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Valve have revealed they will be continuing the yearly film making tradition in 2014 with the recently announced Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards.
The Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards will be accepting SFM-created video submissions between September 17th and 24th 2014, but budding directors can get to work on their creations as soon as possible. After the submission deadline of 4pm PST on September 24th has been passed, Steam users will then be given a week to vote for their favourite videos via the Saxxy Award Workshop page. Winners will then be announced on October 1st 2014.
As with every year, a number of different themed categories will also be available. These include "Best Action", "Best Drama", "Best Comedy", "Best Short", and "Best Overall". Entries must not exceed 5 minutes in length except for those in the "Best Short" category, which must be no longer than 1 minute. This year's prizes are identical to those featured in 2013's contest, as the winning contributors will receive the prestigious Saxxy Award for use in Team Fortress 2 before being flown straight to Valve HQ for a full tour and a chance to meet Valve's own filmmakers.
A number of important rules can also be found over on the Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards guidelines page, which we highly recommend checking out if you're looking to take part. Last year's entries were rather exceptional, so here's hoping we can have some even better videos this year. Good luck to everyone who plans on entering.
A new Steam update released earlier today has finally introduced the promised Steam Music desktop interface, allowing users to access their favourite albums and songs using Steam without having to access Big Picture. Originally released into a Steam Client Beta in early February 2014, Steam Music allows users to interact with their music collection without having to alt-tab to an external program or having to exit a game.
The Steam Music interface can now be accessed via the new "Music" Library tab or the Steam Overlay, something previously only possible while using the controller-friendly Big Picture Mode. Music can then be shuffled, skipped, paused, or changed all together. It's been a long time coming, and it definitely brings Steam one step closer to becoming a fully fledged multi-media platform. A second update has moved the Steam Music service into an open beta, removing the need for an invitation. This likely means Valve is in the final stages of testing, so expect to see a full release of Steam Music right around the corner.
Today's Steam Client Beta update also introduced several other neat improvements, including changes to the Game Library interface (games can now be assigned to more than one category and multiple games can now be selected at the same time using Shift+Click and Ctrl+Click), increased performance for Steam's embedded web browser, and a variety of fixes for In-Home Streaming and the Big Picture Mode. This update has also concluded support for the Mac OS X 10.5 operating system, so make sure you upgrade if you haven't already.
While not officially mentioned, a new design for the Steam Controller has also been found within the updated files (Steam\tenfoot\resource\images\library folder). As shown below, the new design appears to feature a new analog stick beside the two track pads the Steam Controller has become known for. It's likely Valve aren't quite ready to talk about this latest prototype right now, but it would definitely explain why the controller's release has been pushed back until at least 2015.
For a more detailed look at the changes introduced with this new Steam Client Beta update, check out the official changelog or the desktop interface announcement post over on the Steam Music community group. If you want a closer look at the Big Picture version of the Steam Music interface, be sure to head on over to our now-slightly-outdated ValveTime Spotlight episode on the subject!
After months of build-up and some extremely unpredictable Playoffs, The International 2014 tournament concluded earlier today after a Best-Of-5 grand final between NewBee and Vici Gaming. NewBee rose to dominance throughout Phase Three of the Playoffs, joining Vici in the Upper Bracket at the start of the main event.
Even with The International 2014 well underway, Dota 2 hasn't quite managed to fully steal the spotlight away from Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, both of which still received substantial updates this past week!
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We're heading back in time further than we've ever gone before for Episode 3 of ValveTime Database, as we use never-before-seen screenshots and insight from Valve employees to take an in-depth look at Valve's first cancelled title, the fabled "Prospero".
If you're looking to check out the Prospero screenshots for yourself, check out the album at the bottom of this post. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and to check out previous episodes of ValveTime Database! Thanks for watching!
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