Hey, Initiative Check listeners.

This week, we’re going to have a slightly different show, on accounts of me moving. So I’m going to run down what’s going on in gaming news recently, and we’ll discuss it all next week.

Firstly, Steam have announced family sharing. What that means is that you will be able to authorise a computer to allow other “profiles” access your steam library. For example, if you’re living in a house with two computers, you could authorise your housemates computer to access your library, giving them access to your games. The save files and achievements would be the lendees, however. The lender always has access to his games, and if he wants to play one, the person borrowing his library gets half a minute to save his game and quit or buy the game and keep playing, before it boots him off.

This allows familes and close friends to borrow games, something that users of steam have been clamouring for for a while.

Link: http://store.steampowered.com/news/11436

Secondly, Blizzard have recently announced the closure of the Diablo 3 auction house. What this means is that the madly inflated prices of items, and the ridiculous farming you have to do for items, will hopefully go away. This, tied in with Loot 2.0 in the upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls, will hopefully breathe new life into the two-year old game.

Link: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/

There’s also going to be an announcement by Gabe Newell of Valve next week abotu the upcoming Steam box, although I can only speculate about what that is.

Have a great week, everybody.

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