Valve Wants Free Maps For Consoles

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It’s nice to want things for free. I’m certain TF2 console owners wouldn’t reject the notion of receiving maps for free, but Microsoft (and possibly Sony) on the other hand may not be so generous. Valve wants to give console owners Badlands and the upcoming Goldrush map/mode for free, however the concept of giving things for free is something Microsoft wishes to discourage; it’s a source of revenue after all.

Valve told EuroGamer they “have some say” in how they wish to distribute the downloadable content, but not complete control. Perhaps, we’ll see a “Gears of War” like treatment where the first map pack would be free thanks to some sponsor.

It doesn’t bother me, though. I never buy map packs since they splinter the player base and I bought The Orange Box for it’s original platform, the PC.

AudioSurf Coming to Steam

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I gushed over AudioSurf before, but that was just the demo. The retail game is coming to Steam on February 15th, 2008 for a low price of $9.95 USD. Pre-order now and you’ll receive 10% off. That’s $8.95 USD for AudioSurf! It’s impossible not to buy it!This is the first title to utilize Valve’s Steamworks development platform and perhaps in celebration, Valve decided to bundle the Orange Box soundtrack with AudioSurf as well. A very nice bonus since I would have gladly paid $9.95 USD for AudioSurf itself.

Check out the homepage for more info and buy it here from Steam.

It’s all preloaded on my end.

Valve asks: “What can we do to fix The Orange Box on PS3?”

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It’s no secret that the PS3 version of The Orange Box performs worse compared to its other cousins. While the XBOX 360 version was handled by Valve itself, the PS3 version was shuffled off to one of EA’s studios to port over to Sony’s box.

In an effort to remedy the PS3 version’s problems, BurtonJ of Valve just started a thread on SteamPowered forums asking people to post the problems they are experiencing with The Orange Box on PS3.

Here’s my suggestion: How about actually developing the game yourselves?