Capcom hasn’t appeared to have solved the meat of the issues, but they’re still “aware of the online connectivity issues" and are working to get them solved as “quickly as possible".

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Everybody panic: Steam is different

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Everybody panic: Steam is different

Help. The Steam beta client is an altered beast today, in a hundred small ways. It’s disorientating, as if somebody has changed the colour of all our toothbrushes, or relocated the cereal cupboard an inch to the left. Let’s try and get our bearings, shall we?

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Colin McRae Rally "returns to PC" - but it's been a bumpy ride

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Colin McRae Rally "returns to PC" - but it's been a bumpy ride

“This latest version of Colin McRae Rally is based on PlayStation One classic Colin McRae 2.0," say Codemasters of the game that popped up on Steam yesterday.

Hrrm. That's a statement that requires a little unpacking. This Colin McRae Rally is based on the tilt-controlled mobile game that graced the App Store last year - which in turn is based on the PSOne highpoint of yore.

It’s fair to assume Dirt 3 isn’t going to lose its place as one of the best racing games on PC.

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Gearbox strip Borderlands of its DRM, promise working Steamworks multiplayer for all

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Gearbox strip Borderlands of its DRM, promise working Steamworks multiplayer for all

Gearbox are busy selling the world on the idea of another cooperative shooter, named Battleborn. And the fact that the cooperative shooter that made their name has been, for many, offline since the Gamespy shutdown is not the sort of precedent they want following them around.

So they’re fixing it: the developers have removed the ancient SecuRom DRM that Borderlands 1 was still shackled to, and pledged to get every version of the game up and running through Steamworks in the near future.

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Free zombies: Inject some unlife into your weekend with Dead Island: Epidemic on Steam

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Free zombies: Inject some unlife into your weekend with Dead Island: Epidemic on Steam

If you’re anticipating a dead weekend, you might as well embrace it. From now and until July 28th, Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide and all the bits and pieces of zombie-slaying DLC are 75 percent off on Steam

Dead Island: Epidemic, Stunlock Studios’ MOBA spin-off - which is in Early Access right now - is also free for the entirety of the sale. Our Matt’s played around with it, so you should check out his Dead Island: Epidemic Early Access review

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UPDATED: Steam security failings called out in open letter to Valve. Valve respond

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UPDATED: Steam security failings called out in open letter to Valve. Valve respond

In an open letter to Valve, security specialists and developers have called out “Valve’s inconsistency in rewarding those who report bugs (occasionally punishing people), the speed at which Valve addresses bug reports (if at all), and the problems users face attempting to report bugs to Valve." Saying that all of this is making an insecure client “whose systems process sensitive data for millions of customers and partners."

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

So, let’s assume you haven’t played The Elder Scrolls Online before today. What can we tell you? It’s okay. Very solid, like a dining table. But equally like a dining table, not something you’d want to spend an awful lot of time with unless you’ve got friends around.

Elder Scrolls Online patches have expanded its range of dungeons, but done nothing to improve on its back-and-forth quests. Try The Elder Scrolls Online for yourself on Steam, by all means. It’s absolutely fine.

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Contraption Maker is second-generation The Incredible Machine, out now on Steam

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Contraption Maker is second-generation The Incredible Machine, out now on Steam

Are you ready to hear the sweetest story in videogaming? A man named Jeff Tunnell made The Incredible Machine in the early ‘90s, and seduced the world with its simple puzzles, solved exclusively with needlessly complex mechanisms.

Fast forward two decades, and Contraption Maker has just been released. Rather than the contemporary rip-off it appears to be, it’s actually designed by Tunnell’s son, Jon. Contraption Maker is a true second-generation game.

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