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Steam's User Growth Up 178%, Users Still Fragging Happily

It’s been months now since Valve’s Steam cloud gaming client has been around for the Mac operating system, and we’ve noticed a generally happier disposition from the Mac gaming community–especially after they’ve managed to shoot our faces off in Frag the Editor Friday (never mind the fact that we’re having a tough time getting through a whole campaign in Left 4 Dead 2).  Valve has announced that Steam’s year-over-year user growth has gone up 178% from last year.

The company has also had a sales growth of over 200%. Currently, there are over 30 million accounts with a library of 1,200 games available for purchase. The company also adds that it’s increased its internal infrastructure to handle this kind of gamer traffic, with its servers currently running at 400Gps–enough to ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.

The growing market share for Steam also means that both PC and Mac gamers can live in perfect harmony, what with the massive library of games offered for both platforms. Don’t forget to join our Steam group to kick our booties in Frag the Editor Fridays!

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OnLive Offers Labor Day Weekend Fragging On The Cheap

This long weekend, most of us will be down by the lake enjoying noodle salad. However, some will spend the upcoming long weekend bidding adieu to the sunny summer by brewing up a symphony that features the dulcet sound of pew-pew-pew. If you belong to the latter group, this post is for you: On-demand cloud gaming service OnLive is discounting all of their cloud-based gaming offerings by half over the Labor Day Weekend.


In addition to the low cost of OnLive’s already reasonably priced streaming fun extravaganza, the much talked about video game mongers will also be making their AT&T Founding Members program available to users once again. For those not familiar with the Founding Members Program, it’s a pretty straight forward arrangement: Those interested in getting their game on can sign up for a year’s free service with OnLive. After the year has ended, they’ll be able to continue to use the service at the low cost of .95 per month. Not too shabby at all.

In addition, you’ll also be able to enjoy a significant upgrade to Onlive’s offering of services, like the ability to play over WiFi. For all of the gamers out there that prefer to play sans wires, this is great news.

With options like that to keep you busy and indoors during the long weekend, you won’t even care that the sun’s shining.