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Archive for March 2006:

Turtle Rock developing standalone title

March 17th, 2006 :: New products :: 1 Response (Feed)

Counter-Strike contributors Turtle Rock are developing a ‘next-generation’ Source project for Steam, in which they are building a game ‘universe’.

Full xStream launch (and new name) in the wings

March 16th, 2006 :: Other services :: 11 Responses (Feed)

You may remember xStream, Steam’s first true competitor and the service to which 3D Realms has signed Prey. A post on the official forums has announced its imminent relaunch, and invited suggestions for a new name.


Peer-to-Peer downloads in development

March 16th, 2006 :: Events, Steam updates :: 17 Responses (Feed)

Leaked resource files leave no doubt that a P2P distribution system is being added to Steam, and very little that it is related to the “distribution system…for free content” mentioned last September.

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SteamDrv.sys: virtual filesystem

March 16th, 2006 :: General :: 5 Responses (Feed)

Valve respond to the discovery of SteamDrv.sys.

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Steam Media Player available; Steam driver added and removed

March 16th, 2006 :: Steam updates :: 10 Responses (Feed)

While Monday’s Steam update may have been aimed at getting the final beta phase of Friends 3.0 out into the open, it also saw the quiet release of Steam Media Player. Also, a new system driver, SteamDrv.sys, has been found in the Steam folder.


Bumpy launch for Red Orchestra

March 14th, 2006 :: Events, New products :: 12 Responses (Feed)

Steam’s run of smooth releases since Half-Life 2 came to and end tonight as confusion, invalidated content and slow downloads marred the release of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45.