Posts Tagged ‘Valve’

Steam’s Winter Sale Has Started

Steam’s autumn sale or Thanksgiving sale or whatever it was has barely just ended, but ’tis is the season to spend to spend wildly so hey: the Steam winter sale is now on. Head on over to Steam to see an awful lot of video games sold for cheaper than they were yesterday. Once the site recovers from the hordes flooding it, I mean.

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‘Final’ Oculus Rift Hardware Shipping To Devs

It’s not certain quite yet, but with the HTC/Valve Vive suffering a delay until Spring, it’s looking as though Facebook’s Oculus Rift might be first out of the gates for a consumer PC VR headset. Oculus have announced that “final Rift hardware” is now on its way to developers who are “imminently shipping.” “Imminently” is a very exciting word.

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Team Fortress 2’s Tough Break Update Hits

Valve crept in during the night and left a little present under your Christmas PC (I’ve seen it, stuffed full of lights and gingerbread with a case window to show them off), a nice, big Team Fortress 2 [official site] update. Okay, yes, much of Tough Break Update is reserved for people who spend $6 to buy into the Tough Break ‘Campaign’ (a series of challenges like CS:GO’s Operations), and yes the new taunts it also adds are expensive, but the greatest gift of all is free: a look at the TF2 gang doing aerobics (sorry, Mannrobics) together.

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Steam’s Winter Sale Will Start Next Week

Make it stop make it stopppppppppp. Between general Christmas expenditure, cinema tickets (some places are showing It’s A Wonderful Life, you know) and Steam having a sale three times a day, news that their big Winter discount bonanza is right around the corner is a little gruelling. Good news if you want cheap games, of course.
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Dota 2 V6.86 Brings New Hero, Big Balance Changes

I do enjoy the Dota 2 [official site] patches which change so much that I have no idea how the game even plays anymore. Version 6.86 is arriving this week with The Balance of Power Update and… I’ll be awful for ages figuring out what’s even happening. It ports another hero over from the original DotA, Arc Warden, while also adding new items, tweaking balance, and reshaping the map.

The patch is currently on the test client, and I imagine it’ll launch properly on Thursday.

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Dota 2, The Summit 4: Winners And Must-See Matches

Professional Dota 2 [official site] players descended on Los Angeles this past weekend to take part in The Summit 4 – the latest instalment of professional Dota 2’s most casual competition. Ahead lie spoilers for the event along with our picks of the best matches the tournament had to offer. Let’s get cracking!

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One Month On: Valve’s Steam Controller Tweaks

Cara’s gone for a wee nap (we’re full of Christmas cheer), so I’m free to talk about something secret without ruining the magic: where toys really come from. We saw Elf on Wednesday (and Krampus last night – it’s good!) but, turns out, toys are not made by Will Ferrell at the North Pole. Valve have made a video showing where Steam Controllers come from, which is pleasing in a How It’s Made way, while also explaining how they’ve improved the pad since launch – when it was a bit a bit Marmitey. We should make Graham report back with revised impressions. Graham. Graham. Graham! He can’t hear me, all the way down in London. GRAHAM. He’s not listening. GRAHAM!

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77,000 Steam Accounts Hijacked Each Month For Items

Big wheel keep on turning, Proud Mary keep on burning

Valve recently introduced ‘trade hold’ waiting periods for people swapping virtual guns and hats trading cards and whatnot on Steam, intended both as a roadblock for people hijacking accounts to steal items and simply to get folks using the Steam Authenticator – which can bypass the waiting period. Responses were not wholly enthusiastic, so Valve have now tweaked the system a little and also explained more of the reasoning behind their decision. This includes the staggering statement: “We see around 77,000 accounts hijacked and pillaged each month.” Dang!

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Ho Ho GO: Counter-Strike Winter Update Adds Revolver

Our Graham will tell you that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] is a cracking FPS, but he’d have been wrong until yesterday. Last night Valve dropped CS:GO’s Winter Update, which added something no FPS can be truly great without: a murderlicious chunky revolver.

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Valve Time Strikes Again: No SteamVR / HTC ‘Til Spring

It wasn’t that many months ago that I had fondly but confidently dreamed I would be spending Christmas in a VR wonderland. Those tykes at Valve seem always able to convince me that this time, this time they’re going to meet a mooted release date. Of course they’re not going to! It is completely, absolutely their thing to not do it! Would they even still be Valve if they did?

In fairness, their Steam VR headset, the Vive, is a partnership with HTC, who are doing the heavy lifting in terms of manufacturing, and it’s them who’ve finally broken cover and admitted that the thing definitely won’t be with us until next year. DAMMIT.
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