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Do you remember Half-Life: Uplink? No, the film, not the demo with the same title. Well, we've covered the subject in detail in a previous ValveTime Database episode, which you can watch at the bottom of this post if you're interested.
We recently received never-before-seen production photos of the film from an individual who worked at Sierra's UK division, revealing a greater behind the scenes look of the filming and its shooting location. We'd like to thank our source for letting us share and preserve these photos.
Here is the...
In typical August fashion, Valve have recently announced the Sixth Annual Saxxy Awards, the annual TF2 and Valve-themed film making competition. This year's event is basically identical to the one held last year, featuring a total of six categories and the same exciting prizes. This year's categories are listed below:
- Best Action
- Best Drama
- Best Comedy
- Best Short
- Best Extended
- Best Overall
Under construction just two blocks away from Valve's current digs at Skyline Tower, the Lincoln Square Expansion project will feature a new tower with 710,000 square-feet of office space.
Valve is scheduled to move into the new space May, 2017.
Phew! We've had four really busy weeks in between this Round-Up and our last episode. Although we weren't able to get any new episodes out, that doesn't mean we've skipped on news as our most recent episode recaps everything you might have missed in the absence of our Round-Ups. As for more recent news, expect to learn more about the unfolding outcome of the CS:GO gambling scandal, the on-going International 2016 tournament for Dota 2, and new VR updates for Dota 2 and...
With the Wild Card event for The International 2016 Dota 2 tournament starting in just a few days on Tuesday August 2nd, Valve have opened the event's official website. Like previous years, the event hub features as an overview for the tournament, including details about how to watch games live and via replays, how the $19+ prize pool will be distributed, how each team will be participating, and how you can keep up with all the real world action via social media.
Like last year, the extremely large prize pool will be broken up in such a way that every participating team is given something for their troubles, with positions 13th through 16th receiving a...
While those of us in the know fully understood Valve played no role with third-party gambling and betting websites, particularly those related to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and recent scandals, the company released a statement earlier today condemning their activities. In a blog post and press release by Erik Johnson, Valve confirms that they have never had any direct or indirect interactions with any of these sites, with the site owners instead simply taking advantage of the Steam OpenID API and bot accounts.
These actions, in particular the shady use of the OpenID API, are not permitted by Valve or the Steam User Agreement, permitting Valve to now clamp down hard on gambling sites and to take legal action against them where necessary. Thanks to recent shenanigans, which we discussed on...
Well, this was unexpected. It's been 7 years since Team Fortress 2 played host to all-out class warfare, but it would now seem the winner of 2007's WAR Update is fueling a brand new conflict - this time between the Pyro and the Heavy. The origins of this particular war, known as "Meat vs. Match", are unraveled in a new comic, showing the Heavy breaking into one of the Administrator's compounds to demand more weapons, only to have been beaten there by the Pyro.
Like the previous WAR Update between the Soldier and the Demoman, points earned in-game will be used as votes contributing to either Team Heavy or Team Pyro. However, unlike the previous update, it seems all points earned will contribute to...
We've all known it was coming for a long while now, but after a lengthy closed beta, Valve is now ready to release the highly anticipated competitive matchmaking mode into Team Fortress 2. As you might expect, the "Meet Your Match" update primarily focused on launching this new game type which enables users to enjoy TF2 in a more structured and balanced 6v6 format. Here's a short trailer!
Like competitive modes in other modern titles, TF2's competitive mode will feature a visible ranking system used to pit players, both playing solo and in teams, against those of equal standing in the hopes of making a fair fight. By participating in matches, players are then given a rank associated with their skill level, from the Rank 1 "Fresh Meat" to Rank...
After over a decade of designing and shipping t-shirts, hats, and toys for many of Valve's beloved franchises, the company recently revealed they would be shutting down their own merchandise store to focus all eyes on a new partnership with long-time partner WeLoveFine. With their own store now closed, the primary place to get your hands on Valve-themed merchandise will be "www.valvestore.welovefine.com", with WeLoveFine themselves seemingly handling all of the paperwork, assets, and distribution.
Given the increasing popularity of third-party sites like WeLoveFine and a shifting focus towards community-created merchandise, this transition makes a lot of sense both for Valve as a business and for all of us as consumers. WeLoveFine should now be able to focus on providing even more merchandise than ever...
In this week's slightly belated Round-Up, we're investigating a recently discovered reference to Left 4 Dead 3 in a Destinations VR tutorial and running through all the details of the biggest CS:GO gambling scandal to date.
With news of a new TF2 update coming thick and fast, don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch all the latest details! Thanks for watching!
