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USG's Top 20 Games of 2020

From thirsty gods to avaricious raccoons, these were our favorite games in 2020.

JJ Abrams Picks Ex-Valve and Oculus Developer to Lead Bad Robot Games Studio

Michael Booth joins Anna Sweet, CEO of Bad Robot Games, on a journey from Valve to VR to JJ.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two, a 13-Year-Old Game, Gets New Achievement for a Real-Life Rocket Launch

That blasted garden gnome is going to space for real this time.

Steam's Getting Support for the DualSense and the New Xbox Wireless Controller

There's beta support out right now, but some features are absent on the Sony side.

Valve Is Aiming For a New Hero in Dota 2 By End of November

The publisher asserts more heroes are coming, and at a more regular cadence.

Left 4 Dead 2 Is Free-to-Play This Weekend in Honor of Its Big Community Update

Hoist a pitchfork, grab some pills, and go to town on those zombies.

Left 4 Dead 2 Is Getting a Massive Fan-Made and Valve-Approved Update

The Last Stand Update adds a new campaign and a whole lot more.

Left 4 Dead 2 is Getting a New Update Featuring Community-Made Content

The Last Stand follows 11 years after the game released.

The Half-Life: Alyx Speedrun at Summer Games Done Quick Was Real Weird and Mind-Blowing

Runner Buffet Time had to physically fit through glitches in the environment.

A Firewatch Movie Is Officially in Development

The narrative trek through the woods is getting another shot at the cinema.

New Valve Doc Showcases Long-Lost Projects, Including a Dota 2 RPG

On top of Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3, the studio abandoned something in a new genre.

Titanfall 2 Is Finally On Steam, So Now You Have No Excuse

It's time to rodeo some mechs.

Death Stranding Reveals PC Specs and Enticing New Details on Its Half-Life Crossover

Seems like some Portal will be in the mix too?

EA Begins Rolling Out Titles on Steam, but There Are Some Notable Absences

Also, EA Access via Steam isn't ready just yet.

Half-Life: Alyx Now Has Mind-Blowing Liquid Physics

There's a pretty special new update for Valve's game.

Artifact Will Start Trickling Out Invites For Its Big Overhaul Soon

The next version of Artifact isn't too far off.

Half-Life: Alyx Modders Are Oddly Obsessed With Filling Maps With Pianos

Tinkerers are getting silly with one of Half-Life: Alyx's coolest VR toys: a baby grand piano.

Dota 2's International Delayed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Battle Pass is still on, though.

Valve Says Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike Source Code Leak Is No Cause for Alarm

Valve hasn't found "any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds" of either game.

The Steam Game Festival Will Fill the Void of E3 2020 This Summer With Limited-Time Demos

The digital event is teasing more platforms to come.

Half-Life: Alyx's New Level Editor Is Valve's "Focus Now"

Jake Rodkin says there'll be more info about the updated mod tool soon.

Meet the Teacher Who Turned Half-Life: Alyx Into a VR Classroom Amid the Coronavirus Lockdown

This 7th grade teacher, now stuck teaching online, has found a way to spice up his lesson plan with a trip to City 17.

Artifact Won't Be Selling Cards When It Enters "Beta 2.0"

Some big changes are coming to the Dota card game.

Why Half-Life: Alyx Is the "Make or Break VR Jesus Moment" for the VR Modding Community

We talk to modding experts about the potential impact of Half-Life: Alyx on the nascent VR modding community.

Steam Changes Auto-Updates to Manage Increasing Bandwidth Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic

Only your most recently played games will pull down updates right away.

Half-Life: Alyx Behind the Scenes, Part 2: "We're About to Pitch You This Ending, and You're Gonna Hate it"

We talked with Erik Wolpaw and Chris Remo about Jeff, some beloved Half-Life characters, and Alyx's shocking final scene.

Half-Life: Alyx: The Story, Lore, and Ending Fully Explained

Half-Life: Alyx is a prequel, but it has implications for the whole series. Here's what's going on in the story and backstory of this virtual reality entry in the Half-Life series.

The Best Half-Life: Alyx Streamers to Watch If You Can't Play It Yourself

If you don't have a VR-ready PC and a headset, one of these might be the right streamer or let's play series for you.

Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby Really Wanted to Know What a Headcrab Tasted Like

In Half-Life: Alyx, Darby plays a character whose culinary interests are… interesting, let's say. Are you eager to try some Headcrab stew?

Valve Had Many More Ideas for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Than Just "Epistle 3"

There were several attempts to make a third episode.

Half-Life: Alyx Behind the Scenes, Part 1: How Valve Found Its New Alyx

Writer Erik Wolpaw and designer Chris Remo on casting characters old and new, Campo Santo's influence, and more.

The Five Best Half-Life: Alyx Easter Eggs and Callbacks

Half-Life: Alyx doesn't go overboard with its nostalgia plays, but it has a few. These are the best of them.

Half-Life: Alyx Review: Forget About Freeman

After over a decade, Valve has brought back Half-Life with a VR prequel. It won't reach everybody, but lot of folks will keep their headsets clamped down like Headcrabs.

What To Read, Play, and Watch Before Playing Half-Life: Alyx

Writer Erik Wolpaw shares his syllabus (of sorts) for Half-Life: Alyx.

Artifact's Reboot Is Large in Order to "Justify Its Existence," Gabe Newell Says

Edge reports it's internally being called Artifact 2.

Jurassic Life, a Long-Awaited Half-Life 2 Mod With Dinosaurs, Is Nearly Complete

Remember Trespasser? Imagine that, but with *good* physics.

Steam Concurrents Sets Record Amid Coronavirus Quarantine While PSN and Xbox Live Hit With Server Issues

Steam just crossed 20 million concurrent users for the first time ever, a record that'll likely be smashed again soon.

Half-Life: Alyx's Single Controller Mode Is a Welcome Accessibility Feature

In a new interview with Tested, Valve opens up a bit about ensuring Alyx is playable for as many folks as possible.

Valve Is Restocking Index VR Units for Half-Life: Alyx, But Warns It'll Sell Out Fast

"We do expect available stock to sell out Monday due to high demand."

For Black Mesa's Developers, the Reality of Launching After 15 Years Is Still Setting In

At PAX East 2020, we caught up with Black Mesa project lead Adam Engels less than a week before the official release of the long in-development Half-Life remake.

Valve Says Half-Life: Alyx Is a "Return" to Half-Life, Not the End of It

Valve's Robin Walker doesn't see this as the last of Half-Life.

New Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Footage Confirms Valve’s Hat Obsession Is Alive in VR

There are about 20 minutes of new, varied VR gameplay to feast your eyes on.

Death Stranding Comes to PC This June With Photo Mode and a Headcrab

Sam is getting some Half-Life goodies.

Valve Is Taking Pitches From Cities to Host Its Massive International Dota 2 Championships

You have chosen, or have been chosen, as one of our finest urban centers…

Steam's Search Bar Is Getting Some Much-Needed Upgrades

All the better to keep growing your backlog.

Metro Exodus Set to Arrive on Steam Exactly One Year After Its Epic-Exclusive PC Release

Seems like Artyom left Steam only yesterday…

The 25 Best Steam Games

A rotating list of the best games on Steam may seem impossible on the surface, but against all odds, we've done it. Now updated for 2020!

Indie Publisher Compares Switch to Steam: “In Comparison, I Just Have Zero Clue Whether It’s Going to Sell or Not”

The Switch backend seems to be leaving some folks in the dark.

Valve's Dota Underlords Has Been Having Trouble Holding Onto Players

The autobattler has been slowly bleeding players.

Eric Van Allen's Top 10 Games of 2019: The Head and the Heart

Murder Hogwarts, class of 2019.

2019 Was the Year of Auto Chess Fever

It's far from a flash in the pan, though.

Half-Life: Alyx Won't Be at The Game Awards 2019 After All

The VR-exclusive Half-Life won't share more info as part of tonight's festivities after all.

The Game Awards 2019 Air Tonight: Where to Watch and What to Expect

Ghosts, games, and Grimes are all set to show up at some point.

Valve Says Goodbye to the Steam Controller with One Last Fire Sale

Valve's controller will be missed by someone, I'm sure.

