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Awesome: A Look at How The Steam Box Will Redefine Consoles

Posted by Matthew on February 06, 2013
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T.C. Sottek Writing for The Verge:

Valve is trying to build a game console that you haven’t seen before: something that brings the PC (the big thing sitting on your desk) and the traditional console (the little thing sitting under your TV) together into a single device. A device that will run Valve’s Steam platform: the biggest digital game distribution service on the market, with upwards of 50 million users. (By comparison, Xbox Live has somewhere around 40 million subscribers.) But what does that really mean?


Based on what Valve has told us, its Steam box will — like a console — be something small and quiet that you can fit near your television while you kick back on the couch with a wireless controller. Like a PC, it will let you buy and download your games as many times as you want without needing any discs, and choose from a vast library of free game customizations. The Steam Box will also include a few unique twists, like controllers that can passively sense your feelings (biometrics), and wireless technology that can connect the console to several rooms and screens in your house at the same time.

Valve is shopping for the right ingredients — the features, parts, and partners — to make the Steam Box a reality. But why would a software company like Valve, known for its game-making chops, want to bake its own consoles and controllers? Let’s look back at 2012 to find out.

It’s a long article so be sure to get comfy before you sit down to read, but do sit down to read because it’s a nice rundown of everything that seems to be going on.

I, for one, can’t wait for this thing.

[source: the verge]

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Episode Thirty Two: Last Gen Games Special

Posted by Matthew on August 03, 2012
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This week on a very special Awesome Friday Matt and Simon talk about something dear to both their hearts which has been missing from the podcast as of late: Gaming.

Since neither has purchased a new game in a dogs age though, we talk about some of our old favourites. Simon counts down his top ten games from the last generation of consoles and Matt counts down his top ten PC games from the same period.

Grab a drink and get comfy, this one weighs in at a cool 2 hours long.

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Simon’s List:

  1. Rez
  2. Timesplitters 2
  3. Shadow of the Colossus
  4. SSX Tricky
  5. Halo
  6. Tony Hawks 3
  7. Red Faction
  8. God Hand
  9. Resident Evil 4
  10. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Honorable Mentions: Burnout 3 and Tekken Tag

Matt’s List:

  1. Halo
  2. Silent Hunter III
  3. Half Life 2
  4. Civilisation III
  5. Far Cry
  6. Medal of Honour
  7. Knights of the Old Republic
  8. Star Trek Armada II
  9. Star Wars Republic Commando
  10. Evil Genius

Honorable Mentions: Railroad Tycoon III, Splinter Cell and Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Like what you hear? Don’t like what you hear? Tell us! email at comments at awesomefriday.ca, leave comments below, and you can also follow us on twitter: @ManBitesWonders is Simon and @posterboy81 is Matt

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