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Free Steam® Games For All Ati Radeont Graphics Card Owners
Posted on: 11:39:14 AM on May 30, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

May 30, 2007 - Valve®, a leading entertainment and technology studio, today announced plans to deliver free games to all owners of ATI RadeonT graphics cards via Steam, a leading online platform for the distribution and management of digital content.

Effective immediately, all owners of ATI Radeon graphics cards may receive a free copy of Half-Life® 2: Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch via Steam, http://www.steampowered.com/ati_offer1a/. Steam will automatically confirm the presence of ATI RadeonT hardware and then enable immediate access to full versions of the games free of charge.

For added convenience to new purchasers of ATI RadeonT products, Steam will be included in all ATI CatalystT Software and Driver packages through early 2008.

And, as recently announced by AMD, customers who purchase the new ATI RadeonT HD 2900 XT will also receive, upon release via Steam, the highly anticipated trio of new games coming from Valve: Team Fortress® 2, PortalT, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Some conditions apply. Customers will be required to download and install the Steam software, and will require an Internet connection.

For more information, please visit www.steamgames.com

ABOUT VALVE
Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. The company's portfolio of entertainment properties includes Half-Life®, Counter-Strike®, Day of Defeat®, Team Fortress® and Portal. Valve's catalog of products accounts for over 20 million retail units sold worldwide, and over 80% of PC online action gameplay. In addition, Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies, such as the Source game engine and Steam, a broadband platform for the delivery and management of digital content. For more information, please visit www.valvesoftware.com

ATI, Radeon, Catalyst and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved.



This Week in Xbox: May 23-30, 2007
Posted on: 11:38:24 AM on May 30, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what's going on this week on Xbox.com.

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This Week in Xbox: May 30 - June 6, 2007
Posted on: 11:38:24 AM on May 30, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what's going on this week on Xbox.com.

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Gaming Beat 'Em Ups Of Yesteryear
Posted on: 05:37:04 AM on May 25, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Once upon a time, gamers actually had to be skilled in order to be successful in video games. Very little was candy-coated, and most was rather hard-boiled. Back then, those games separated the men from the boys. These games were awesome and memorable - and almost represent an entire stage of life.

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Co-op Gaming Comeback
Posted on: 02:43:48 AM on May 24, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Online play has become a staple in the lives of gamers, and multiplayer gaming is a driving force in the future direction of the gaming industry, as a whole. In the midst of the online multiplayer explosion, most of the multiplayer emphasis is put on deathmatches and the like - competitive play. It's about time that co-op makes a return.

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This Week in Xbox: May 16-23, 2007
Posted on: 02:14:55 PM on May 23, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what's going on this week on Xbox.com.

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Hollywood Goes Gaming: MLB Pitcher Rich Harden Games on Xbox 360
Posted on: 02:14:55 PM on May 23, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Catch our interview with pitcher Rich Harden of the Oakland Athletics, who spends a lot of time during the season gaming on Xbox 360.

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This Week in Xbox: May 23-30, 2007
Posted on: 02:14:55 PM on May 23, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Games Editor Denny Atkin brings you all the latest in what's going on this week on Xbox.com.

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Steam® Surpasses 13 Million Accounts
Posted on: 11:12:35 AM on May 23, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

MAY 23, 2007 - Valve® today announced that Steam, the Bellevue, WA based company's pioneering PC platform for digital content, has surpassed 13 million active accounts. With over 150 games in a broad selection of genres and dozens of other PC applications, movies, and demos available, Steam has become a leading destination for millions of gamers around the world.

The activity of online gameplay via Steam averages over 7 billion player minutes per month. And, staying true to its roots of offering automatic updates for PC games and applications, Steam has served its growing audience a total of over 2,500 updates since its first release.

What began just a few years ago as a solution for auto-updating Valve's multiplayer games has evolved into a platform used by many of today's leading publishers and developers. This summer, more major publishers will announce that they are bringing their games to Valve's platform, using it for electronic distribution and including it in their retail product releases in order to take advantage of features such as anti-piracy, server browsing, marketing promotions and more.

"We've approached the development of Steam the same way we treat our online games; we release something we've tested, we internalize the feedback, and then we release new features and functionality based upon the feedback received," says Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "In Steam's case, we have millions of customers who are gamers and dozens of customers who are developers and publishers. In the past year, we've added over 100 new titles from third parties, grown to over 13 million active accounts, and introduced new features such as Guest Passes and Free Weekends. This growth has taught us a lot and inspired many additional features and services that we'll be releasing later this year."

For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com

About Valve
Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. The company's portfolio of entertainment properties includes Half-Life®, Counter-Strike®, Day of Defeat®, Team Fortress® and PortalTM. Valve's catalog of products accounts for over 20 million retail units sold worldwide, and over 80% of PC online action gameplay. In addition, Valve is a developer of leading-edge technologies, such as the Source® game engine and Steam®, a broadband platform for the delivery and management of digital content. For more information, please visit www.valvesoftware.com



Lara Croft Celebrates a Decade of Gaming on GameTap
Posted on: 12:21:13 AM on May 23, 2007
By: BlueWolf72

Celebration includes the games, the comics, the movies, and the models that made Lara Croft an icon

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