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This weekend Futuremark Studios together with Fatshark are offering gamers the Frontiers Free Weekend. Space-based FPS Shattered Horizon and Wild West shooter Lead and Gold will both be free to play and half-price to buy on Steam all weekend. They will also be launching the Frontiers Pack, a bundle containing both games at a reduced price. During the free weekend fans of multiplayer shooters can pick up the Frontiers Pack for just $12.49 / €12.49 -  a saving of more than 60% over the cost of the two games when bought separately.

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Guess this happened a while ago but I'm just noticing now. Spezi|Fanta posted in July that he's too busy to continue working on SteamCalculator.com and as a result has made the Perl scripts used to power his site available to use on Github.

It doesn't look like anyone has taken up his work where he left off though. Taking a quick test-drive at his current version it looks as though packages still are not implemented on his calculator (something the DDGamer version has). It's too bad he's no longer able to work on it, we had a short collaboration and I learned a lot about writing in php. I ended up re-writing all of my own calculator scripts as a result of the work I did with him.

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With the recent reappearance of Risen on the North American Steam store page I thought it would be a good time to give my impressions of this often overlooked gem of a game.

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Valve erroneously VAC banned several thousand Modern Warfare 2 accounts over the past week due to an error or some such. In addition to unbanning those accounts, they've given each affected player a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 (if they didn't already own it) and a second copy to gift to a friend.

Stay classy Valve.

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Earlier this week Alien Swarm was released via Steam for FREE! Along with the release came the Alien Swarm SDK and game code. Alien swarm is a top-down, 4-player co-op game powered by the source engine. The game looks beautiful and is incredibly fun and addictive.


Some of the features mentioned on the store page include:

  • Tactical, 4 player co-op action game with a top-down perspective
  • Complete game code and mod tools
  • Unlock persistent items by gaining levels
  • Over 40 weapons and equipment with countless loadout configurations
  • 4 unique classes and 8 unique characters
  • Matchmaking, Steam Cloud, Steam Stats
  • 64 achievements
  • Tile-based map generation tool
  • Powered by Source and Steam

A new TF2 Hat is receive after accomplishing an Alien Swarm achievement:

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I get a lot of comments about the Calculator to the tune of "It says I bought X package but I bought all the games individually", "It's not showing the DLC I bought", "I didn't spend nearly that much."

I figured it's time to clear the air and explain just how the Steam Calculator works.

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Way to jump out of the gate Valve. Not people to do anything half-assed, they've launched Steam for the Mac with 63 games available at the start, and here's the kicker. If you own ANY of those games on Steam already, then you also own the Mac versions. In addition to their Source games, also included are the latest two Telltale adventures (Tales of Monkey Island and the in-progress Sam & Max The Devil's Playhouse). LucasArts even has versions of all their old adventure games (like Dig) available with SteamPlay, on the Mac.

Good news for all those Mac gamers, of which there will certainly be more of now.

Also of note, Portal is Free until May 24th. So download that NOW.

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2K Games and Valve today announced an agreement to power all PC versions of the highly anticipated Sid Meier's Civilization V with many of Steamworks' features and offer a special Digital Deluxe Edition via Steam. Customers who pre-order the regular or Digital Deluxe editions of Sid Meier's Civilization V on Steam will be rewarded with a free map pack when the game launches in fall 2010.

Sid Meier's Civilization V players will enjoy the benefits of the Steamworks' features included in all PC versions, such as auto-updating, Steam Achievements, downloadable content, ability to access from any computer*, multiplayer matchmatching and more.

*In supported countries


OK, so it doesn't say anything about being a Steam exclusive, but as far as I know, the boycott of Steam by other Digital Distribution methods is still in effect since Modern Warfare 2 used Steamworks. I guess it's really working out for them, funneling more business Valve's way.

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By UK_John
in Now Available - X Superbox on 2010-10-16
This is all well and good, but why has no media asked
the question: "What about the fans that diligently
went out and bought each X-game when they were
released?" I am one of them, as why shouldn't I ...


By RandomEngy
in OnLive - It Actually Works on 2010-10-12
I was in the beta. Everything felt off and
non-responsive. Though I have not checked them out
since they've released, since even if it got rid of
the lag it would still be a lot uglier than a locally
...


By AlabasterSlim
in GOG Closure a Hoax - Chance to Promote Baldur's Gate on 2010-09-22
Updated the original post with that video. I dunno, I
think it was in poor taste personally. But if you
don't have any money for advertise I guess you do what
you need to do.


By Scott
in GOG Closure a Hoax - Chance to Promote Baldur's Gate on 2010-09-22
I actually liked the publicity stunt. I watched the
live video of them this morning in their cult robes.
I think they realized the only way to get the
attention of the entire gaming community was to...


By AlabasterSlim
in GOG.com Shuts Down on 2010-09-21
Guess it's just a publicity stunt after-all. Pretty
lame though.


By Xan
in GOG.com Shuts Down on 2010-09-21
http://www.gog.com/ They posted an update, the movie
in the link shows a game they didn't have before
"Baldurs Gate Complete Edition"


By AlabasterSlim
in GOG.com Shuts Down on 2010-09-21
I'd be surprised to see it get a client, unless that
client is optional. One of the selling points of GOG
that they kept going on about was that you didn't need
a client. I'd be even more surprise...


By Xan
in GOG.com Shuts Down on 2010-09-20
From various sources it seems to be a bad publicity
stunt. http://polygamia.pl/Polygamia/1,107162,8397342
,GOG_sie_zamyka__Raczej_nie.html?bo=1 "Warning, date
of conference it’s most likely Wed...


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By Valve Software
in Call of Duty: Black Ops Update Released on 2010-11-19
Updates to Call of Duty: Black Ops have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:Call of Duty: Black OpsCPU performance i...

By Valve Software
in Call of Duty: Black Ops - Multiplayer Update Released on 2010-11-19
Updates to Call of Duty: Black Ops - Multiplayer have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:Call of Duty: Black Ops - ...

By Valve Software
in Team Fortress 2 Update Released on 2010-11-19
Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:Team Fortress 2Fixed Crit-a-Cola behaving like B...

By Valve Software
in New Release - Guardians of Graxia Map Pack on 2010-11-19
Guardians of Graxia Map Pack is now available on Steam!Enjoy 4 new achievements, 5 new units, 10 new maps and is 10% off until Friday, November 26th at 10am Pacific Time!
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By Valve Software
in Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Updates Released on 2010-11-19
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted....

By Valve Software
in New Release - Winter Voices Episode 1: Those who have no name on 2010-11-19
The second chapter of Winter Voices is now available on Steam.Continue your long journey on a snowy trail to unveil what is whispered by the voices of Winter.
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By Valve Software
in Men of War: Assault Squad Update Released on 2010-11-19
Updates to Men of War: Assault Squad have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted.GeneralAdded new shader to fix performance issues with certain sy...

By Impulse
in Friday Strategy Guide Roundup on 2010-11-19
We've got another four Prima Games' eGuides for customers today with the Codes and Cheats Fall 2010 eGuide, the RUSE eGuide, an eGuide for Super Scribblenauts and all the tips and tricks you would wan...