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Wireplay's Highlander's new 9v9 league is nearing the signup deadline. Weapons are currently undecided, however, most unlocks will be available and all players are encouraged to vote on maps to be played. Signups close Friday, May 4 and the festivities kick off proper on May 14.

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There's a Portal Cartoon Being Made. It Looks Incredible.Given the fact Valve isn't in the business of making its own animated films (outside of TF2 advertisements), fan Alex Zemke is doing his own Portal flick. And going by the screens he's released so far, it looks as good as you'd hope the real thing to look.



The movie is called Companionship, and before you sigh that it's just a "fan" project, know the guy is a professional animator, whose credits include Disney movies like G-Force and The Smurfs and games such as Uncharted 2 & 3.



While it's still obviously early days, so much so there's no footage, these test renders and preview images are exactly what you'd want from such a project.



Portal Short Chell Test Render [DeviantArt, via Game Informer]



There's a Portal Cartoon Being Made. It Looks Incredible. There's a Portal Cartoon Being Made. It Looks Incredible.


Kotaku

The Most Amazing Portal, Halo & Metal Gear Toys You'll Ever SeeToy company threeA held a signing and showcase event over the weekend in Hong Kong, and present at the show were our first good looks at the studio's upcoming Portal and Halo figures. We also get a look at their second Metal Gear effort as well, following on from the enormous Metal Gear Rex.



Halo Reach's Carter was there, in both painted and unpainted versions. Also there were Portal 2's co-op robots, both unpainted but still looking great. And rounding out the reveals was our first look at Metal Gear Ray, threeA's follow-up to Metal Gear Rex (which was also there, and showing off its light-up weaponry).



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Portal 2 Blog
Three months ago Skyrim unleashed the Creation Kit on Steam. Not only did it let users create amazing mods for an amazing game, it allowed them to browse, download, and share those mods using the Steam Workshop.



Now we're introducing the Perpetual Testing Initiative (PeTI), which combines a powerful, easy-to-use Puzzle Maker with full Steam Workshop integration, and will be available free for the PC and Mac on May 8th.







The Steam Workshop



There are already hundreds of incredible Portal 2 puzzles in the wild, but chances are you haven't played them. They're hard to find, hard to install, and hard to manage. We're changing that. Now that we're adding the Steam Workshop to Portal 2, you'll be able to browse a virtually endless stream of community-crafted puzzles, then install and play them with just one click from any web browser. Play the most popular maps in the world, or just what your friend created last night.



The Puzzle Maker



With the Puzzle Maker, you can create test chambers of all shapes and sizes. It's incredibly easy to use — jump right in and start making cool stuff. When you're happy with your work, publish it to the Workshop for your friends. or even the whole world, to play. Get feedback, gain followers, and build collections of puzzles to break people's brains. You're the designer now; let's see what you can dream up.



Make sure to check back next week for more information on the Perpetual Testing Initiative!

Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a problem that allowed malicious clients to disable the "ping" and "status" commands for other connected clients

Team Fortress 2
  • Added The Toss-Proof Towel
  • Fixed a bug that caused many avatar images to not show up in the scoreboard
  • Fixed the Sharpened Volcano Fragment not igniting players
  • Fixed damage to buildings applying on-hit effects such as the Übersaw charge
  • Fixed Sticky Jumper stickybombs changing team when air-blasted
  • Fixed large floating point values getting truncated in WebAPI responses
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  • Community request
    • Added SetForcedTauntCam player input for map makers to place the player into third-person
TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a problem that allowed malicious clients to disable the "ping" and "status" commands for other connected clients


Team Fortress 2

  • Added The Toss-Proof Towel
  • Fixed a bug that caused many avatar images to not show up in the scoreboard
  • Fixed the Sharpened Volcano Fragment not igniting players
  • Fixed damage to buildings applying on-hit effects such as the Übersaw charge
  • Fixed Sticky Jumper stickybombs changing team when air-blasted
  • Fixed large floating point values getting truncated in WebAPI responses
  • sǝlıℲ uoıʇɐʇɐzılɐɔo˥ pǝʇɐpd∩
  • Community request

    • Added SetForcedTauntCam player input for map makers to place the player into third-person



Kotaku

Cave Johnson Returns in New Portal 2 DLC TrailerPortal 2's creation suite is coming to the PC and Mac this May. To celebrate, here's a trailer, starring JK "Cave Johnson" Simmons himself.





Kotaku

Homemade Portal Pinball Will Teleport Into Your Heart Action & reaction. Angles and speed. Momentum and inertia. Pinball is a game of physics. So is Portal. And that's what makes this homemade Aperture Science pinball table so great.



Reddit user iliveon built the working table with friends and says the goal is to get a pinball stuck in each portal. It's clearly a labor of love and could only be improved by having GLADoS making fun of you as you played.



via Reddit



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Kotaku

Portal 2 Level Creator Hitting PC And Mac This MayValve will release free Portal 2 downloadable content titled "Perpetual Testing Initiative" for PC and Mac on May 8, the publisher said today.



Valve says you'll be able to "easily create, share, and play Portal 2 puzzles" with the new DLC, which lets you publish maps directly to Steam. Other players will be able to browse, vote, and download user-created maps to play in their own versions of the game.



For more on the upcoming level editor, check out our earlier coverage.


Kotaku





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Team Fortress 2's Sandvich is a delicious treat that helps your Heavy class gain health mid game.



As lowly, non-minigun-wielding citizens, we at least have the option of a sugary sandwich to eat. And I guess you can do so with a belt of bullets around your shoulders.



Rosanna has baked a bunch of other equally delicious looking treats in her series, Nerdy Nummies, which you can scope out on her Facebook page to find images like this one down below.



This Sandvich Won't Replenish Your Health, But It Does Look Delicious
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