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Valve Adds "Recommended Games" Feature to Steam Functionality

Steam came to Mac OS X this year, and it was good. But as of today, it might get a bit better. Gaming giant Valve has announced the “Recommended For You” referral services on Steam.

The “Recommended For You” services on Steam are designed to help gamers discover new games and DLC (downloadable content) based upon their tastes, recent purchases and recent recommendations by friends.

Recommendations will appear both on the “Recommended For You” pages as well as in your Steam Community News Blotter. In addition, individual game pages will now include Recommendation info, providing gamers with even more information on Steam’s title base.

For full details, check out www.steamgames.com and happy gaming!

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Valve Announces Release Date for Portal 2

Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:

Valve today announced that Portal 2 — the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date — will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.

There you have it folks. 

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Valve Releases Mann-conomy Store for Hardcore Team Fortress 2 Players

Calling all Team Fortress 2 players! And we know there’s plenty of you out there because you’ve managed to kick our butts–repeatedly–in Frag the Editor Fridays quite a few times now. Valve has released a new online store, caleed Mann-conomy, that will allow players to buy, trade and customize a ton of inventory items in the game’s history, using their Steam Wallets. The Steam Wallets will be accounts that players can add money to–sort of like a gift card.

The first update comes chock full with 65 new items that introduce five new class weapon kits, 18 new hats, and the ability to duel with pistols. The Mann-Conomy will allow BLU and RED mercenaries to finally trade these items with each other, which should add a bit more playability to the game. Players will also be able to duel, which could really increase hostility during matches. We say, bring it on!

There’s a nifty FAQ page if you’re just not entirely sure what we’re talking about here. The Mann-conomy will accept US Dollars, British Pounds and European Euros!

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Valve Announces new Left 4 Dead DLC, Oct 5 Mac Release

This morning, Valve announced a new add-on for its immersive, co-op zombie killing game, Left 4 Dead. “The Sacrifice” is due for release on October 5 and will continue to chronicle the struggle between the remaining Left 4 Dead survivors as they make their way to the South. “The Sacrifice” will also introduce a new style of finale gameplay called “Sacrificial Gameplay”, where the players can device who will give their life so that other may live.

Hidden within this news is the announcement that this DLC will be available for Mac users, after all:

The DLC “The Sacrifice” will be available for the XBOX 360, PC, and Mac on October 5th. It will include the new Campaign “The Sacrifice” and the Left 4 Dead 1 campaign, “No Mercy”. In both campaigns you will be able to play as the Left 4 Dead 1 Survivors but you will be using Left 4 Dead 2 weapons and items against Left 4 Dead 2 monsters!

You can’t have DLC for a game without the game being available for the platform.

Hooray! Finally, no more waiting to partake in a little bit of zombie killing.

We’re waiting on confirmation from Valve, just in case the release date is a mistake. Fingers crossed.

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