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In this ValveTime Review, we take a look at the "Free to Play" Dota documentary released by Valve on March 19th 2014. The documentary follows three professional Dota 2 players as they seek glory in the biggest and most life changing eSporting event to date, the International 2011. After three years of development, is Free to Play worth the wait? Let's find out!
Earlier today, Valve officially released the "Free to Play" Dota 2 documentary to the public for the first time. The film, which lasts around 75 minutes, follows three competitive Dota 2 players, Fear, HyHy, and Dendi, as they prepare to take part in the largest eSporting event to date, The International 2011.
Valve's filmmakers use the documentary to tell the story of how the trio struggled and sacrificed in order to participate in the tournament, an event with the potential to change each of their young lives. Following a successful premiere at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on March 18th 2014, the film is now to view for free on both Steam and YouTube.
While the Steam version of the film will require a 5GB download, the client does come with a series of additional features, including Steam achievements, trading cards, and several short films which provide a closer behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the film itself and the personalities of the players featured within it. The shorts are slowly being made available on the Valve YouTube channel should you want to check them out without having to download the main client.
According to a press release by Valve, over 600,000 Steam users pre-loaded the film on Steam ahead of the launch. As Valve's first real feature length film, will you be checking out Free to Play to find out what all the fuss is about? Let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned to hear what we have to say about the documentary in our full video review coming later this week.
Now let's see here. Half-Life 3 references? Check. Software development? Check. A new Steam Controller? Check. Free To Play on track for release? Check. Wow, there really is something for everyone in this episode of the ValveTime Weekly News Round-Up!
While rummaging through some recently added code for the Source Filmmaker, we have been able to identify a trio of new scripting fragments which appear to directly reference Half-Life 3.
The fragments, which were added around two months ago in early January 2014, appear as placeholder text written in the Python programming language, and are used to provide examples of possible file locations used internally by Valve for the company's render farms. Think of them as tool tips designed to help a user navigate various complex menus without getting confused. The three code fragments are available for your viewing pleasure below.
Some of you may also have noticed the reference to "sfm1" in the second code fragment. While this could very well be the first sign of a possible replacement or substantially updated version of Source Filmmaker -- in a manner to how "Source" is now officially referred to as "Source 1" -- it is extremely likely that this particular example is simply referencing a file location with multiple instances of folders dedicated specifically to Source Filmmaker content, hence the numerical naming convention.
While this isn't the largest or most groundbreaking discussion of Half-Life 3 ever undertaken, we felt it was necessary to post the discovery before it was found and possibly blown outlandishly out of proportion by other individuals looking to speed up the inevitable hype train.
As always, stay tuned to ValveTime and our social media pages for more information regarding any and all of Valve's future projects.
As many of you may have noticed, Gabe returned to Reddit earlier this week to take part in his promised AMA. This episode of the ValveTime Weekly News Round-Up includes a full recap of the event alongside discussions for the upcoming arrival of Valve's first officially licensed board game, the release of the latest themed content pack from TF2Maps.net, and more!
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