New European Union law to forbid geoblocking in early 2018!

The European Commission is putting it’s hands on the Internet once again. This time it could be really good for us. The earlier mentioned Steam region blocks case can do more harm than good. Just image how bad it would be for the Eastern European countries if they just generalize the prices to fit all regions. Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and others are going to get higher prices, no doubts here. It really sucks but there’s nothing we can do about it. Business is business. Now this case is kind of different!

New EU rules will remove geoblocking so the EU customers can use online subscription services, like Netflix, Spotify or even Steam (maybe? some games are regionally restricted due to violence etc.) abroad. It does not mean that Netflix would have to offer the same library of content across all member countries. But if a customer signs up in one country, that same library can be accessed from any other member country. I’ve been to a couple of European countries in the past few years and Netflix was always driving me crazy, only showing the regional content, including movie/TV show covers (at least it was still in English if I wanted it to be, just change it in the account settings!).

The new regulations come into effect in early 2018, online services must provide a service to its customers regardless of their current location, as long as they stay within the EU.

Weekend Deals (05.03.2017)

March is starting out really fine in terms of deals! Check them out below!

Special Steam Unpowered 3% off voucher: UNPWR

Weekly Sale is up!

The highlights are:

For Honor €44.90

Torment: Tides of Numenera €21.48

GTA V £16.99

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Dead Rising 4 (EU) €27.19

The Hunter Call of The Wild €23.69

STYX Shards of Darkness €26.09

Ghost Recon: Wildlands €42.39

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Retro Sale

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Dawn of War – Game of the Year Edition £1.99

Dawn of War II – Grand Master Collection £10.99

Microsoft Flight Simulator Sale

Shift Happens €13.48

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands EU Uplay Voucher €39.99

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard €24.45

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Shadow of Mordor Bundle €4.99

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Dishonored Definitive Edition $6.99 (even cheaper now!)

Special Steam Unpowered 5% off voucher: UNPWR

Weekly Sale now live up to 80% off!

Total War: Atilla €9.39

DOOM + Demon Multiplayer Pack €16.79

Halo Wars 2 £33.50

Urban Empire £19.99

Désiré €0.89 / £0.59 / $0.53

This game is now at 90% off on Humble Store. It’s not available on Steam anymore because the developer appears to have used multiple Steam accounts to post positive reviews for their own game, however it’s still a good one the Steam key still works if you activate it.

By | 2017-03-05T01:18:38+00:00 March 5th 01:18, 2017|Categories: Deals, Games, Indie, News, Steam Alternatives|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Australians will be charged 10% more for Steam games soon!

Starting July 2017 all Aussies are going to pay 10% more for their Steam games. The report comes from Kotaku, following an email reportedly sent to developers by Valve. “The VAT tax amount will be included in the advertised price of your product, just like VAT is currently treated in the EU … the customer will pay the price displayed on the storefront, and the tax will be separated out afterwards.”

Some publishers and studios might choose to absorb the tax themselves (highly unlikely) to stay at the same price. Whatever the case, despite promises in 2014 that it was imminent, Australia still doesn’t have its own currency on Steam.

Countries like: New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Iceland, South Africa and India, will also pay taxes specific to those regions in March.

There is no information about the alternative stores (Origin, UPlay, GOG, GMG, GamersGate, G2A, Kinguin etc.) at this time.

By | 2017-02-22T11:11:32+00:00 February 22nd 11:11, 2017|Categories: Games, News, OMG!1, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Steam|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Steam: Valve now accepts Greenlight refunds!

Update: As DoubleD pointed out in the comment below: This is not about Greenlight games…. It’s about the Greenlight fee you had to pay in order to put something on Greenlight.

Sorry for the retardation :D I didn’t realize what I wrote…

That’s right, from now on you can request a refund for those shitty Greenlight games that you’ve bought. At least according to this reddit post.

By | 2017-02-16T11:02:05+00:00 February 15th 16:35, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, News, Steam, Steam Updates, Weird Stuff|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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 the spirit of modding. Many suggested a donation scheme for Steam Workshop modders as an alternative to traditional pricing.

Gabe Newell discusses VR Thursday alongside Joe Ludwig (left) and Matt Brown.

“We underestimated the differences between our previously successful revenue sharing models, and the addition of paid mods to Skyrim’s workshop,” Valve’s Alden Kroll wrote at the time. “We understand our own game’s communities pretty well, but stepping into an established, years old modding community in Skyrim was probably not the right place to start iterating. We think this made us miss the mark pretty badly, even though we believe there’s a useful feature somewhere here.”

