Gabe Newell: Valve, VAC and trust

For a game like Counter-Strike, there will be thousands of cheats created, several hundred of which will be actively in use at any given time. There will be around ten to twenty groups trying to make money selling cheats. We don’t usually talk about VAC (our counter-hacking hacks), because it creates more opportunities for cheaters to attack the system (through writing code or social engineering). This time is going to be an exception. Cheat versus trust is an ongoing cat-and-mouse game. New cheats are created all the time, detected, banned, …

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Portal 2

Awww, there are you my delicious and moist cake! Sorry, this week will be filled with a lot of stuff to do – playing Portal 2, studying for examination. Finally next week IMHO Post! I found a really nice overview by Ben Reeves, anyway – play it! Valve caught us all a little off guard with the original Portal, but the game’s clever gameplay and dark humor sent the franchise in the meme stratosphere. While jumping through portals is no longer as novel as it once was, Valve keeps the …

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