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What is the cost of distributing through steam?

We are in Pre-alpha stage of a game development project and haven´t yet got reply from Valve about how it works to distribute through Steam. We need this information to do a business model with all ...
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How to blend two cameras when traveling through a portal in Unity3D

Before I get to my question, I know the most obvious solution would be to use the normalized view port rect, however I need more complex shapes than a rectangle, and I've looked in to using the view ...
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What should I keep in mind while developing a game for Steam?

I recently did the programming on a game that was just released and i've decided that for my next project I want to do something a little bigger scale. I plan to develop a game to be sold on Steam, ...
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How to create high quality and fast portal effect?

EDIT: So I've gotten the portal visual effect working with no performance hit, and I've got the physics set up of objects with rigidbodies moving through portals seamlessly, and objects with character ...
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How does an Engine like Source process entities?

[background information] On the Source engine (and it's antecessor, goldsrc, quake's) the game objects are divided on two types, world and entities. The world is the map geometry and the entities are ...
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How does one go about building Alien Swarm? [closed]

Valve just released Alien Swarm on steam, along with all the source code. I would love to build a version of it on my own machine and play a little bit with the code. Has anyone here tried to build ...
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Valve Source Engine / UDK and CUDA

Do any games use the GPU for more game tasks than just rendering, as a way to reduce the game's load on the CPU? I'm most interested in games which use either Valve's Source engine or the UDK. Is ...
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How does Half Life's covering work?

Enemies in this game take cover. AFAIK HL uses some logical decisions for enemy to start searching for cover and to abandon cover, and I am able so far to find them; but how does he find a cover ...
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Choosing an engine for a new game [closed]

Right now, I'm planning a new FPS single-player Half-Life 2/Call of Duty: Black Ops/Crysis 2-like, and I'm trying to determine what game engine should I use. Right now, my team is me, as a programmer, ...
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TF2 plugin signature (Source SDK)

I am working on the server plugin for TF2. I need it for getting some stats from game (no hacking and cheating). My problem: I got message "No valid signature found..." while testing my plugin. But I ...
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How can I make an object “solid”?

In Valve's software Hammer (Counter-Strike Global Offensive SDK Hammer software, for reference), I have created several props that I plan to have players jump on. However, players pass right through ...
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Is it legal to use the Source Engine out of Steam?

I would like to create a game that uses the Source Engine on Desura, the problem is that I am afraid that it is illegal to use the Source Engine in other platforms are not managed by Valve
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Where can I find current information on Valve's Source SDK?

Is there a "Source Engine" ("Source SDK from Valve) web page or blog with the latest information about the engine, its use, news, and anything else that is related?
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How can I control the “speed” of a func_rotating object via Squirrel scripting in Portal 2?

I wish there was a better place to ask this, but I've ran out of ideas (after googling and finding nothing even close to what I'm looking for). I basically have this rotating platform. At the ...
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Brushes are “black”

In Valve's mapmaking tool Hammer, I have created several brushes, which I use as walls, ceilings, and floors, and have added textures to them. Unfortunately, when I try to play the map, all the ...
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What are the main requirements to port a game to Linux [closed]

Steam for Linux is out today and I was surprised to see many games already being sold, which made me wonder what are going to be the difficulties for all those games to be ported to Linux. I broke ...