Dota 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

‘Terrible’ only in the sense of their gaming capability. Honestly, I’m sure your> laptop is lovely to look at and it was definitely a extremely sensible idea to spend all that money on it instead of buying a holiday or helping to save the pandas. Truth is, though, that playing recently-released games on the vast majority of laptops is about as effective as starting an online petition to uncancel your favourite television show.

A little discretion goes a long way, however. Sure, you may be denied the glossiest of exploding viscera, but it is entirely possible to keep up with the Joneses even on a Terrible Laptop that has no dedicated graphics card. Here are but twelve contemporary games – either recently released or still-evolving going concerns – that will indeed run on your glammed-up toaster. Additional suggestions below are entirely welcome. … [visit site to read more]

Dota 2 - Valve
* Updated cursor images to better support high resolution displays.
* Improved the accuracy of the preview of wards blocking spawn boxes.
* Fixed the caption on Io's first talent.
* Fixed the interaction of Rubick's Spell Steal and Io's Spirits.
* Fixed a bug with Monkey King's Primal Spring and Ironwood Branches.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

A rotating selection of special modes have arrived in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] with the launch of Operation Hydra. You’ll get to collect dog tags from enemies, play 2v2, fight in low gravity with snipers, only be able to buy each weapon once per match, romp around in a bomb suit, or other such fun. These modes are free for all players to try, as are the Operation’s new maps, though folks can buy the new 5 Operation pass to get new cooperative missions, new weapon skins, and all that jazz. … [visit site to read more]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve has just announced its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 'Operation Hydra' event, which will take place on a weekly basis until September. These events will feature "twists on the classic game rules", and will play out on new maps across both casual and competitive.

These events will mostly involve the aforementioned "twists". For example, Wingman, is a 2v2 best-of-16 format, while Weapons Expert is a 5v5 best-of-30 match where the player can only purchase a weapon once. Other varieties come in the form of War Games, which includes Heavy Assault Suit – a bomb defusal round with the added twist that one player is wearing heavy armor. 

Meanwhile, Headshots Only is a War Game which does what it says on the tin; Hunters-Gatherers is a mode where each player drops a dogtag on death, which can be collected to win the game, and Stab Stab Zap involves only a knife, a recharging Zeus and grenades. There are more War Games, detailed over here.

Of course, you can buy an "all access" pass for $5.99 (US), which boosts the XP you earn, while also adding a new Guardian campaign where you and a friend play through a series of missions where, at a hunch, enemies will need to be shot. There are also the usual range of new weapon skins, cases and more. The full rundown can be read over here.

Dota 2 - SZ


No matter which aspect of Dota captures your interest, all players benefit from improvements in the performance of the game client. With that in mind, today's update delivers multiple changes focused on providing smooth and consistent gameplay regardless of the hardware setup you're running.

Over the past few weeks, we've released many small incremental updates aimed at improving client performance. In today's update, we're releasing many more fixes that will also improve overall performance and FPS stability. Specifically, low-end machines will see a higher peak frame rate, while high-end machines will experience improved frame-rate consistency, resulting in fewer performance dips.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Oh my Grodd

The Mac Dad will make you jump jump, for, as always, these are the ten games with the most accumulated sales on Steam over the past week. It’s an odd old chart this week: the mainstays continue to stay, but random discounts remix things quite a bit. … [visit site to read more]

Dota 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Valve may make Dota 2 but who actually owns Dota? A jury trial may be called to decide who — if anyone — owns the copyright, Ars Technica report. Two mobile developers who are making Dota-y games and facing a legal attack from the combined forces of Valve and Blizzard have argued that the Dota copyright was abandoned so they’re free to use it, their logic rooted in Dota’s complicated origins in the Warcraft 3 mod scene. Given that Valve’s lawyers have previously fought the mighty Blizzard’s lawyers to a standstill in a trademark fight, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t go their way, but we’ll see! … [visit site to read more]

Dota 2 - Valve
* Fixed a recent bug that caused armor to reduce slightly more physical damage than intended
Dota 2 - Valve
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* Sven: God's Strength bonus strength reduced from 16/28/40 to 12/24/36
* Sven: Base Attack Time increased from 1.7 to 1.8
* Troll Warlord: Agility gain reduced from 2.75 to 2.5
* Broodmother: Spin Web HP Regeneration increased from 2/4/6/8 to 3/5/7/9
* Monkey King: Wukong's Command attack cooldown improved from 1.7 to 1.6
Team Fortress 2


This Sunday at 4:30pm EST RGL.gg is hosting their Prince of Prolander event. See legendary players Stabby and Uncle Dane duke it out to answer the age old question: Who is better? Spies or Engies? Come see them settle the score once and for all in the new competitive TF2 format, Pick/Ban Prolander. Be sure to tune in to Twitch this Sunday, and witness this historic event!


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