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Steam Game Fans is going on hiatus

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Hello Involved Fans,

I regret to inform you that we have decided to place Steam Game Fans on hiatus. With the release of the Xbox One we are going to be refocusing our attention around XBLA Fans. What does this mean for you? Well, with the addition of ID@Xbox, it’s likely that there will be a degree of crossover between Steam, Xbox One, and PS4, so you’ll probably be able to get at least some of the same news over there.

There are also still plenty of ways out there to get Steam-specific news. Valve provides a number of RSS feeds that make it easy to stay on top of all the happenings (you should be able to add these to Feedly or another RSS site):

This doesn’t mean that we’re leaving forever. Steam Game Fans may someday return. But for the time being, we as a network need to refocus our priorities.

It’s been an amazing journey. Thank you all so much for being a part of it.

Nick DePetris
Managing Editor

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Steam continues to grow

Valve has been many reasons to celebrate: Steam has just had its 10 year anniversary and they’ve announced a line of new features to much fanfare. They now have another reason to celebrate: Steam now has 65 million active users. It has concurrent user numbers of over six million. Those numbers may seem like a lot, but it’s important to put them into context.

Xbox Live has 48 million users. League of Legends has 32 million users. World of Tanks has 45 million users. The only big name that beats Steam is Playstation Network with 110 million. Valve has done a good job in establishing themselves as one of the preeminent gaming platforms, and that is only going to increase as time goes on.

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Solforge Friday – Week 12 – Pack Opening (Legendary)

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Welcome back to Solforge Friday! This week is a pack opening and it’s hard to explain just how incredible this particular set of packs is. The weekly reward total ended up being 3 basic booster packs, 3 normal booster packs, and just over 16,000 silver. The silver needs to be saved for the upcoming new cards, so a modest 5 basic packs is purchased and added to the opening. The result is AMAZING, check out the video!

The results won’t be spoiled here folks, check that video out. What a great way to end a week, and expand the constantly improving free collection. The patch could be any day now, and will lead to tournaments, drafts, and new cards. Silver reserves will grow until that point, this strategy is suggested for anyone who has play-sets of all common and uncommon cards. Thanks for dropping in, have a great weekend.

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Valve releases more info on In-Home Streaming

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Valve has released a series of posts on In-Home Streaming via the Steam Group. Many people seem to be focusing on the fact that the PC running the game will not be able to be used by other people at the same time, but that seems pretty standard – it’s running the game, after all! More concerning to us is the fact that there are quite a few mentions of the fact that the experience will depend on a number of factors, most of which depend on the user. Of course, this could simply be Valve reminding the fringe users that they might not have quite as good of an experience as the rest of us, but it could also indicate that they are not experiencing quite as good performance as they were expecting.

This is, of course, idle speculation, but it is a little concerning that this is the first real info we’ve received. Discussions of downgrading video quality to receive ideal performance are never too exciting to read. The only way to know for sure is to see it in the wild. Hopefully Valve will put it out there soon! For more info, check out the posts themselves.

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Dead Pixels retrospective review – The 8-bit zombie sim of fun!

Dead Pixels was developed and published by CSR-Studios. It was released December 7, 2012 and is available for $2.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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Now, this writer is new to Steam Game Fans. This is only his second review after all, but those that know us here at SGF will hold dear this knowledge that fully encapsulates our gaming pedigree. We love Zombies. The ones that run fast. The ones that shamble, fart, gargle and groan…  even the dog zombies and lickers. We adore Resident Evil and Left 4 Dead. WE LOVE THEM. Point made? Good! So it’s with belated, cute and gory pleasure we begin the Dead Pixels review… holy zombie hell!

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Solforge Friday – Week 11 – Vs. Bmooberry

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Hello and welcome back to Solforge Friday! This week features a match against a great Solforge player and community member, Bmooberry. The deck that has had the most success is the “Arcflight Alloyin” deck, so that will be the choice for today’s sparring session. The aim of the deck is to get many creatures of the robot variety into the lanes and swinging for big damage quickly. Now for the match.

