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In this week's Round-Up episode, we're exploring Dota 2's recent influx of high quality mini-games, checking out the various intriguing HTC Vive games shown off at the SteamVR Developer Showcase, and looking forward to Team Fortress 2's upcoming Competitive Matchmaking mode!
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You'd be forgiven for believing Dota 2 has recently become a virtual casino with the introduction of the Winter 2016 Battle Pass and the included Shanghai Major Compendium. For $7.99 or £5.29, the Pass gives access to a number of different activities and cosmetic items, with new additions such as quest "Paths", a "Winter Blessing" wheel of fortune, improved Wagering, and Friend Leaderboards featuring alongside old favourites like Battle Levels, Achievements, and new item treasures.
Completing objectives along a chosen path (themed around the gameplay styles of Support, Carry, and Solo) will award Battle Points and cosmetic items while contributing to a global pool which, when completed, will unlock an alternate skin for each of three available item sets. A massive number of new item sets, wards, frozen effigies, taunts, and...
Although short and sweet, this week's News Round-Up gives us plenty of time to focus on the recent re-releasing of Sven Co-op onto Steam and a bunch of helpful gameplay tweaks to Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2!
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As was promised to us a few of years ago, Sven Co-op is now available on Steam – for free!
In case you don’t know, Sven Co-op is an online cooperative mod for Half-Life. You get to play along with friends to fight against monsters and to solve puzzles in the Half-Life universe. While the weapons, monsters, and characters are similar to that of Half-Life, the difficulty has been ramped up to better suit team play.
According to a recent news post from Sven Co-op’s developers, the stand-alone game includes "many hundreds of features, fixes and improvements, as well as new maps and...
While the past week was a little light on officially released news from Valve, there was still plenty of partner and community topics to help develop a few headlines. These headlines include new details about the upcoming reveal of games for the HTC Vive, the announcement of Steam versions of the Sven Co-op and Prospekt mods for the Half-Life series, and a leaked recap listing the successes of the recent Steam Winter Sale.
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We're back for a whole new series of news Round-Up episodes in 2016! In this week's episode, we're recapping all the news from the course of our three week break, including the recent reveal of the HTC Vive Pre at CES 2016, the extremely infamous Steam Christmas data leak, and the sad news that Marc Laidlaw has officially retired from Valve.
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At long last: We have a date! Earlier today, HTC Chief Executive Cher Wang told The Telegraph that the company's virtual reality headset, created in collaboration with Valve, will be available for pre-order from February 29th 2016 ahead of the full retail launch in April 2016, as previously revealed in December 2015.
The Telegraph's article also mentions HTC are, at least partially, refocusing their hardware efforts away from smartphones and towards virtual reality, claiming creating "a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important". While their commitment is admirable, the headset's starting price has yet to be...
Update: Marc has directly confirmed his retirement with us and many others. The future of Half-life will be with someone else.
Although unconfirmed, user @TeddyWolf posted an email exchange with Valve writers Marc Laidlaw which states Marc as having retired from Valve and that "My time working on the series [Half-life] is behind me"
The email comes from an address known to be Marc's personal gmail and is listed on his personal website. The content in the email come across as very genuine however it is a little strange how Marc has decided to reveal this news.
As expected, CES 2016 has seen Valve and HTC unveil the "Vive Pre", the second generation developer kit for the HTC Vive revealed last year at GDC. While we previously had a pretty leaky look at the headset and the newly-designed controllers, today's unveiling has really drawn back the curtain on this new model and it's enhanced features.
All of the headset's components feature a smoother and clearly more finalised design, with the now-smaller base stations appearing almost entirely black and featureless. While the controllers have had the biggest redesign in terms of ergonomic use, they are apparently nearly functionally identical to their older counterparts, with the only real improvements arriving in the form of new built-in lithium batteries and a...
Update #3 (Dec. 25, 2015 @ 15:00 (-8 GMT)):
The Steam Store is now back up and running. After a few failed attempts to login, we have also been able to access the Account Details page and can confirm it now verifies the account ID before displaying any secure information.
Our buddies over at SteamDB have posted a full explanation of what they think caused the issue. Their article continues to dispel rumours of a hack while reiterating the reasoning why faulty webpage caches are to blame.
