10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

While Steam gets a lot of hype for discounted prices, you don’t actually have to spend any money to enjoy some of the best games the service has to offer. Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I’m here to tell you which ones you should check out.
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What Do You Want Valve To Change About Steam?

Steam is great, but nothing's perfect. Valve's beast of a service is colossal, multifaceted, with a million different limbs being pulled in a million different directions. Inevitably, it sometimes falls flat. What features do you wish Valve would add to Steam? Or take away? » 3/31/15 3:24pm Yesterday 3:24pm

Half-Life 2, Now With More Scares (And Big Jumps)

Half-Life 2's been around since Kotaku was a bouncing baby blogglette—freshly hatched from its internet egg—but people are still making some brilliant-looking mods for it. Today, one with gut-wrenching atmosphere... and the ability to leap over buildings. » 3/30/15 8:16pm Monday 8:16pm

Team Fortress 2 Fan Film Is The Best Action Movie I've Seen In Ages

Got 20 minutes? Cool, that's enough time to watch one of the funnest action movies I've seen in ages. And yes, it was made in Team Fortress 2. » 3/30/15 4:16pm Monday 4:16pm

Here's Portal Running On The 3DS. Pity Valve Didn't Make It.

Hey, remember Portal on the DS? Well, Portal (or at least a demo of it) is now also on the 3DS. It's not an official Valve product, of course—as if Valve would ever make another video game!—but it still does the job. » 3/26/15 7:00pm 3/26/15 7:00pm

Valve Rejects DOTA 2 Character, Player Makes It Anyway

I'm not sure Valve was serious about their rejected redesigns for DOTA 2 hero Faceless Void, but that hasn't stopped a fan from painstakingly modeling one for use in the game. » 3/23/15 5:18pm 3/23/15 5:18pm

Playing Half-Life Upside Down Is One Confusing Trip

Half-Life veteran quadrazid decided to give the classic FPS a whole new perspective and turned everything upside down. Headcrabs are a bit easier to spot this way, but besides that, things just get more difficult and confusing. Quadrazid's playthrough is still fast and smooth, though. » 3/23/15 9:00am 3/23/15 9:00am

Guy Uses Team Fortress 2 To Come Out To His Friends

Coming out to friends about any sort of sexuality or queer identity is terrifying. What if they don't understand? What if they don't like you anymore? One Team Fortress 2 player decided to tell his friends in a language they all understood: the game itself. » 3/20/15 8:25pm 3/20/15 8:25pm

Rejected DOTA 2 Character Redesigns Are... Interesting

DOTA 2 hero Faceless Void is getting a visual overhaul. Today, Valve took the wraps off the final design. They also revealed a few other candidates that didn't quite make the cut. Prepare to be amused. » 3/19/15 9:17pm 3/19/15 9:17pm

The Goat From Goat Simulator Would Make An Excellent Dota 2 Courier

The "courier" is a specific type of ally minion in Dota 2: one that carries stuff to you when you're too busy fighting in lane to make that tiresome trek back to your base. » 3/16/15 7:00pm 3/16/15 7:00pm

The Biggest Counter-Strike Event Yet

Over the weekend, all eyes were on Counter-Strike. Well, maybe not all eyes, but more than a million pairs of them—at once, no less. » 3/16/15 6:55pm 3/16/15 6:55pm

Valve Is Not Psyched They Got An 'F' In Customer Service

Not too long ago, I stumbled across a curious fact: Valve, maker of the world's biggest PC gaming service, was given an F by the Better Business Bureau. Other major gaming companies largely have A's. The culprit? Poor customer service. » 3/13/15 4:18pm 3/13/15 4:18pm

Valve VR Demo Is Like A Hyper Detailed Myst

Fantasy games have become known for their vast, usually green expanses, ripe for exploration. Valve's virtual reality setup, however, only lets you walk around areas the size of a small room. The solution? A very interesting take on fantasy influenced by Myst, among others. » 3/12/15 10:33pm 3/12/15 10:33pm

Pro DOTA Player Controls Three Heroes At Once, Helps Win Match

On March 11, a pro DOTA 2 game in the Star Ladder Europe tournament (between Team Secret and DUZA Gaming) suffered from connectivity issues, so much so that two of Team Secret's five players were disconnected. Rather than pause the game and wait it out, though, one of Secret's players put da team on his back. » 3/12/15 9:30pm 3/12/15 9:30pm

The Steam Controller Is Actually Decent Now

When Valve unveiled the first prong of their living room invasion, the Steam controller, it was unique, but also hella wonky. Since then, it's been through multiple revisions and overhauls. The result? Something not quite as good as a mouse-and-keyboard, but close. » 3/11/15 6:03pm 3/11/15 6:03pm

The People Who Make Brutal Video Game Porn

Before you can understand one of the most popular Tomb Raider porn videos online, you need to know about a key scene in a recent Tomb Raider game. » 3/11/15 5:00pm 3/11/15 5:00pm

The Future Of Steam Greenlight

Steam Greenlight is a mess. It's a system for bringing lesser-known games onto Valve's store that doesn't really help people who play games or make them. Two years ago, Valve said the plan was to kill it and replace it with something less broken. And yet, here it remains. So, what's next? » 3/10/15 8:09pm 3/10/15 8:09pm