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Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

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Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

Hold onto your wallets - the Steam Holiday Sale is upon us! It’ll be a hard journey; your temptations will be tested from today, all the way until January 2nd. If of course you’re in the market for some pc games for ludicrous prices, then you may as well embrace it.

Day two has slashed prices of games such as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Assassin's Creed Unity, Batman: Arkham Origins and Valkyria Chronicles. Take a look!

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Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash

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Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash

Russia is deep in financial crisis right now as the value of the country’s ruble currency plummets. It’s affecting everything, and video games are no exclusion. Today Valve have decided to limit trading and gifting between the Russian market and other stronger economies to prevent people abusing the system to buy cheaper games.

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Dota 2's Frostivus may be canceled, but that's not stopped Valve shipping patch 6.83: Shifting Snows

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Dota 2's Frostivus may be canceled, but that's not stopped Valve shipping patch 6.83: Shifting Snows

A couple of weeks ago, Valve announced that they’d canceled Christmas in Dota 2, again. While it’s many players were obviously sad, they were reassured it was for the best: with a tease of a new engine update, due early next year, instead taking priority.

But that hasn’t stopped Valve and Icefrog from deploying patch 6.83: chock full of hero balancing, frosty treasures and the return of the snow covered map.

There’s also even a sneak peak at a new and upcoming hero: Winter Wyvern, but only if you have the eyes of an eagle.

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The Square Enix Christmas Surprise: swing six mystery Steam games for a fiver

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The Square Enix Christmas Surprise: swing six mystery Steam games for a fiver

There are two problems commonly connected with buying yourself a Christmas present, which are a) the associated pang of sadness, which should disappear within two to four weeks, and b) the fact that you already know what it is and that’s a bit rubbish.

The Square Enix Christmas Surprise totally sorts out the second of those issues. Put down a fiver, and you’re guaranteed six mystery games from their catalogue. You’ll know who published it, and that it’s on Steam - but the exact contents will be a mystery until Thursday.

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Steam Holiday Auction: bid on 200k free games with recycled badges and inventory items

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Steam Holiday Auction: bid on 200k free games with recycled badges and inventory items

Valve appear to have opened a new game-recycling service ahead of the rumoured Steam Winter Sale. Not only can users purchase games, earn Steam trading cards through play and turn them into badges, backgrounds and emoticons - they can now break down those Steam Community items into gems and use the twinkly currency to bid on different games at auction.

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

You’re a PC gamer, so you’ll know that even a mediocre launch can decimate the population of a decent multiplayer game. But there’s nothing in the hurriedly-scribbled rulebook for online games to prevent publishers from simply trying again.

Final Fantasy XIV was redeveloped practically from scratch to become one of the best MMOs on PC the second time around. And the half-remembered Ghost Recon Online, miserly and malfunctioning upon its first release in 2012, has now been successfully rechristened as Phantoms. It’s currently one of the most-played free-to-play games on Steam.

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Bioshock Infinite is heading to Linux; scheduled for early 2015

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Bioshock Infinite is heading to Linux; scheduled for early 2015

2K Games have officially announced that their much loved Bioshock Infinite will be available on Linux early next year. The first hints were picked up by a redditor, who saw new string updates to the game make multiple references to the Linux platform.

Shortly after, this was confirmed by a tweet from the publisher themselves. “More details coming after the New Year." said 2K.

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Dota 2's Frostivus event is cancelled, again; team to instead work on engine update

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Dota 2's Frostivus event is cancelled, again; team to instead work on engine update

For the third year in a row, Dota 2’s Frostivus festival has been canceled. But unlike the previous two, it won’t be replaced by another e.g. The Greevling, Wraith Night. Valve’s Dota 2 team have made a statement on the matter, and their excuse is rather exciting.

Valve are planning an engine update to Dota 2 in the first half of next year, and committing resources to a winter themed game mode would sap too much manpower from this exciting addition. But rejoice, as Valve have assured that this doesn’t mean we won’t see feature filled patched in the near future.