The Steam Store has now been taken down and will likely remain offline until the problem is well and truly worked out. Concerns on social media regarding hacks and full security breaches have been grossly over-exaggerated, with the original...
In case you didn't know...it's Christmas! Like every year, we're celebrating by wishing all of our followers, visitors, and fans a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We're also giving away a bunch of neat games, so keep watching to find out how you can win!
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It's only a few short days until Christmas, and that means Valve have been pulling out all the stops to get their games and services ready ahead of the big day! Preparations have included the release of TF2's Tough Break Update and Dota 2's Balance of Power patch, the start of this year's Steam Winter Sale, and a confirmation that the next "traditional" Half-Life game definitely won't be exclusive to virtual reality!
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To the surprise of absolutely nobody, this evening heralded the start of this year's Steam Winter Sale, which is set to run from December 22nd 2015 through until January 4th 2016. Like the "Exploration" Autumn Sale from earlier this year, the Winter Sale doesn't feature Daily Deals or timed exclusives of any kind, instead just highlighting specific deals every day with no actual change or reduction in price.
This sale doesn't actually feature any kind of big gimmick or mini-game, with the only stand-out feature appearing in the form of a short comic book. Known as "Northpole Noir", the comic will expand by a single page every day, with the designs of the returning Winter Sale badge cards being steadily unveiled at the same pace....
With Christmas very nearly upon us, it's time for Valve's penultimate seasonal event in the form of Team Fortress 2's "Tough-Break Update"! The update, like this year's Gun Mettle Update, focuses largely on the introduction of new "contract missions" playable through the "Tough Break Campaign", which rewards players with skinned weapons upon completion. The $5.99 contract is a three-month long event which will provide access to a total of 26 contracts at a rate of about two per week (likely one on Sunday, and one on Wednesday).
Completing contracts, such as scoring a certain amount of points on a specific map or killing a certain class, will provide access to new skinned weapons in four "collection" cases, including the "Gentlemann's Collection", "Harvest Collection", "The Pyroland Case", and "The Warbird Case", all of which...
Holy Mary, Mother of Joseph - this year's Winter update for Dota 2, dubbed "The Balance of Power", is looking insane! The first of many, many new introductions is Arc Warden, the penultimate hero to be ported from the original Dota: All Stars! As a controller of energy, Zet the Arc Warden is able to mess with his opponents using slows, evasion, and creating exact duplicates of himself - items and all!
In keeping with the "energy" theme, Zeus is not one to be overshadowed, bringing along his impressive new Arcana item as voted for during The International 2015. The item features an all-new base model, particle effects, sounds, and the usual explosive fanfare we have all come to expect from £20+ cosmetics. Zeus' most recent travels are explored further in "The Sundered...
It's only been a few days since our last episode, but we've already got a few nice nuggets of news as we move further into the Christmas season! These include CS:GO's now-infamous Winter Update, a sneak peak at the construction of the Steam Controllers, and Valve's in-depth discussion of Steam's troublesome security situation!
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In this stupidly overdue Round-Up episode, we're playing catch-up with all the latest talking points! These include the recently delayed release of the HTC Vive, Valve's potential involvement in Double Fine's newly announced Psychonauts 2 project, and our own reveal of a bunch of screenshots from Half-Life 2: Episode Four dating back to around 2008!
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While it may have missed out last year, this year's Winter update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has arrived a little early and has introduced the first new gun in a long while! The new R8 Revolver is an alternate secondary weapon which can be equipped into the same slot as the Desert Eagle. As such, you can imagine it's quite the powerful weapon, capable of easily killing a target in a single hit despite a long trigger-pull. While a standard version of the weapon is available to all players, skinned versions can already be acquired from within the new Revolver Case, among numerous other designs.
In an unsurprising turn of events, the launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset created in partnership between Valve and HTC has been delayed, although only slightly. Instead of releasing to "developers and communities" before the end of the year, an extra 7,000 developer kits will be made available in January 2016, with the full commercial launch now planned for April, rather than March.
It's hardly a huge delay, and we should be getting a chance to feast our eyes on the next generation of Vive headsets at CES from January 6-9. We're hoping the new version will feature a pair of built-in headphones, among other fun extras, but we'll have to wait and see what other surprises Valve could have up their sleeves. Once unveiled, this updated Vive will be shown off to audiences at...
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