ACCC wants Valve to pay $3 million for breaching Australian Consumer Law

In the latest development in the ongoing saga that is the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission versus Valve, the ACCC has asked the Australian courts to fine Valve $3 million as penalty for being found guilty of breaching Australian Consumer Law for their lack of a Steam refunds policy from 2011 to 2014. As of right now, Steam allows refunds on products providing they are either defectiv...[Read More]

Starladder i-League Starseries Season 2: Na’Vi is finally back

– Francesco Puglisi The last premiere tournament of the season before The International 6 just drew to an end with a banging upset: Na’Vi is back and they are not fooling around. For the ones who have not being following the Dota 2 pro scene too closely, Na’Vi is definitely one of the most famous and cheered for teams in the world. The Ukrainian squad grew to fame in 2011, when they won the ...[Read More]

Valve sends cease and desists to CS:GO gambling sites

For a company renowned for having a loose definition of the term “soon”, see the much studied phenomenon of “Valve Time”, Valve has made a quick turn around with regards to responding to this whole Counter Strike: Global Offensive gambling mess. Last week, Valve said they were going “start sending notices to [CS:GO skin gambling sites] requesting they cease operations...[Read More]

Valve has had enough of naughty gamblers

Gambling and video games have been paring as well as peanut butter and crippling leg pain at the moment. Last week’s CS:GO lotto fiasco painted a nasty picture of barely legal gambling rings, which you can read all about here. At the time many wondered why Valve sat idly by allowing these Las Vegas’ of filth to happen. Well now Valve appears to be doing something about it, which I is g...[Read More]

Steam now has movie rentals and in Australia it’s garbage because of course it is

Purchasing films on Steam isn’t exactly a new idea, as titles such as Indie Game: The Movie have been available on the platform for quite some time. There has also been several web series available, like Mortal Kombat: Legacy and the Payday series, along with various independent films. But mainstream Hollywood films? Nope, and no one would think that’s a good idea following the rise of...[Read More]

Vive launch trailer gives a unique demonstration of VR

  VR is hitting the gaming news cycle in a big way this past couple weeks, and I’m not just talking about that man who used a Gear VR headset on a Boston train, prompting discussion about banning the devices on public transport. No, the Oculus Rift and Vive have started shipping to the public; the days of VR are upon us. But one hurdle VR still struggles to overcome is conveying to cons...[Read More]

Valve found guilty by federal court of breaching Australian Consumer Law

  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has won its case against Valve as the Australian Federal Court today ruled the company is guilty of breaching consumer law. Specifically, the ruling relates to a suit filed in August 2014 where the ACCC took issue with Valve’s lack of a refund policy for Steam, which goes against guarantees set out in Australian Consumer Law. Followin...[Read More]

Using HTC Vive to play non-VR games in a virtual cinema sure looks weird…

  It goes without saying that VR was a huge topic of discussion at the Game Developer’s Conference last week. For starters, Playstation announced the much-lower-than-the-Rift-and-Vive price for Playstation VR; along with Oculus demoing all the titles coming to the Rift after it launches at the end of the month. But another thing that various journalists got their hands on was a feature ...[Read More]

Australian pricing of HTC Vive confirmed, shipping May 2016

  Just over a week ago HTC announced the price of the Vive, their upcoming VR headset developed in collaboration with Valve, and it came in at US$799; a full US$200 more than the previously announced Oculus Rift. At the time running the US price tag through a currency converter was all we had to go on regarding what it would cost to ship a Vive to Australia, but with preorders going live toda...[Read More]

HTC Vive price announced

  The price of the HTC Vive has been announced and comes in at a staggering US$799 (AU$1115), which is close to US$200 more than the Oculus Rift. However the Valve collaborated virtual reality headset will come in a bundle featuring two touch controllers, sensor towers and two games. The games included are Job Simulator, a game where you play as a robot learning about work: And Fantastic Cont...[Read More]

HTC Vive VR release window announced

  VR is on its way into our living rooms, we’ve known this for quite some time. Playstation’s entry into the market, boringly named Playstation VR, blew my mind at PAX Australia earlier this year. So while I’m also not convinced it will be the epic game changer it hopes to be (yet), I am still super excited to get longer hands on time with it. All we’ve ever been told ...[Read More]

Robotic Wheatley replica brings Portal character to life

  Portal is up there as one of the best game series ever. It mixes puzzles, humour and dark sci-fi storytelling into one neat little package. Those of you familiar with the games may remember Wheatley, the robotic sidekick in Portal 2 voiced by Stephen Merchant. It turns out that someone has built a very realistic remote controlled replica of the character that comes complete with movement an...[Read More]

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