A survey conducted by the Independent Game Developers Association has identified Valve as the most desirable game developer to work for. The team behind the likes of DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal and the digital distribution platform Steam came on top in a poll of over 2,200 developers ahead of the likes of BioWare, Activision Blizzard and even the potential to work independently.
Although Valve have not created a new game for a couple of years now (focusing instead in getting SteamOS & Steam Machines into the living room and denying the existence of Half Life 3), developers have identified the open minded approach to completion of tasks and flat organization of employees as a big factor in why they would want to work there. Other developers appearing in the Top Ten included Ubisoft and its many subsidiary studios, Nintendo, Naughty Dog, Double Fine & Bethesda. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 18TH – 24TH AUGUST→
Morning all, hope you’ve had a pleasant Christmas with all the usual gifts and trimmings. The surprises aren’t just limited to Christmas Day in the gaming industry though!
Until 10am Pacific Time on December 26th, you can pick up Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam for free – go to the store page and click on ‘Install’, and you will receive the complementary license to have the game in your Steam library forever. You do not have to install the game straight off the bat as some reports have confusingly stated; if its in your Library, you can install it at your leisure.
Meanwhile on Xbox Live, the first episode of TellTale Games’ The Wolf Among Us is currently free to download for both Gold and Silver members, with the full season pass also discounted to just £6. The deal expires on December 31st, so download it while you can. I played through the first episode last night and thought it was excellent – you can see my review here.
Meanwhile, remember to keep your eyes on the Steam Winter Sale which updates each day until January 3rd. Happy deal hunting!
Huge news from Valve today; no it’s not the announcement of Half Life 2: Episode 3, but something even better. The world’s #1 war-themed hat simulator, Team Fortress 2, is now FREE TO PLAY. Yep, you can play when you like for as long as you like, and get the benefit of over four years of updates for the game online in the process.
Valve has recently allowed a few free to play games onto its Steam service, including the RPG Forsaken World, but I don’t think many anticipated that Team Fortress 2 would become free to play after the recent uber update for the game, which was the largest amount of content updated since the game’s release in 2007. While I’m sure that many will jump at the chance to get this excellent team based shooter now that it’s free (I have a copy for the Xbox in the form of the Orange Box), don’t feel bad if you have already paid for the game: you are getting upgraded to a premium account free of charge with the update as well.
You can add it to your download queue on Steam now, and in the meantime check out the hilarious ‘Meet The Medic’ video that Valve also released with the uber update.