Steam Refund Flaw Used to Get Rocket League And Portal 2 For Free

The Steam controller adopts a rather unusual design and incorporates dual trackpads as well as haptic feedback. Initially, Valve sent a batch of Steam controller samples to developers and consumers who pre-ordered during the “Get It Early” scheme. The retail release in the UK is scheduled for November 10th and priced at £39.99. Valve launched an incentive to encourage users to purchase and bundled, for free, Rocket League and Portal 2 with the standard package.

However, we’ve been informed by a reader that the Steam refund policy easily allows you to return the controller and keep both games. Obviously, this isn’t something I would recommend doing on a huge scale as Valve will obviously respond to abuse of the Steam Refund policy. Although, it’s great to see Valve accepting the controller isn’t for everyone and allows consumers to keep both games as a gesture of good will.

Despite Valve’s brand loyalty, their customer service has a fairly shoddy reputation and even bested by Origin due to the ‘Great Game Guarantee’ policy. Thankfully, things have improved in the last few months and customers could easily get a refund for the terrible port of Batman: Arkham Knight without any issues. It will be interesting to see if Valve ends this promotion if too many people end up returning the controller. Graphics cards often contain promotional codes, and if you return the card without a fault developing, it’s possible for the retailer to deduct a certain amount.

Free Rocket League and Portal 2 for Steam Hardware Pre-Orders

Rocket League has got an extremely popular launch on Steam and already sold more than 1 million copies on the platform since release last month. A milestone like that has to be celebrated and the first way that is done is by creating a SteamOS and MacOS version of the game, bringing it to even more platforms and potential gamers.

The second way they are celebrating this is even better, at least for those of us that pre-ordered Steam Hardware or still plan on doing so before the launch. Valve announced late last night that all those will get a free copy of Rocket League. That offer is valid for the Steam Controllers, Steam Link, and Steam Machines.

The initial email from Valve on this didn’t really specify how people would get the free games, whether they would show up as coupons or you’d had to claim it somehow. I am personally one of those who pre-ordered a Steam Controller from the first pre-order batch and as such I was extra curious. So I reached out to Valve to hear how I could redeem my new free game. The reply was almost instant and the news is good. You don’t have to do anything at all, it will automatically show up in your steam library and all you have to do is install it.

This morning when I logged into Steam the news got even better as Valve put one more on top and also gave out Portal 2 on top of Rocket League. Both games are available in my library and they are probably in yours too if you pre-ordered some hardware.

Usually, it’s a sad thing when you already have a game on Steam and get another copy through a pack or freebie, because you’ll lose it. But not this time. If you already have one or both of the games, then you’ll get a coupon to give the extra to a friend instead. The terms did not specify if you’d get multiple codes if you order more than one part of Steam Hardware, but I’d assume you will.

“User reviews, sales of Rocket League on Steam, and its surging rise among eSports enthusiasts make it clear that the game is an absolute sensation,” said DJ Powers at Valve. “In addition to being tremendously fun, our testing shows it plays brilliantly with the Steam Controller. So it was a natural decision for us to work with Psyonix and offer it to gamers free of charge when they pre-order a Steam Hardware device.”

“We’re extremely excited about SteamOS and Mac,” said Dave Hagewood, Founder and President of Psyonix. “Our PC players have already proven how much passion they have for our game, and this is a great opportunity for us to bring Rocket League to an even wider audience inside the Steam family”

For the next 48 hours, to celebrate the popularity of Rocket League, the game will be on Sale in Steam with a 10% discount. That is for all those who haven’t pre-ordered any Steam hardware.

Valve Games Account for More Than 50% of Playtime on Steam

Steam Spy provides a fantastic insight into the gaming habits and purchasing trends on the Steam store. It allows you to track concurrent players, observe the median playtime and see how many people own a particular game. Shockingly, the data indicates over 50% of playtime is spent on Valve’s in-house releases. This includes titles like DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike Global Offensive and Portal 2. While the competitive scene in DOTA 2 is monumental, I would expect the figures to be nowhere near this mark given Valve’s reluctance to release new games. Anyone remember Half Life 3?

Honestly, I find this a rather depressing state of affairs. Steam is awash with a multitude of wonderful indie games, and other incredibly fun AAA releases. Instead of sticking to the same formula, the competitive players should broaden their horizons into new genres. Although, to become good at any game involves a huge time investment and I applaud their commitment.

Only recently, I played Shadow Warrior for the first time and absolutely adored it! Looking at the data from a logical viewpoint, I imagine a huge quantity of the playtime is attributed by Valve’s multiplayer games which continue to be extremely popular. DOTA 2’s community is staggering, Team Fortress 2 still has a loyal player base and CS:GO is possibly the more realistic shooter out there. Subsequently, I think most people are trying unusual titles but it’s hard to keep up as bundles and Steam sales rapidly increase your game library.

