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Steam front page gets personal with launch of new discovery features and Curators

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Steam front page gets personal with launch of new discovery features and Curators

Last week, 15 new games were added to Steam. That’s more than you can hold in your head at once, let alone play - and beneath them are buried the 15 from the week before, and the 15 from the week before that.

“We know you can’t play them all," say Valve. “So we’ve updated Steam with new features and functionality to help you discover the best new releases, the classics, and the unique indie gems you might be interested in."

That all begins with the Steam home page. No longer a universal overview of what’s happening in PC games, the default tab now displays personalised recommendations based on what you’ve played and the opinions of your favourite Curators - self-appointed arbiters of what’s good in gaming.

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Steam active userbase doubles in two years to 100 million

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Steam active userbase doubles in two years to 100 million

It’s hard to imagine that somebody could collect 100 million anything and not win the grudging respect of enthusiasts everywhere.

Through persistence and patience, Steam has collated 100 million players - slowly at first, and then in a cascading rush - and gently pressed them into its charcoal book of PC games.

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Love Loadout? You can play the campaign beta on Steam for free

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Love Loadout? You can play the campaign beta on Steam for free

We loved it in our Loadout review, so we’re super excited to try out the new co-op campaign mode that’s just hit Steam. You’ll battle a menace known as the Kroad - vile aliens that pastimes include that of wiping out humanity and constructing robotic minions to do more of the same.

With a new progression system, new modes and revamped inventory management, there’s a boatload more to do in Loadout.

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Australians can download the uncensored Left 4 Dead 2 today via DLC

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Australians can download the uncensored Left 4 Dead 2 today via DLC

The time has finally come for our fellow Australians to enjoy Left 4 Dead 2 the way it was meant to be played. Following the 180 reclassification from the Australian Classification Board a couple of weeks ago, Left 4 Dead 2 is now classed as R18+ to suit its “high impact violence, blood and gore".

Now Valve have released a piece of DLC to the Australian Steam store to bring the game in line with everyone else in the apocalyptic world, and you can grab it right now.

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Crytek release Ryse: Son of Rome PC system requirements, again

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Crytek release Ryse: Son of Rome PC system requirements, again

Although it was good news that Ryse: Son of Rome was heading its way to PC, the system requirements detailed by Crytek on the Steam store page left a lot to be desired. Vague at best, the details resulted in a lot of people wondering if they could run the game at all, which Crytek have said will even support 4K resolutions.

Don’t worry though. Crytek have posted on the games Steam forums with much more detailed system requirements, so you can see how it’ll shape up to your PC.

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Dino Crisis: The Stomping Land removed from Steam

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Dino Crisis: The Stomping Land removed from Steam

When The Stomping Land was Kickstarted a year ago, its prehistoric survival pitch garnered enough goodwill to fund nearly six times its target. But that goodwill has since dissipated in Early Access. Initial plans for weekly updates gave way to radio silence, and eventually the news that the game was moving to a new engine.

Despite that recent reassurance, The Stomping Land has now been removed from sale.

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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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