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Now here's something we've been sat on for far too long!
After hitting a seemingly impenetrable barrier, we recently unearthed a number of never-before-seen screenshots showing strangely-detailed levels from Half-Life 2: Episode Four, aka “Return to Ravenholm”, a now long-dead project previously in development by Arkane Studios in collaboration with Valve.
As explained in the Spotlight video above, these new screenshots come to us via the personal portfolio of Robert Wilinski, a Senior Environment Artist at Arkane Studios between 2007 and 2008, who was likely an important component within the “Return to Ravenholm” and...
After several weeks since the conclusion of the TF2 Arkham Knight Contest back in November, Valve have finally revealed the community-created winning items and their honourable mentions! For those who may have forgotten, the Arkham Knight Contest requested the community create hats, cosmetic items, and taunts themed around the Batman franchise, with a particular focus on the "Arkham" series of games developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The winners and the honourable mentions are listed in the spoiler tags below!
It's been another quiet week for Valve fans, but there's been plenty of out-of-game content to keep us all happy in the meantime! The kinds of content we're discussing in this week's Round-Up episode include the new, extremely long Dota 2 comic, the winners of the 2015 Saxxy Awards, and the latest seasonal Steam Sale!
As soon as you're finished, be sure to check out our other video content, to subscribe to our...
As foretold in the great Steamworks leaks of late, this year's Steam Autumn Sale, also known as the "Exploration Sale" has now begun. It will run from November 25th until December 1st, lasting just under a week. As expected, this sale has finally brought about the death and removal of Daily Deals and Flash Sales, which previously introduced larger, temporary discounts on select games and software for short periods (of 24 hours and 8 hours, respectively).
Instead, all deals featured in the Exploration Sale are static for the duration of the event, with the daily "Highlighted Deals" section merely pointing out high profile discounts, rather than changing them. This removes much of the repetitiveness of having to check the Steam Store page at least 3 or 4 times a day, but it definitely also limits that special feeling of loading up Steam at the same time every evening to check out the latest big...
After several months of animation, rendering, submitting, and voting, the winners of the Fifth Annual Saxxy Awards were revealed yesterday evening!
Don't forget, all winners receive a Saxxy melee item in Team Fortress 2, with the "Overall" winners also being invited on a free trip to Valve for a tour of their studio and facilities. The full list of winners are listed in the spoiler tag below.
A Dang Good Cop
In a week of gaming news absolutely dominated by the release of Fallout 4, Valve's Saxxy Awards and Steam Hardware launch just about managed to stand out! We're also briefly covering the latest updates for Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive!
Once you're done watching this episode, be sure to check out our other video content, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and...
It's been almost three years since Gabe Newell and J.J. Abrams appeared together on stage at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit. In their speech they discussed the importance of story telling in both games & films and how bridging the gap between the two mediums was a logical next-step for the entertainment industry. At the end of their speech, both executives from their respective entertainment studios, Valve and Bad Robot, expressed how interested they were in working with each other; Bad Robot would get help from Valve for their new game, and Valve would get help from Bad Robot with movie production. Well, as of today, it's looking like the former isn't going to happen - at least between Valve and Bad Robot.
A new game,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The annual tradition continues with this year's Scream Fortress VII event for Team Fortress 2! Despite initial fears that this year's event would be rather limited compared to previous years thanks to Valve taking something of a backseat regarding its development, Scream Fortress VII is absolutely packed full of new Halloween-themed goodness...or badness? Anyway, let's take a look.
These maps are joined by "The Gargoyle Case", a Halloween-themed case featuring 19 cosmetic items. Now let's be honest...
With Halloween coming up in just a few short days, this past week was particularly quiet as Valve continue to keep their event plans under lock and key! For this week's show, we're going to be covering the few itty bitty pieces of news that did manage to make it out over the past seven days!
While we wait patiently for the reveal of Valve's Halloween 2015 plans, be sure to check out our other video content, to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and to follow us...
We're finally back after a short absence! We've got a lot to cover in this week's News Round-Up, including explaining what exactly the recent Half-Life 3 leak means, what the community have been working on for TF2's recently-released Invasion Update, and how constant patches are changing the face of Dota 2's Source 2 client!
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out our other video content, to...
Surprise! Seven years and 364 days after Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released as part of The Orange Box (a total coincidence), SteamDB has brought to light some leaked Half-Life 3 content that was released through today’s Dota 2 update.
The leak doesn’t contain any game assets, but instead it has some text files that define some game assets - similar to what Valve’s FGD does.
Of note are three files that have new information, named hl3.txt, rpg.txt, and lights.txt. We’ve gone ahead and compiled what we think are the more relevant pieces of information from these files, and that’s detailed below...
hl3.txt - View Source File
After what feels like years of work by so many members of the community, the "Invasion Update" for Team Fortress 2 has finally arrived. As an entirely community-created update picked up by Valve several months ago, the Invasion update introduces Aliens into Team Fortress 2 for the first time, with their gigantic UFO's terrorising maps both new and old. Before we move on to the specific details of the update, check out the community-made trailer linked below, an early version of which was released a while back.
Now, on to the juicy details! The Invasion update introduces four maps, with Pd_Watergate, Koth_Probed, and Arena_Byre featuring as newcomers alongside "2fort_Invasion", an event-specific reskin of CTF_2fort featuring mostly-destroyed buildings ruined by the...
After over two years since the Steam Controller's first unveiling in September 2013, this week's Round-Up covers the device's final journey as they are prepared to head into homes for the first time. Elsewhere in the episode, we're also discussing the recent conclusion of Team Fortress 2's Gun Mettle Campaign and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Bloodhound!
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out our other video content, to...
As hinted at during the recent reveal of the Frankfurt Major for Dota 2, the Fall 2015 Compendium has finally been released. Like those associated with the annual International tournament, the Fall Season Compendium can be purchased from the Dota 2 Store and will provide players with access to exclusive in-game cosmetic items and various other fun mechanics, including wagering on the outcome of a match and completing randomly assigned gameplay challenges.
The Fall Season Compendium is valid from October 1st through November 24th and can be purchased for either $3.99 (£2.55) or $9.99 (£6.30), with both...
It may be a little later than planned (hardly a big surprise), but this week's Round-Up episode is absolutely crammed full of talking points and major headlines. These include the reveal of Valve's recent work on Photogrammetry for virtual reality, the release of Dota 2's latest major balance patch, Valve's recent visits to PAX Prime and EGX 2015, and the future of Team Fortress 2, to name but a few!
If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to check out our...
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