Is Half Life 3 Just Around the Corner?

Big news dropped last week from one of the industries fan-favorite developers, and it came in the form of a recent job listing. Valve Corporation is looking for an industrial designer with a background in “product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing,” according to a report released from Gameindustry International. In the past rumors have frequently surfaced about the company moving into the hardware market, including a rumor about working with Apple to develop a console, but this job posting seems to be a little too specific to have nothing to do with that end.

Most would assume that a console from Valve would utilize its popular Steam format, but that’s not the rumor that sparked the most amount of interest when I learned of this job listing. Just a few short hours after the news released I started hearing rumors that this may be what Valve has been waiting for in regards to releasing the long (very, very long) awaited Half Life 3. The Half Life series really helped to cement Valve as one of the majors hitters in the gaming market and fans have been clamoring for more Gordon Freeman for nearly a decade since the franchises second game dropped in November of 2004. To add a little more fuel to this rumor, official Half Life 3 shirts have been reported popping up in several game and comic conventions this year.

So what do you think? Would you want a Valve console, or are you happy with Steam for PC and Mac? Is this rumored console the vehicle for the next Half Life game? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dear Esther for Mac is Now 50% off on Steam Sale!

Just as the title says, Dear Esther is now on sale for the Mac! It is 50% off because of the Steam Sale! If you already own the PC version of the game and want to play it on the Mac as well, you will gain access to both versions of the game, so don’t you worry! Here are the system requirements of the game for the Mac:

Mac System Requirements:

  • OS: MAC OS X 10.6.7 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Hard Disk Space: At least 2GB of Space
  • Video: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000

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Perpetual Testing Initiative

So Portal 2 is set to release some interesting DLC on May 8th.

Sorry it’s not the seductive and sexy Smooth Sax Expansion

It turns out the Perpetual Testing Initiative will be free content that will introduce a new mode that is similar to PSN’s echochrome and Little Big Planet’s level creator.

In the PTI, you can create your own levels that will be published and rated by fellow community Steam members. Looks like fun, check it out!

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Orcs Must Die! 2 Trailer

Unlike film, it is more common for sequels of games in this time of interactive entertainment to be better than the original, save for some exceptions. Why is that? Because gamers know what they want in a game. If people say they want Megan Fox in Transformers 2, suddenly its just all Megan Fox, and the movies there after just go downhill. If gamers say want co-op in Orcs Must Die!, though, suddenly it adds a whole new element to the game.

That’s right. The gamers asked and Robot entertainment listened. No longer will you have to play the game by yourself. You and a friend can slaughter orcs side-by-side in Orcs Must Die! 2. It also features a whole new revamped spell tree, a lot more traps and abilities and a new playable character! *Sigh* Games are awesome.

The Skyrim Creation Kit

That’s right. If you’re not done exploring the world of Skyrim, fear not, because there’s… going to be a lot more to explore with the mod tool Bethesda is adding in. What makes this really neat is that it works with the Steam app, helping you find mods you like and helping modders get their designs out into the internet. They’re even making a wiki to help newcomers in designing their mods. The best part is that it’s free. Unfortunately there is no release date announced yet but we can expect it to be out probably within the next three or so months. If you’re interested feel free to watch the forums for the release date here.

Now’s Your Chance to Win Every Game From the Steam Library!

Steam Sale

If you haven’t already noticed Steam is having brand new deals on games everyday until January 1st, 2012!

During Steam’s Holiday Sale some games like Portal 2 ($29.99 NOW $7.49)  and Just Cause 2 ($19.99 NOW $4.99) are being sold for 75% off!

In addition Steam is holding an Epic Giveaway called the Great Gift Pile where you can win every single game on Steam!

Steam's Great Gift Pile

While only one person will be awarded this great offer thousands will still win! Check the picture below to see the prizes offered!

Steam's Epic Holiday Giveaway!

Log into Steam now for your chance to win! Don’t forget to check back here for more great holiday news!

Help charity and get awesome games

The guys over at Humble Bundle have released the latest bundle of indie games, The Humble Indie Bundle 4. Pay what you want to get five addictive top quality games! The best part about it is the awesomely innovative “Pay what you want” system (thanks Radiohead). You get to decide how to split your donation. If you pay over the average (like 6 bucks) they will throw in an additional two games (seven games and soundtracks) that are DRM free, multi platform, and helps charity. Only ten days left, go check it out!

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Jurassic Park Game Looks Dino-mite!

T-Rex says Hi to man scratching his head

Finally! Our needs to satisfy our dinosaur fetishes has been answered. Lets be honest here…Terra Nova is just Terrably lame and who the hell wants to ride Jurassic Park at Universal Studios over and over?–Especially now that Backdraft isn’t even there to dry us off!?

Well, the guys at Telltale games felt the same way so on November 15, 2011 they’re releasing this masterpiece. Take a look…

Definitely a nice change of pace from the typical games I’m used to playing. I’m loving all the “death by Dino” animations–kind of like Dead Space death scenes (say this five times fast).

Pre-order now and you can save $10 and receive the Deluxe Edition for just $39.99 which includes:

  • All four episodes of Jurassic Park: The Game on disc for PC and Mac
  • Replica InGen staff ID badge as seen in the movie and the game
  • Replica of movie Brochure/Map, updated to include game content
  • Replica of Jurassic Park patch as worn on staff uniforms
  • InGen Field Guide: 32 Pages of content welcoming you to Jurassic Park
  • Exclusive Limited Edition packaging
  • Access to exclusive digital content including the game soundtrack and behind the scenes video
***This just in…PS3 gamers, If you pay $49.99 for a 1 year subscription to PlayStation Plus you will receive this game for free (Not the Deluxe Edition). So if you think you’d enjoy what PlayStation Plus has to offer click here***

 

Look for this game on PC, Mac, Xbox360, & PS3 on November 15….Sorry UK gamers you’ll have to wait until after 2011. In the UK? Feeling disgruntled? Release your anger in comment form below…Counseling staff will be notified immediately.

Psychonauts updated for Mac on Steam

One my favorite games finally comes to my favorite non gaming computer OS. Double Fine has updated Psychonauts on Steam to support Mac and also added some new changes to the game. including a lowered difficulty to the “Meat Circus” section of the game. There are also some achievement content added and 360 controller support. If you havent played this game yet, which has been released like a million times, now is a good time, it’s only $9.99.

Portal for free download on Steam

As part of a program called Learn With Portals, Valve is giving away the original Portal for free on Steam until September 20th. Check out the full project bio and a link for the download on their website here. For the rest of us uneducated folk, a free game is always a good thing. Check out the video below to see kids in nice buildings messing with Portal.


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No Sale on Steam this Memorial Day

Today like most of you I was expecting crazy Memorial Day sales to be all over the net. Video games for as low as a dollar! Usually in the foreground of that bargaining is Valves Steam store. But this year for some reason there will be no sales on steam(Besides the $2 off they usually give you). My instant reaction is what the fuck! Its probably Sony’s fault.