Review: Mega-hit boardgame Scythe goes digital on Steam

Enlarge (credit: Asmodee Digital) Scythe is a heavy German-style board game that combines worker placement, area control, resource management, a little combat, and a point salad scoring with a setup so ornate that Alice Waters wanted to put it on her menu (read our original review of the game to see for yourself.) Scythe has been among […]

Steam August VR hardware survey: Oculus Rift makes its biggest leap over HTC Vive

August’s Steam hardware survey results are now in, and the Oculus Rift takes its biggest leap over the HTC Vive yet. Last month’s survey showed less than a 2 percent difference in the use of the two leading PC VR headsets on Valve’s gaming platform, but that gap grew to just under 4 percent in August. Vive […]

Valve explains ‘progress’ toward a new Steam Store content policy

It’s been a few months since Valve announced an “allow everything onto the Steam Store, except for things that we decide are illegal, or straight up trolling” content policy and it’s still working out the details. A new blog post provides some insight on how it plans to handle the store once sexual content is […]

Indictment: Congressman spent campaign funds on $1,500 in Steam games [Updated]

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) says his son spent over $ 1,300 of campaign funds on Steam games. (credit: David Brooks / San Diego Union-Tribune) Update: August 21, 2018 In a 47-page indictment today, federal prosecutors formally charged Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and his wife Margaret with wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations, and conspiracy […]

Valve may offer tools to play Windows games on Steam Machines

Valve’s Steam Machine platform hasn’t really taken off, and it’s not just because of the hardware. When few developers are willing to release Linux-native versions of games to run on Steam OS, there just isn’t a lot to play. Thankfully, the company may have a way to bring more titles to the platform… sort of. […]

Uncle Death now has a PC, so Let It Die is coming to Steam

Grasshopper Manufacture’s free-to-play hack-and-slash adventure Let It Die is coming to Steam this fall. Publisher GungHo Online Entertainment America released it for PlayStation 4 at the end of 2016, and Grasshopper has spent the last year updating it on that platform. It surpassed 4 million downloads on PlayStation 4, and now it is getting…Read More

Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers

Enlarge A recently discovered hole in Valve’s API allowed observers to generate extremely precise and publicly accessible data for the total number of players for thousands of Steam games. While Valve has now closed this inadvertent data leak, Ars can still provide the data it revealed as a historical record of the aggregate popularity of […]

‘PUBG’ celebrates 50 million sales with first Steam discount

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now enjoying its first Steam sale since launch. According to a recent Steam update, the price reduction — a 33% discount which brings the price of admission down to $ 19.99 — honors an important milestone: 50 million global sales. PUBG originally came out as an early access title in 2017, and […]

Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement… if not necessarily the one you’d hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for Steam Link’s iOS edition removes purchasing from within the […]

Realm Royale patch notes: Steam update live as fans wait on PS4 and Xbox One news

Having posted some great player stats since its launch, Realm Royale recently saw its second Steam update. The official Realm Royale patch notes from Hi-Rez confirms all the big tweaks that have been made on the PC platform. This includes some big gameplay shifts for weapons, as well as the usual changes at the early […]