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Following on from yesterday's Database episode regarding the Borealis, we're once again travelling back in time, only this time we're taking a look at the rich, untold history of the ship and how it was originally set to appear during the early days of Half-Life 2. We'd recommend checking out Part 1 to catch up in case you missed it!
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Updated - 12/12/2014
The Steam Holiday Auction has since been restarted, and all previously placed bids have been returned to their original owners. New bids may now be placed ahead of Monday's official start time.
Shortly after the reveal of Valve's brand new "Steam Holiday Auction" event yesterday evening, it would appear numerous users began identifying ways of quickly and unfairly boosting their gem count via previously unseen exploits. As a result, users abusing such exploits were able to unfairly gain an advantage in the upcoming bidding wars, easily surpassing those collecting gems through legitimate means and effectively securing them free games.
In order to combat this potentially serious problem ahead of the auction's scheduled opening on Monday, December 15th, Valve has placed the Holiday Auction on-hold, claiming it will "return shortly" now the "Yeti has been contained". Once Valve have fixed the problematic exploits, the auction will be entirely reset, reimbursing all gems purchased from the Community Market, returning all crafted gems, and reposting all auctions as a means of rebalancing the playing field.
We'll be sure to let you know when the auction is up and running again.
Christmas has come early for Steam this year, as a brand new event known as "The Steam Holiday Auction" has been revealed. The event, set to properly begin on December 15th 2014, will allow users to recycle unwanted Steam Community items of varying values (trading cards, backgrounds, emoticons, etc) in order to manufacture "Gems" from their Steam Inventories which can then be used to bid on selected games or items being auctioned off. The highest bidder on each item will win that round, counting down until there are none of the 100 copies remaining.
Come December 15th, a new auction will begin every 45 minutes as players bid to win one of a number of free games, software, and items. Three days later on December 18th, the final auction round will end at 10am PST. For now, players may collect gems and place their bids on nearly 2,000 support titles in order to get a head start for Monday. As usual, gems can also be purchased from the Steam Marketplace should you not have any spare items laying around. Spare gems can also be used to craft Trading Card Booster Packs for games in the user's library. Placing a bid on an item will also award the user the unique "Auction Participant" badge and 100 XP for their Steam profile.
It's an interesting new take on Steam mini-games that is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for free or cheap games. Be sure to also check out the event's own comic and the full FAQ for more information. Just be sure not to spend too much money on extra gems, as it's looking likely the annual Steam Holiday Sale will begin shortly after the conclusion of the auction next Thursday. Happy Bidding!
After several weeks of teasing, we're finally ready to release our next episode of ValveTime Database! In the first of two huge episodes looking at the Borealis, we're examining the past, present, and potential future of this infamous ship from the Half-Life series.
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Earlier today, Valve announced they have recently been working to rebuild one of Counter-Strike's classic maps, Train. The map has been rebuilt from the ground up, as shown by the video below, and now features an entirely new visual style and a number of rather important layout improvements.
Now taking on the form of an old Soviet facility, Train's visuals have been fully rebuilt and improved in order to make it look more like a map that belongs in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, rather than its ten year old predecessor, Counter-Strike: Source. It's a very striking change, but extra attention has also been paid to more minor and subtle details, such as increasing the saturation of colours at Bombsite A to help instantly draw players' attention towards the large nuclear reactor in the center of the area.
As we mentioned, the layout of this new version is also very different, as the two remaining Tunnels have been widened, one of the two sniping nests at Bombsite A have been removed while the other has been dramatically changed, and additional cover has been provided across the map, such as in the lower ramp. It's not exactly common for Valve to totally rebuild one of their maps like this, but the difference this new update has made is extremely impressive and should hopefully help bring Train back into the competitive CS:GO scene sometime soon.
For more details on the newly updated version of Train and all of the other balance tweaks introduced with this evening's patch for CS:GO, including changes to the CZ75-Auto, be sure to check out the announcement post, the accompanying blog post, and the update changelog.
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