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Steam screenshot key won't produce duplicate images anymore

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Steam screenshot key won't produce duplicate images anymore

It’s the little things. Time was you’d frame a particularly lovely landscape in Skyrim or Sir, You Are Being Hunted, stab at F12, and find yourself two identical records of the moment. Then you’d have the choice of pruning your screenshot folder of duplicate images, or living with the very mild discomfort of an imperfect picture gallery forever.

No longer. Valve have fixed the minor bug four years after it was first reported.

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Valve clarify Dota 2 gifting restrictions; "we didn't have a better solution"

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Valve clarify Dota 2 gifting restrictions; "we didn't have a better solution"

Valve have recently gone on record to clarifying the seemingly bizarre gift restrictions implemented into Dota 2. Any item that’s bought via Dota 2 store is at the mercy of a week long ban on gifting, trading or being put on the game’s community market. With the introduction of the 2015 International Compendium, this has left some generous players, who were planning on gifting the item to friends and family, unable to do so.

The cause as it turns out is the rapid growth of credit card fraud, which are “not really traceable". With the week long period in place, it gives Valve and credit card companies enough time to stem the flow of fraudulent purchases.

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What do mod developers actually want from a paid mod system?

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What do mod developers actually want from a paid mod system?

On Thursday April 23rd, Valve introduced paid-for Skyrim mods to the Steam Workshop. But by the following Tuesday, they’d been whisked away again. The interim saw community uproar, creator disagreement and protest mods - leading Valve to conclude that they hadn’t given the matter due thought. They’ve since retired to the mail room to read through six months’ worth of forthright feedback emails.

Though the implementation was flawed, the dream was more difficult to argue with: an opportunity for modders to work on their creations full-time if they fancied it, and a reason for developers to support their communities with better tools.

We asked some of the minds behind mods like DayZ, Garry’s Mod and DSFix about the ways they’d patch Valve’s imperfect system.

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Block N Load launches on Steam today; dives straight into a Steam free weekend

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Block N Load launches on Steam today; dives straight into a Steam free weekend

Jagex will release their new team multiplayer FPS, Block N Load, on Steam later today. The game features highly destructive arenas, six different heroes to pick from, and the ability to construct your way to victory.

Jagex will be offering a Steam free weekend, so that anyone can come and try the game without committing their cold hard cash. And for those who do commit, Block N Load will be available at a 15% discount through its launch week.

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Valve introduces Game Bans on Steam; allows developers to report hackers and cheaters

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Valve introduces Game Bans on Steam; allows developers to report hackers and cheaters

Nobody likes a cheat, and Valve are no different. This week, they’ve widened their ability to ban nefarious individuals by allowing game developers to report any suspicious activity straight to Valve. Gamers that are found guilty can find themselves with a Game Ban for the specific games they cheat in, even ones that aren’t enforced with Valve’s own VAC and Overwatch anti-cheat system.

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Updated: Tripwire update Killing Floor 2 Steam EULA to ban paid mods

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Updated: Tripwire update Killing Floor 2 Steam EULA to ban paid mods

Update: Tripwire have confirmed that the specific EULA about mods has existed since 2006, and was not a new addition in light of the introducton of paid mods by Valve.

Original article: In light of the recent initiative to allow modders to sell mods via Valve’s Steam Workshop, Killing Floor 2 developers Tripwire Interactive have updated their EULA to firmly disallow paid mods to be used in the game.

“Your Mods must be distributed for free, period." states the EULA.

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It begins: paid Skyrim mod removed from sale after creator disagreement

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It begins: paid Skyrim mod removed from sale after creator disagreement

Among the many, many uneasy questions raised by Valve’s decision to introduce paid mods to Steam Workshop last night was this: what might happen if the constituent parts of a paid mod include another mod by another creator?

Well, here’s one eventuality: the second creator objects to the very idea of payment, and the mod is removed from sale.

“Making money with mods is totally against my attitude," said Skyrim modder Fore. “It’s the end of a working and inventive modding community."

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Valve are limiting new accounts to attack scammers

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Valve are limiting new accounts to attack scammers

Valve have introduced a new ruleset to Steam to try and combat phishers. You now need to spend $5 for your Steam account to become a fully-functional account, until then it will be a limited account, unable to send friend requests, chat with other players, or even vote in Steam Greenlight and on Steam reviews.

They hope this will drastically reduce the number of spam accounts that are skewing the numbers in the Steam Store and bothering actual users with invites to trade.

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PC gaming in its "second golden age" according to Killing Floor devs Tripwire

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PC gaming in its "second golden age" according to Killing Floor devs Tripwire

Killing Floor 2 types Tripwire Interactive were working with a very different Steam back when they launched Red Orchestra in 2006. At best, concurrent player counts were a little over a million across the whole service - and maybe 15 million were signed up to Steam in total.

Today, with help from Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, Steam has 125 million active accounts.

“I think it’s a second golden age for PC gaming right now," said Tripwire president John Gibson.

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Elite: Dangerous is now available via Steam; "no plans" at the moment to supply existing players with codes

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Elite: Dangerous is now available via Steam; "no plans" at the moment to supply existing players with codes

Update: After getting bombarded with tweets, Frontier is now looking at the possibility of providing Steam keys for existing Elite: Dangerous players. 

In an unexpected surprise, Frontier have docked their space-simulator, Elite: Dangerous, within Steam, allowing budding new commanders to use the worlds biggest PC service as their gateway to the stars. But existing players hoping to use the features that come with Steam integration will miss out for the time being.

“Current players will not be receiving a steam code in current plans," stated Frontier’s Twitter. “We are assessing player feedback."

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Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are bigger than Steam was two years ago, and they're still growing...

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Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are bigger than Steam was two years ago, and they're still growing...

Over the last couple of years Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have exploded, stealing the two top spots on Steam’s most played list, and remaining there as if steel-pinned into concrete blocks. It’s difficult to think of anything that could replace them. 

But something more interesting is happening. The number of people playing Dota 2 and CS:GO is growing at such a rate that they threaten to become bigger than every other game on Steam combined. We spoke to James Gray of SteamCharts.com to see what’s going on. 

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EU push to end regional limits on digital sales: "Let us do away with all those fences online"

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EU push to end regional limits on digital sales: "Let us do away with all those fences online"

If I were to say to you that too many Europeans are diverted into nation-specific online stores without clear justification, you might well reply: “Steam, innit". But that answer’s not good enough for the European Commission, who’ve made it their mission to tackle geo-blocking and create a Digital Single Market. If they succeed, it’s going to change the way we buy and play PC games.

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2K Games celebrates its 10th anniversary with a big Steam sale

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2K Games celebrates its 10th anniversary with a big Steam sale

2K has been publishing games for a decade, and is currently celebrating its birthday. If it was a person, you’d expect there to be cake, maybe some heavy drinking, perhaps a lovely meal in a fancy restaurant. You know, exactly the sort of stuff you’d expect from a 10th birthday. But seeing as it’s a company that publishes and sells games, it’s hosting a Steam sale instead. 

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Steam purchases in the EU now refundable for 14 days

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Steam purchases in the EU now refundable for 14 days

Update: It looks like things haven't changed much at all, despite the update to Steam's subscriber agreement. Read the full story for further details. 

A Steam subscriber agreement update has seen the platform’s policy in regards to refunds in the European Union change.  From now on, purchases made in the EU will have a 14 day period in which the buyer can receive a refund no-questions-asked. 

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