Steam: Watch out for false VAC bans!

There is a huge problem with Valve Anti-Cheat system at the moment. It seems that they have enabled a brand new manual rule that triggers a VAC ban on certain Steam accounts. If you launch Steam on Linux with an account name (OS account, not Steam account!) that contains "Catbot" you WILL be banned on Steam. Permanently. Why does that even happen? It's because of a certain Team Fortress 2…

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Electronic Arts removed the refund button from Origin

OK it's been crazy today, Steam launched a lot of new currencies on their platform. GOG apologized for higher prices in Poland and promised to contact developers/publishers to change that (they are higher than Steam's right now which isn't quite nice considering GOG is a Polish store). Anyway it's been pretty loud on reddit today that EA Games had removed the refund button from their system and if you want…

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Watch out! New currencies coming to Steam tomorrow.

In case you didn't know Steam is introducing a lot of new currencies to the store worldwide, including Polish Złoty. If you have any money in your Steam Wallet and it happens to be in Euros €€€ then you might get fucked. You see, they have sent an e-mail about it recently and Steam is going to convert the cash you have to your local currency. Why are you out…

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New currencies coming to the Steam store

I know this is rather old news but I don't have much time to post here. I can't believe this is finally happening... after 9 fucking years (!) Steam introduces more currencies to the Steam store. Details below! This is an e-mail to all Steamworks developers from Valve Software - New currencies to expect on Steam: "Pricing should be entered as soon as possible, with display of these new currencies…

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Steam: Gifting system has been improved!

Steam Gifting will now be a system of direct exchange from gift buyer to gift receiver - Valve has removed the Gift to E-mail and Gift to Inventory options. Benefits from the new system: Scheduling Gifts Is Even More Straightforward. Go ahead and buy a gift months in advance and have it delivered to a friend on time, every time. Declined Gifts Resolve The Way They Should. In the old…

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Gabe Newell: Modders absolutely need to be compensated

Remember the last time when Valve tried to introduce paid mods on Steam? It didn't go well and it did not survive contact with the PC gaming community. When the proposal was announced in April 2015 with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as a pilot game it mostly got negative feedback. Shortly after that Valve removed the feature altogether. To some gamers the notion of paying modders for their work was contrary to…

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Valve to replace Steam Greenlight with Steam Direct!

At first Steam Greenlight was looking really good, the idea of it, but today I can easily say that the Steam store has been cluttered with all of those shitty games that no one wants to play and fake reviews for free games. Valve has been dissatisfied with Steam Greenlight as well, even Gabe Newell described the system as "probably bad for the Steam community" in 2013. A year later, he…

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Our Steam group have just been hijacked from Steam, join the new one!

Our Steam group has just been removed from Steam by someone who claims to be the new tyrant, a dickhead called TZer0, unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it because I was not the original admin of the group. So far this guy have removed me from the group and ditched everything that I've done for over last 9 years. But no need to worry! Fuck this guy…

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The European Commission will examine the legality of regional blocks on Steam

The European Commission is going to take a look at region blocks on Steam. Can we count on non-region blocked games in the future? We all do realize that regionally blocked games are cheaper in certain regions and that's OK I guess but, according to The European Commission, Valve is breaking the laws of fair trade between the European Union's countries. I think I have sent a letter to them around…

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Valve hit with $2.1 million USD fine by Australian courts

This has been on the net for a while now but due to holiday season I didn't have much time to post this, anyway Valve lost its legal battle against Australia's competition watchdog earlier this year. It's all because of refunds. An Australian court has ruled that Valve must pay $2.15 million USD fine following the loss of its legal battle against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The fine…

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Steam Store: Discovery Update 2.0 is now live!

The Steam store has been updated today. It has a lot of new functional settings and finally looks better! I bet most of you guys won't be able to switch to the new UI just yet, but lets all agree we needed a change after all these years. The new update is called Discovery Update 2.0 - the next milestone of the Discovery Update released in 20014. Valve did a lot…

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The Steam sales are getting worse!

