Announcement - Valve
The Steam Holiday Encore Sale starts today! We brought back 40 of the most popular deals to give you one last chance to pick them up while they are on sale. Only 2 days left to take advantage of huge savings on thousands of games throughout our store.

Steam Holiday Encore Deals include:


Participating in the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale will also earn you exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards. Collect all 10 cards during the sale to earn the Holiday Sale 2014 Badge, backgrounds and emoticons! This is your last chance to craft the 2014 Holiday Sale Badge.

The Steam Holiday Sale runs until 10AM PST, January 2nd.

PC Gamer
TRIGGERNOMETRY

We write about FPSes each week in Triggernometry, a mixture of tips, design criticism, and a celebration of virtual marksmanship.

Most of us are still out of the office this week for the holiday break, so we're doing something a little different this week in Triggernometry. I'm streaming CS:GO for an hour or two on our Twitch channel, and after that I'll continue to stream Team Fortress 2 on our community server. Come play! 

How to join us for TF2 at 1 PM PST:

  1. Join the PC Gamer Steam group
  2. Look for a server announcement at 1 PM PST
  3. Join!

Our server's on the West Coast of the USA, in San Jose, CA, so keep that in mind if you're joining from a faraway land. Hope you're having a nice end of the year.

PC Gamer

In what comes as a nice Christmas present for any Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players who don't engage in nefarious deeds - or cheating, if you will - it's being claimed a huge amount of those falling on the naughty side of the fence have been banned.

The claims come from the Global Offensive community on Reddit, where estimates put the number of banned cheaters at around 1,600 - and that's a conservative guess. That's a lot of banhammers dropping through the Valve Anti-Cheat System.

The new detection abilities of VAC means more than 16 cheat-selling sites can be detected, and anyone caught using their hacks and the like risks being kicked, banned and losing everything.

Well, everything in Counter-Strike: GO. Probably not everything in real life. But they also lose the money they've put down on the cheats, so there's that.

Anyway, head over to the Reddit thread and join in the celebrations. Unless you've been banned, in which case probably just enjoy your lump of coal this year, you naughty types you.

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:

  • Renamed the 'Snow Stompers' in the Nice Winter Crate 2014 to the 'Storm Stompers' to resolve a name conflict with another item
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:
  • Renamed the 'Snow Stompers' in the Nice Winter Crate 2014 to the 'Storm Stompers' to resolve a name conflict with another item
Product Update - Valve
* Reworked how the Gift Wrap system works:
** Gift Wrap is now a free feature inside the game available to everyone.
** It can now be used with items that are temporarily untradeable (such as recent purchases), unless they have been previously Gift Wrapped.
** Hud Skins, Loading Screens, Wards, Announcers and Cursor Packs are now able to be Gift Wrapped.
** Players who have purchased Gift Wrap will receive some number of Treasure Redemption Tokens.
** Players who earned Gift Wrap by opening Treasure of the Nested Cache will receive some number of Treasures of the Nested Cache.
* Fixed various bugs in the Winter map.
* Fixed a recent change causing Chronosphere to affect invulnerable heroes when using abilities like Ball Lightning or Eul's Cyclone.
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 bug related to the Demoman's charge meter
  • Fixed a bug related to the Loose Cannon's Double Donk damage calculation
  • Mannpower update
    • Fixed disguised Spies using the incorrect grapple color
    • Fixed the grapple still being connected to players after they die and respawn
    • Fixed the Regen powerup preventing players from picking up health kits and ammo packs
    • Fixed the Resist powerup shield drawing for Spies while they are invisible
    • Fixed the Resist powerup shield using the wrong color for disguised Spies
    • Fixed not seeing the powerup icons for disguised Spies
    • Updated ctf_gorge to fix lighting issues
    • Updated ctf_foundry to fix lighting issues and to prevent players from getting outside the playable area of the map
    • When hud_fastswitch is disabled, pressing the ACTION key will select the grappling hook in the weapon selection menu
Notes missed from the previous update:
  • Added LBTF2 and FBTF tournament medals
  • Reduced the amount of self-damage received from the Loose Cannon
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 bug related to the Demoman's charge meter
  • Fixed a bug related to the Loose Cannon's Double Donk damage calculation
  • Mannpower update
    • Fixed disguised Spies using the incorrect grapple color
    • Fixed the grapple still being connected to players after they die and respawn
    • Fixed the Regen powerup preventing players from picking up health kits and ammo packs
    • Fixed the Resist powerup shield drawing for Spies while they are invisible
    • Fixed the Resist powerup shield using the wrong color for disguised Spies
    • Fixed not seeing the powerup icons for disguised Spies
    • Updated ctf_gorge to fix lighting issues
    • Updated ctf_foundry to fix lighting issues and to prevent players from getting outside the playable area of the map
    • When hud_fastswitch is disabled, pressing the ACTION key will select the grappling hook in the weapon selection menu
Notes missed from the previous update:
  • Added LBTF2 and FBTF tournament medals
  • Reduced the amount of self-damage received from the Loose Cannon
PC Gamer

As part of this year's Smissmas celebrations - it's a thing - Team Fortress 2 has received a new way to play it. It's called Mannpower Mode, and it features grappling hooks.

Merry Smissmas, one and all!

Mannpower Mode is very much a beta offering, being used to test the water for a bunch of different mechanics, including the grappling hooks. Because there are grappling hooks in it.

Currently you can play the capture the flag-alike Mannpower on modified versions of the Ctf_foundry and Ctf_gorge maps, and as well as the grappling hooks (did I mention those?) there are a few other tweaks and features added.

Nine power-ups, including strength, resistance, haste and warlock, are currently available, though there are more on the way. Each... well, powers you up, obviously, just in a different way for each of the nine.

There's also a grappling hook! Wait, I said that a couple of times already. But the fact is, grappling hooks are brilliant and should be in all games - so it's great to see them added for all classes in Mannpower Mode.

Accessing it is as simple as this: "Click on Play Multiplayer, enable Play Beta Maps checkbox, and then choose Mannpower Mode."

Grappling hooks!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

In a new beta release as part of Team Fortress 2’s Smissmas update, the game is getting grappling hooks! And as is well established, grappling hooks make any game’s score go up by 10%. On a site that doesn’t give scores, that makes TF2 now infinity/100.

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