"Gamers are being played [like a piano] every time you see the word SALE.

"Gamers are being played [like a piano] every time you see the word SALE. This is a big psychology trick that is being used to siphon money from gamers." Indie developer Cliff Harris, in a blog post on why discounted video games are harmful to both gamers and developers. Read his arguments in the full post here. »3/21/14 5:20am3/21/14 5:20am

I Learned How to Share My Toys By Kindergarten, But Modern Gaming Makes It Really Hard to Do

There are a few dozen games in our home that I haven't really ever been able to play. The same goes for my spouse. It's not a lack of interest, time, or ability that keeps each of us from experiencing these games; it's Steam. Although Steam is hardly the only culprit, of course. Origin now plays the same role, as do… »8/28/12 6:00pm8/28/12 6:00pm

Steam Sales More Than Double For the Seventh Straight Year, Valve Looks at the Big Picture

Disproving the power of packaged goods once again, Valve's Steam digital download platform saw another year of massive growth in 2011, with sales more than doubling and the number of simultaneous users surpassing the five million mark. What gets five million people on Steam all at once? »1/06/12 12:00pm1/06/12 12:00pm

Marvel Introducing Free Download Codes for Digital Copies For the Ultimate Comics That You Buy in Print

DC Comics has been garnering lots of media buzz, heightened awareness and increased sales on the heels of its recent New 52 reboot. Along with new re-imaginings of Superman and Wonder Woman, the publisher began making digital copies of its entire line available on the same day as the print versions. Moreover, every… »11/10/11 1:40pm11/10/11 1:40pm

EA Says It Was Valve Who 'Expelled' Crysis 2 from Steam

EA and Crytek's Crysis 2 was available on Valve's Steam service until this week. Now it's available "only on Origin," Electronic Arts' new digital store (and a few others, actually). Despite the change and conjecture about the motivations behind it, EA says it was not behind the decision to pull Crysis 2 from Steam. »6/15/11 3:40pm6/15/11 3:40pm