After only a month and a half in beta, the Steam Broadcasting functionality introduced to the Steam Client Beta back in December 2014 has been released to all users in the latest Steam update. The system allows any and all Steam users to host their own livestreams to other users across the world, as we explained following its original release last year.
After starting a livestream, hosts can interact with their fans and friends using a new Broadcasting window available on the Desktop or within the Steam Overlay. To get started, simply click the "Watch Game" option on a user's profile or your friend's list and wait for them to accept or deny your invitation. Alternatively, you may use the "Invite to Watch" option to ask your friends to come check out your sweet 360noscopes as you pwn some nubs in Call of Duty or something.
Today's Steam update also added some other fixes and features previously added to the Steam Client Beta, including a new in-game FPS counter used to track system performance, and numerous improvements to Big Picture Mode and In-Home Streaming.
You may remember a video that popped up a couple of years ago that illustrated the size and scope of the Black Mesa Research Facility from Half-Life. Well, the software that allowed the cinematographer to capture the enormity of the facility has recently been made available for all to use.
The tool is called HalfMapper. gzalo, the tool's creator, says that it's "a renderer designed specifically to explore the world of Half-Life."
According to the project's Github repo, there's work to be done. It doesn't exactly support some of the more complex maps in Half-Life. gzalo would like to add the ability to take top-down screenshots of the world, too.
The project is open source, so you can push some fixes his way if you'd like to help.
Adult Swim, the adult-oriented cable television network that shares channel space with Cartoon Network - for ages 18 and older - has just announced something special is on its way. Valve and Adult Swim are teaming up for something that you'll probably enjoy. Stop back next week to check out what this surprise could be.On their promo page they say you should tweet about this using#adultswim #teamfortressCould this be Meet the Pyro? Or a TF2 cartoon that we all have been wanting?According to Jason DeMarco (VP of Marketing for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) on his Twitter account:They also stated that you'll want to sign up for the newsletter. You've been warned.UPDATE: It seems that Jason DeMarco has tweeted again saying that his tweet from earlier was "NOT" in reference to TF2.
So does this mean we could still get that TF2 cartoon series we have been hoping for? Or just another hat?
To complement Michael Abrash's Ramblings in Valve Time, Valve's resident economist Yanis Varoufakis has launched his own blog where he will provide "weekly reports on our projects, experiences and ideas regarding Valve’s various social ‘economies’."Yanis' first blog post details some of his frustrations at the limitations of economics and how he came to work at Valve. It's an interesting read and hopefully as the weeks progress it will get more and more interesting. Full blog here.
[br]The highly anticipated sequel from Infinity Ward is now available for pre-purchase on Steam. After the huge success of COD4, this is a game many Steam users have been waiting for.[br]Controversy has plagued the game in the past few weeks after IW announced the game would have no dedicated server functionality, but instead would come with custom-built matchmaking, essentially killing a large gaming community.[br]Modern Warfare 2 is released on November 12th and is available for $60 / £35. Many people wanted to buy, but will you now?
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