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Top Steam releases for September include successful sequels and spooky spirits

Hear ye hear ye, here's the top releases on Steam from the month of September. As ever, some big names like Marvel and Mafia are on the list, and so are some long-awaited favorites like Spelunky 2 and Serious Sam 4. More interesting though are the weird indie breakout games. Yup, Phasmophobia's on there and you can't stop me from talking about it.

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Catch the Steam Digital Tabletop Fest from now until Monday

Gather 'round and take a seat, Steam have now kicked off their first Digital Tabletop Fest, an event of panels, announcements, and demos for games that "run across the lines between digital and physical games". From now until next Monday you can catch panels from the likes of developers adapting tabletop RPGs, building digital deck-builders, and other such table to screen fare.

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Steam Game Festival: Autumn Edition begins now with hundreds more demos

The year of digital festivals continues with yet another Steam Game Festival. For its autumn edition, Steam is once again offering hundred of free game demos for you to play paired with livestreams and developer Q&A's throughout the week. The festival is on now and will run through next Tuesday, October 13th.

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Steam’s new Chat Filtering options let you fine-tune effing and blinding

Valve have added new options to filter obscenity and slurs from chat on Steam and in some games, letting you level up without getting cussed out. With the new Steam Chat Filtering enabled, words caught in the filters are replaced with "***" or "♥♥♥". The new options are pretty deep, letting you upload and download your own lists of banned words, see foul language from…

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Team Fortress 2 scares up a Halloween update and Mannpower rebalance

Ah yes, the calendar rolls over and my favorite time of year begins. Almost every online game is due to be hexed with haunted decor, outfits, and seasonal achievements. Team Fortress 2 is one of the lot, kicking off its spooky celebration with four new player-made maps and a good handful of cosmetic items for Scream Fortress XII. Oh hey, they've also made some balance changes…

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Steam will host a festival for digital tabletop games in October

Digispace game festivals continue to be all the rage this year and heck you won't hear me complaining. Steam will host the first Steam Digital Tabletop Fest, an online festival of panels, lets plays, and other activities for "games that run across the lines between digital and physical games" at the end of October. The definition seems quite flexible, based on the games involved, so…

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Left 4 Dead 2 has added a new official campaign, made by fans

Eight years after its last major content update, Left 4 Dead 2 has mutated all sorts of newness with The Last Stand. Made by fans but released officially by Valve, the huge free update has added a new mini-campaign based on the first game's lighthouse Survival mode map, dozens of new maps for Survival and Scavenge modes, new weapons, and loads of wee tweaks and…

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Steam News Hub shows posts from your favourite quirky PC gaming websites now

Steam Labs' News Hub experiment has been in the works since March, but now it's nearly finished. In a big update before its full launch, you're now able to see news and articles from your favourite delightful and quirky PC gaming websites. Previously, the News Hub was limited to developer updates from games you play and follow, but now there's a selection of other sources…

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Left 4 Dead 2’s huge The Last Stand update lands next week

If you're aching for some new things to do in Left 4 Dead 2, then I have some wonderful news. The game's first official content update in eight years drops on September 24th bringing with it The Last Stand, a campaign based on the first game's lighthouse Survival mode map.Now, that would be pretty cool in itself, but this update is adding not one, but…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Rio Major cancelled, and Valve addresses cheating coaches

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down yet another gaming event. This time it's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Rio Major, and Valve say they won't be scheduling any more of the tournaments until LAN events are safe to hold around the world again. Valve have also addressed coaches being able to cheat in competitive games for years using a bug, detailing the action they'll be taking against…

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Years of CS:GO replays will be investigated for coach exploits

Coaches eh? They're meant to be a great help for improving your game, but it seems some sneaky Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams have taken that to mean peeking where they're not allowed during high-stakes competitive games. Now, the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) is raking through years of demos to find these meddlesome cameramen, with the suggestion that they might go easy on folks who own…

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Steam introducing optional chat filters for profanity and slurs

Valve plan to add optional profanity filters to Steam Chat, and it'll also be able to filter language in games which use Steam's own chat system. If you want to block effing, jeffing, and slurs, you'll be able to fiddle with a load of settings and filters to add and remove words and otherwise fine-tune your chat civility. If you don't want to filter chat,…

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Left 4 Dead 2’s first content update in eight years is made by fans

Left 4 Dead 2 will soon get a content update bringing an old favourite Left 4 Dead map to Valve's co-op zombiethon. The Last Stand is a community-made update that's being officially published by Valve, and fans of the original L4D might recognise its location from Survival Mode.Catch the teaser trailer below for a short, sweeping view of a creepy lighthouse overlooking a cliffside.

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Team Fortress 2 adds a permanent tribute to Soldier voice actor Rick May

The voice actor for Team Fortress 2's Soldier character died earlier this year after contracting the Covid-19 coronavirus, leading Valve to add a pretty extensive tribute to Rick May to the game. The prominent bronze memorial statues and title screen update only lasted through the month of May, but Valve have now updated the game with a smaller, permanent tribute.

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Speedrunner uses VR to crawl under Half-Life: Alyx levels in real life

Speedrunning often involves a lot of running and jumping but that usually takes place in game, which is impressive enough. During this year's Summer Games Done Quick marathon, Half-Life: Alyx speedrunner "Buffet Time" goes full on gaming athlete by actually crawling on the ground to glitch through floors and walls. It's a feat you really need to see for yourself.

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The Steam Game Festival will be a regular seasonal event

Valve are gearing up to give us a quarterly quota of demos and dev talks. They've confirmed that the Steam Game Festival is going to be a regular event, with the next one taking place this October, serving as the autumn edition of the Festival. Then that will be followed by at least two more, planned for February and June next year.

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Steam now prohibits developers promoting other distribution outlets in Community Hubs

Update: Valve have expanded on their statement.Lots of folks use Steam and lots of developers release their games on Steam. Thanks to the Steam Community in the Steam store, it's also a handy way for developers to let players know about upcoming updates or development progress on games that haven't released yet. Steam's new guidance to developers dictates that their Steam communication with players shouldn't…

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Fall Guys might be getting Portal and My Friend Pedro skins

The skins in Fall Guys are excellent. Mediatonic's Total Wipeout-like battle royale will let you wobble round its obstacle courses dressed as all manner of silly things - from cacti and hotdogs, to Half-Life's Gordon Freeman and Team Fortress 2's Scout. Now a leak claims that more cutesy crossover outfits are on the way, ones that will let you dress up as Pedro (the banana)…

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The Steam Game Festival is returning in October with more demos

Valve plan to hold another Steam Game Festival this autumn, running from October 7th to the 13th, and I'm a bit afraid of it. A Steam Game Festival, you see, is a short period of time where Steam releases a whole bunch of demos for upcoming games. But during the summer festival Steam released an unholy number, giving us 900 to try and get through.

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