valve

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.


8 Steam Features You Probably Don't Know About

Like the thousands upon thousands of games it hosts, Steam has secrets. It is, on one hand, a brilliant thing, more feature-rich than just about any other gaming platform on the planet. However, as it’s expanded over the years it’s also taken on an infernal-machine-like quality; it’s become this cacophonous conglomerate of bells and whistles, many of which are buried under other bells and whistles. It’s hard to know everything Steam is capable of, is what I’m saying.


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.


Half-Life 2 Modders Have Made Valve's Classic Look Better Than Ever

It’s nice to have a good reason to play through one of the best games of all-time again.


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 modelling one for use in the game.


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.


When DOTA 2 Meets Classic Art

Briefly: You get this fusion of DOTA 2 hero Meepo and the Mona Goddamn Lisa, courtesy of Haryon. Freakin’ unbelievable, but in a good way.


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.


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.