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Explosions. Lawsuits. Runaway trains. Zombies. Cremators. Yep, it's safe to say things are kicking off in this week's episode of the ValveTime News!
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The Techies Update has now been released, meaning everything we originally spoke about in this post has now been added into Dota 2!
As promised, the latest hero for Dota 2 is just about here after their explosive arrival during the All-Star match at The International 2014. Introducing: The Techies. Known for their devastating land mines, deadly traps, and their ability to explosively suicide on command, the Techies have continually stood as the most requested hero since the early days of Dota 2's open beta.
A new "Bombastic Box" will also be introduced to the in-game store, a pack which features a Techies themed heads-up display, announcer pack, and a rocket-strapped courier in a Greevil costume.
That's far from all, however, as a huge variety of content not themed around Techies is also being added (shocking, I know). First up is "All Random Deathmatch", a new gamemode (which has been accessible in-game for a while thanks to a glitch) which has players spawn as a random hero every time they die, only keeping their level progression and purchased items.
A "Gallery of Triumphs" is also set to be introduced as a replacement for the long-dead achievements originally planned to be introduced back during Dota 2's beta. Completing certain objectives or criteria, such as finishing the Ten Hero Challenge or the Fantasy Dota League, will award players with trophies to proudly display on their Dota 2 profile. An impressive trophy will be given out for completing the new "All-Hero Challenge", which tasks players with winning a single Dota 2 match as every hero in the game, which is certainly quite the tall order.
Those with a 2014 compendium should be happy, as many of the remaining unreleased stretch goals will be added. These include the "Assured Victory Shout", a new system allowing you to predict the winner of each match prior to the start of a game, the "Squint and Laugh" taunt for the Techies, the "Battle Glory Kill Banner", which displays new visual effects alongside multi-kill banners, and, most interestingly, "The International 2014 Music Pack", an all-new set of in-game music composed by award-winning artist Chance Thomas. If you haven't already seen the preview of the new music, you seriously have to, even if you aren't a big fan of Dota.
Several other changes are also set to be introduced with The Techies Update once it ships sometime early next week. Sadly, this post has gone on long enough, so we're not going to detail them all here. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages to find out as soon as the update is released. The wait is nearly over.
Earlier today, it was announced the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is attempting to sue Valve, as the organisation feels the refund policies used for Steam currently breach Australian consumer law. As many of us are aware, Valve only offers refunds for Steam games under very specific circumstances, something the ACCC is apparently not very happy with.
The first court hearing is set to take place on October 7th 2014 at the Federal Court in Sydney, where the ACCC will attempt to sue Valve for breaching local consumer law, the details of which are explained below.
While this obviously isn't quite the same situation, clear similarities can be seen. It'll be interesting to see how this most recent court case against Valve is to be resolved and whether or not any of the policies affecting how you or I use Steam will be changed as a result. As always, we'll keep you posted.
Source: Kotaku Australia
With Valve being named the most desirable game studio in the world alongside a pair of big birthdays, there's been plenty to celebrate about for this week's episode of the ValveTime News.
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A recent update to the Steam Client Beta has added playlists and track numbers to Steam Music alongside various other smaller changes for the rest of the Steam interface.
Newly added track numbers, improved artist filtering, and total queue duration listings should also help improve the organisation of music libraries and playlists. Several other minor changes include colour tweaks based on recent user feedback and a slight visual update to the screenshot user interface in order to bring it inline with the new blue colour scheme introduced to the Steam client earlier this month.
The new changes are currently restricted to the Steam Client Beta while the rest of the kinks are worked out, but expect to see these features hit the main Steam client sometime soon. For now, more details about this week's Steam Client Beta update can be found over on the community group.
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