“… modders create a lot of value, and we think that … absolutely they need to be compensated, they’re creating value and the degree to which they’re not being accurately compensated is a bug in the system, right? It’s just inserting noise into it,” said Gabe Newell. “You want to have efficient ways so that the people who are actually creating value are the people that money is flowing to.”

The Skyrim situation was a mess. It was not the right place to launch that specific thing and we did some sort of ham-handed, stupid things in terms of how we rolled it out,” he said. “EJ [Valve’s Erik Johnson] basically said we just need to back off of this for now, but the fundamental concept of ‘the gaming community needs to reward the people who are creating value’ is pretty important, right? … the degree to which Valve helps contribute to efficiency in the system is one of the ways in which we’re adding value to the system as a whole. So, you know, we have to just figure out how to do it in a way that makes customers happy and that they buy into it, it makes creators happy because they feel like the system is rational and is rewarding the right people for the work that they do. Does that make sense?”

Skyrim gave us a ton of information. But there was also a little bit of ‘That burner is hot. Maybe we wait awhile before we put our fingers on that burner again.'”

By | 2017-02-11T11:35:45+00:00 February 11th 18:16, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, OMG!1, Steam, Steam Flaws, Steam Updates|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

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 stated outright that they have to “make Greenlight go away, not because it’s not useful, but because we’re evolving”.

The direction of that evolution was finally revealed! New system called Steam Direct is coming this spring. It will enable developers to get their games on Steam without having to pass an approval process first. Greenlight helped the indie developers. It also ended up bringing in a lot of money. Valve said that there are now more than 100 Greenlight games that have earned at least $1 million each, many of which likely would not have been released on Steam under the pre-Greenlight rules.

Changes on Steam like: user reviews, refund system and the implementation of Steam Curators have all improved the experience for both users and developers, the next step “is to establish a new direct sign-up system for developers to put their games on Steam,” according to Valve’s blog post.

“This new path, which we’re calling ‘Steam Direct,’ is targeted for spring 2017 and will replace Steam Greenlight,” Valve explains.

“We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.”

Clearly the goal is to discourage the submission of Greenlight projects that are submitted in bad faith (jokes, stolen projects etc.). The amount of the publishing fee hasn’t been finalized yet.

“We want to make sure Steam is a welcoming environment for all developers who are serious about treating customers fairly and making quality gaming experiences,” Valve wrote. “The updates we’ve made over the past few years have been paving the way for improvements to how new titles get on to Steam, and Steam Direct represents just one more step in our ongoing process of making Steam better.”

Lets just all say it out loud, most people are dumb asses and they shouldn’t be able to vote for games to be released on Steam. It’s better if Valve picks games that are going to be on Steam instead.

By | 2017-02-11T11:13:51+00:00 February 11th 11:20, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, Steam, Steam Flaws|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Microids Mega Bundle live on Bundle Stars!

Hey guys, an interesting bundle showed up on Bundle Stars. There are three different Tiers. Each tier has more games for certain price. Tier 1 has Syberia and 6 other Steam games in it for only $1 / €1.09. Tier 2 is 18 games for $3.49 / €3.99 and Tier 3 is 25 games for only $4.99 / €5.69. Prices are different in some regions. Just go here and check it out if you are planning on expanding your Steam account!

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 2012-2013 and even did a petition (like that ever works haha… but at least they’ve responded and also here) but all of my letters from back in the day were basically ignored saying that Valve can do whatever they can. It seems that now they’ve got a lot of requests from different countries and finally decided to do something about it which is really good for us.

But Steam is not all because companies like Bandai Namco, Capcom or others are also on gunpoint because they enforce those region blocks on Steam. The whole case just started but Valve is obviously going to do something about it, question is are we going to like it or not? I will keep you posted about this issue and post more about it in the future.

Valve wants to shutdown Team Fortress 2 gambling sites

If you’re unfamiliar with how skin gambling works in Team Fortress 2 it’s basically a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive clone made by Valve. They have released the following statement recently:

“In July of last year we outlined our position on gambling web sites, specifically noting that Valve has no business relationship with these sites. At that time we also began blocking many CS:GO gambling accounts… More recently, some gambling web sites started leveraging TF2 items. Today we began the process of blocking TF2 gambling accounts as well. We recommend you don’t trade with these sites.”

We can’t really blame them, can we? It’s a business and they don’t like it. So if you’re using some kind of TF2 gambling/trading websites it’s your last chance to get something that you really want.

Source: PC Gamer

By | 2017-01-30T19:25:41+00:00 January 30th 15:15, 2017|Categories: Entertainment, Games, News, Publishers & Developers, RAGE NEWS!!!1, Software, Steam, Steam Alternatives, Valve|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments