Valve promises an "event" as Steam Trading Cards leave beta

Steam Trading Cards open to all as Valve hints at what could be this year's Steam Summer Sale.

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Valve's Steam Trading Cards will leave beta this Wednesday, the publisher has announced.

All Steam users will gain access to the trading cards on June 26 at 11am PDT. "Making trading cards available to all Steam users is a step towards an event we think everyone can be excited about," said Valve.

The event could possibly be this year's Steam Summer Sale, which has traditionally started at a similar time of the year. 2012's sale began on July 10, with 2011's kicking off on June 30.

Features such as trade offers and a card binder won't be available in the Steam Trading Cards system at launch, adds Valve, but will be incorporated at a later date.

Steam Trading Cards are dropped randomly when playing an applicable game, but only around half of the available cards will be given to any player through the system: the rest have to be traded with other players.

The beta for Steam Trading Cards launched in May 2013 with support mostly for Valve's own games, but the service has grown to currently include support for 33 titles: Borderlands 2, Sanctum 2, Don't Starve, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Half-Life 2, Magicka, Strike Suit Infinity, Zack Zero, Bit.Trip Runner 2, Team Fortress 2, Brutal Legend, Cubemen 2, Anodyne, FTL, Super Meat Boy, Monster Loves You!, Trine 2, Go Home Dinosaurs!, Triple Town, Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, Serious Sam 3, Tower Wars, They Bleed Pixels, Jagged Alliance - Back in Action, A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda, Blocks That Matter, Really Big Sky, Faerie Solitaire, Dota 2, and 1… 2… 3… Kick it! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby).

Discussion

224 comments
Slagar
Slagar

Not upgrading my PC until Half Life 3 is available. Will sit in cave until then.


P.S. For the love of ---, give us more Alien Swarm content, willya Gaben?

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

It is said that in 2012 Valve made revisions to the Steam Subscriber Agreement to prohibit class action lawsuits by users, against the service provider.

Another one whose respect for consumers knows no bound. "If I stab all you in back please don't get together to sue me. Specially if the laws in your country says I'm doing something illegal"

Another one who doesn`t understand that any laws made by a government supersedes any "agreement" they push down the user's throats, that no one can forfeit his legal rights. If not then please sign here, push the button there so you can forfeit your freedom and become my slave.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"I'M NOT READY.  I NEED MORE TIME."

Said Valve and my bank account in unison.


ps. Using a picture of Gordon Freeman for a totally non-Gordon-Freeman article is not cool, Martin.  Not cool.

Gruntlock
Gruntlock

At this point, I don't even want HL3 anymore. It'll be a worse disapointment than Duke Nukem Forever.

faizanhd
faizanhd

Uranium-235 has a half-life of 703.8 million years. Half-Life 3 is taking 3 times longer than that to be ANNOUNCED. 

eyematter
eyematter

As much as  I would love to see and play Half-life 3, since it is my favorite game franchise, I am more interested in rumor's that Valve is developing their own Operating system. God I pray for an alternative to Windows and apple. I know there is lynix but it just isn't as good as the two former are. People forget that Gabe and the other original members of valve help design and create Window's 95. 

noandno
noandno

Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 or Gabe Newell becomes thin!

Kaobasa
Kaobasa

Anyone who isn't ignorant knows that the big event is the Steam Summer Sale.  We can probably expect to see all the games that have Trading Card capability to be on sale.

It makes sense to bring the TC out of beta during a big steam sale.  It gets it to the masses to clear up any more bugs and it just generally makes it more popular...

weisguy119
weisguy119

At this point, the only thing I want to hear from Valve is the word "Half-Life" in connection with the number 3 and a release date. Anything else is useless blather to me.

Jerrymedic
Jerrymedic

I only care about one thing, Half-life 3 where is it?

edussz
edussz

Until I see any news on HL3, Source 2 or L4D3, fuck You Valve! Just fuck you!

vadagar1
vadagar1

stop teasing Half life 3 unless you planing on making it

gnialtec
gnialtec

Valve must be willing to beat the Duke Nuken Forever mark. 12 years, isn't it? 

Blaastoid
Blaastoid

I'll believe another Half-Life 2 Episode 3 rumor when I fucking see a physical copy of the game.

Kooken58
Kooken58

Does This mean half life 3 is announced?!

I see a half-life image and get all excited...one day, they will announce it....

