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Steam Broadcasting Available in Beta

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December 2, 2014 — Starting today Steam gamers may watch their friends’ games through the click of a button via Steam Broadcasting, now available in beta.

Steam Broadcast is designed for ease of use, allowing anyone to view a friend’s game by simply clicking on “Watch Game” on their Friend’s profile or Friend’s List to open a window into their gameplay – no game ownership, special fees, or additional apps required. The beta is open to everyone who opts in to the Steam Client Beta (via the Steam Settings panel), however bandwidth may be limited during the beta.

As always, Valve is interested in all feedback and ideas on how to make this feature better. To find out more about Steam Broadcast and offer your feedback, please check out the Steam Broadcast update page: http://steamcommunity.com/updates/broadcasting

Mixamo Now Offers Direct 3D Character Downloads for Source Filmmaker and Garry’s Mod

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San Francisco, CA – Nov 6, 2014 – Users of Valve’s Source Engine-based modding applications, Source Filmmaker and Garry’s Mod, just received a major productivity boost in the creation of 3D characters. Today, Mixamo, Inc announced that it has released a direct download feature that will enable anyone creating a 3D character with the latest version of its character creator software Fuse (which just launched today on Steam), and animating it with its Animations, to import those characters straight into Source Filmmaker and Garry’s Mod.

Valve pioneered the concept of modding back in 1998 with the release of Half-Life and its development tools. The concept has since spread to a number of popular games and millions of gaming fans. From maps to weapons to tutorials and more, Valve and other publishers continue to enable gaming fans to create a near limitless amount of user-generated content for their games.

Mixamo’s technology has been designed from the ground up to democratize the 3D character creation process for everyone. Using Mixamo’s patented Fuse character creator and its online animation technology, beginning artists, modders and experienced game developers alike can all create and animate detailed 3D characters in minutes, rather than the days or weeks it takes with other tools. This latest feature extends that simple content creation to users of popular software made with the Source Engine: Source Filmmaker and Garry’s Mod.

“Gabe Newell noted in a Reddit AMA earlier in 2014 that the biggest improvements [to its engine technology] will be in increasing productivity of content creation. Today’s feature release is the realization of that concept for the creation of game characters,” said Stefano Corazza, CEO of Mixamo. “Our entire pipeline is predicated on the same notion that user-generated content should be easy to create and get into games. We’ve now simplified that process for the tens of thousands of developers and modders using the Source engine and for the over 6 million users of Garry’s Mod. As far we know, we’re the first-ever 3D modeling and animation service to do so.”

Valve fans interested in creating 3D characters for Source Filmmaker and Garry’s Mod can experience this new functionality in the latest version of Mixamo’s character creator software, Fuse 1.3, which just launched on Steam and is available at a time-limited promotional price of $24.75 (Standard price: $99.99).

Mixamo has also published workflows on its website to show modders how to take advantage of this latest direct download feature for:

Garry’s Mod: https://community.mixamo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204187833-Tutorial-Fuse-to-Garry-s-Mod-Ragdoll and

Source Filmmaker: https://community.mixamo.com/hc/en-us/articles/203859456-Tutorial-Fuse-to-Source-Filmmaker

Direct downloads of 3D characters is currently only available for the Windows© versions of Source Filmmaker and Garry’s Mod. Support for Dota 2 is coming soon.

iBuyPower Announces SBX Entertainment System

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October 9, 2014, City of Industry, CA – There are very few instances where one product category can leap frog over to another and make a profound impact. Today, iBUYPOWER, makes one such leap.

Introducing the iBUYPOWER SBX Entertainment System, an ultra-simplified system designed to do one thing: entertain. Melding together the simplicity of a traditional game console, but harnessing power usually available to only high-end desktop PCs, iBUYPOWER is able to usher in both performance and content unheard of in the living room space. For more information, please see http://www.ibuypower.com/SBX

Designed in Los Angeles, iBUYPOWER labored to create a highly tuned and optimized system that would deliver a sustainable 60 frames-per second gaming experience at true high-definition resolutions. Powered by a high-performance AMD multi-core processor paired with the latest Radeon HD graphics technology from AMD, customers will be able to jump a full generation ahead of the latest game consoles.

“What we really wanted to do was make an impact in the living room. We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way,” said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. “All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door.”

Customers can expect an out-of-box experience unlike any other. Every iBUYPOWER SBX comes with a Microsoft Xbox game controller so customers can jump into the action immediately. All aspects of design and hardware are optimized for a gaming experience that sheds away legacy PC overhead. Make no mistake about it; this is not a PC.

Customers will be able to configure their SBX to boot into Steam Big Picture mode, or any other configuration. Games, media, streaming, the SBX handles it all. It’ll even be the perfect system for those who want to enjoy their classic games on emulation on the big screen. SBX is also fully Steam OS ready.

iBUYPOWER’s SBX is available for pre-order immediately 4 and will ship in 3 weeks starting at $399 and is available in matte black.

Iron Sky: Invasion Demo Now on Steam in Europe

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Karlsruhe, Germany December 18th 2012 – TopWare Interactive is excited to announce the release of a free demo for the space combat simulator “Iron Sky Invasion”. The game was developed alongside the movie “Iron Sky”, and is now available on Steam across Europe. The Demo shows the tutorial plus the first 30 minutes of gameplay.

The game runs parallel to the film, with the player assuming the role of a crack space pilot battling against the evil Nazi horde from the dark side of the moon. Led by the diabolical Admiral Willhelm Kreutz, the player must win epic space battles and down and dirty dogfights as the Nazis attempt to invade earth. Original actors from the movie in all new scenes help to create a seamless blend between the game and the movie.

In addition to the release of the demo, TopWare is also announcing the release of a new update fixing some small issues with the game. PC users will only need to start the game, while Mac users can download the update on the games homepage.

The console version of the game will be released in January 2013.

Find more information about the game and the free trial version on www.ironskyinvasion.com

Valve Says “Not Showing Any Titles” at E3 2011

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We just received a humorously written email from Doug Lombardi, VP of Valve Marketing, informing us that Valve is not showing any titles at this year’s E3, which is set to run in just a few week’s time.

The Email

Hi,

Lots of folks have mailed asking about appointment times, etc., with Valve.

Well, we are not showing any titles at this year’s show. So no appointment is needed.

Thanks

Personally, we were hoping to see Half-Life 3 or Episode 3 revealed at the show. Guess we will have to wait a bit longer but we will let you know should things change!

First Portal 2 DLC Pack Announced

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Valve Software has announced the first DLC pack for their new puzzle adventure, Portal 2. The DLC pack will be available this Summer and be FREE for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC platforms. It promises new test chambers for players, leaderboards, challenge mode for single and multiplayer modes, and more.