Although late, it's time to recap and celebrate all the Halloween-themed goodness from the past few weeks! The headlines this week include new spooky updates for Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2, the introduction of four new Asian currencies to the Steam Store, and the addition of Steam "Item Stores"!
Once you're done checking out this week's episode, be sure to watch our two Database episodes were released to celebrate Halloween, where we over-analyse the living hell out of the Combine's weaponised synthetic creatures! Then, be sure to check out our other video content, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and TwitchTV. Thanks for watching!
A new Steam Update which slipped completely under our radar yesterday evening has introduced "Item Stores" to the Steam Community. As the name suggests, "Item Stores" will act as a compliment to the Community Market by allowing game developers to set fixed prices for in-games items, clothing, or weapons without having to put any work into coding and organising a complicated storefront within a game itself. These items can then be purchased by players to use in the selected game title, similar to existing stores Valve has created for Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Team Fortress 2.
The first game to experiment with this new feature is Rust, a game which has always attempted to emulate the example set by Valve to offer fair, cosmetic-only upgrades totally separated from gameplay. The store features a new layout, appearing as something of a hybrid between the regular Steam Store and the Community Market, with developers able to customise features of the design, such as the background, header, item categories, and, of course, the items themselves.
Although not the biggest bit of news to ever hit Steam, we feel this is a natural extension of the platform which could definitely become a standard for many compatible titles heading forwards. It could also prove useful for Valve themselves should they wish to move or convert their own in-game stores over to this new browser-friendly model.
It's Halloween! Instead of going out and having fun with your friends, join us as we pick up where we left off in our last episode by diving deep into the stories behind the rest of the Half-Life 2's monstrous synths - mysterious weaponised creatures that form the backbone of the Combine war machine! In this episode, we're examining the more unusual and less frequently seen Combine Synths, such as the Hunter, Advisor Pod, and even a few mysterious faces!
Don't forget to jump back to yesterday's Database episode to catch up on everything you may have missed. Once you're done, make sure you check out our previous Database episodes, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and TwitchTV. Thanks for watching!
We couldn't think of a super obvious and suitably-gorey topic to cover for Halloween this year, so we decided to take an in-depth look at the Combine's vast array of weaponised synths - creatures forcefully adapted into cyborgs for universal war! In this first half of a Database two-parter, we're studying the Human Combine, the Advisors, the Striders, and more!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the concluding chapter of our analysis of the Combine Synths! While you wait for the release, be sure to check out our previous Database episodes, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and TwitchTV. Thanks for watching!
With Diretide now a distant memory, this year's Halloween-themed festivities for Dota 2 are focused around "The Haunted Colosseum", a new custom gamemode created by Valve. As originally previewed months ago during a teaser for the Reborn beta, The Haunted Colosseum is a 5v5 battle for "territorial control", with teams attempting to capture control points while avoiding "devilish traps, and warrior behemoths", as highlighted in the video below.
Although light on content, this year's Halloween event for Dota 2 did revamp areas of the custom games hub to make it easier to find matches while also introducing the "Tribute of the Sharpened Feather" chest for Fall Compendium owners. Other changes hidden within the ridiculously long changelog include over 800 new announcer lines specifically designed for use in Custom Games, nerfs to Doom and Broodmother as part of the 6.85b balance patch, and a new hub for view, rename, and manage downloaded replays.
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