GAMES NEWS

August 8th, 2012, 11:54 AM

John Carmack Dismisses Valve’s Linux Aspirations, Cautious on Windows 8

John Carmack’s keynote at Quake-Con was marked with skepticism about both Valve’s Linux aspirations, and the future of Windows. Mr. Carmack, lead programmer and co-founder of id Software, identified the biggest problem with gaming on Linux is the user — they don’t want to pay for games. While Linux support creates goodwill amongst the open-source [...]

August 8th, 2012, 10:56 AM

Steam Moving Beyond Games Come September

Valve announced today that it plans to expand Steam’s offerings to “creativity to productivity” software come September. This follows a leak on the Steam mobile app, which advertised software categories such as photo editing, design, and video editing. Valve says many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features — like automatic [...]

August 3rd, 2012, 3:19 PM

Valve’s Mandatory Binding Arbitration Clause Not Valid in Canada

The mandatory binding arbitration clause found in Valve’s updated software service agreement (SSA) for Steam is not valid in Canada, according to a specialist lawyer who has spoken with Hardware Canucks. Mandatory binding arbitration clauses are put in place to prevent a class-action lawsuit from being leveled against a company. Electronic Arts has a mandatory [...]

August 1st, 2012, 11:34 AM

Valve Modifies Steam Software Agreement to Prohibit Class-Action Suits

In the wake of EA offering to settle a class-action claim regarding its Madden NFL and NCAA exclusivity deals, Valve has modified Steam’s Subscriber Service Agreement to effectively prevent a class action suit from being leveled against the company. “It’s clear to us that in some situations, class actions have real benefits to customers In [...]

July 28th, 2012, 10:00 AM

NVIDIA & Hardware Canucks Giving Away Keys to the End of Nations Beta

NVIDIA has given Hardware Canucks 50-keys for a closed beta (taking place on August 10 through 12) of the hotly anticipated apocalyptic MMO, End of Nations, to give away to you, our loyal readers. Set during a persistent global war of unprecedented scale, players in End of Nations team up in massive 50-player online battles [...]

July 17th, 2012, 1:46 PM

EA Confirms Battlefield 4, Beta Ready For Fall 2013

EA announced today that Battlefield 4 is in development, and a beta will be available in the Fall of 2013. The announcement was made as part of a promotion for Medal of Honour: WarFighter, and EA has announced that those who preorder the game will receive a beta for Battlefield 4. “Though Battlefield and Medal [...]

July 9th, 2012, 3:06 PM

Valve Announces Steam Greenlight

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Steam Greenlight, a new platform feature that enlists the community’s help in selecting some of the next games to be released on Steam. Steam Greenlight will allow developers [...]

July 3rd, 2012, 2:15 AM

Blizzard Apparently Banning Diablo 3 Gamers That Use WINE

According to a number of reports on Blizzard’s official forum, Diablo 3 players who game on Linux via WINE are being banned for using “unsupported third-party software”. These banned users claim Diablo 3’s cheat detection system mistakenly identifies WINE as a bot or a trainer and auto-bans the user. WINE is not an emulator or [...]

April 27th, 2012, 11:20 AM

EA Said to be in Take Over Discussions

Bloomberg and CNN Money are reporting that South Korean, though Tokyo headquartered, game company Nexon has made a bid to take over Electronic Arts. Maeil Business, a major South Korean business publication, first reported the possible takeover earlier this week, citing unidentified industry officials. “Nexon has a policy of never commenting on rumors,” the company [...]

April 26th, 2012, 2:34 PM

Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Begins May 8

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the free Portal 2 DLC titled “Perpetual Testing Initiative” will be available for the PC and Mac on May 8th. The “Perpetual Testing Initiative” allows players to easily create, share, and play Portal 2 [...]