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It's not very often Steam Workshop updates are big or significant enough to make news, but today's update is a little different, introducing a bunch of useful new features and ways to view community-created content.
The new queues were introduced alongside new, uniquely themed homepages which are able to more intelligently list different types of content, such as items uploaded under certain criteria, items recently officially accepted into a game, popular merchandise, and popular custom gamemodes. While most pages share similar options, such as friend favourited items or those from followed authors, each workshop has its own specific layout dedicated to the kinds of content specific for that game, such as maps for CS:GO, custom gamemodes and item sets for Dota 2, weapons for Team Fortress 2, and mods and campaigns for Left 4 Dead 2.
Other smaller changes made with the update include more robust viewing options for popular items over three-month, six-month and twelve-month periods, and extra tags for viewing "Most Subscribed" content, so check out the update announcement post for more details. Be sure to take a look at the Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Left 4 Dead 2 workshop pages to see these new changes for yourself.
Following in the footsteps of Half-Life 2 and Portal, NVIDIA has announced 2006's Half-Life 2: Episode One will soon arrive on their Android-based SHIELD tablet platform as part of, wait for it, the "Green Box".
While both Half-Life 2 and Portal previously appeared on the original SHIELD, essentially a controller with a computer and a screen attached, Half-Life 2: Episode One will be available exclusively for the more powerful and more expensive SHIELD Tablet on the upcoming 5.0 Lollipop operating system update set to release for SHIELD on November 18th 2014. Alongside Episode One, the "Green Box" will also include Half-Life 2 and Portal and will be bundled in with the 32GB/LTE version of the SHIELD tablet, meaning it's a pretty good opportunity to get your hands on these games for free if a SHIELD device has piqued your interest.
This officially marks the first time Half-Life 2: Episode One has been available on an Android-based mobile platform, but that sadly doesn't mean it will work on your phone given the required extra horsepower provided by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 graphics chip (not to mention the SHIELD's exclusivity deal). More information about the Green Box bundle, the SHIELD tablet, and the upcoming 5.0 Lollipop Android update are available over on NVIDIA's official announcement post should this interest you.
It's been a long time coming since the conclusion of "Operation Breakout" back in October, but the next big CS:GO update has finally arrived in the form of "Operation Vanguard", although it unfortunately has nothing to do with that big purple shield from Dota...
The six available Vanguard maps include:
- Backalley - Urban back alleys and loading docks host the close-quarters combat of a daring hostage rescue.
- Bazaar - A middle eastern shopping district is transformed into a battle ground when targeted in a bomb plot.
- Facade - Criminals raid Allied Distribution in an attempt to destroy critical evidence before the Counter-Terrorist reaction.
- Marquis - The streets and metro of urban France are targeted by an Anarchist plot in this fast-paced defuse scenario.
- Season - Season Corporation, a Japanese bio-research facility, has its white walls painted red by a Phoenix demolition plot.
- Workout - A pristine sports complex becomes the site of an intense hostage rescue mission.
While the Operation Journal is returning, it has been massively overhauled since Phoenix. The virtual book now features entire "Campaigns" worth of missions which must be completed in a set order to upgrade the included Operation Challenge Coin, which, like previous Operations, can be shown off on a player's profile for bragging rights. The Competitive Scorecard and Friend Leaderboards are also returning from Operation Phoenix alongside the standard Operation Case, which includes 14 of the top-rated community-created weapon finishes.
If purchasing virtual books and coins isn't your thing and you'd rather stick to the more casual Arms Race mode, then good news, as the Arms Race gamemode has also been updated. The mode now features three extra maps previously restricted to the Demolition gamemode, and it also boasts several new rules, such as needing to kill the enemy team leader to advance, and pseudo-randomising the weapon list every match. A newly introduced smaller variant of the classic Dust, known as "de_shortdust", has also been added to Demolition mode.
Operation Vanguard is definitely one of the biggest community-based updates yet and there's definitely something for every kind of CS:GO fan, even if it does mark the end of this year's Halloween festivities. Operation Vanguard is set to ruin through until February 10th 2015, so be sure to check out the update changelog and announcement post to find out more and get stuck in!
In this week's Round-Up, we're talking about the Team Fortress 2 classes going Tomb Raiding, third party character creator Fuse adding import/export support for the Source Filmmaker, and Gabe Newell's 52nd birthday, among other fine topics!
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In their seemingly never ending efforts to experiment with Team Fortress 2, Valve have today revealed a collaboration with publisher Square Enix for the "Tomb Contest 2014", a new competition allowing the community to create and submit promotional cosmetic items for the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Tomb Raider title.
Once the competition deadline is reached on November 20th, Valve will select "up to three winning entries" to add to the game as rewards for pre-purchasing Temple of Osiris on Steam, or for simply purchasing from the Mann Co. Store. It's an unexpected collaboration that we're sure nobody saw coming, but it's definitely a good chance for budding community artists to try and get their creations added into the game while also receiving a load of different games. More details regarding how to take part in the competition can be found in a dedicated page over on the Team Fortress 2 blog. Good luck to anyone who plans on entering!
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