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To celebrate one year, Half-Life: Alyx is the cheapest it's ever been

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For those who are lucky enough to have a VR kit, Valve's Half-Life: Alyx has today hit one year old and so Valve are doing a small celebration. Despite it still not advertising Linux support on the store page, just a reminder that Valve did add a Linux version with Vulkan support back in May 2020.

The community around the game has built up since Valve updated it post-released with Steam Workshop support, with over 800 mods now available for Alyx. Sifting through it, Valve teamed up with guest writer Craig Pearson to point out some of the top mods going.

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Valve noted in their celebratory post that it gained a number of awards including:

  • GameSpot: Game of the Year 2020
  • Destructoid: PC Platform Game of the Year
  • The Game Awards: Best VR/AR Game
  • VR Focus Awards: Game of the Year
  • 2020 VR Awards: Game of the Year

Since it's a Half-Life game and it was meant to really showcase a true VR experience, it's not exactly surprising that it did well overall with over 45,000 user reviews on Steam giving it an Overwhelmingly Positive score which makes it number 15 currently on the Steam Top 250 chart.

Additionally Half-Life: Alyx is 40% off until March 31 to celebrate, which is the lowest price for it yet.

Hopefully though, for those of us where VR is out of reach for various reasons that some of Valve's upcoming games that Gabe Newell mentioned will be more…flat so we don't miss out.

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slaapliedje 17 May
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Quoting: jarhead_hCheapest it's ever been? Great. So just as soon as I can buy a 5900X & 6800XT to replace the 2600 & GTX1060 currently plugged into my X570, and then the Valve Index, I'll buy it. Oh, and that's AFTER I can afford to replace my Android phone with a Librem 5.

And all of than is after I have an income again. 2021 sucks.
This is actually incorrect, the cheapest it's ever been is 'Free!' as I got it for free with the purchase of my Index :) Basically if you bought an Index through Steam, they gave it to you :)

Also, if you're still running a 2600 from 1977 as your main gaming rig, kudos to you!

Nah, it's a Ryzen 2600. And the Asrock X570 mobo it was plugged into died. Luckily I had a B450 laying around waiting for the 2600 when the 5900X arrived. Now I don't have to build my old windows games box because it already is. Oh, wait the B450 is also an Asrock. Crap.

Wow, I've never seen a motherboard die. GPUs, Disks, RAM, PSU, yes, but never a motherboard or a CPU.

So did you get a librem one and a 6800XT? Component prices are soo inflated these days, I couldn't dream of affording a new GPU, and mine is dying.
I've had an MSI motherboard die. I refuse to buy anything but Gigabyte and Asus boards now.
Ehvis 17 May
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Quoting: slaapliedjeI've had an MSI motherboard die. I refuse to buy anything but Gigabyte and Asus boards now.

Still random though. I've had a Gigabyte and an Asus motherboard die. But never an MSI and AS Rock.
slaapliedje 17 May
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Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: slaapliedjeI've had an MSI motherboard die. I refuse to buy anything but Gigabyte and Asus boards now.

Still random though. I've had a Gigabyte and an Asus motherboard die. But never an MSI and AS Rock.
I've just overall had more issues with motherboards when I've gone non-Asus.

Case in point, the MSI one I had would randomly lose USB. It'd just die. Not during a reboot or anything, it'd just stop working. The only way I could get it to come back was to pull the CMOS battery and reset it... really an odd issue.
jarhead_h 20 Jun
[quote=MayeulC][quote=jarhead_h]
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: jarhead_h.....

Nah, it's a Ryzen 2600. And the Asrock X570 mobo it was plugged into died. Luckily I had a B450 laying around waiting for the 2600 when the 5900X arrived. Now I don't have to build my old windows games box because it already is. Oh, wait the B450 is also an Asrock. Crap.

Wow, I've never seen a motherboard die. GPUs, Disks, RAM, PSU, yes, but never a motherboard or a CPU.

So did you get a librem one and a 6800XT? Component prices are soo inflated these days, I couldn't dream of affording a new GPU, and mine is dying.

This is my second dead Asrock mobo. The first one was with a Socket 939 Athlon, I believe it was a 4800+?[EDIT: Nope 4400+] And then an Opteron 175, but that was AFTER I had replaced the Asrock with an Asus mobo... that also died. But I got like three or four years out that one. The Asrock was six months. That got replace with an Gigabyte AM3 in 2011 which is still running, or would be if I hadn't set up the zen 2600. But if I plug it in it has onboard Radeon graphics so it will still boot without a gpu. I had to run it that way for a few months about nine years back before I got a Windforce 460GTX. That died and I bought a Windforce 660GTX. That started dying so I tried to buy a R580 the exact week all the bitcoin miners bought them all out in the first mining craze, barely snagged the gtx1060 before those got bought up, too.

And to answer your question, nadda on any tech. I am this close to not being able to pay my rent, but by the grace of God I have familiy that were going to have their houses painted this summer, and instead I'm now doing that -I was in home improvement contracting for a over a decade, they are getting a deal- while slowly building my DiY channel. Just started editing the latest update today, where the CNC router I scratch built is taking it's first moves under it's own power. Should have that up in a few days, tops. Cutting tests to follow.:

https://odysee.com/@BOOTSTRAPPYWORKSHOP:b


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