Trender_man
Trender_man

Its called half life because gabe ate the other half

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@eyematter You forget that even if they do make their own operating system (and they won't btw) it'll be Linux.

You can't just start from scratch these days and stand a chance of being competitive.

lingo56
lingo56

@eyematter The new Os will just be a different form of Linux. Sorry to burst your bubble but Valve doesn't really have the resources to make a new OS they do however a a team of talented programers who could be able to make a steam based build of linux.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@eyematter Valve does not have the resources to manufacture a whole new OS, including all the drivers, kernel and other subsystems, let alone to maintain them over any length of a run. The Steambox will most likely run a custom Linux-distro specifically modified for Valve's needs.

lingo56
lingo56

@nonfanboygamer1 Humm maybe because they're doing tons of stuff with Dota 2 and because you don't play dota 2 or haven't yet you just haven't noticed.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@samano135790 

Bad news: all of HL2's team died of old age and Valve has to start from scratch.  At least they gave a date for HL3: a few weeks before doomsday! whatever that means... Go Gordon, Go!!!

lingo56
lingo56

@samano135790 After all this time I doubt they would troll us and just send out another episodic sequal. No this time they're bringing out the big guns with a new engine and updated everything.

lingo56
lingo56

@edussz Swearing at Gabe just makes him press the delay button more and more.

lingo56
lingo56

@vadagar1 They're not teasing it. It'll most likely be Dota 2's release.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@gnialtec That would only happen if Half-Life 3 had been in development all this time. Just sitting in hiatus is not the same thing.

lingo56
lingo56

@Blaastoid Or Gabe is on a stage with a tech demo of source 2 while they're playing with Gordan Freeman and your on the borialis and says Half-life 3 at the end of the demo.

Iffy350
Iffy350

@lingo56 @nonfanboygamer1 Dota 2 might not be for everyone. Most people know valve for their great shooters or for steam and not for their fantasy rpgs.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

@WereCatf @gnialtec HL3 has been in development since Episode 2 (was suppose to be Episode 3).

Constant redevelopments and now they've appeared to scrap the episodic gaming all together for a new full sequel. DNF went through a very similar process. It was scrapped and redone multiple times until 3D Realms became broke, so it kinda is the same thing.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Total_mischief @SpicaAntares @Cloud_imperium @eyematter @samano135790

"Please explain to me how one of the most acclaimed shooters of all times has "a good chance to bust" when it's being developed by some of the best people in the industry. "

Made me think of this comment from someone else who said: Valve is greatest developer... whatever.

Funny, but in my book, to be the "greatest developer" or "the best people in the industry" you need to develop games, no?

I mean: here we have a company who did games back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and some people say: aren't they great! Unless you consider Portal or some zombie shooter to be unbelievably great.

And if they're great because of Steam then check again. Ask developers who REALLY DO GAMES how much they charge to have their games on Steam, how much they keep on every game sold.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@Cloud_imperium @eyematter @samano135790 Started playing Half-Life 2 after the update and now everyone is speaking in Korean lol, no option to change either, however there is a Half-Life 3 teaser in the latest PC gamer. 

Some fishy is going down.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@parazitu001 @SpicaAntares @Cloud_imperium @eyematter @samano135790

"HL2 is still the best game to date so please go fuck yourself"

Would be very happy to if I could.

HL2 is still the best game to date? I wasn't aware they brought electricity into caverns but I'm pleased for you that you can play your games in one. Good news is: if you think nothing good came under the sun since then, my friend, you are saving a lot of money. Forget about consoles, forget about new games and play HL2 until doomsday.

With all the money saved ask that your body be transferred into a cryogenic coffin. Who knows? Maybe in a thousand year you'll be able to enjoy HL3.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Cloud_imperium @eyematter @samano135790

"Half Life 3 is still in development ." and so is the return of Christ, if you can wait a few thousands years.

Half-Life was great a long way back in the past when not too many good games existed. A lot of water went under the bridge since...

Why would the owner waist money on making a game that has a good chance to bust, considering all the good and great games that exists right now? He already does a lot just sitting on his ass, making money out of people really making games, taking a big share of everything that sells on Steam.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@Madgnad @Kaobasa @Trender_man What did you expect, really? This is the Gamespot comments section, that's exactly what one should expect. The average IQ of the commenters on any story that I haven't taken a part in is lower than the IQ of the pet rock on my shelf.