“We are already hard at work on our next major update," said Valve. “Although we will continue to avoid building new game modes until the engine improvements come along."

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The Game Awards 2014 starts soon; nominees discounted on Steam

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The Game Awards 2014 starts soon; nominees discounted on Steam

The Game Awards 2014 kicks off tonight at 6pm PT, and it’s sure to be a video game award show that you can watch with your eyes. Expect trailers you were expecting, and the sort of games that win awards winning awards. 

I won’t be watching, because it starts at 2am in Blighty, and I’ll be busy washing my hair, which is actually code for driving around in The Crew with Rob. I wash my hair with cars and asphalt. Because at least some of the show will have games in it, Steam has put a bunch of the nominees on sale. If you missed the big Black Friday sale, you’ve got another chance to get some discounts. 

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Steam is looking twitchy: the broadcasting beta starts today

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Steam is looking twitchy: the broadcasting beta starts today

Valve continues its march towards making Steam as social as possible today, while probably hoping to take a chunk or two out of Twitch. If you jump into a game on Steam, you’ll be able to start broadcasting your in-game shenanigans, with commentary, of course. 

You can check it out now, but you’ll need to opt into the Steam beta client first. 

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Steam Gifts rules have been changed to protect you from swindlers

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Steam Gifts rules have been changed to protect you from swindlers

Steam Gifts is a perfectly lovely way to trade with other Steam users, until it goes horribly wrong. A situation that’s been under scrutiny from Valve lately is where you make a trade for a game, only to have that game revoked from your library because the person you traded with has had their payment declined for the game. For shady types on this internet, this kind of action can lead to profit. But Valve are on the case and have changed the rulebook. 

From now on, games in your inventory that have been set aside for trading can only be traded 30 days after purchase.

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There's a new sheriff in town: Valve updates its Steam Early Access rules and guidelines

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There's a new sheriff in town: Valve updates its Steam Early Access rules and guidelines

Steam’s Early Access program has been inundating the platform with in-development games for a year and a half now, and it’s become the Wild West. Games with “borrowed" assets, false advertising, forum drama, and titles that never get finished - it’s become increasingly hard to judge whether or not a game is worth investing in. It’s why we do Early Access reviews now. 

Up until now, Valve’s been completely hands-off. Besides taking down games that use assets the developers have just lifted or make false claims, Valve’s presence hasn’t really been felt at all. That was until now. The sheriff's badge has been dusted off, and a new set of rules and guidelines have appeared. 

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The Foreseer's Contract Dota 2 update sets the stage for a new hero: the Oracle

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The Foreseer's Contract Dota 2 update sets the stage for a new hero: the Oracle

A new update is on the horizon for Dota 2, and while it doesn’t promise anything concrete yet, it’s left some pretty damning evidence of a new hero coming to the game. The Oracle is a brand new hero to Dota 2; being not from the original hero roster used back in the original Warcraft III mod.

Also hinted was the new Phantom Assassin Arcana, that was voted for by the community at this year’s Dota 2 International.

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Nordic Games extricate Red Faction: Guerrilla from Games for Windows Live

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Nordic Games extricate Red Faction: Guerrilla from Games for Windows Live

Red Faction: Guerrilla is part of Volition’s family of dizzyingly destructive open worlds, and remembered as one of the best sandbox games on PC - not least because there hasn’t been a decent Red Faction game since.

In recognition of that status, new series owners Nordic Games have ripped the game from the decaying architecture of Games for Windows Live and reinstalled Guerrilla’s systems in Steamworks.

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Ubisoft’s new games aren't available on Steam in the UK. "UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store..."

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Ubisoft’s new games aren't available on Steam in the UK. "UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store..."

The Crew. Far Cry 4. Assassin’s Creed Unity. Ubisoft’s three-pronged Christmas assault will be happening everywhere but on Steam’s UK store. 

Steam versions of all three games are missing from the publisher’s UK listings for November and December, when they’ll be available to buy in shops.

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