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Posted by Matthew Figueira - 21 Oct 2014

I was but a young lad, just 10 years old, when Half-Life was released. I honestly don’t remember how I found out about the game, or how it ended up on my PC. I do remember one thing distinctly at least, it was the most impressive game I had ever played. As a kid, meeting those headcrabs for the first time with nothing more than a crowbar was beyond terrifying. Black Mesa was just begging to be explored though, and I pushed on. What is it about the game that makes it so special? This documentary attempts to explain the Gordon Freeman phenomenon.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 02 Oct 2014

Valve kicked off the very first edition of the Saxxy Awards a few years ago. What is it exactly? Well, fans are encouraged to make their very own machinima utilising the Source Filmmaker – the same (and free) tool that Valve use to make animated videos for several of their games. Fans then enter their animation into one of 4 categories; short, action, comedy, drama. Oscars be damned, here are your winners for the Saxxy Awards 2014!

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 01 Oct 2014

We tend to shy away from posting hacker related stories here on Lazygamer because we feel that giving them the extra attention just isn’t necessary. This post is an exception though, as four hackers have been charged with theft of intellectual property from corporations such as Microsoft, Epic Games, Valve, and even the U.S. Army.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 25 Sep 2014

Valve have been giving Steam some good loving lately. Why, just on Tuesday I told you that they made things a tad bluer, which made it easier to browse through games which you might have otherwise missed. They aren’t done with the updates just yet. Steam now has its own music player, fresh out of beta.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 25 Sep 2014

Believe it or not, I have moments where I find Dota 2 to be completely stale. Sure I love the game to bits, but I was eagerly awaiting the next big patch which would shake the formula up. It’s almost like Valve heard my prayers, because they have called the latest patch the ‘Rekindling Soul Update’. Will it reignite my love for the game?

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 01 Sep 2014

I’ve spent countless hours and resources attempting to triangulate the exact release date of those pesky Techies. Valve told the world they would like to have them out by the end of August. Sadly, I think Lord Gaben lied, as today is spring day! Fear not though, because this week will not only bring more explosions to Dota 2, but a whole lot of other goodies too.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 21 Aug 2014

Easily one of my highlights of Gamescom was all the stuff I got to buy. Sure, my wallet suffered a severe case of bankruptcy, but I was as happy as could be! One of the many items I bought was a single Dota 2 plushie. I then made the mistake of sending a picture to some of my buddies back at home. Needless to say, I received many orders thereafter.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 07 Aug 2014

Valve’s Dota 2 just had a new set of workshop tools released, and there seems to be something different about them. So different, that some are claiming that the tools are actually part of Valve’s fabled Source 2 Engine.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 01 Aug 2014

The Dota 2 hero Techies is something the community has been wanting for a very long time. Remember the compendium from The International last year? It’s almost laughable when compared to this year's one, but the maximum planned stretch goal was $3,200,000. It was never reached. The reward for reaching it would have allowed the community to choose the next hero to be released into the game. Anybody can tell you that Techies would have won that contest hands down.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 30 Jul 2014

The International is well behind us,  and it saw Chinese team Newbee winning a very casual $5 million in prize money. I know there are many of you in the Lazygamer community who strongly dislike or have little regard for Dota 2 (or MOBAs in general), but I take comfort in knowing that there are at least 20 million other people who find it as fascinating as I do.

Posted by Matthew Figueira - 28 Jul 2014

Portal 2 is easily one of my top games of all time. Valve really worked some magic, turning a “simple” puzzle game into one of the most entertaining narratives I’ve ever experienced. Story aside, the gameplay was also addictive, with the portal gun offering interesting mechanics. I could always do with some more, and it looks like I am getting my wish.