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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!
As usual, don't forget to take a look at our other video content, to...
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!
Once you're done, be sure to check out our other video content, to...
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...
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...
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