(Of Corgis & Cocktails)

The Competition Is As Fake As The Blood: Why New Video Games Are Always The Same Price

Video games have gotten ridiculously predictable. Not in stories, writing, or mechanics (although sometimes those, too) but in release, pricing, and distribution. When it comes to the big-budget blockbuster console-ready games, by now pretty much every player can recite the pricing timetable by heart. [More]

Steam To Let You Share Games With Others For No Extra Charge

Steam To Let You Share Games With Others For No Extra Charge

How do you legally “share” a game in the digital age when no physical media exists? Microsoft thought it had a possible answer for the upcoming Xbox One by allowing users to pass a game along, but the limitations were too strict and the company eventually backtracked in response to negative feedback. Now the folks at video game marketplace Steam have come up with what may be a more appealing solution — the ability to share a game with up to 10 other people. [More]

(The War Z)

Gamer Backlash Against ‘The War Z’ Prompts Makers To Pull It From Steam Store

Selling something that isn’t perfect can be okay in some situations. An apple? Just cut the bruise out. Shirt missing a button? Ask for a discount and sew one on. But when it comes to technology and video games, if your product isn’t up to snuff, those playing the games are going to be very unhappy. The distributors of zombie survival game The War Z  learned that this week and ended up pulling it from game site Steam. [More]

Video Game Publisher/Seller Valve Now Forcing Customers Into Mandatory Binding Arbitration

Video Game Publisher/Seller Valve Now Forcing Customers Into Mandatory Binding Arbitration

Valve, the makers of popular video game series like Portal, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, and Team Fortress, as well as the operators of the Steam online marketplace for games, have surprised fans this week by changing the Steam terms of service to effectively pre-empt any class-action lawsuits by forcing customers into mandatory binding arbitration. [More]

Steam Database Hacked

Steam Database Hacked

The popular online video game distribution system Steam was hacked and a database containing user names, passwords, user credit card information was compromised. [More]

Valve Disables Steam Account, Won't Explain Why

Valve Disables Steam Account, Won't Explain Why

Jeff’s account for the gaming platform Steam has been disabled, locking him out of Team Fortress 2 and other games he’s purchased. When he asked why, Steam support was tight-lipped, saying only that he was accused of “scamming or hijacking another user’s account,” refusing to elaborate or let Jeff make his case. [More]

I Can't Play My Video Game, Nor Can I Return It (Updated)

I Can't Play My Video Game, Nor Can I Return It (Updated)

Stephen has a word of warning for Mac users who want to use their machines to play PC games: Don’t buy games unless you’re sure they’ll work on your machine. He runs Windows 7 on his Macbook Pro, but can’t get Fallout 3, which he purchased through online distributor Steam, to play properly. He asked the publisher’s customer support service for help, but was turned away at first. [More]

Players Who Downloaded Failed Game On Steam Get Free Replacement

Players Who Downloaded Failed Game On Steam Get Free Replacement

After only a few months on the market, Electronic Arts pulled the plug on the monthly subscription fee-based game APB, leaving the game’s few devotees feeling burned. The company is saving face, though, by offering a freebie to those who downloaded APB via Steam. [More]

Blockbuster Chases GameFly, Offers Game Rentals By Mail

Blockbuster Chases GameFly, Offers Game Rentals By Mail

Yesterday we noted that Blockbuster was launching a new DVD-by-mail rental service (which Netflix promptly one-upped by announcing a new streaming agreement), and today we’re getting tips from people that the beleaguered brick and mortar movie rental company is throwing games into the offer as well. FastCompany notes that GameFly offers around 7,000 game titles compared to Blockbuster’s library of 3,000 titles. On the other hand, Blockbuster’s rental plans start at $9/mo compared to GameFly’s $16/mo (both for one disc at a time). [More]

Valve Gives Unfairly Banned Players Free Zombie Game

Valve Gives Unfairly Banned Players Free Zombie Game

To make up for mistakenly banning 12,000 Steam gamers from playing Modern Warfare 2 online, Valve served up a peace offering of up to two free Left 4 Dead 2 downloads. [More]

Don't Buy A Digital Game And Expect To Return It For A Refund

Don't Buy A Digital Game And Expect To Return It For A Refund

Joshua heard you could play Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on the PC with an Xbox 360 controller, so he downloaded it through Steam, a digital distribution service. He hasn’t been able to figure out how to use his controller and suspects it may not be possible, and Steam is ignoring his requests for a refund. [More]

Decent Video Games Coming To Macs This Spring

Decent Video Games Coming To Macs This Spring

It’s been rumored for weeks, but finally confirmed today that Steam, the hugely popular gaming service for PC users, will indeed be available for use on Macs starting in May. [More]

Mac Users, Things May Be Getting Steamy

Mac Users, Things May Be Getting Steamy

Although Apple’s App Store may be getting considerably less steamy, the opposite is true of gamers who use Macs for console games. Kotaku reports Steam, the digital distribution platform that lets you buy games on demand, may be headed Macward, usable on OS X. [More]

I Bought My Bro A Downloadable Video Game He Already Owned, Can't Get My Money Back

I Bought My Bro A Downloadable Video Game He Already Owned, Can't Get My Money Back

Ario thought he had bought his brother a downloadable PC game via Steam, but was dismayed to find out his brother already owned the game, so he threw his money away. Ario has struggled to get a refund but his screams have gone unheard in cyberspace. He writes: [More]

Here's An Example Of A Phishing Attempt On A Steam Account

Here's An Example Of A Phishing Attempt On A Steam Account

Back in March we posted a warning about thieves masquerading as Steam in order to get into customers’ accounts and download games to resell. One reader, Richard, just received this special “alert” on his Steam IM pane this evening.

Watch Out For These Phishing Attempts On Your Steam Account

Watch Out For These Phishing Attempts On Your Steam Account

PC World notes that phishers are now targeting Steam account holders. Games are an easy target because you can make quick money off of them and the security isn’t as high as with, say, credit cards. The site that first reported this, SpywareGuide, demonstrates two examples—steamgift.com and steamverification.com—that will attempt to trick you into giving them access to your digital library of games.

Months Later Valve Has Still Not Reset My Steam Password

Months Later Valve Has Still Not Reset My Steam Password

Reader Con Seannery was randomly locked out of his Steam account one day and has been trying to get Valve’s attention for months. Will they ever respond?

Help, Steam Randomly Charged Me In Pounds Instead Of Dollars

Help, Steam Randomly Charged Me In Pounds Instead Of Dollars

Reader Justin says he bought some software from Valve’s Steam service — and was randomly charged in British pounds. This resulted in a bunch of extra charges from his bank. He’s tried to contact Valve about the issue, but he says he’s being ignored.