Dota 2's Huge New Update Makes It Basically a New Game

The core changes to Dota's formula feel like Dota 3 in disguise.

Half-Life is Back

And it's a VR game.

Half-Life 2 Celebrates its 15th Anniversary Today. Here's Why its Rushed Ending is Now its Biggest Strength

It had an annoying cliffhanger, no doubt. Then, Valve made things worse.

Death Stranding on PC Won't Be an Epic Exclusive

And everyone breathed a short sigh of relief.

EA Games Are Coming to Steam, Starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

EA has altered the deal. Pray it alters it further?

Valve Disables Counter-Strike Key Trading Because "Nearly All" Trades Were Used for Money Laundering

"Worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains."

Four Months Later, Auto Chess' Successors Are Rewriting the Genre

Teamfight Tactics and Dota Underlords are trying to ensure auto chess isn't a flash in the pan.

Over 4000 Games Are Already Compatible With Steam's Upcoming Online "Local" Co-Op Feature

I can finally school my online pals in Pyre.

Steam Will Soon Let You Play Local Multiplayer Online Via Remote Play Together

One may no longer be the loneliest number.

Warframe Developer Responds to Recent Wave of Negative Reviews on Steam

Several issues with the Chinese Warframe community brought on a torrent of negativity.

Valve is Overhauling the Steam Library

Some extra help is coming for those sifting through massive backlogs.

Former Artifact Designer Says Expansions Were in the Works Prior to His Departure

He hopes the maligned card game can still find an audience.

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

Dota Underlords Is Getting Duos

Auto chess in pairs.

Teamfight Tactics vs Dota Underlords: The State of Auto Chess Now That the Dust Has Settled

The big question isn't who's next, but what's next?

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Won't Hit Steam Until Next Year

The PC release will lag behind consoles again, though not as long this time.

MechWarrior 5 Dev Says Timed Epic Exclusivity Is About Visibility

Getting discovered on Steam is getting harder and harder these days, it seems.

Epic Exclusive Tetris Effect VR Uses SteamVR, But Doesn't Necessarily Require It

It seems only Vive will need SteamVR to run through the Epic Store.

Valve Introduces Experimental Features For Sifting Through Steam's Massive Storefront

It might get a little easier to find your diamond in the rough.

Refunds Are Being Offered To Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Backers Who Don't Want To Wait A Year For Steam

They're also scrapping one stretch goal in favor of some others.

Paradox Chairman Says Platform Holders Are "Taking Too Much Money"

The 70/30 split is "outrageous," says Fredrik Wester.

Dota Underlords Battle Pass Is "In The Works," Says Valve Dev

Not surprising, given Dota's history with passes.

Steam Sale - The Best Steam Summer Sale Deals

Here's our list of all the best deals from the new Steam sale, which is part of the Steam Summer Sale 2019.

Valve Clarifies the Rules of the Summer Sale Grand Prix as Indie Devs Face Mass Wishlist Deletions

Indie devs say Steam's new summer sale contest is hurting their games.

Twitch Lawsuit Blames Artifact Porn Streams for Permanently Pushing Users Off the Platform

Twitch reveals the extent of the damage caused by the Artifact stream attack.

After Playing a Bunch of Dota Underlords, Valve's Effort Feels a Little Too Safe

Underlords takes the tried-and-true Valve approach, for all that entails.

The Original Auto Chess Creators are Creating an Exclusive Version for Epic Games Store

The original Auto Chess team is switching to a different platform.

Valve's Review System Doesn't Know How to Handle Positive Review Bombs

Assassin's Creed: Unity is getting positive reviews, but is it a review bomb?

Why Valve Making Its Own Auto Chess Is A Big Deal

The next step in a long line of mod succession is a big one.

Valve Announces Its Own Dota 2 Auto Chess Game

Valve and Drodo couldn't work together on an Auto Chess game, so Valve is making its own.

Steam Link is Finally on iOS After Being Denied Due to 'Business Conflicts'

Stream your Steam games to your iOS devices.

Valve's Dota Underlords Trademark Sparks Spin-Off Speculation

Something new is probably coming at this year's International.