Just as promised, Steam Trading Cards is now live. The virtual cards can be earned by playing participating games on Steam, trading with other users, or buying on the Steam Marketplace. Complete a set to create a badge, earn rewards and XP, and level up. The user with the highest Steam level at the end of the year gets to high five Gabe Newell while announcing Half-Life 3. In space.
In other true facts, I'm already hearing from users playing the Steam marketplace to profit off the cards' initial popularity. One user I spoke to has been buying low and selling high to pad his Steam wallet, even creating scarcity by buying up low-value cards in quantity. I'll keep an eye on marketplace prices as more users start trading the collectibles.
I was hoping to find a good deal on a 1952 Mickey Mantle card, but unfortunately, baseball isn't a participating game. You can see which of the games you own are participating here.
[ WEAPONS ] - Further adjustments to the AUG/SG553.
[ MAPS ] - de_mirage: Minor bugfixes. - de_vertigo: Fixed bombsite naming, other minor bugfixes.
[ OVERWATCH ] - Improved Overwatch test case distribution system.
[ MISC ] - Whitelisted convars sv_vote_issue_kick_allowed and sv_vote_kick_ban_duration. - Added a server concommand "removeallids" to unban all user IDs. - Keybindings are no longer processed in front end when not connected to a server, fixes unexpected keybindings processing in main menu and when chatting in play with friends lobby. - Fixed players in invalid Steam purchase regions getting error dialogs during play. - Fixed votes incorrectly displaying player names with formatting symbols. - Fixed a rare bug where friendly fire damage could count raw damage inflicted instead of actual health points subtracted towards warning or kicking for too much team damage. - Official classic competitive matches will always allow players to connect even in rare cases when they were kicked and banned from the same game server instance during a previous classic casual game. - When a player receives a cooldown for being kicked from too many matches it will show up on their main menu immediately and will not be delayed until the competitive match end. - Adjusted the competitive cooldown for being kicked from too many matches to correspond to the violator's offense level starting at 30 minutes if it was the first competitive violation and following same cooldown computation rules as other types of cooldowns. - A player who was matchmaking solo and was kicked by a party of 4 teammates will not receive a competitive cooldown for being kicked from too many matches. - Exposed cl_interpolate convar, allows to disable entity interpolation during demo playback or on listen servers, interpolation is enabled regardless of client setting when connected to dedicated servers. - Added grenade trajectories when in spectator mode with glows on. Set sv_grenade_trajectory_time_spectator 1 to turn them on. - Fixed a crash on OSX 10.6.8 when downloading custom maps resources from community servers.
[ WEAPONS ] - Tuned the AUG and SG553 to function more effectively as a rifle/sniper hybrid.
[ MAPS ] - de_mirage: Fixed see-through crates at bombsites, various other bugfixes. - Fixed kv files packaged in workshop maps not loading correctly, which could display incorrect player models and arms.
[ OVERWATCH ] - Improved interpolation during Overwatch evidence playback.
[ MISC ] - Added classic competitive map to in-game friends list information text. - Fixed rare uninitialized text "Target Area" appearing on-screen when watching GOTV. - Fixed sv_grenade_trajectory linux crash - Added new sv_grenade_trajectory convars to display a dashed line and to adjust line thickness and duration.
There will be Negevs. We recently set up a ridiculous number of servers for the latest and greatest games—plus a few classics. To celebrate, we want you to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with us tonight! The festivities will kick off on our new Arms Race server that features some of the coolest Arms Race-compatible maps on the Steam Workshop. We’ve also got plans for Community Fridays that’ll take place every single Friday here at PC Gamer. The game will change each week, but the time will always stay the same—5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT.
How to join
Join the PC Gamer Steam Group to be notified of events Subscribe to our CS:GO Steam Workshop Classic map collection and Arms Race map collection (this will auto-download and auto-update the maps we run on our server through Steam—MAXIMUM CONVENIENCE!) Join the server (“PCGamer.com | Custom Map Arms Race IP: 18.104.22.168:27015) around 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT Have fun; be the kind of person you’d like to play games with
Thanks to GameServers for hosting all of our amazing servers. Think we’re missing an amazing map, mod, or config? Shoot an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not a fan of CS:GO, jump into some of our other game servers or join us this Friday for the first ever Community Friday.
Here at PC Gamer we like to play PC games. Sometimes, we even like to play them with other people. That’s why we’ve got a huge lineup of game servers hosted by GameServers.com. Feel free to hop on whenever, or join us on Community Friday or during our other random events.
All servers hosted in the US. We'll update this list with PC Gamer UK's servers as soon as possible. CS:GO Arms Race
The in-game matchmaking system only lets 10 players duke it out in Arms Race. Our server has room for 24 players with the latest and greatest custom Arms Race-compatible maps from the Steam Workshop. CS:GO Classic Casual
Our very first community events took place on the server we like to call: The Psychedelic Den of Map Experimentation. Try out some of the best maps available on the Steam workshop in our 24-player, 128 tick server. Rising Storm
Join the Axis or Allies as we battle it out on PCG’s Rising Storm server. Territories mode is the name of the game with our soon-to-be ranked server. Battlefield 3
Vehicle enthusiasts can drive around in our 64-player Battlefield 3 server. Watch out for mortars! DayZ
Part of the public hive, our DayZ server is a great place for you to scavenge for loot, meet new friends, or hunt down some bandit scum. Minecraft
A 32-player Minecraft server with the Tekkit Classic mod installed. Download the Tekkit client before jumping on to play! Team Fortress 2
Show off your hats and other accessories on the PCG TF2 server. We’re running the official maplist with support for 24 players. Left 4 Dead 2
If you’re looking for a reliable dedicated server for your co-op zombie escapades, look no further than the PCG 8-man Left 4 Dead 2 server. Pick your favorite flavor of L4D2 and murder some zombies. Unreal Tournament 2004
A staple of the PCG offices, now you too can join in on the fun with our 32-player UT2K4 server. GoldenEye: Source
If it wasn’t already clear, PCG loves mods. In fact, we love them so much that we’ve set up a 16 player GoldenEye: Source server for you guys to play on. Natural Selection 2
For whatever reason there’s a 10-slot maximum on our Natural Selection 2 server. We like to think that this encourages teamwork. Killing Floor
Another co-op zombie classic, jump into our 6-player Killing Floor server to play with other PCG community members.
