What’s Steam you say? It’s a online game platform run by Valve (Creators of Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left f4 Dead, Etc, etc.) where you can buy, play, try out demos of all the latest games and tons of older games. Steam also has a thriving gaming forums to find reviews, tips, strategies etc. Steam has always been one of my favorites, I got hooked by Team Fortress II, convinced by Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, and fell in love with Valve and Steam when I heard the Portal Cake song. It’s just so easy to buy games, give them as presents to friends and family, and check out the latest games.
So now there is no reason not to get online and try out Team Fortress II, it’s FREE for Pete’s sake!
Have you played Portal 2? And if so, did you notice any insensitivity within the game?
The game is rated “E” for everybody and lists itself as educational by its creator Valve, but a brief moment in the game put shocked a father so much that he had to shut off the game immediately.
A character in the game makes some jokes about being adopted and the father, who has an adoptive daughter, thought it was extremely harsh to single-out adopted children and their parents.
Personally, I absolutely loved the game (read my review here) while I can see his argument, I think it is taking it a bit too far. It is a game, and should be treated as such, not as a fact. If she thinks that is true, what about homicidal robots, portal guns and magical goo’s?
Check it out, and let us know what you think: Is the father’s argument valid or is he making mountains out of molehills?
In the videogame Portal 2, the co-op campaign is one of the best around (to find out my thoughts on the game, read my review here).
But, with any co-op campaign, you run the risk of being paired with an inexperienced partner, which can result in a lot of frustration. Or, even worse, you can end up with a partner who knows what they are doing and just wants to mess you up.
So, how can you avoid being that particular player that everyone hates to be paired with?
Thankfully, the lovely folks at IGN have made a video with five simple things that you should never, ever do in Portal 2. If you follow the simple steps, you can rest assured that you will not be a total douche.
Now if only the person you were playing with would watch it, right?
The original Portal was a masterful piece of work that premiered in a collection known as the “Orange Box” which included Half Like 2, Half Life 2: Episode Two and Team Fortress Two.
The plot was simple: You were a test subject in the Aperture Science underground lab, that was supervised my a mentally unstable computer called GLaDoS. Using your portal gun, you navigated your way through the impossible tests GLaDoS tries to kill you with and ultimately destroying her and escaping. It was short, filled to the brim with dark humor, sometimes frustrating, but always entertaining piece of mind-bending gaming. So, when Valve Studios announced a sequel, I was a bit nervous.
I am happy to report that my fears were groundless! Portal 2 succeeds in almost every way in which you could possibly want it to, and does it with a smile.
I still remember that moment when Gabe Newell, the main man behind Valve, showing up during Sony’s E3 press conference and saying how the PS3 version of Portal 2 (insert cake is a lie joke here) would be the best console version of the game. How you ask? It was later revealed that the PS3 will be receiving Steam integration, which means PS3 gamers would get updates/DLC the same time PC and Mac users would get their’s and unlike the money hungry Microsoft, you won’t have to pay for the free DLC.
But just in case the whole Steam integration wasn’t enough for you to be convince that the PS3 version would be the best console version, then hopefully the recent announcement will satisfy you greedy bastards. Valve just announced that if you do pick up the PS3 version of Portal 2, you will also get the game for free on the PC and Mac via voucher. Not only that, but the PS3 will have a cross platform feature with the PC and Mac. What more could you ask for?
It’s great to see that Sony has done whatever they can to make this all work as we all know that the PS3 version of the Orange Box was pretty much ass. Of course, me being the PS3 fanboy, I’m happy about this and I will be looking forward to getting me some trophies (can’t help it, I’m a trophy whore).
(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)
Respect the “No Solicitation” sign!
Last week we (Valve) took delivery of the full-scale level 1 sentry gun, made for us by WETA Workshop – complete with a motion sensor and audio. It’s an incredible piece of craftsmanship that we just had to share with the TF2 community and any visitors brave enough to enter our lobby.
I love the STEAM platform and the games produced by Valve like Team Fortress 2, Left for Dead 2, and Portal. It blows me away that they put it in the lobby where everyone can enjoy it and not back in the corner of some executives office. Valve needs to make the receptionist dress in an Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center employee jumpsuit. I wonder if the office ever gets cake?
For so long, there was no news about your sequel, and then at the PlayStation E3 Press Conference, we had out first glimpse at you. It was everything fans of the original could have hoped for, even with the long wait to its release in 2011.
For those that don’t know, Portal was a game packaged in the “Orange Box” for the XBox 360, PS3, Mac and PC. It combined several games created by Valve – Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal.
Portal was a ground-breaking game that not only had a warped sense of humor, but also allowed you to experiment with physics. You were a test subject known as Chell, who obtained a gun that allowed you to fire portals at surfaces to instantly move from one place to another to escape an Aperture Science testing facility.
After so many teases that weren’t subtle, Valve (the lovely people that brought us Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, and more), has confirmed officially that Steam, their awesome digital distribution platform, will be available to the Mac next month. Valve will be treating the Mac 100x better than PS3 users as they will release a function called Steam Play, where PC users who bought games before can also play those exact game on their Mac for free. Not to mention, multi-player will be cross platform as Mac players can go head to head with PC users and maybe the age old question can be answered, who’s better, Mac or PC users. The folks at Valve had this to say:
“We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360. Updates for the Mac will be available simultaneously with the Windows updates. Furthermore, Mac and Windows players will be part of the same multiplayer universe, sharing servers, lobbies, and so forth. We fully support a heterogeneous mix of servers and clients. The first Mac Steam client will be the new generation currently in beta testing on Windows.”
I’m happy for Mac fans to finally get some great gaming available to them… of course this just leaves me high and dry since I only have a PS3 and for some damn reason Valve hates Sony’s machine. I swear, if for some odd reason Valve supports Nintendo Wii before the PS3, I am going to go Gordan Freeman on some ones ass.
So Microsoft had an event today that would surly make the 360 fan boys e-penis hard and I’m sure your all wondering why the hell would a dumb Sony gamer would write about a Microsoft event. Well, that’s because I’m excited as well since 2010 seems like another good year for video games and it seems that the only ones really crying will be our wallets. Here are highlights from the event: