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Community Announcements - Programmer Joe
Updated the beta to fix a bug that could cause Steam to fail to update game binaries for Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, and Half-Life: Source. After this update it is possible that one or more of these games will fail to start with the message "Unable to load library client." If this happens to you, just run the game again and the problem will correct itself.
Community Announcements - jaypinkerton
http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/

When we last left our gripping ongoing tale, Saxton Hale had lost Mann Co. to the scheming Gray Mann and disappeared to parts unknown. The TF2 mercs, now out of jobs, had scattered to the winds—until six months later, when Miss Pauling started reassembling the team under orders from an in-hiding Administrator. With Demo, Soldier and Pyro on board, our team heads to Teufort to rescue Spy and Scout from the hangman's noose. Find out what happens next in Part Two, titled "Unhappy Returns".
Community Announcements - jaypinkerton


Close that well-worn leatherbound copy of A Tale of Two Cities, literature fans! There's finally something better to do than read! Get in-game and check it out!
Community Announcements - Programmer Joe
The beta for Half-Life 2 (including Lost Coast, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Half-Life: Source) has been updated with VR bug fixes.

The following Virtual Reality-related changes are included:

  • Support has been fixed for resolutions other than 1280x800
  • Support has been fixed for cloning the main display (instead of using the Rift as an extended display)
  • Sharpness of the VR output has been significantly improved
  • Head-and-neck model has been fixed. It was often moving the camera along axes that should have been unchanged, such as moving the camera forward and backward when it rolled from side to side
Community Announcements - Programmer Joe
The beta for Half-Life 2 (including Lost Coast, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Half-Life: Source) has been updated with enhanced VR support. To opt-in to these changes open the Properties for Half-Life 2, click on the Betas tab and pick Beta from the dropdown (in a few cases this is labelled SteamPipe beta.)

The following Virtual Reality-related changes are included:

  • Improved readability of the UI in VR
  • Removed the IPD calibration tool. TF2 will now obey the Oculus configuration file. Use the Oculus calibration tool in your SDK or install and run "OpenVR" under Tools in Steam to calibrate your IPD.
  • Added dropdown to enable VR mode in the Video options. Removed the -vr command line option.
  • Added the ability to switch in and out of VR mode without quitting the game
  • By default VR mode will run full screen. To switch back to a borderless window set the vr_force_windowed convar.
  • Added support for VR mode on Linux
  • Added VR support to Half-Life: Source
Community Announcements - alfred
We have released an update to Half-Life 2. This update contains the fixes from the current beta. Changes for this update are:

  • Added support for Half-Life:Source
  • Improved threaded performance on Linux and Mac OS X
Sep 17, 2013
Community Announcements - alfred
We have released a Beta update for Portal.
Changes in this update are:

  • Fixed bug with threads getting lower priority than expected causing performance issues on OSX and Linux
Community Announcements - the gish


Some of the Steam folks dropped by the TF offices this morning with some interesting news: They've just shipped a new feature they're calling Trade Offers. It's similar to regular trading, except you can propose which items will get traded. Whoever you're trading with can then choose to accept or decline your offer, or make a potentially interesting counter-offer.

The best part is, you don't even both have to be online at the same time now. You can make trades while you sleep! While you're having dinner! Even while you're going to the bathroom. All cards on the table here, pretty much the entire blog post up until this sentence was a preamble to us getting to tell you that you can trade TF items while going to the bathroom. Move over, reading a magazine! Take a hike, preparing dinner!

Anyway, check out the Steam Blog post for more information or start sending offers.
Jul 31, 2013
Community Announcements - alfred
We have started a new Beta for Portal.

To access this beta go to the Properties page for Portal and use the Beta tab to opt-in. To opt-out use the same tab.

Changes in this update are:

  • Fixed slow game movement when sv_alternateticks is enabled
  • Fixed bad damage indicators if you changed resolution while playing
  • Assorted SDK tool fixes
Community Announcements - alfred
We have started a new Beta for Half-Life 2 and associated games.

To access this beta go to the Properties page for each Half-Life 2 game you want to try and use the Beta tab to opt-in. To opt-out use the same tab.

Changes in this update are:

  • Fixed slow game movement when sv_alternateticks is enabled
  • Fixed bad damage indicators if you changed resolution while playing
  • Fix exploding glass effect in the Episode 1 introduction to be correctly HDR enabled
  • Assorted SDK tool fixes
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