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Australia and video games don’t have the most ammicable of relationships. Actually, that’s probably a bit unfair. I mean, I doubt Ayers Rock has an issue with games, and I suspect that most people don’t consider them dangerous. But some people of influence do, which is why developers sometimes end up jumping through hoops so they can sell their games over there.

Now an Australian consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has Valve in its sights. The group is suing Valve over its refund policy, which it claims breaks the country’s consumer laws.

Documents were filed with the Australian Federal Court, alleging that Valve is not playing by the rules when it refuses refunds, modifies or restricts statutory guarantees and warranties, and takes no responsibility for the products sold on Steam.

Valve is an American company and doesn’t have a physical presence in Australia, but because it does business with consumers that are protected by Australian Consumer Law, it has to abide by these laws, the watchdog states.

"It is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law for businesses to state that they do not give refunds under any circumstances, including for gifts and during sales,” explained ACCC Chairman Rod Sims. "Under the Australian Consumer Law, consumers can insist on a refund or replacement at their option if a product has a major fault.”

A date for the first hearing has been set, and will take place on October 7th in Sydney.

Valve’s Doug Lombardi made a statement to Kotaku yesterday. "We are making every effort to cooperate with the Australian officials on this matter,” saidLombardi, "while continuing to provide Steam services to our customers across the world, including Australian gamers.”

This isn’t the first time that Valve has come under fire from consumer groups. Last year, a German watchdog took the company to court over its policy on not allowing customers to resell games. Valve was victorious, however, and the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that the company would be allowed to continue enforcing this clause.

It may not have as much success this time around, however. Its own refund policy states that it doesn’t offer refunds "unless required by local law,” something the consumer group will no doubt be keen to point out in October.

killerbadboy™ Admin I do love steam but they are a law to them self's they do not listen to anyone its there way or the highway in my opinio ...
Original story from GAMESPOT by Eddie Makuch

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies coming to Steam later this year.

A new Counter-Strike game will be released this year on Steam, but it's probably not what you're expecting. Nexon today announced Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies (yes, Nexon's name is actually part of the title), a free-to-play game developed in collaboration with Valve, and due to launch on Steam across North America and Europe later this year.

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies will feature traditional Counter-Strike models like Hostage Rescue and Bomb Diffusion, as well as a "new zombie-based experience." The new zombie-themed mode introduces new weapons and "diverse game modes."

The zombies in the game are described as quick, aggressive, and dangerous. Though Nexon says the gameplay in Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is fast-paced and frenetic, the company also uses the term "easy-to-play" to describe the overall game. As a result, the game "reaches out to all players," Nexon Europe CEO Kenny Chang said in a statement.

"Today we are announcing the latest creation from Nexon in the Counter-Strike world, one that builds upon years of success in developing Counter-Strike Online for Asia," Valve's Doug Lombardi said. "This title showcases that work in new zombie and classic form."

Counter-Strike Online was released in 2008 as a free-to-play game in Asia. The most recent entry in the core series was 2012's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is currently available for PC, Xbox360, and PlayStation 3.

Nexon is also publishing Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski's upcoming free-to-play game, which is under production as Project Bluestreak. Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies is also coming to Oceania and the Commonwealth of Independent States region.

It may be premature to declare that before-and-after comparison videos are all the rage, but hot on the heels of yesterday's Project CARS trailer comes something similar for the upcoming Metro Redux. Major visual updates to both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are at the top of the menu, but there's a lot more to it than just a new coat of paint.

The video initially focuses on visual improvements to the console versions of the games, which will now be able to provide the same level of visual fidelity as a high-spec PC on the originals. Contemporary high-end PCs will still have the advantage in Redux, however, through support for 4K resolution and a wide array of graphical enhancements.

But the really interesting stuff is happening under the hood. The AI is improved, and features that were previously exclusive to Last Light, including better stealth gameplay, weapon customization and non-lethal takedowns, will also appear in 2033. New secrets, hidden areas and encounters have been added, and previously separate locations have been "seamlessly stitched together." Two new play modes have been added, Spartan and Survival, and Ranger mode is now available in both games.

I was a pretty big fan of the Metro games when they were new, so I was sold on the Redux release pretty much from the moment I heard about it; if it's possible, I think I'm ever more sold now. Metro Redux launches on August 26.

By Andy Chalk @ PCGAMER

I somehow managed to miss the announcement of Game Time on Origin, and so when the Battlefield 4 freebie was revealed today I thought it was part of some exciting, new way to deal up free stuff. It's not, obviously, but that's not important: What's important is that you can now blow an entire week on Battlefield 4 at absolutely no cost.

Game Time is kind of like On the House, except that instead of a straight-up giveaway, the games in question come with an expiry date—and instead of playing Peggle or Wing Commander 3, you're playing Titanfall or Battlefield 4. It offers "full access to the entire gameplay experience," and progress is saved so if you decide to spring for a game after the free trial expires, you can pick up where you left off.

Battlefield 4 will be available through Game Time until August 14, but the one-week of free play won't actually begin until the first time you launch the game. Get it here.

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