Posts Tagged ‘Valve’

Team Fortress 2 Marks Halloween With Alien Invasion

As the march towards Halloween gains pace (seriously, where has this year disappeared to?!), Team Fortress 2 [official site] has launched a month-long Invasion event, spilling its community-curated guts in the form of new maps, weapons and items.

The launch trailer is typically TF2 in its spectacle and flair and can be viewed without the use of 3D glasses inside.

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Counter-Strike Tournaments To Be Shown On TBS

American media conglomerate Turner Broadcasting and talent agency WME/IMG plans to show 20 live Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] events on US television next year as part of a league series after brokering a successful deal with Valve.

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Dota 2 Frankfurt Major Dates Announced

For the last five years, Dota 2 [official site] players have travelled far and wide to compete in The International. Now, Valve are launching a series of Majors, the first of which will take place in Frankfurt.

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Team Fortress TwoOoOO Crowdsourcing Halloween


Good news: Valve are working on a new “major update” for their free-to-play FPS Team Fortress 2 [official site]. Bad news: it’s not a Halloween update. This new update has left the TF2 team too busy to create another all-spooking, all-devilling spectraltacular (boo!) so they’re turning again to the community.

This year’s Halloween update will largely be pieced together from spooky maps, weapons, items, taunts, and so on submitted to TF2’s Steam Workshop.

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Oh I See! Counter-Strike: GO’s New Player Animations

Oh THAT'S what you're doing with the bomb!

Being able to tell quickly what’s going on is awfully important in competitive multiplayer games. That’s why MOBA characters (try to) look unique, different guns have distinctive sounds, and, ideally, you can see exactly what an enemy is doing.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] is now a little clearer, thanks to the latest update. All player animations have been updated (and look better), and the game has new animations for things like climbing ladders, switching weapons, and defusing – complete with visible wires to a doodad showing exactly what that chap crouched over the bomb is up to. Plus, the days of guns poking through doors are over!

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Supporting Counter-Strike’s Professional Women

Courtesy of Aurélie Bellacicco Photographie

In Pop Flash, a series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches and crushing defeats to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS.

In comparison to some other games, Counter-Strike is doing pretty well with regard to its female pro scene. The situation is far from perfect – there are still issues both at the professional and amateur levels, and we definitely want more women competing, but there are some extremely talented women playing CSGO professionally. So I’m interested to learn more about what we’re doing right, what we’re doing wrong, and how can we encourage more women to get into eSports.

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Dota Reborn Exits The Womb, Is Now Dota 2 Main Client

So, Dota Reborn is out and has replaced Old Dota 2 [official site] as the game client, like how when you have a second child you love it more and it’s better than the first one so you just pretend the other one doesn’t exist and stop supporting it and call the second child by the first one’s name.

Reborn is the version of Dota which uses the Source 2 engine, but rather than just switching to the new engine and keeping the front end the same there’s been a massive overhaul of the UI as well as the addition of custom game modes.

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Dota 2: Unpicking The Dota Levels System

Dota 2 [official site] now has Dota Levels – “A MEASURE OF YOUR LIFETIME DOTA 2 ACCOMPLISHMENTS”. That means there is a new number on your profile which you can feel pleased or disappointed or ambivalent about. Mine is 37. It made me feel hungry so I had lunch.

The new number is based on the previous experience level system (the previous big number on your profile that increased as you got more battle points) as well as your performance in special events.

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Dota 2: Reborn Update Imminent

Dota 2 [official site] will be officially switching over to the Source 2 engine in the next few weeks as the game-changing* Reborn update hits the main client.

Valve’s MOBA behemoth has had the Source 2 option for a while, just not in the main client. To use it you download the Reborn update (you’ll find it via the Play tab) and then select Reborn beta when you launch the game. But now Reborn is coming to the game’s main client and bringing all its accompanying bells and whistles as well as a few works-in-progress.

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Bif! Bam! Pow! Team Fortress 2 Comic Issue #5 Out

I haven’t played Team Fortress 2 [official site] in almost a year, Steam tells me, but by gum! I haven’t stopped caring about the goofy world have created for their free-to-play FPS. Valve have some of the funniest fun in games, and I don’t especially mind if the yaks come through webcomics rather than computer games.

While we were on holiday on Monday, Valve released the fifth issue of their free TF comic, a mere eleven months after the last. In case you can’t remember, the TF2 gang’s quest for Australium metal had taken to the undersea dome where Sniper’s parents lived in some odd Superman pastiche, when the squad ran into their counterparts from Team Fortress Classic. And… action!

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