The deck certainly got outclassed quickly, and Xrath, Dreadnight of Varna in multiples is a really rough match up for any build. Thanks again to Bmooberry for the game, it’s always great to spend time paying with viewers and community members. Sometime in the near future, segments on the things mentioned in the video will be put together! The timeline depends on release dates unfortunately, so next week’s segment will rely entirely on potential releases. Thanks for dropping in, have a great weekend.

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40 more games Greenlit on Steam

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Steam has flown another 40 games through the Greenlight service, getting even more hot indie titles on the service. While it’s always wonderful to see games getting the recognition they deserve, there aren’t any games in this round we can pinpoint as ones with a lot of hype around them. We’re not tracking any metrics either, but there seems to be a not insignificant number of negative comments on the list.

Most digital game storefronts reach a certain threshold at some point where the number of titles outgrows the discoverability of the system. We are always happy to see more games coming to Steam, but it’s probably something that Valve will have to deal with eventually. Are there any games you will be picking up? Are you concerned about Steam’s direction? Let us know in the comments, and see the complete list of Greenlit after the break.

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Reddit user makes suggestion, CS:GO team implements it 2 days later

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Imagine you’re a redditor who likes Counterstrike: Global Offensive. You make a post in the Global Offensive subreddit with a suggestion about how to improve the game. A Valve developer replies “I agree. This is a great idea.” That’s cool and all, but you probably don’t expect anything to come of it. Two days later the change shows up with a shout out to you right in the changelog. Well, this is exactly what happened recently.

You hear stories about developers reacting to user input, but a two day turn around is pretty spectacular. It’s great to see that Valve is out there and that their employees have an ear to the ground. Hopefully more large companies will take note!

Source: reddit

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Steam In-Home Streaming beta signups begin

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For many of us, in-home streaming is the most exciting feature of the upcoming SteamOS. We’ve got powerful gaming PCs, but they’re nowhere near our TVs! What’s a gamer to do? Well, with in-home streaming, gamers should theoretically be able to use their gaming PCs to power top-of-the-line games while using their less powerful laptops and HTPCs to actually play them, all by streaming over a wifi network.

Evidence in a recent SteamDB discovery showed that this feature may be further along than we thought, and now Valve has started a community for people interested in beta testing. All you have to do to be considered is join the group. According to Valve, beta testers will be “randomly selected from members”.

Source: Steam In-Home Streaming Community via Polygon

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Notable Steam releases: week of 11/12/13

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There’s many releases on Steam – way too many for a small site like us to cover every single one. That’s why we like to take some time every couple weeks and try to highlight a few games we’ve been hearing about that have released. Here are the indie releases you might want to check out:

  • Pixeljunk Shooter is a 2D retro shooter in which you’ll travel through a series of caverns by manipulating liquids like water and lava in order to save scientists. You can also grab a friend for some co-op fun. Get it here in the next week for 25% off the normal price.
  • Gentlemen! is a 2-4 player local multiplayer deathmatch game. And it’s got a Victorian-era theme! Grab it here for $9.99.
  • YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Classic Pack is a collection featuring the original run of the titular hilarious trivia game. It’s back in re-released form! Pick it up here as a bundle or individually.
  • State of Decay is out of Early Access and ready for action. The zombie survival game has been spoken very highly of by our cohorts over at XBLA Fans. Now it’s out on PC.
  • Lilly Looking Through is fresh off wins for Best Adventure / Role-Playing Game and Best Art Design from the Intel LevelUp Demo Contest. You can pick up the point-and-click adventure game here for $9.99.
  • Speaking of adventure games, the first non-adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment has just hit Early Access. Blackguards is a turn-based strategy RPG featuring over 180 unique hex-based battlegrounds to fight your way through the story on. Pick up the first part of the game right here, with the rest to be released between now and the end of January.
  • The Walking Dead Season 2 is available for pre-purchase. If you missed out on one of the best games of last year, here’s a link to Season 1. Go get caught up!

Anything we missed? Let the world know in the comments!

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