Portal Stories: Mel Reinvigorates Valve’s Iconic Puzzle Formula

Portal Stories: Mel is a single player community mod and designed to pay homage to the highly revered puzzle series. This mod features over 20 maps, brand new dialogue, models and a host of captivating puzzles. Rough estimations suggest the experience should last between 4-12 hours based on 30-45 minute levels. The difficulty curve has been set to coincide with the original game and should offer enough of a challenge without causing pacing problems for lower skilled players.  Even better, this unofficial expansion will be completely free to existing owners of Portal 2 and is available today!

According to the creators, here is a rundown of what you can expect:

“In the early years of Aperture Science Innovators, Cave Johnson’s scientists rushed to get everything working to catch up with the growth of the company. Unfortunately, not everything worked as it should. Mel took part in a faulty experiment, the Aperture Science Innovators Short-Term Relaxation Vault, falling asleep for years. Now, with a fake Cave Johnson telling her she needs to escape the facility, and a new device, the mysterious Aperture Science Innovators Handheld Portal Device Prototype, her mind races with questions.”

Early indications on the Steam Reviews page are extremely promising and it looks like this will be an essential add-on for puzzle maestros. The ability to mod games and expand their lifespan is at the heart of PC Gaming and I cannot wait to try to sink my teeth into this superb creation.

Prism Studio’s Free Portal 2 Mod Set for First-Quarter 2015 Release

Prism Studios, creators of community-made Portal 2 modifications, has revealed a gameplay trailer for its forthcoming Portal Stories: Mel mod.

Prism also released a synopsis for the game:

“In the early years of Aperture: Science Innovators, Cave Johnson’s scientists rushed to get everything working to catch up with the growth of the company. Not everything worked as it should have. Mel unfortunately took part in a faulty test called the Aperture: Science Innovators Short-Term Relaxation Vault, falling asleep for years. Now, with a fake Cave Johnson telling her she needs to escape the facility and a new device called the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, her mind races with questions. “Who is this imposter Cave Johnson?” “What happened to the facility and its staff?”

Portal Stories: Mel boasts the following features:

  • 20+ Puzzle and exploration filled maps;
  • Custom Story and Dialogue;
  • Custom Textures, Models and Animations;
  • 70s Prototype Portal Gun;
  • Free to Play (You must own Portal 2);
  • Logic based puzzles, not execution based puzzles.

The game is expected for release in the first quarter of 2015.

Source: DSO Gaming

Portal 2 Sunburst Turret Statues Coming In Q4 2013

I think it is safe to say that Portal and Portal 2 are extremely popular games, but then again I guess we need something to keep us busy while we wait for information about Half Life 3! The portal series is full of iconic designs and characters, so much so that people buy the companion cubes, which is a nice way of saying “box”.

Yet one of the most popular collectors items from the series has to be the turret, which has sold pretty well in many forms, although mostly inflatable or miniature statue. Now Gaming Heads are to release a gorgeous 16″ tall model of the Aperture Laboratories Sunburst Turret from Portal 2 and it’s easily a must have for collectors and fans of the series.

“Valve’s Portal series has sold millions of copies worldwide to dedicated fans, and as fans of the series ourselves we’re incredibly happy to be able to provide unique, high-end statues in unmatched
quality.” – Gaming Heads

It has been crafted to the finest detail using actual assets from the 2011 game, and measures a sizeable 16” tall from the base to the tip of the antenna. Fitted inside the eye of the statue is a motion sensor to control a light, and even a speaker so that Turret will speak aloud key, iconic phrases from the game whenever movement is detected!

“It truly is a special and very exciting piece of merchandise that will form the cornerstone of any collection with its innovative features.” – Gaming Heads

The Portal 2 Sunburst Turret will be available worldwide from Q4 2013. The statue will be limited to just 350 units worldwide, and can be ordered exclusively from the Gaming Heads website. It won’t be made available anywhere else. The standard White Turret is also still available.

Thank you Gaming Heads for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gaming Heads.

Is The Cake Really A Lie? Custom Portal Style Bedroom!

The cake is a lie! Or so that is what we found out from playing the Portal series. It takes a die hard Portals fan to design a bedroom, at least I think so. Today I was able to find just that, an bedroom that has been customized to look like a room straight out of the Portal franchise.

We do it all in the name of science.

Interior designer ljraider17 is apparently a die hard gamer, as well as an artist. Not everyone will take you into their bedroom, a place of privacy for most. Lucky for us we have been given a special portal in which we are able to view this terrific design. Today I found this most impressive work via a facebook posting from Portal, I then went on to view more photographs of the designs. I only picked out 4 photos to show with you, all four are panoramic views two that are lighted, and two that are while it is dark. These photographs show off the epic detail that this person put into their special place.

You might have a bland bedroom, something that is boring and simple, and you might be fine with that, others carefully and meticulously plan out how their bedroom will look. For most people their bedroom is a safe haven, a place to get away from it all. A place that many of us spend the most time, though most of it we are probably sleeping, it should be a stress free environment.

Title Photograph courtesy of Donsolo

Check out this EPIC soundboard while you’re at it!!! Portal 2 Sounds

Don’t forget to check out the Source for all of the photographs.