Here We Go: Valve Starts Countdown to Monday Announcement, Teases Weird Image

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What the heck is this a picture of? A black hole swallowing the earth? A palantír? A bowling ball-shaped plasma globe game console? One of Thor’s kidney stones?

I vote bowling-ball game console, but all we know for sure is that it’s the image Valve’s teasing for what looks to be the first of three announcements, or reveals, or…who knows, really. Valve’s playing a game, you see, one involving three blank circles, each with arcane symbology faintly visible (and a countdown timer to Monday beneath the first). What do those two halves of a smaller circle within the first circle mean? The brackets around the next one? Are the circles us? Or are those symbols for buttons on a Steam Box gamepad?

“Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads,” writes Valve below the circles. “This year we’ve been working on even more…

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