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Valve have celebrated the official release of the Steam Music service today by adding several of their official game and product soundtracks onto Steam as downloadable content available for free to owners of the associated title. With the conclusion of the Steam Music beta, the service is now available to all users after downloading today's Steam Client update.
Given that most of Valve's rather excellent soundtracks were never officially released, the music could only previously be acquired by directly extracting them from the game files. This would regularly mean the music was poorly organised, featuring unofficial track names used only for scripting purposes within the game, such as "HL2_song0", etc. As you would expect, this made reorganising the music extremely difficult, something no longer necessary thanks to these new additions.
Once you own one of the aforementioned titles, simply visit the game's store page and find the soundtrack listed under the "Downloadable Content" section. From there, simply download the soundtrack as you would with any other product on Steam and wait for your game to finish updating. To listen to any of your downloaded soundtracks, head on over to the Steam Music section of your library and find the album or product name. Using the "Show in System" option will also show you exactly where the files are located on your PC, allowing you to easily copy and paste them to another location or device if you're looking to enjoy them away from your Steam account.
It currently remains to be seen whether the soundtrack for Team Fortress 2 will be added to the Steam Store, but we feel it's certainly more likely than Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or the Left 4 Dead series, given their more dynamic, unstructured natures. Then again, the extremely well-received and highly dynamic Portal 2 soundtrack is already available, so what do I know!
Regardless of what may or may not come next, it's certainly exciting to be able to finally get our hands on most of Valve's soundtracks without having to rummage through game files or reorganise entire albums. If you don't yet own all of the games we previously mentioned, the Valve Complete Pack is currently on a 75% sale until October 1st 2014. Enjoy the music, everybody!
After being previewed yesterday evening, Valve have today revealed "The Rekindling Soul" update for Dota 2, which is set to introduce a huge number of new features and content, including significant map layout changes and the arrival of the 6.82 balance patch.
The addition of a new "Bounty Rune", which offers free gold and experience, and a new position for Roshan's pit has massively altered many areas of the map, as shown in the above preview. A new "Crimson Guard" item, which previously appeared during this year's New Bloom update, will also be available to purchase from the shop and will provide the user 250hp and a huge chance to block damage.
A new model overhaul for Shadow Fiend has also introduce a new arcana item, the "Demon Eater", which introduces unique attack effects, altered voice lines, new animations, and a whole lot more. While maintaining their appearances, Bloodseeker and Phantom Lancer have been massively reworked. Bloodbath has been replaced by Blood Rite, an area of effect damage nuke and silence, while Phantom Lancer has received two abilities, Doppelganger and Phantom Rush, allowing him to dodge attacks and confuse enemies, and to spawn extra illusions, respectively.
We're not going to go into too many details about the 6.82 (there's just way too much to talk about), but we are going to cover some major changes to how the game's damage types are being simplified. HP Removal and Composite damage have both been removed from the game entirely, and all abilities that previously relied on either have been changed to one of the three remaining types, namely Physical/Magical/Pure.
Several other changes will also be introduced, including Courier Morphing, which will briefly transform the courier into that of the owner while in use, several new cosmetic item sets in the "Treasure of the Forged Fury" chest, and a Fight Recap system for DotaTV which provides an overview of the spells used and damage taken over the course of a team fight.
There's an absolutely HUGE amount of new content set to be introduced with the Rekindling Soul update for Dota 2, and we highly recommend checking out the official patch notes to find out how your favourite heroes or items may have been affected. The blog post released alongside the announcement page has also revealed that there will be no Diretide Halloween event this year, as the Dota 2 team are instead be focusing their efforts on a number of updates which will bring "monumental changes" to the game later this year and into 2015.
The update has now been released onto the main Dota 2 game client, so get out there and check out the new map! Good luck, have fun!
This week's ValveTime News Round-Up is filled with plenty of news stories of various sizes, including a teeny tiny CS:GO update, rather large TF2 and Dota 2 Tools patches, and a Source Filmmaker film of epic proportions!
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(Note: This episode was recorded, edited, and rendered before the Steam Discovery Update announcement. We'll talk about it on next week's episode).
It's not that common for Steam to receive major themed updates, but today marked the arrival of "The Steam Discovery Update" and a brand new Steam Store.
The Steam Discovery Update, as you can see, has introduced an all-new blue visual theme, a new layout, and a whole host of brand new functionality. As previously teased by unearthed programming code, the new Steam Store is focused on customised shopping and a more personalised experience, allowing users to organise the layout of their storefront in a manner which suits them best while using many new search filters to more easily find games or software related to their interests and purchasing decisions.
Entire sections of the Steam store can be hidden from view, and new areas, such as "Discovery Queues", offer users dynamic ways of finding new content they may enjoy. Another new section, known as "Steam Curators" offers users, organisations, and groups the opportunity to become something of a Steam celebrity, building a following as they review games and software in a public forum. Other users may then follow the curator, much like any other social media site, in order to receive alerts about new community activity associated with that individual or group, such as if, for example, ValveTime were to post a new review.
Today's announcement also revealed Steam has surpassed 100M active users sometime in the past nine months after it was announced the service reached 75M active accounts back in January 2014. This new number is obviously extremely impressive, but it couldn't really be less surprising given how Steam continues to grow and improve on such a regular basis.
There's a whole lot more to check out within the new Steam layout, and a lot more details can be found over in the full Discovery Update changelog at the bottom of the announcement page. We've set up our own Steam Curator page if you'd like to head over and follow it! (That was an instruction, not a request!) Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Round-Up to upload.
In episode 4 of ValveTime Database, we're attempting to use history, religion, science, and much more to take a close look at the behaviour, appearances, and potential origins of Left 4 Dead's infamous Special Infected.
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