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    Valve at GDC 2019

    The Game Developers Conference 2019 is practically around the corner, with doors opening March 18th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Below are the currently known sessions that Valve will be participating in. Brain-Computer Interfaces: One Possible Future for How We Play with...
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    ARG or Easter Egg found inside Danger Zone update

    [Update 2018/12/09 4:50 PM (-8 GMT)] This is confirmed by Valve to be an Easter egg: [Original Story] The new CS:GO game mode update, Danger Zone, may have an ARG lurking inside... Or it could just be an Easter Egg. The Message in the 3rd Room In the map Blacksite, there are 3...
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    Steam Dev Days: day 1

    While no one from ValveTime.net was able to attend the event this year, that doesn't mean we still can't provide some summaries from Steam Dev Days. There are no official live streams from the event's speeches and panels, so getting detailed information is difficult. Indeed, a lot of small...
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    Many have been affected by a large VAC ban wave

    UPDATE 1 [09/15/2016]: As of right now, the number of accounts that have been banned has more than doubled since this post was first published; 11,000 have been affected so far. This number is likely to rise even further as more offenders log into their Steam accounts. ORIGINAL: According to...
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    Valve updated the customer review system for Steam

    Valve has released an update to the Steam customer review system. Building off of what it released last May, today's update is looking to improve the filtering of recent game reviews. To be specific, Valve has made two major changes: (1) a new sorting interface has been added, allowing users to...
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    Valve's moving to a new & much larger office

    [UPDATE 2] Valve is now planning to make the move in September. [UPDATE 1] In January 2017, Gabe Newell said in a Reddit AmA that Valve was going to move on July 22, 2017. [ORIGINAL] Under construction just two blocks away from Valve's current digs at Skyline Tower, the Lincoln Square...
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    A Left 4 Dead 3 reference shows up on Valve's wiki

    Valve's Tristan Reidford has lightly teased Left 4 Dead 3 in a tutorial for the Destinations Workshop Tools. The eighth image in the tutorial, titled "08_directory_fun.png," showed a conveniently placed folder called "left4dead3." From the pessimist's perspective, this was just a mistake...
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    "I would call Oculus the first SteamVR licensee," says Valve's Alan Yates

    Alan Yates, who likes to refer to himself as Chief Pharologist at Valve, is one of the senior engineers working on the Lighthouse tracking system and other VR technologies for the HTC Vive. According to him, both the Vive and the Rift use the same core features from Valve's research program...
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    Valve Announces "The Lab" - A Compilation of VR Experiments Set in Aperture Science

    Valve has announced today a new set of VR experiments called The Lab. Featured in the Aperture Science universe, these experiments offer "multiple ways to enjoy room-scale VR." The Lab will be free of charge on Steam and is slated to release this spring. More information about The Lab will be...
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    "A Place in the West", a Fan-Made Half-Life Comic, is Now on Steam Greenlight

    Taking off after the events of the Seven Hour War, A Place in the West follows new characters into new territories within the Half-Life universe. Created by Ross Joseph Gardner, Michael Pelletier, Heath Heil, and Rachel Deering, this fan-made comic has now found itself in a new position as a...
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    John Cook (TF Co-Founder and Steam Dev) Removed from Valve's Employee Page

    It would appear that another veteran employee from Valve has left the company. According to two sources, Valve's employee page and LinkedIn, John Cook may have left Valve about a month ago after working there for 17 years. You can see which strings were removed from Valve's employee page by...
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    Valve at GDC 2016

    GDC 2016 is just around the corner, with doors opening March 14th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Like last year, it looks like Valve will have a presence both on the Steam business side, as well as with holding info sessions. Below are the three currently known info sessions that...
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    Prize Pools and Engine Upgrades - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    As if Operation Wildfire and the new de_nuke update weren't enough, this week has brought two more big pieces of news on the Global Offensive front. $1,000,000 PRIZE POOL FOR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP In a recent blog post, Valve announced that, starting with the MLG Columbus 2016 championship...
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    Using Unity at Valve - Vision Summit 2016

    Speaking at the Vision Summit 2016, Joe Ludwig gave an overview of the SteamVR, OpenVR, and Unity VR APIs, and what power they bring to VR applications developers. I've gone ahead and basically done a transcription of his presentation in order to provide a document for future reference. I think...
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    Half-Life Animator Doug Wood is Retiring

    After nearly 19 years at Valve, Doug Wood has announced that he'll be retiring in the coming weeks. Doug Wood is one of the founding fathers of the Half-Life saga. He was responsible for animating characters and creating some of the most iconic scripted sequences in the series, including...
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    Half-Life Mod “Sven Co-op 5.0” Out Now on Steam!

    As was promised to us a few of years ago, Sven Co-op is now available on Steam – for free! In case you don’t know, Sven Co-op is an online cooperative mod for Half-Life. You get to play along with friends to fight against monsters and to solve puzzles in the Half-Life universe. While the...
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    Are Valve and Bad Robot Still Working Together on a New Game?

    It's been almost three years since Gabe Newell and J.J. Abrams appeared together on stage at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. In their speech they discussed the importance of story telling in both games & films and how bridging the gap between the two mediums was a logical next-step for the...
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    What are the leaked "hl3.txt" and "rpg.txt" files all about?

    Surprise! Seven years and 364 days after Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released as part of The Orange Box (a total coincidence), SteamDB has brought to light some leaked Half-Life 3 content that was released through today’s Dota 2 update. The leak doesn’t contain any game assets, but instead it...
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    Half-Life Artist Ted Backman has left Valve

    After nearly 20 years at the company, there's an unconfirmed piece of information that indicates Ted Backman left Valve this past May. This is especially sad news because Ted was responsible for designing some of the most iconic lifeforms and environments in video game history. The Headcrabs...
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    Half-Life 2: Episode Two is Now Available on the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

    Half-Life 2: Episode Two is Valve’s fourth title to be released onto Nvidia's Android-based SHIELD platform. The game still requires a bit of horsepower to run smoothly, meaning it’s exclusively available on the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. You can pick it up on Google Play right now for $7.99...
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