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Steam arrives on Ubuntu, Valve announces it from their new Linux blog

Well, who'd have thunk it? Valve have just announced Steam for Ubuntu. Yes, Steam is on a Linux distribution. Valve have used a new blog exclusive to its Linux-based goodness, where they've introduced the team, and talked about the future of the project.




The blog talks of Gabe's interest in moving Steam, and the Source engine over to Linux. But, at the time, Valve were supporting Linux by using Linux-based servers for Source-based games, as well as maintaining several internal servers for various projects, the OS on these servers? A 64-bit version of Ubuntu.


So, last year, Valve decided to take the next logical step, and form a new team. This team consisted of people who had the sole purpose of investigating the possibility of moving the Steam client, as well as Left 4 Dead 2 over to Ubuntu. After successfully getting it to work, interest grew within Valve, and the results of this interest were the expansion of the team, and projects they were working on. Their main focus is now the following projects:

  • getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
  • optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
  • porting additional Valve titles

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Battlefield 4 beta arrives in fall 2013

Yesterday we reported that the Battlefield 4 beta was teased on Origin, where it would be released with Medal of Honor: Warfighter. But now EA has stepped in and confirmed that those who pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition, will receive beta access to Battlefield 4 in fall 2013.




Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels says:


Though Battlefield and Medal of Honor Warfighter each offer players a completely unique experience, they are united by their underlying technology base - Frostbite. These are two of the hottest shooters, coming together to deliver a one-two punch of action, intensity and shooter entertainment.


This may disappoint some, but now we have some serious confirmation of Battlefield 4. Let's hope that EA really amp the game up, and don't just release some new maps, and guns and re-polish Battlefield 3. Excited yet?

Rockstar: GTA V to be "biggest open world game to date"

During a recent Q&A session, Rockstar have claimed that the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series will be the "biggest open world game to date". Grand Theft Auto IV's open world was already impressive, so how much bigger than GTA V get?




Well, how about Rockstar go vertical? Lots of flying, missions involving flying, etc could work. Rockstar have claimed that it was not possible for them to integrate an interactive high definition airspace that matched the ground because it took too much work. Rockstar stated:


The city was simply too small for effective and enjoyable flying. It was the first time we made a high definition open world, and it was a massive amount of work to make something on that scale - we simply could not make an environment big enough for planes to work properly. Fear not, they are returning in what is our biggest open world game to date.



So maybe we won't see flying in as much detail as people want, but could it be expected in a future DLC perhaps? As always, I'm excited for the next instalment of GTA, and this time the frame rate better be good, GTA IV on the PS3 was just atrocious for its frame rate. Let's hope the PC version runs as good as the Rockstar-developed Max Payne 3.

Metal Gear Solid 5 has been masquerading as Project Ogre

A single image from Comic Con has just injected a very tasty amount of goodness into the rumors and talk of Metal Gear Solid 5, now revealed as Project Ogre. The image is simply a logo, but OGRE stands for Open Ground Reconnaissance Endeavors.




OGRE is the sub-title for Metal Gear Solid 5, with the text under it reading "The moment we were cast out of heaven, we became monsters". MGS mastermind Hideo Kojima has previous talked of the game, and stated that Project Ogre "is some game that has a very wide entrance, a very wide entrance". Kojima adds "rather than making something very cinematic, [I plan to] make something very free".


When the first screenshot for Project Ogre was shown, Kojima said that the title is:


A little bit different to what I've done up until now. On the surface it will look similar, but once you get into it, it will be a different experience.

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ESGN Winter 2012 Coverage from the University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales housed competitive gamers and PC enthusiasts over the second weekend of July 2012. Nearly 300 gamers were competing against their friends to win a share of $20,000 AUD of cash and prizes. ESGN Winter had arrived!


Games that were featured at this event;


• Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (XBOX360 & PS3)

• FIFA 12: XBOX360 & PS3

• Call of Duty 4 Promod v1.7 (PC)

• League of Legends (PC)


Attendees were also treated with exhibitions from the various hardware and gaming sponsors. Hardware highlight of the show was definitely the Eyefinity table, powered by a tiny mITX computer housed in a sexy black BitFenix Prodigy case!


