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  1. Gaming

    Steam Summer Sale: Day 9 Deals

    We've reached the ninth day of the Steam Summer Sale, and the hits keep on coming. What should you buy? Should you just wait? All that and more below. Well, at least "all that."

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  2. Gaming

    Steam Summer Sale: Day 8 Deals

    Another day, another set of Daily Deals from the Steam Summer Sale. It's the eighth day, and while this is frankly the least varied group of deals, it also includes the one Daily Deal we'd recommend over all others. Hit the jump to see what we mean.

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  3. Gaming

    Steam Summer Sale: Day 7 Deals

    Oops! Someone over at Valve posted the Daily Deals for the seventh day of the Steam Summer Sale a little early. We're totally cool with that, and it looks like today is going to potentially be a big one. Never fear, however, as we've highlighted the best ones below now that the sale is live.

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  4. Gaming

    Steam Summer Sale: Day 6 Deals

    It's now the sixth day of the Steam Summer Sale -- gosh, time sure does fly when you're spending all your hard-earned money on ridiculously inexpensive video games! Here are today's Daily Deals, as well as our top recommendations so you don't end up handing over all your money at once. You know, unless you want to do that.

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  5. Gaming

    Steam Summer Sale: Day 5 Deals

    In case you missed it, the Steam Summer Sale is still going strong, and it's just now entered the fifth day. What new odds and ends does the store have for us today? Well, it's a pretty diverse lot, and chances are good that you'll be spending a little bit of money today.

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  6. Gaming

    Steam Summer Sale: Day 2 Deals

    It's the second day of the Steam Summer Sale! There are more than a few Daily Deals that are worth your time and money, but the second day also includes hints at what will be featured for the rest of the sale.

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  7. Gaming

    The Steam Summer Sale is Here! Tips to Not Make Your Wallet Hate You

    It's really happening, people. This is not a drill: The Steam Summer Sale is now live. For those that are Steam sale veterans, it's a known fact that it's easy to get carried away with the deep discounts. Suddenly, your cash reserve is hurting, and there's no going back. Well, here's a few tips and tricks that are a mixture of common sense and understanding past Steam sale behavior that'll serve you well during your bargain hunting.

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  8. Gaming

    Not Just Fun and Games: Steam Officially Launching App Suite Next Month

    In news certain to infuriate millions, Valve is doing yet another thing that is not Half-Life 3. Even more galling -- it's not even a game. Done being offended yet? Good. Because the next big thing from the company is a move to expand their Steam game-streaming service to a full suite of software -- from creatively bent titles like their recently launched Source Filmmaker to productivity  programs. No word on exactly what those might be yet, but for multi-tasking inclined gamers, being able to scratch out a memo on a Notepad style app without leaving Steam would be pretty nifty.

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  9. Gaming

    Steam Subscriber Agreement Update Bans Class-Action Lawsuits

    One of the ways that companies can be sued is if a bunch of plaintiffs band together under a class-action lawsuit. This provides those folks the ability to sue even if their own specific piece of the pie is too small to normally do so. As of late, companies have been updating their terms of service and subscriber agreements to outlaw users from doing just such a thing. With an update to Steam's subscriber agreement, beloved Valve Software is the latest to prohibit class-action lawsuits.

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  10. Gaming

    Alleged Portal 2 Walkthrough Videos Surface a Week Before Official Release Date [Video]

    Though there is an increasing amount of speculation that Portal 2 will release earlier than its April 19 release date, it turns out people might have gotten their hands on a copy early enough before that date to release some walkthrough videos into the wilds of the Internet. Now, I was terrified to watch the videos, as I shall not have Portal 2 spoiled for me in any way, but journalism prevailed, and I toughed it out and reached a compromise: I watched the videos, but skipped around in order to put the events out of context.

