Valve's Steam Machines Will Officially Launch In November

“Steam Machines will start at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance,” Valve said in a press release today. Well, OK.

Pregnancy Puts Players Inside The Head Of A Teenage Rape Victim

The interactive short story Pregnancy, released today on Steam, begins with 14-year-old Lilla Sandor purchasing a pregnancy test. It’s a painful moment for the teen. She feels ashamed and awkward. At home, waiting for the test results, she recalls the horrific act that brought her to this point.

Pneuma: Breath Of Life: The Kotaku Review

The people who made Pneuma: Breath of Life are trying to convince players that their game is talking to them. Not, like, in terms of art direction, puzzle design or anything like that. It’s more in the vein of an actual conversation. Part of it is worth listening to, while the other part feels like background noise you can’t quite tune out.

Can A Mini-PC Replace A Console In The Living Room?

We have all been eagerly awaiting Steam OS and the inevitable flood of affordable console like mini-PCs that will let us play our existing library of games in the living room. The problem is Valve’s innovative new wireless controller is not ready, holding up the whole launch. Tired of waiting, some manufacturers have launched their own Windows based setups. But can they compete with your existing console?

HTC Vive: The VR Headset Valve And HTC Built

Sound the alarm: Valve is getting into the virtual reality business with the help of HTC. Meet the Vive headset: the most ambitious VR project to date.

5 Unsettling Ways One Game Can Screw With Your Head

We love games that mess with our heads. Who can forget fighting Psycho Mantis in MGS: Twin Snakes? The science of the mindscrew is a delicate one, but when used well, it can be a powerful tool for keeping players on their toes. Our most recent game, Deadnaut, a scary blend of Space Hulk and Event Horizon, had to be as unsettling as possible. The stranger and more unusual ways we could find to terrify the player, the better.

The Game That Let Me Mourn My Lost Faith

I spent most of my life religious — Christian, to be specific. Semi-recently, however, that small part of me died. Or maybe I killed it myself. I know one thing for sure, though: video games had a hand in it.

Smash Bros. Creator Is Totally Impressed With Steam

But aren’t we all? Steam is a pretty decent online store. At least Smash Bros. creator, Masahiro Sakurai, thinks so. Maybe he could, you know, make a game to sell there?

Resident Evil Revelations 2's Advertising Isn't Entirely Honest

You can play split-screen co-op on the console versions of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 but not the PC version. It’s not uncommon for games to have different features on other platforms, here’s the problem: Capcom didn’t tell anyone about this until the game was about to launch.