Specs of the PC:


CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K (overclocked to 4.6GHz)

CPU HSF: Corsair H100

Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX


Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX680

SSD: 2x Patriot WildFire 240GB (RAID0)

PSU: Corsair HX850

Case: BitFenix Prodigy mITX case




Another interesting demo was a special enclosure for the XBOX360 and PlayStation 3 Slim, which included a 15.5" 60Hz screen inside a hard case for transporting your laptop interstate or overseas! The GAMES G155 is a self-contained unit; it looked like some sort of alien square egg when it was closed and is TSA Approved for travel...

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Valve's Steam Summer Sales plan leaked, complete list is available

Those great Steam Summer Sales are on right now, where you can pick up some seriously cheap games, either individually, or in packs. But, a Reddit user has revealed what looks to be the full list of the Summer Sales for this year.




The list is unconfirmed, but it looks like 55 games will be up on offer over a period of 11 days, but we have no idea of pricing or any other details. The data reportedly comes from the team behind the Open Steamworks Database, which is a site that provides a description record database for every Steam game and subscription offered by Valve.

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Battlefield 4 teased on Origin, beta access would be included with Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Has Battlefield 4 just been outed? It might seem so according to the US Origin store popping up with an announcement that users who pre-order the upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter Digital Deluxe Edition would receive Battlefield 4 beta access.




Say. What. Battlefield 4 beta access being announced this early is a double-edged sword. One one hand, it's awesome that Battlefield 4 is close, on the other hand, half of the downloadable content for Battlefield 3 hasn't even been released yet. Battlefield 4 has been mentioned by EA before, by its President Frank Gibeau, but he only uttered the words "there is going to be a Battlefield 4".


EA hasn't made an official comment regarding the Battlefield 4 tease, but I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the coming days, and weeks. Let's hope that they've really polished up the Frostbite 2.0 engine, and made those maps bigger, catering to the ever-increasing GPU power us PC gamers have. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Borderlands 2's latest trailer is out, takes a leaf out of The Lion King's book

The latest trailer for Borderlands 2 is here, sans dupstep. It actually features some groovy music from The Lion King, and doesn't really show off much in-game footage, but its good enough to whet your appetite.



It looks as though Gearbox has most definitely no left the fun of the original Borderlands, the tongue-in-cheek is still there, in glorious amounts. Considering that Borderlands really stood out from the COD clones of late, Borderlands 2 looks like it continues on the successful formula that made the first such a success.


Borderlands 2 hits on September 18 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Owners of the original Borderlands who buy the sequel get rewarded with "exclusive" character skins if they supply one of their old saved games.

Steam's Summer Sales begin, get some great deals between now and July 22

Valve has finally launched their Steam Summer Sale, where deals change each and every day. Today you can grab games like Terraria cheap, with 75-percent off, down from $9.99 to $2.49. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is down from $99.99 to $49.99, a respectable 50-percent off.




Portal 2 has 75-percent slashed off, bringing it down to $4.99 from its original $19.99 price. There are also some Pack Deals, with the id collection, Pop Cap collection, and the Star Wars collection all 50-percent off, and all $49.99 from their original $99.99 pricing.


Rockstar's collection has 48-percent off, down to $79.99, THQ collection is down a whopping 81-percent from $394.81 to just $74.99, and there's plenty, plenty more. Get in on the Steam Summer Sale!

Fortnite, the first Unreal Engine 4-powered game, PC-exclusive at launch

Epic Games have finally started releasing some information on their first Unreal Engine 4-powered game, which is being developed primarily for PC, with the potential to hit other platforms in the future. It may be released in time to hit next-generation consoles if the engine is good enough.




The game is called Fortnite, and is described as a combination of Minecraft, The Walking Dead, and Team Fortress 2. Sounds exciting, huh? Fortnite is set in a post-apocalyptic world with cartoony graphics, with the gameplay focusing on scavenging for survival. In Fortnite, you'll be searching for building materials, weapons and other useful items during the day, which you'll use to fend monsters off such as trolls that spawn at night.




Currently the day-night cycle is around one-hour, but this may change. Surviving throughout the game will be the player fortifying your holdup with the in-game construction mechanics that are said to be more complex with Minecraft's. Materials include axes, stones, and sledgehammers. These items can see you building many different things, with Epic striving for variety, but they've also said you won't require an engineering degree to build items in Fortnite.

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