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Hats Off: Data Analyst Firm Reveals Valve Made More Than 730 Million USD Profit In 2014

Written by Neil Soutter on 27 July 2015 at 17:30

Data analyst firm SuperData Research has posted what it claims is data on Valve’s earnings over the past year. According to the research firm, Valve’s total revenue for 2014 reached $1.5 billion. This includes $330 million in third-party game royalties, which comes from the 30% taken on all third-party Steam game sales.

With revenue of $1.5 billion, Valve posted a net profit of $730 million, which will be music to the ears of Gabe Newell. A large chunk of Valve’s money came from its own games, with DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive collectively bringing in an estimated $400 million. [More]

Razer Buys Out OUYA In Massive One Billion Dollar Deal

Written by Joffy S on 27 July 2015 at 16:00

In a bit of a head-scratching move, OUYA founder Julie Uhrman has confirmed the recent reports that high-end peripheral manufacturer Razer has bought the company out. Razer has obviously seen some worth in the ill-fated micro-console, which rose to prominence as an early Kickstarter success.

The deal is reportedly in the region of $1 billion, which boggles the mind a little. It’s Razer’s first ever acquisition. The purchase includes the OUYA software assets, as well as its technical and developer relations teams, so there’s sure to be some smart minds there. The plan is for Razer to roll its OUYA acquisition into its own Forge TV - an Android TV gaming console which is planned to work in conjunction with the Razer Cortex games platform. [More]

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Summer Games Done Quick Is Live This Week - Speedrunning A Host Of Gaming Classics

Written by Stuart Thomas on 27 July 2015 at 14:10

The procrastinators dream come true is back. Yep, Summer Games Done Quick 2015 is running this week, featuring a bunch of world’s greatest speedrunners racing through a bunch of games insanely quickly. At the time of writing it’s the ambitious Shenmue 2, which Puri_Puri is attempting to run through in two hours 15 minutes.

Summer Games Done Quick is running from July 26th through to Sunday, August 2nd. There’s a crammed schedule over a whole host of platforms, including classic consoles like the NES, SNES and Genesis, as well as a bunch of PC speedruns. Highlights included a 15 minute 100% run of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, Deus Ex: Human Revolution in an hour, Dark Souls II in 90 mins, and Fallout in 15 minutes. Nope, I have no idea how. [More]

Steam Accounts Hacked Via Password Recovery Loophole

Written by Neil Soutter on 27 July 2015 at 12:55

A pretty simple loophole in Steam’s password recovery process has seen a number of Steam accounts hijacked. Valve has since fixed the bug, but not before some prominent Steam accounts had been hacked.

The problem stems from the password recovery system Valve had in place. When you try and login to the Steam client, a button at the bottom allows you to ‘Retrieve a Lost Account’. We’ve all probably used this legitimately at one point or another, but a fatal flaw allowed would-be hackers to type in the name of any user and get an account recovery code sent. [More]

Nvidia Thinks PC Gamers Are Going To Be Delighted By Its Work On Batman: Arkham Knight

Written by Joffy S on 27 July 2015 at 11:40

It’s been just about a month now since Batman: Arkham Knight was stripped from the Steam store following a frankly disastrous PC launch. In the ensuring weeks, Rocksteady, WB Games and Nvidia have been working together on fixing a mighty mess. We’re expecting an ‘interim’ patch in August before a full update this fall, and Nvidia’s Thomas Petersen is confident it’s going to be worth the wait.

Petersen is an engineer over at Nvidia, and he’s been helping out on getting Batman: Arkham Knight ready for re-release. Speaking in a new video about Nvidia Gameworks, which detailed the Nvidia-exclusive graphical features, the topic moved on to performance optimisation. "I look at Batman: Arkham Knight as an example of where Nvidia can help a developer get to market with a quality game," Peterson said. [More]

Additional Fallout 4 Details Revealed At QuakeCon 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on 27 July 2015 at 10:25

Originally created as an event dedicated to all things id, Bethesda’s swallowing up of its subsidiary means we also get a peek at some of the other projects coming from the publisher. And games don’t come much bigger than Fallout 4. Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic sequel is out in November, and it found time at QuakeCon to squeeze out a few more juicy details.

Chief among these is an update on the Perks system. Fallout 4 with have a total 70 unique perks, up from 58 in Fallout 3. Spread out among these perks there’ll be a total of 275 levels within which to further specialised your character. As you can see customisation is key, and this extends to living your life out in the wastelands. There’ll be 12 different companions you can meet, for wooing in your cave dwelling or dragging them out for some dungeon crawling. [More]

F1 2015 Review : Lean Mean Speed Machine

Written by Joffy S on 26 July 2015 at 18:00

I’ve had a few brief comings together with the F1 series over the last few years, but with a franchise and a sport so heavily focused on refinement rather than revolution, I often find myself holding back for each generational leap. After last year’s stop-gap, F1 2015 moves Codemasters racer to the next-gen Ego Engine 4.0.

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Hatred Review : Nihilist Simulator

Written by JRschro on 26 July 2015 at 16:00

I've done horrible unspeakable things in video games before, if for nothing more than to satisfy my own morbid curiosity. I'm the kind of person who splatters pedestrians in GTAV with my car, or tries to kill the kids in Skyrim. At some point we've all tried to push back at the boundaries of what's deemed acceptable. So when I heard of Hatred my morbid curiosity got the better of me and I knew I had to play it.

Hatred is an isometric twin-stick shooter from Polish developer Destructive Creations. The game's main feature is killing as many innocent bystanders as you can before your death. The unnamed protagonist explains that he's sick of the world and the people in it. After gathering weapons he stalks through his residential neighborhood, busy town centers, a moving passenger train, an army base, and a nuclear power plant, gunning down everyone he sees to make his dark vision a reality. So how well does Hatred live up to its controversy-courting ways? [More]

Will We Be Seeing The Rise Of The Steam Machines

Written by Kyle Echols on 26 July 2015 at 14:00

Did laptops, desktops, and consoles all inadvertently give rise to Steam Machines? The momentum began when people started getting wise with their desktops’ versatile nature, and increasing numbers took their hardware into the living room to serve as their all-in-one entertainment centre several years ago.

Furthermore, the living room PC scenario quickly gained momentum as internet services like NetFlix (etc) raked in millions of people. People were using their computers not just for gaming and work, but as a TV for the viewing of 4K, 3D, and general 1080p content. They wanted a unified media experience, and few are sitting at a dedicated computer desk anymore. Microsoft's Xbox One earned huge brownie points for allowing players to use it in similar fashion with other devices, dubbing it an all-in-one entertainment hub. [More]

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