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After the recent success of Dota 2's International 2014 Music Pack created by award-winning composer Chance Thomas, Valve are looking to further expand their music library with the introduce of "Music Kits" for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. When equipped, Music Kits will replace numerous in-game musical cues with alternate versions made exclusively for the game by various big-name artists.
As shown on the official announcement post, nine total artists have currently contributed to the new Music Kits. These include grammy-nominated Austin Wintory (Journey, The Banner Saga), Daniel Sadowski, Dren McDonald (Skulls of the Shogun), Feed Me, Noisia, Robert Allaire, DJ Sasha, Sean Murray (Call of Duty: Black Ops), and Jocke Skog. Each different artist can be distinguished by different musical genres based off their own specialties, such as Feed Me and Noisia's focus on electronic music, or Skog's emphasis on metal.
Like Dota 2 items, a Music Kit can be freely shared with anyone in the same game as the owner, meaning you won't need to own the item itself to enjoy some of the new tunes. The owner will also receive a special MVP anthem whenever they become the most valuable player in a round.
Music Kits are currently available as rare in-game drops and through the Steam Marketplace, even though you'll currently have to spend a LOT of money to get your hands on them from the market. It's an interesting development, and it's definitely something we've never really seen Valve attempt before outside of the already discussed example of Chance Thomas. We're looking forward to finding out how they may continue to work alongside third-party music producers in the future.
With the 2014 Saxxy Awards wrapping up last week, we thought now was a pretty good opportunity to share our thoughts on some of this year's best submitted videos!
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After a week away, the ValveTime News Round-Up is back with over 16 minutes worth of official and community news from two separate weeks! Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, Half-Life, Steam, the Saxxies, Counter-Strike! It's all here, so grab a drink and some popcorn, and enjoy!
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After months of film making and a week of voting, the Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards have finally come to a close. As promised, Valve have revealed the winning videos of each category alongside the prestigious "Best Overall" prize, which features a fully paid trip to Valve HQ for a tour and to meet the Source Filmmaker team. Since there isn't a whole lot more to say, we're just going to list each of the winners below. Enjoy!
"TF2 in 60 seconds"
"About a Scout"
"Animation vs. Animator"
Congratulations to all the winners! There's been a really impressive turnout of great videos this year, so here's hoping things only continue to get better in years to come.
Now you know our Top 5 favourite official Team Fortress 2 maps, it's time to find out what we think about what the community has to offer. We've once again drafted in Frozen of TF2Maps.net to help decide which community maps were interesting, fun, or influential enough to make it onto our list!
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