Every time there is a Steam sale on the horizon I think of buying something but when the event launches and I see the main store page I just can't browse it. Why? The store displays all of the offers randomly, which means I can't focus on any particular offer. I really preferred the old way of presenting sales on Steam, it was much more eye friendly. The store browse…

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Bethesda to release it’s own launcher to sell mods?

Apparently there is an alpha version of a launcher for Bethesda games. It has Fallout 4 creation kit and even a Mods tab at the top. Check out some screenshots: [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"] Do we really need another game launcher aside from Steam, Origin, UPlay, Battle.net, GOG (optional)? They really…

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Few words about Valve’s employee (Head Admin and creator of STS)

Here is some really bad info from reddit/r/Steam guys, Victor, a translator and ex-moderator from the Spanish Steam Translation Server team, posted a really concerning message regarding Steam Translation Server program: "Valve employee also known for being the Head Admin and creator of STS, has been harassing, lying, discrediting, creating an oppressive, intimidating environment, and overall doing questionable things that have finished with several mods being kicked, a strike of the whole…

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Steam: Private account information revealed

I just got back from a couple of friends from a small holiday gathering and I was really surprised that this has happened. It seems that some sort of caching issue occurred on the Steam store and users could see other random people's account information. For now I strongly advise not to use Steam at all and don't buy anything because you could be compromising your data. I'm pretty sure…

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Steam Holiday Sale – Buying games this holiday season? Get them one by one if you want to be sure to get a refund!

Hey guys, Happy Holidays! :D Please remember to buy games one by one on the Steam sale if you are unsure if you want to return any of them after you try it out. It seems that you can't return games if they were bought all together and one of them has reached the 2 hours gameplay limit to get a refund. Check out this reddit post for more details.

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Valve ignores Windows 10 Mobile

Some of you probably realize that Valve enforced secure trading on Steam by forcing users to use their mobile authenticator if they want their trades to go smooth. Turns out the app is only available for iOS and Android. All other people have to wait 3 days until their items are delivered to the buyer. There are also Steam Community discounts for people with this app and if you don't have…

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Valve to add extra security to trading, hold items for a period of time, require to use it’s mobile app

Hey guys, first of all thanks to Andrea for telling me about this. Secondly Valve is about to add a new trading security measurements, which holds items in every trade for a period of time likely up to several days, unless both parties have mobile app Steam Guard enabled. This is ridiculous considering the app is not available for my Windows 10 Mobile phone (at least not yet) and what about people…

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Here is why Steam customer service is still terrible but will get better this holiday season

In recent Kotaku interview with Erik Johnson about the current Steam Support, Valve employee told that progress is being made on Valve’s side of things, it's just not visible yet: “We started by realizing we had a lot of software to write to build a new support system,” Johnson explained. “The first feature that came of that was the ability to get refunds of purchases made on Steam. That made the most sense…

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Steam: Daily deal is all wrong…

Individual games are cheaper than bundle edition, in USA bundle costs $6 and individual games $7.98, so the win is $1.98, but not in European Union. Pricing only differs through out the tiers: Tier 1 bundle costs 8€, individual 10,30€, Tier 2 / 3 is like on screenshot below.

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Valve is being taken to court by The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alleging that Valve has not fulfilled mandatory consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law. While neither Valve or Steam has any physical presence in Australia, the company must observe Australian law when it provides goods or services to Australians. “It is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law for businesses to state that they do not give refunds under any circumstances, including for…

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Error on Steam gives users Dark Souls instead of newly released Dead Island Riptide

Dead Island Riptide is out. For some UK and Nordic gamers have been finding themselves with new copy of Dark Souls instead. It’s a code-printing mixup that is apparently now solved, the codes now activating the correct game at installation. If you’ve already been affected, contact Steam support and they’ll fix it for you. Here’s community manager Maurice Tan explaining the situation over on the Steam forums: “To the best…

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Green Man Gaming: Omerta City of Gangsters $27.20

I’m really thinking of getting this one not only because of coop features but mostly because it looks old school. The key is Steam redeemable and currently at 15% off ($33.99) but with this voucher code GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK the game is a little bit more than $27. I think it’s worth the price considering Steam sells it for 38,24€ (almost $51) in Europe! You can pre-order it here.

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