    We can't say for sure if these walkthroughs are of the actual game, but a slight bit of research, coupled with how the videos actually look, seem to suggest that these videos are legit. The platform on which the game is being played is the Xbox 360. I checked out the seedy underbelly of the Internet in the name of journalism, and found that the only early-release downloads of the game that are currently available are indeed for the Xbox 360. The comments sections on most of these downloads don't have too many people questioning whether or not the download is the real deal, but on the flip side, no one is really saying the download works, either.

    The walkthroughs are provided by gaming review outlet Media Cows, whose description reads "We are a game review site. Our goal is to continuously bring you the earliest walkthroughs and reviews," which does lend credence to legitimacy of the walkthroughs and leaked release. What doesn't lend credence to the leaked release, however, is that Valve hasn't blasted Media Cows into oblivion yet, though his may be forthcoming. Either way, if you aren't terrified of possible Portal 2 spoilers, check out the videos after the break and judge for yourself. As always, we will update as more information becomes available.

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  11. Gaming

    PS3 Portal 2 Comes With Free PC and Mac Versions and Cross-Platform Play

    Back at E3, Valve honcho Gabe Newell said the PlayStation 3 was going to be the platform with the best Portal 2 experience available. A bit after that, it was revealed that the PS3 title would be receiving Steam integration. Now, continuing to back up Newell's statement, Valve has announced that if one buys the PS3 version of Portal 2, they'll receive a free voucher for the PC and Mac Steam versions of the game as well, simply by linking one's PlayStation Network account to their Steam account. If that weren't enough, all these platforms will be able to play and chat with one another, as well as store save files on the cloud, which can be accessed by any of the platforms. Valve also promised to add "more Steam features and functionality in DLC and future content releases."

    Portal 2 is currently set for an April 20 release. I apologize, but it has to be said. This is a triumph.

    (via Ars Technica)

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  12. Gaming

    Portal 2 Delayed Until April 20

    Valve dropped the delay bomb and it hit Portal 2, which is now delayed until April 20, 2011. Though the news is dire, Valve at least slightly softened the blow with a funny press release.

    VALVE ANNOUNCES SHORTEST DELAY IN VALVE HISTORY

    Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date. For more information, please visit www.thinkwithportals.com

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  13. Gaming

    Portal 2 is Four Times as Long as Portal

    Over at PAX Prime this weekend, the guys at Valve graciously showed off a ten minute co-op gameplay demo of Portal 2. While showing off new puzzle mechanics and robot hugs, the demonstrator casually mentioned that Portal 2's co-op campaign will be twice as long as Portal's single player, and Portal 2's single player will be twice as long as that. Do the math: That means that Portal 2's single player mode will be four times as long as Portal's.

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  14. Gaming

    Portal 2 Delayed Until 2011 (But Don’t Worry, That’s Not Valve’s “Surprise”)

    The gaming wunderkinder at Valve Software are known for doing things on their own time, media and consumer expectations be damned; today, they crushed our hopes and dreams a bit but also reaffirmed our  faith in their commitment to craftsmanship by delaying the release of Portal's much-anticipated sequel until 2011.

    You may recall that a week ago, Valve canceled a Portal 2 event at E3 to replace it with an unnamed "surprise," and it would be pretty crummy if the delay was the surprise, but don't worry: It isn't.

    Valve's full press release announcing the delay, in characteristically good humor:

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  15. Weird

    Valve Chief Gabe Newell Will Sic Ninjas and Hounds on You if You Email Him Twice

    Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell is known for his good humor and for his unusual transparency as the chief of a major gaming company: His email address is available to all on Valve's website, and he regularly responds to emails from customers, often wittily. Those traits were on display when he responded to one Redditor's query about what would happen if someone emailed him twice, which was made in reference to an AT&T rep's recent inexplicable threat to file a cease and desist order if one dissatisfied customer dared to email AT&T's CEO twice. Here's Gabe Newell's exchange with Redditor sockpuppets. Randall Stephenson, eat your heart out:

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