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While it isn't quite a Steam seasonal sale, this weekend will see Valve host the largest "Free Weekend" event in the history of the platform. Starting at 10am PST on October 16th 2014, 10 big-name titles will be made available to play free of charge for duration of the weekend, during which the games will also feature "tremendous savings" should you want to purchase them for later play.
The ten featured games include:
- Blade Symphony
- Company of Heroes 2
- Don't Starve
- Grid 2
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Killing Floor
- Payday 2
- Trine 2
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
For this episode of ValveTime Database, we're going to be investigating, analysing, and... laughing at one of Half-Life's least-known projects, the official/unofficial promotional film, Half-Life: Uplink!
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After our longest episode of the ValveTime News last week, things have seemingly scaled down a lot this time around! That said, Valve were ready to introduce a lot of brand new, third-party music into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Dota 2 was plagued with numerous server and DDOS issues which have now, hopefully, been rectified.
If the seventh birthday of The Orange Box this past Friday has made you want to reminise about the good ol' days, you can check out our A Minute With episodes for Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Portal, both of which should provide plenty of "happy" memories. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and to rate our Dota 2 Announcer Pack positively over on the Steam Workshop. Thanks for watching!
After the recent success of Dota 2's International 2014 Music Pack created by award-winning composer Chance Thomas, Valve are looking to further expand their music library with the introduce of "Music Kits" for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. When equipped, Music Kits will replace numerous in-game musical cues with alternate versions made exclusively for the game by various big-name artists.
As shown on the official announcement post, nine total artists have currently contributed to the new Music Kits. These include grammy-nominated Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga), Daniel Sadowski, Dren McDonald (Skulls of the Shogun), Feed Me, Noisia, Robert Allaire, DJ Sasha, Sean Murray (Call of Duty: Black Ops), and Jocke Skog. Each different artist can be distinguished by different musical genres based off their own specialties, such as Feed Me and Noisia's focus on electronic music, or Skog's emphasis on metal.
Like Dota 2 items, a Music Kit can be freely shared with anyone in the same game as the owner, meaning you won't need to own the item itself to enjoy some of the new tunes. The owner will also receive a special MVP anthem whenever they become the most valuable player in a round.
Music Kits are currently available as rare in-game drops and through the Steam Marketplace, even though you'll currently have to spend a LOT of money to get your hands on them from the market. It's an interesting development, and it's definitely something we've never really seen Valve attempt before outside of the already discussed example of Chance Thomas. We're looking forward to finding out how they may continue to work alongside third-party music producers in the future.
With the 2014 Saxxy Awards wrapping up last week, we thought now was a pretty good opportunity to share our thoughts on some of this year's best submitted videos!
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