If you’ve got server requests, plugins, mods, or other suggestions, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is quickly becoming the go-to source for round-based shooting action—replacing both Source and 1.6. This might be because of the growing tournament scene associated with CS:GO, but it could also be because of the ample developer support. The latest patch for the game has brought de_mirage into the map pool, added an “sv_grenade_trajectory” console command and fiddled with Overwatch and the UI. Operation Payback Passes are also on sale for $0.99 until Monday. Like the other classic maps that have been added to CS:GO, de_mirage is coming back to the game with a few changes. Valve explains the overarching vision was "to improve the readability and graphics of Mirage without losing any of the gameplay, jumps, corners, timings and balance that has made it so incredibly playable for three generations of Counter-Strike players."
Valve has also added visual arcs for grenade throws that are only available in servers that have cheats enabled. Put “sv_grenade_trajectory 1” into the console on a server that has “sv_cheat 1” enabled and you’ll see indicators that should help you learn to bank grenades for maximum effect. One particularly noteworthy change is the restoration of the “retry” console command. I've personally felt the pain of not having an easy way to reconnect to a server that you've just disconnected from. Typing “retry” into the console will zap you back into the last server that you were connected to and has been a staple of both Source and 1.6. The full patch notes are below. Maps
Added de_mirage. Added console command to help players plan strategic grenades. Set sv_grenade_trajectory 1 (cheat convar) to see a visual arc in-game.
Overwatch Investigators are now required to submit more detailed verdict reports after reviewing evidence. Fixed interpolation issues during GOTV and Overwatch demo playback which caused the weapon of a shooting player to visually appear several ticks behind the moment a victim was hit. Overwatch FAQ updated. http://blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/overwatch/
Operation Payback Pass on sale for $0.99 until Monday 6/17.
Added links to top streams on the main menu. Added an audio option to reduce game music volume when Steam Overlay is activated.
Restored the "retry" console command. Players can only submit griefing reports for teammates.
[ MAPS ] - Added de_mirage. - Added console command to help players plan strategic grenades. Set sv_grenade_trajectory 1 (cheat convar) to see a visual arc in-game.
[ OVERWATCH ] - Overwatch Investigators are now required to submit more detailed verdict reports after reviewing evidence. - Fixed interpolation issues during GOTV and Overwatch demo playback which caused the weapon of a shooting player to visually appear several ticks behind the moment a victim was hit. - Overwatch FAQ updated. http://blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/overwatch/
[ OPERATION PAYBACK ] - Operation Payback Pass on sale for $0.99 until Monday 6/17.
[ UI ] - Added links to top streams on the main menu. - Added an audio option to reduce game music volume when Steam Overlay is activated.
[ MISC ] - Restored the "retry" console command. - Players can only submit griefing reports for teammates.
[ OVERWATCH ] - Added more investigators to the Overwatch Beta.
[ MISC ] - Added an explanation for no binary signature validation for clients running in -insecure mode. - Fixed an exploit where clients could bypass network convar restrictions using setinfo. - The crosshair gap size will no longer change when switching weapons while using "Classic Static" (cl_crosshairstyle 4) -- other crosshair styles are unaffected.
The team known as "Ninjas in Pyjamas" has a made a documentary showing off its bomb-planting tactics in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at Copenhagen Games 2013. Well, it's not so much a documentary as it is a well-produced video of pro players laying down the heat against other teams, but it's still a pretty good way to spend 18 minutes.
If defusing bombs isn't your thing, Copenhagen Games also offers tournaments for StarCraft II, League of Legends, and other competitive multiplayer games. It's always fun to see how people who train for a certain game play compared to casual players, and then quietly sob in a corner after being awed by their skills.
If you said "They aren't that good," while watching the video, Copenhagen Games will return next year between April 16-20. All you need are some decent teammates, sponsors, and ruthless tenacity.
[ OVERWATCH ] - Updated Overwatch FAQ (http://blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/overwatch/) - Overwatch case reviews will highlight kills and assists from The Suspect in kills feed. - Overwatch case reviews will not record the team name when all five players play with their clan tag. - Servers running with default setting sv_kick_players_with_cooldown 1 will not allow players convicted by Overwatch to play, setting it to 0 will allow convicted players to join.
[ STEAM BADGES ] - Updated CS:GO Steam trading card art to their final designs and names
[ MISC ] - Fixed an exploit with disconnecting and reconnecting players being able to respawn in the same round. - Network interpolation and update convars can no longer be changed when playing. To configure these convars, players must not be connected to a server or must join the spectators. - Enforced signature validation of game dlls and plugins. Clients launching with tampered dlls will be informed of the invalid signatures error, and will not be allowed to connect to VAC secure servers to avoid being VAC banned. - Fixed a problem in the GOTV recorder that could result in some non-delayed data getting written into the recorded stream, causing playback artifacts.