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Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Added Alien: Isolation promo items and enabled Full Moon holiday for one week
  • Added Limited Quantity Item attribute on items that can no longer be crafted or purchased through the Mann Co. Store
    • Limited Quantity Items can be placed on the Steam Community Market
  • Removed Audition Reel from crate drop list
  • Added Director's Cut Reel to crate drop list
  • Added Limited Late Summer Crate to crate drop list
  • Fixed the Festive Bat using the lowest LOD for the first person view
  • Fixed the Scorch Shot taunt attack not firing a projectile
  • Fixed incorrect bumpmap setting for the Frenchman's Beret
  • Updated the equip_region for the Mustachioed Mann
  • Updated sounds for the Boston Basher
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Added Alien: Isolation promo items and enabled Full Moon holiday for one week
  • Added Limited Quantity Item attribute on items that can no longer be crafted or purchased through the Mann Co. Store

    • Limited Quantity Items can be placed on the Steam Community Market

  • Removed Audition Reel from crate drop list
  • Added Director's Cut Reel to crate drop list
  • Added Limited Late Summer Crate to crate drop list
  • Fixed the Festive Bat using the lowest LOD for the first person view
  • Fixed the Scorch Shot taunt attack not firing a projectile
  • Fixed incorrect bumpmap setting for the Frenchman's Beret
  • Updated the equip_region for the Mustachioed Mann
  • Updated sounds for the Boston Basher
PC Gamer
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title="Permanent Link to Someone has recreated Gone Home as a Counter-Strike map">gonehomecounterstrike





Not being able to shoot things really annoys some people. There are few better demonstrations of this enduring truth than Fullbright s first-person exploration game Gone Home. Not only has it spawned an hilarious parody featuring lots of things being killed, but now you too will be able to kill things in the titular home, thanks to this Counter-Strike: GO map.

"Your family is mysteriously missing again," so says the Steam Workshop description. "But you can figure that out later. Right now you have more pressing issues to attend to, like the fact that your house is full of terrorists and some dude has been taken hostage. Rescue him by taking him to the garage where you can make a swift getaway on that old bike thats been sitting there for twenty years."

The hostage map is recommended for less than 32 players, and can be downloaded here. Of course, you could go ahead and play Gone Home again, which comes highly recommended.

Thanks Joystiq.
Portal 2 Blog



It seems Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 have launched Merchandise Workshops, where the community can submit, vote on and sell their own non-virtual, actually real t-shirts and posters. And so far, the response from their communities has been overwhelmingly positive. So we thought: What if we applied that same idea, but to a good game, with a smarter, more attractive community? Introducing the Portal Merchandise Workshop, where you can heroes can bravely design their own Portal universe concepts.




"But what if my ideas are bad and I don't have any talent?" you ask. Don't sweat it, you're still covered.


Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a server crash related to the vote kick system
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a server crash related to the vote kick system
PC Gamer
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title="Permanent Link to Left 4 Dead 2 patch grants Australians access to uncensored version">9 left 4 dead 2







When Valve resubmitted Left 4 Dead 2 for classification in Australia earlier this month, many wondered whether the company had plans to re-release the game. Well, anything is possible, but in the meantime if you own the censored version of Left 4 Dead 2 a free patch is now available on Steam which will grant you access to all the gratuitous violence you've been deprived of.



It's good news for Australians, as until now we've had to jump through hoops in order to play the unedited version. Originally denied classification in 2010 due to its extreme violence, the game was resubmitted for classification following the introduction of an R18+ rating back in early 2013. The patch can be accessed via the Left 4 Dead 2 Steam page over here in the 'downloadable content' section.



To make matters better, if you've never played the game before then it's currently available with a 75 per cent discount, which is nice. There's never been a better time to hack zombies to death with wrenches.
Product Update - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed a client crash related to the robot destruction HUD
  • Fixed an exploit where players could circumvent successful kick votes
  • Demoman can no longer detonate sticky bombs while taunting
  • Strange Ranks are no longer displayed on the web (Trade, Steam backpack, Market) and only show 'Strange' as a prefix
  • Default value for convar sv_vote_issue_scramble_teams_cooldown has been increased to 20 minutes
  • Fixed sound clipping issue for the Demoman's Spent Well Spirits taunt
  • Added Jarate lightwarp preset to the Steam Workshop importer
  • Updated the model/materials for the Neckwear Headwear to fix a lighting issue
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon
    • Increased amount of time the middle gates remain open before and after a train passes in stage 2
    • Adjusted spawn times at end of stage 2
  • Updated rd_asteroid
    • Removed env_sun from the skybox
    • Optimized skybox performance
    • Lowered Scout/Sniper damage against robots
    • Fixed doubled-up health kits on the bridge
    • Added area portals to the base interiors to improve performance
    • Continued art-pass process
    • Fixed zebra-style art on static props on systems that used lower texture quality
  • Added experimental cpu_frequency_monitoring convar to detect thermal throttling. If you have TF2 performance problems on Windows, add "+cpu_frequency_monitoring 2" to the TF2 command line to see if CPU thermal throttling is an issue. If the displayed CPU frequency percentage drops below about 80-85% then you may have a problem with your CPU slowing down due to overheating. If it drops below 50-55% then you may have a serious problem. CPU overheating can be caused by overclocking, insufficient cooling, insufficient airflow, failing or dirty fans, or other causes. The CPU frequency results are displayed with cl_showfps or net_graph. For more detail see https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2715-YIPD-6873
TF2 Blog
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:


  • Fixed a client crash related to the robot destruction HUD
  • Fixed an exploit where players could circumvent successful kick votes
  • Demoman can no longer detonate sticky bombs while taunting
  • Strange Ranks are no longer displayed on the web (Trade, Steam backpack, Market) and only show 'Strange' as a prefix
  • Default value for convar sv_vote_issue_scramble_teams_cooldown has been increased to 20 minutes
  • Fixed sound clipping issue for the Demoman's Spent Well Spirits taunt
  • Added Jarate lightwarp preset to the Steam Workshop importer
  • Updated the model/materials for the Neckwear Headwear to fix a lighting issue
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon

    • Increased amount of time the middle gates remain open before and after a train passes in stage 2
    • Adjusted spawn times at end of stage 2

  • Updated rd_asteroid

    • Removed env_sun from the skybox
    • Optimized skybox performance
    • Lowered Scout/Sniper damage against robots
    • Fixed doubled-up health kits on the bridge
    • Added area portals to the base interiors to improve performance
    • Continued art-pass process
    • Fixed zebra-style art on static props on systems that used lower texture quality

  • Added experimental cpu_frequency_monitoring convar to detect thermal throttling. If you have TF2 performance problems on Windows, add "+cpu_frequency_monitoring 2" to the TF2 command line to see if CPU thermal throttling is an issue. If the displayed CPU frequency percentage drops below about 80-85% then you may have a problem with your CPU slowing down due to overheating. If it drops below 50-55% then you may have a serious problem. CPU overheating can be caused by overclocking, insufficient cooling, insufficient airflow, failing or dirty fans, or other causes. The CPU frequency results are displayed with cl_showfps or net_graph. For more detail see https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2715-YIPD-6873
PC Gamer
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title="Permanent Link to Twitch chat bot plagues Steam users with wallet-emptying malware">items







If you've recently been invited to take part in a raffle for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items while chatting in Twitch, the good people at F-Secure have a bit of advice: Don't do it.



The messages are being spread by a Twitch bot, according to a recent F-Secure report, which enters channels and invites users to follow a link in order to enter a draw. The link leads to a site that asks for the user's name, email address and permission to publicize his or her name, but once that information is entered, a Windows executable is run that does some pretty nasty stuff: It can take screens, add new Steam friends and accept pending friend requests, initiate trades with new Steam friends, buy items (if there's money present in the user's Steam wallet), send trade offers, accept pending trades and sell items at a discount.



Previous variants of this hack were selling items at a 12 percent discount but it's apparently now running at 35 percent. The software is able to completely empty wallets, armories and inventories. "Being able to sell uninteresting items will allow the attacker to gather enough money to buy items that he deems interesting," the report states. "The interesting items are then traded to an account possibly maintained by the attacker."



F-Prot notes that all of this happens from the victim's own PC in order to get around Steam security checks that kick in when a user logs in from a new machine. It's a good warning to take note of: Steam may be a very secure environment, but nothing is foolproof. Be careful what you click.
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