Ex-Valve employees raising $400K on Kickstarter for augmented reality, 3D-projection glasses

Maybe Valve should have kept these two around. Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson today launched a Kickstarter to raise $400,000 for their projected augmented reality glasses that display interactive 3D images right in front of you. The castAR specs are unlike wearable virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, which can only project images into your eye instead… Read More


Valve’s new Steam controller replaces joysticks with trackpads

Valve this week already announced a new operating system and plans for console hardware. Today, the Bellevue game company unveiled the Steam Controller. If it looks like something is missing, well, there is. The controller does not come with traditional analog joysticks and uses circular trackpads instead. These pads, meant for your left and right… Read More


Valve unveils Linux-based living room operating system SteamOS

Valve made the first of three scheduled announcements today, unveiling a free Steam operating system designed for living rooms and based on Linux. SteamOS is a stand-alone operating system made for PCs and built around Steam’s current platform. It “combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen,” as Valve describes… Read More


Advice from Valve’s Gabe Newell: Success in gaming doesn’t need to run through publishers or platforms

Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell has advice for young-ins wanting to break into the game industry: Start creating now and don’t wait for a position with a big publisher. Newell was on a panel at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry this morning speaking about video games with people like 343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill and… Read More


Valve helps teens prepare for the game industry with new Pipeline experiment

There are lots of high school students interested in working within the video game industry some day, but may not know where to look for information and inspiration. That’s where Valve wants to help. The 17-year-old Bellevue company just launched Pipeline, an experimental project aimed to educate high schoolers about the ins and outs of the video game industry…. Read More


Why Valve’s company structure ‘felt a lot like high school’ to this ex-employee

Valve is well-known for its counterintuitive corporate culture, one in which bosses don’t exist and employees are encouraged to take big risks without consult. It’s helped the 17-year-old Bellevue company become one of the top game makers around. But one ex-Valve developer says that the unique structure certainly has some glaring downsides. In an interview on The Grey Area podcast,… Read More


Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

The Seattle region may be known for operating systems, airplanes and coffee, but video games play a huge role in the technology scene, and today we’re pleased to present a new GeekWire Awards category that recognizes this important field. Below you’ll find the five finalists for Game of the Year — the top video games… Read More


VIDEO: What makes Seattle such an awesome gaming city

The list of game development companies in the Seattle area, from Valve to PopCap to 343, is certainly impressive. And to show how awesome the Emerald City’s gaming scene is, GameSpot just put out a really well-done video showcasing the talent here. They spoke with several of the city’s leading game devs, from Pete Parsons… Read More


Xi3 responds after Valve tries to distance itself from Piston gaming console

Two months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show, a new partnership between hardware manufacturer Xi3 and Valve seemed bright and happy. The two companies had announced a “development stage system optimized for computer gameplay on large high-definition television monitors” — a device called the Piston that can run Steam-based games on your TV. Xi3 even said it received an investment… Read More

Don Mattrick

Xbox chief: Main rivals are Nintendo, Sony, Apple and Google … but not Valve

The competitive landscape for Microsoft’s Xbox console is expanding to include Apple and Google, but the company’s top game and entertainment executive doesn’t see Valve’s move into the living room as particularly competitive with what Microsoft is doing. That was one of the more interesting tidbits from media event on Microsoft’s Redmond campus yesterday. The… Read More


‘Portal’ sitcom: Machinima hosting web series based on Valve’s classic game

Portal fans rejoice: Online video network Machinima is hosting a ‘Portal’-themed live action web series set to debut later this month. The show, produced by Wayside Creations, is called Aperture R&D and will premiere March 15. It’s based on workers at Portal‘s Aperture Laboratories and, based on the trailer, seems to mimic the game’s vibe and dark humor. “Based… Read More