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A recent update to the Steam Client Beta has added playlists and track numbers to Steam Music alongside various other smaller changes for the rest of the Steam interface.
Newly added track numbers, improved artist filtering, and total queue duration listings should also help improve the organisation of music libraries and playlists. Several other minor changes include colour tweaks based on recent user feedback and a slight visual update to the screenshot user interface in order to bring it inline with the new blue colour scheme introduced to the Steam client earlier this month.
The new changes are currently restricted to the Steam Client Beta while the rest of the kinks are worked out, but expect to see these features hit the main Steam client sometime soon. For now, more details about this week's Steam Client Beta update can be found over on the community group.
In a recent survey of 2,200 game developers conducted by the International Game Developers Association, Valve was named as the most desirable studio to work at, beating out other prominent developers and publishers such as Activision Blizzard, BioWare, Ubisoft, Nintendo, and Naughty Dog. Curiously, developers also seemed to prefer getting a job at Valve more so than working for themselves at their own company.
Elsewhere in the survey, developers also named Steam as the most important platform for future growth within the games industry, claiming it to be far more important than a number of other modern gaming platforms such as Android Phones/Tablets, the iPad, traditional consoles (Xbox, Playstation, etc), and the iPhone. This is likely attributed to the continually growing player base present on the platform, recent technological innovations such as SteamVR and In-Home Streaming, and the numerous plans Valve have laid out for the software's future, including the Steam Controller and Steam Machines.
While these figures obviously only represent a certain percentage of video game developers, it is interesting to see Valve's long-standing goal of making their company as desirable as possible provide some real concrete results. After all, that is one great snack room.
It's been a busy couple of days, so we're talking leaks, merchandise, Source 2, Valve tours, and everything in between in this week's episode of the ValveTime News!
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In this ValveTime Review, we're checking out what is likely the weirdest and most unusual mod we've ever discussed. We were intrigued to check out the "fairly casual exploration" mod, "A Minuted Millions", after the game's creator introduced it to us on our forums last month. What do we think of this absolutely ridiculous Portal 2 mod? Let's find out!
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After the great success of community-made Dota 2 merchandise in the build up to The International 2014, Valve have expanded their reach and are now accepting Team Fortress 2 themed merchandise to the Steam Workshop.
The page is already filling up with new t-shirt and poster designs, so be sure to head on over if you've got your own ideas. Before you do that, you will probably want to check out the updated Workshop FAQ, which provides some useful details regarding how an item may be sold, how a contributor will be paid, and why Valve are looking to expand the growth of TF2 merchandise.
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