Product Update - Valve
Updates to Left 4 Dead 2 - Authoring Tools have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- Added handlers for two crash types that weren't getting picked up by our crash reporting system
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Left 4 Dead 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- Added protection against possible memory corruption from oddly sized avatar images
- Added handlers for two crash types that weren't getting picked up by our crash reporting system
- Added dlc directories to whitelist for consistency checking
- Flagged whitelist.cfg, motd.txt and host.txt to not clobber local versions on updates
- Updated some translations
Kotaku

Now You Can Play With Left 4 Dead And Gears of Wars Characters In Minecraft for Xbox



Skin Pack #2 is out for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft today. It'll run you 160 Microsoft Points and come with the following skins, via Microsoft:




1. Enderman Man – Minecraft

2. Pig Man – Minecraft

3. Sheep Man – Minecraft

4. Naked Sheep Man – Minecraft

5. Spider Man – Minecraft

6. General Akamoto – Skulls of the Shogun

7. Otus – Owlboy

8. Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy

9. Agent Cobalt- Cobalt

10. Zapp – Gamma Bros

11. Buzz – Gamma Bros

12. Glorg – Glorg

13. The Player – Retro City Rampage

14. Spelunky Guy – Spelunky

15. Green Knight – Castle Crashers

16. Orange Knight – Castle Crashers

17. Blue Knight – Castle Crashers

18. Red Knight – Castle Crashers

19. Marcus Fenix – Gears of War 3

20. Skorge – Gears of War

21. Anya Stroud – Gears of War

22. Damon Baird – Gears of War: Judgment

23. Joanna Dark – Perfect Dark

24. Joanna Dark (dress) – Perfect Dark

25. Joanna Dark – Perfect Dark Zero

26. Elvis – Perfect Dark

27. Juno – Jet Force Gemini

28. Vela – Jet Force Gemini

29. Lupus – Jet Force Gemini

30. Horstachio – Viva Piñata

31. Pretztail – Viva Piñata

32. Fizzlybear – Viva Piñata

33. Bill – Left4Dead

34. Louis – Left4Dead

35. Francis – Left4Dead

36. Zoey – Left4Dead

37. Hunter – Left4Dead

38. Boomer – Left4Dead

39. Witch – Left4Dead

40. Agent Level 5 – Crackdown 2

41. Pilot

42. Sailor

43. Pirate

44. Ninja

45. Elf




I like the sound of Meat Boy. And Elf.



Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Skin Pack 2 Now Available! [PlayXBLA]


Product Update - Valve
Updates to Left 4 Dead have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- Fixed a crash when attempting to play Single Player
- Fixed a possible buffer overflow in localized strings
- Fixed a networkID exploit that allowed players to avoid getting banned
- Fixed some images not rendering correctly on the dedicated server welcome screen
PC Gamer
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title="Permanent Link to Valve launch new Saxxy video awards competition">Saxxy Awards



The Saxxy Awards are back, giving budding film makers the opportunity to craft a masterpiece and win a Saxxy Award in Team Fortress 2. The winniest winner of the shortlist of category winners will be flown out to Valve for a sit down session with Valve's Source Filmmakers, which is a great prize because I don't know if you've ever tried it but flying is BRILLIANT. The Valve filmmaker folk are probably quite nice as well. Once there you'll have the chance to get your work "aired on GTTV's VGA preshow this December."

There are four categories, the most challenging of which is likely to be "Original Universe" which requires that all featured assets be custom made. There are other gongs available for best action, drama and comedy. All entries must be submitted between Nobember 1 and November 15. No sooner, no later.

That's one of a number of rules Valve have come up with to stop this thing getting out of hand and turning into a "who can make the best version of Homeward Bound using nothing but bits of the Pyro" competition, which nobody wants. NOBODY. Here are those rules.


Entries must be no longer than five minutes.
Each entry must be at least 720p.
All entries must be submitted using the Source Filmmaker's upload to YouTube™ and Steam Community menu option.
Only entries submitted between Nov. 1, 12:00 AM and Nov. 15, 12:00 AM GMT will be considered.
Voting begins Nov. 16.
Winners, selected by Valve from the community-chosen nominees, will be announced by Dec. 31, 2012
All co-creators must be finalized by submission deadline to be considered.
You are free to use any Valve IP.
If you use any non-Valve IP, you must be the copyright owner or have explicit permission from the owner.
Multiple submissions per person are fine.
Submissions must be free of advertisements.

 
Find out more on the Team Fortress 2 site. Note that you're free to use any of Valve's IPs. It'll be interesting to see if we get many Dota 2 entries.
L4D Blog


Left 4 Dead is going on a road trip this summer. If you missed the announcement, some of our common zombies made their way over to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the Zombie Mod.
L4D Blog


Today, Team Fortress 2 is adding co-op and robots to their game! There is only one problem - don’t worry, robots are just the zombies of the future that’s not the problem – the problem is this is 6 player co-op not 4. So you’re gonna need to find a few new friends, a younger brother, your mom, someone, anyone to join you and your three friend to fight the lethal horde of robots.


PC Gamer
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title="Permanent Link to “Next-gen Source 2″ references spotted in Source Filmmaker files">Half-Life 2 Episode 2



It looks as though Valve are working on a proper follow up to the Source Engine they've been gradually improving over the course of the last decade. Valve Time have pulled numerous references to a "next-gen 'Source 2'" engine along with various "Source 2 tools" icons from the guts of the Source Film Maker.

Valve have previously played down the need for an entirely new version of Source, and have concentrated instead on updating the original version to keep up with modern engine tech. That's worked quite nicely so far, but if these references are correct, a more significant step up is on the way. Here are a few of the pulled strings referring to Source 2.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
def setEngine( self, version=ENGINE.SOURCE ):
'''
Set the engine version for the project, i.e. 'Source 2'
------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Line 1387:
'''Return an str with the current engine version.
If key doesn't doesn't exist, assume 'Source', otherwise invalid -- assume next-gen 'Source 2'.'''
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Exciting stuff. But it wouldn't be a post about Valve and the future without somebody saying something about Half-Life 2: Episode Three. Is the reason that it's taken so long that it's being built in a more advanced engine that will explode our minds when it's finally released? I have no idea. Here are the icons that Valve Time discovered. Look at that high fidelity hammer. Oooo.

Community Announcements - the gish


Gib Fest
Blast the infected to shreds with M60s.

Swords can slice up some fun. Chainsaws can tear apart the infected. But you need to get close for both and well… chainsaws are really loud! Time to go with the ultimate gun, you and three friends armed with M60s and unlimited ammo. This is going to get messy.
L4D Blog


Gib Fest

Blast the infected to shreds with M60s.



Swords can slice up some fun. Chainsaws can tear apart the infected. But you need to get close for both and well… chainsaws are really loud! Time to go with the ultimate gun, you and three friends armed with M60s and unlimited ammo. This is going to get messy.



Cold Stream is out for the Xbox 360!

For Xbox 360 players this is your first chance to play the 5 Campaigns contained in Cold Stream... We have all the details available on our Cold Stream update page at www.l4d.com/coldstream. Also With this update, you can now play any mutation at any time - just press the Y Button to cycle through to your favorites! (You need to own The Passing DLC for access to Mutations.)
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