Valve's Tristan Reidford has lightly teased Left 4 Dead 3 in a tutorial for the Destinations Workshop Tools.
The eighth image in the tutorial, titled "08_directory_fun.png," showed a conveniently placed folder called "left4dead3."
From the pessimist's perspective, this was just a mistake, but it's too convenient that the folder viewport was scrolled exactly so that left4dead3 was shown first.
According to Tristan's Valve Developer Wiki contribution history, the image was first uploaded on June 28, and then nearly 24 hours later, after the community had noticed the tease, it was replaced by an obviously Photoshop'd version to remove the Left 4 Dead 3 reference.
The arrival of this year's Steam Summer Sales also brought about several other minor talking points. These include the release of new Immortal Treasures for Dota 2, the start of CS:GO's ESL One Cologne 2016 Pick'Em Challenge, and a behind-the-scenes discussion with Valve engineers about early prototypes for SteamVR and the HTC Vive!
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With the first wave of modern virtual reality headsets now out in the wild, the number of people who have yet to try the HTC Vive or any of its competitors is quickly shrinking. Although a large number of people have now tried or purchased a Vive, the same can definitely not be said of Valve's early and extremely rare internal prototypes. First shown off at Steam Dev Days 2014 and GDC 2015, these early prototypes were extremely rough, hacked-together pieces of equipment designed exclusively to test functionality and new ideas.
While it's been a while since we've seen any of these headset concepts shown off or discussed by Valve themselves, YouTube channel "Make" recently uploaded a new video featuring Valve engineers Alan...
Aside from a few new sections to highlight Steam Hardware devices and virtual reality, the sale and its layout are largely unchanged from previous years, with a "Highlighted Deals" area showing off some of the biggest discounts on a daily basis and an updated Discovery Queue which provides up to three Steam Trading Cards per day for those who explore it.
With the exciting conclusion of ESL One Frankfurt 2016 earlier today, Valve have announced the six teams that have been directly invited to the fast-approaching The International 2016 in early August. The top six teams have been determined largely by recent performances at the Manila Major and ESL One Frankfurt over the past few weeks, with the following teams impressing Valve and the community enough to receive direct invites.
Quietly, and without much fanfare, Valve have this evening announced and released the 6.88 balance patch for Dota 2. The unexpected update comes only a day after the conclusion of the Manila Major tournament, and is therefore only a minor patch featuring small gameplay tweaks with no major changes to hero abilities or item capabilities.
While a few overly-powerful heroes have been nerfed, including Beastmaster and Death Prophet, most of the changes introduced with 6.88 are actually buffs. Buffs include Enigma's Black Hole being changed to deal Pure damage through Black King Bar immunity, increased slows for Lich's Chain Frost and Ice...
While definitely not a "game" by any traditional definition, Valve's latest foray into the virtual reality software space is certainly an interesting new release. Known as "Destinations", this free, VR-only piece of software allows Steam users to create, share, and explore 3D environments similar to the photogrammetry experiments highlighted in "The Lab". In fact, the SDK included alongside Destinations is actually a slightly modified version of the Source 2 editor used to create custom games within Dota 2, and was reportedly heavily involved in the development of Valve's own 3D environments.
Like the Dota 2 Workshop Tools, Destinations is designed to be easy to use, with full...
After a hiatus of a year and a half, Valve's extremely successful Steam Dev Days are once again returning to Seattle! As the follow-up to the 2014 event, this year's Steam Dev Days will take place on October 12th and 13th 2016 and will once again feature numerous talks and events designed to connect professionals in the video game industry while discussing and advertising a bunch of Steam's current and upcoming functionality.
Topics set to be discussed at this year's event include Virtual Reality, Steam Business and Marketing, Steam Hardware, the Steam Workshop and User-Generated Content, and more which have yet to be revealed. Alongside the main talks, attendees can also expect plenty of networking and sneak peaks at future Valve concepts and projects. For context, 2014's event had select attendees preview prototypes of the then-named "Steam Sight" virtual reality headset, with...
While I'm thankful I've never had to make a post like this before, I am extremely frustrated (at myself) that I now have to make one at all.
Earlier this evening, we aired a Round-Up episode claiming Erik Wolpaw, one of the senior writers on Portal and Portal 2, had left the company to continue working more closely with Double Fine Productions on Psychonauts 2. In this particular instance - we were wrong, and follow-up emails to Erik himself have confirmed he is still indeed at the company.
In this scenario, we failed to take the necessary and ridiculously basic steps to proving or disproving the news story before running it as big, high profile reveal. This mess-up is amateurish and unacceptable, and I sincerely apologise for spreading false stories of this nature.
Here is Erik's reply to us.
Fittingly, it would seem Erik is...
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