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littleBits Competition Brings Boys and Girls to STEAM Through the Power of Star Wars—Do You Wanna Built a Droid?!

littleBits and Lucasfilm have teamed up to host a competition that will help empower children to get invested in STEAM programs. “Star Wars has always expanded kids’ imaginations and inspired them to see what is possible,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We’re excited to collaborate with all of these incredible companies and littleBits to showcase the power of STEAM in action and inspire the next generation of inventors.”

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Behold the Brand-New Steam Awards, From “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” to “Best Use of a Farm Animal”

But who took home the coveted "Whoooaaaa Dude" Award?

Steam has announced the winners of the inaugural Steam Awards.

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VR Groping: Yet Another Way in Which Gaming Spaces Are Made Unsafe for Women

So, we already knew that playing any video game in multiplayer mode is tricky for a woman. After all, the "trash talking" becomes decidedly gendered when male players hear a female voice on their headsets. Well, guess what? Thanks to virtual reality games, we can add groping to the list of harassing behavior women can experience while gaming. But, it's not real, I hear you say. How can someone be groped in VR? Oh, they can.

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Stealth Horror Game Hello Neighbor’s Adaptive AI Will Make You Sick With Suspense

Live out your James Stewart Rear Window fantasies.

Tinybuild and Dynamic Pixels' Hello Neighbor is a new stealth horror game that has you sneaking around your creepy neighbor's house to find out what he's hiding in his basement.

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Steam Has to Remind No Man’s Sky Players That Their Regular Refund Policy Applies

Ouch.

The hype bubble around space exploration game No Man's Sky has inevitably burst, and that's led to gamers brainstorming how to get themselves refunds online—especially if they've already passed the terms of Steam's standard refund policy.

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Twitch’s Unevenly Applied Policy About In-Game Nudity Makes No Sense

Twitch, one of gaming's most popular streaming platforms, has a strict policy when it comes to streaming games with sexual content; any game with nudity as a "core focus or feature" will get the streamer in hot water. Indie developer Robert Yang, whose games often include sexual themes, nudity, and social commentary about the gay community, has earned the dubious honor of becoming one of Twitch's most-banned developers.

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Steam’s Ambitious Game, Rust Explores Race and Gender By Not Allowing Players to Choose Either

So... it's like real life, only with more lives.

Many gamers turn to video games for escape; to leave the mundane world behind and pretend to be all-powerful in a world (and a body) of their own making. Many games fulfill that need by allowing you to choose everything from your gender, to your skin tone, to your hairstyle, outfit, and cheekbones. It's like plastic surgery without the recovery time. Other games don't give you a choice at all. Rust on Steam provides an alternative to both of those scenarios.

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Go Play Portal Stories: Mel, the Free, Unofficial Portal Installment

Fans are crushing it

Portal Stories: Mel is an fan-made mod by Prism Studios that's covers the story between Valve's Portal and Portal 2 featuring female tester, Mel and it's amazing

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Things We Saw Today: My Little Mad Max: Pony Road

Tumblr user and custom toy creator SaveTheWailes collided two very different worlds for these.

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When Art Targets Marginalized People

A game was recently removed from Steam, the major platform for PC gaming distribution. It’s a light gun game: a target reticule is all you control as characters pop on screen to shoot. Indeed: Shooting is all you can do. As with all such games, the challenge is in the position and appearance of targets, as well as the type of characters who appear: Some are meant to be shot, some grant bonuses, others result in penalties. The challenge is knowing who to shoot. The game is called “Kill the F*****

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Wil Wheaton To Play President Abraham Lincoln In A Video Game Because Life Is Grand

OMG.

Four score and seven years ago, Wil Wheaton recorded a bunch of lines for Codename S.T.E.A.M., and now you will be able to hear him in the game when it comes out next week—as ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Wait, this makes total sense. Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln invented the emoticon, and Wil Wheaton is the current president of the Internet! It fits, I tells ya! It aaaaaall fits!

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Let Steam’s Anime Game Sale Provide Your Weekend Entertainment

It's that time again!

Just when you thought it was safe—because it's the dead of winter and positively frigid outside and summer itself/Steam's summer sale seems like a distant memory—there's a Steam weekend sale to make you spend all of your money! And it's anime themed! Fun fact: Steam is actually a feat of engineering that's powered by your wallet's tears.

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Hatred, A Game About a Serial Mass Murderer, Has Been Banned From Steam Greenlight

Hatred's trailer made waves earlier this back in October for being... well, pretty disturbing. Basically, it's about a serial mass murderer who goes on a 'genocidal crusade' against innocent civilians because he hates the world—you know, every goth middle schooler's dream! But now the game's getting attention not for its hyper violence, but for getting banned off of Steam Greenlight.

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Here are the Geeky Cyber Monday Deals You Should Look Out For Today

Cash rules everything around us.

Too busy shopping for your loved ones in the meatspace to make it online for Black Friday? It's okay, the Internet understands—in fact, it's got a brand new set of Cyber Monday deals for you to take advantage of this year instead. You're welcome.

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Holy Spoop, Steam’s Halloween Sale Deals Are Scary Good

The smart kids go trick or treating in Steam's neighborhood.

Have you recovered from the Steam Summer Sale yet? Because they're at it again for Halloween with a ton of incredibly low prices on games that will scare you but not your wallet. If the twinkie I'm holding were the size of your savings, it'd be a twinkie 35 feet long weighing approximately 600 pounds.

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Steam Sale Day 9 Is Here With GTA IV, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Octodad, Deus Ex, and More!

What's the exchange rate with galactic credits?

Today's Steam Summer Sale deals are live with big price cuts on all of GTA IVDeus EX, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II for only $3.39! Take a look at the rest of the deals below.

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The Steam Summer Sale Is Now in Day 8 With Deals on Left 4 Dead 2, Assassin’s Creed, and More!

Now they're just mocking us.

Today's Steam Summer Sale is a big one! There are major price cuts on Left 4 Dead 2Assassin's Creed IV, and Civilization V in the daily deals! Not to mention Star Wars Battlefront II in the community's choice section for only $3.39.

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Day 7 of the Steam Summer Sale Is Here With More Offers You Can’t Refuse

I hope your wallet holds more than 255 rupees.

The Steam Summer Sale still has a few more days to go for you to build up a big enough game library to last until the big fall releases you're waiting for, so take a look at today's deals. Run your own space program with Kerbal Space Program, or grab Batman: Arkham Origins at 75% . And Tomb Raider is back for $5!

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Steam Summer Sale Has Entered Day 6 If You Still Have Any Money Left

Or any more room left in your back catalog.

Not since the paper boy in Better off Dead gave up on his two dollars has someone tried so hard to get a few bucks, but the Steam Summer Sale is doing an admirable job of emptying our pockets by mere dollars at a time. Day six is here with new daily deals and flash sales including a hefty discount on Darksiders II if you missed it the first time around.

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Brace Yourselves, The Steam Summer Sale Has Entered Its Third Day

Farewell, sweet cash, we hardly knew ye.

On the third day of Summer Sale, Gabe Newell gave to meeeeeee / three FPSs / two RPGs / and a whole bunch of indies for cheap!

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