Posts Tagged ‘Valve’

A Few Of My Favourite Monsters

We live in complex times. When I was a youngster, it was perfectly reasonable to buy a game simply because it had more monsters than the other games. Playing through shooters, RPGs and platformers alike, I’d be tempted to give up when I reached the point where no new enemy types were appearing. The very idea of a game with only one type of enemy, no matter how intelligent and believable, was poison. Give me all of your mutants, demons and aliens, I cried, give them to me now.

Here are a few of my favourites, ranging from the first-person shooters of my teenage years to the surreal horrors of my childhood.

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Dota 2’s Winter Battle Pass Brings Icy Prettiness

Valve have launched the Winter 2016 Battle Pass for Dota 2 [official site], a £5.29 virtual ticket giving you access to… new ways to get more hats for your wizards, I think? Look, I’ll be honest: I’ve played 1,498 hours of Dota 2 and I’m still confused by this. The end result is that you can get new cosmetic items by way of a great many progression tracks and statistics and gambling and… ah, go look. Basically, if you want pretty new stuff, you can get it by paying a fiver then playing a load of Dota.

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Sven Co-Op Now Free Standalone, Including Half-Life

Here’s a bit of nostalgia for you: Sven Co-op [official site] is now on Steam. The seventeen-year-old Half-Life mod is available as a free standalone game, and—thanks to a fair bit of generosity on Valve’s part—includes all of the Half-Life campaign maps. For free.

That means you can head to Steam, download the game, and start playing co-op Half-Life right now. Again, for free. No need for you or anyone you’re playing with to own Half-Life proper.

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Dota 2 Shanghai Major Qualifiers: Winners And Highlights

The regional qualifiers for Dota 2 [official site]’s Shanghai Major tournament concluded in the wee hours of Monday morning, confirming which eight teams would join the direct invitees at the Valve-sponsored event in March. To find out who’s heading to the tourney and to see the finest moments from the weekend’s competitions read on:

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Steam’s Winter Sale Was A Success For Smaller Games

Steam sales are renowned for cleaning out the wallets of many, but the last two have felt slightly lower key than previously because they featured neither daily deals, nor flash sales, nor complicated metagames. Perception can be misleading, though: a report by Valve – perhaps released accidentally – states that the recent Steam Winter Sale was the most successful ever.

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Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Has Left Valve

After 18 years at Valve, working on everything from Half-Life to Dota 2, writer Marc Laidlaw has confirmed that he’s retired from the company. That’s an eternity for the games industry! He wrote novels before getting into video games, and it sounds like he’s getting back to writing for himself.

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CS:GO Gives Everyone Nice New Gloves

Hey, if I’m gonna spend hundreds of hours staring at some dude’s hands, I want to be sure they’re safe and warm. Are you okay, Johnny Counter-Strike? Are you looking after yourself? I know De_Dust gets cold at nights. Recognising that the worst of the winter is yet to come, Valve have kindly outfitted Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] characters with new gloves and sleeves to keep them nice and warm.

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HTC Vive Pre Revision Adds Front-Facing Camera

HTC last year teased that the reason for delaying the Vive, the virtual reality doodad they’re making with Valve, was “a very, very big technological breakthrough” inspiring them to wait and release a revised model. Now they’ve revealed what all the fuss was: ergonomic improvements and a new front-facing camera mean that the Vive Pre (as it’s called) can crudely simulate what it’s like to not wear cybergoggles on your face.

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Steam Is Going Haywire, People Can Access Others’ Accounts [Updated] [And Again]

Update: It seems, for me at least, that Valve have run screaming around the building, pulling out every plug they can find, as all the servers now appear to be down.

Update 2: After an astonishing four hours of silence, Valve finally bothered to say something publicly about the massive screw-up. They told Kotaku, “As a result of a configuration change earlier today, a caching issue allowed some users to randomly see pages generated for other users for a period of less than an hour. This issue has since been resolved. We believe no unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information and no additional action is required by users.”

Original story: There we were, feeling smug in our PC slippers that Sony were having trouble authenticating new PlayStation accounts this Christmas Day, and Steam goes nutso-crazy. And in a really serious way. As Kotaku reports on this merry eve, people are logging into Steam to discover they have access to someone else’s account. Full access, letting them see email addresses, personal details, and most of all, see Steam Wallet money.

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