Product Update - Valve
Release Notes for 8/29/2013

[UI]
- Added ability to rename a weapon’s name with a custom engraved nameplate via Name Tags.
- Simplified trading with other players by adding a Start Chat button to CS:GO profiles.

[GAMEPLAY]
- Chicken changes based on pro feedback:
-- Reduced chicken sounds dBs and volume.
-- Reduced idle clucking rate.
-- Reduced range that scares chickens when running.

[MISC]
- Adjusted Weapon Case Key and Payback Pass prices for foreign currencies based on current international exchange rates.
- Fixed an issue causing poor rendering performance, especially for SLI/Crossfire users.
- Fixed M4A4 loadout selection not saving correctly between sessions.
- Fixed competitive round backups restoring M4A1-S as M4A4 and USP-S as P2000.
- Fixed observers seeing smoke screen overlay when a smoke grenade popped on their last alive position.
- Fixed bomb activate/plant/defuse sounds not playing if the bomb was out of view
- Fixed Payback Coin description incorrectly displaying the number of hours logged in game.
- Fixed missing localization for Payback map maker Coins.
- Fixed an empty item panel sometimes showing on the scoreboard.
- Fixed Elite world model physics.
- Added flipping sound to inspecting the Desert Eagle.
Product Update - Valve
Release Notes for 8/21/2013

[GAMEPLAY]
- SSG08:
-- Reduced price from 2500 to 2000.
-- Reduced standing and crouching accuracy recovery times.
- Reduced Molotov price from 500 to 400.
- Reduced Incendiary Grenade price from 850 to 600.
- Reduced Glock damage from 33 to 28.
- Fixed bug that NiP discovered where the aimpunch experienced when compensating for recoil was incorrect.
- Third person silenced muzzleflash light brightness is no longer a portion of unsilenced brightness, instead it is now completely removed.
- Chickens are no longer scared when moving silently near them or shooting near them with silenced weapons.
- Fixed a bug where removing/adding a silencer would also drop a magazine on the ground.


[MAPS]
- Fixed map placed weapons not working properly.

Aztec:
--New connector between A and B bombsites.
--More cover in underpass.
--More cover in overpass.
--More cover at bombsite A.
--Changed cover at CT side of bridge.
--Removed railings on bridge.
--Added player collision inside large vegetation models.
--Removed collision on some props.
--Clipped stairs.
--Reduced fog.
--Reduced noise in textures.

Train:
--Tweaked shower room.
--Moved ladders to ends of traincars.
--Made T entrance into bombsite A wider.
--Reduced size of CT sniper position.
--Removed some cover from CT sniper position.
--Blocked visibility under electrical box at bombsite A.
--Blocked visibility through yellow barrels at bombsite A.
--Brightened textures near bombsite A.
--Removed some wires at bombsite A.
--Blocked visibility under traincars.
--Rearranged trains at bombsite B.
--Widened back of bombsite B, T side.
--Replaced cover at back of bombsite B, T side.
--Clipped stairs.
--Optimizations.
--Fixed radar naming.
--Blocked visibility through concrete bags near Ivy.
--Brightened door near Ivy.
--Removed railing at top of ladder.
--Brightened environment light.
--Reduced fog.

Inferno:
--Fixed missing collision in an area in mid.
--Made railing at back of bombsite A easier to see through.
--Widened doors in construction.
--Reduced wall penetration in construction.
--Removed wall supports in apartments hallway.
--Increased C4 explosion radius to make it consistent with other maps.

Nuke:
--Fixed a bug in ramp room.
--Widened door in rafters.
--Fixed some radar naming bugs.
--Increased C4 explosion radius to make it consistent with other maps.

Mirage:
--Added more light to CT window into bombsite B.
--Fixed some graphical bugs.
--Removed small trashbags that could be mistaken for players.

Dust2:
--Made it easier to spot enemies at back of long A, CT side.
--Removed center scaffolding in tunnels.

[UI]
- Added warning message for when there is a new update available.
- Fixed Main Menu for 21x9 monitors.
- Weapon Case Unlock Animation:
-- Fixed animation stopping on an item when the connection to the item server is actually unresponsive.
-- Fixed animation not closing if error dialog occurs.
-- Fixed animation restarting if space bar was pressed.
- In-game previews of StatTrak™ weapons and unusual knives now correctly display those attributes in the name.
- Weapon target ID text now colors the weapon the color of its rarity.
- Fixed StatTrak HUD element for knives hiding.
- Fixed Tooltip backgrounds disappearing when browsing Workshop maps.
- Fixed Matchmaking 'ACCEPT' button not reappearing after you accept a match and not everyone accepts.
- Fixed spectator player panels were showing up when they shouldn't be (wrong team, wrong mode, etc).
- Fixed the spectator panel not using the new knife icons properly.
- Moved the “flashed” icon from the center of the screen, made it more subtle and added fringe fades for when your target is flashed when connected via GOTV.
- Fixed Rescue Kit displaying as Defuse Kit in hostage maps.
- Fixed pause menu missing entries.
- Fixed item drops displaying for 'Unknown' players.
- Fixed formatting of AWP kill award text in Classic Competitive.
- Teammate’s names now always show overhead during freeze time.
- Additional work on inventory, addressing edge cases where HUD positions would not update properly after a weapon had been added or removed.

[MISC]
- Added "Five Year Veteran Coin" awarded to players who were a member of the Counter-Strike community for over 5 years.
- Fixed Overwatch not displaying new cases after viewing one case.
- Fixed extended delay in the end of Classic Competitive games that had GOTV spectators.
- While watching matches in GOTV, the Autodirector is paused, not deactivated, if the spectator follows a specific player.
- Added weapon_m4a1_silencer and weapon_usp_silencer FGD entries for map makers.
- Fixed several exploits affecting dedicated servers.
- Added a server convar sv_quota_stringcmdspersecond to allow rate-limiting client string commands.
- Reduced memory usage on dedicated server.
- Fixed weapon switch and knife swing animations being choppy at low ping.
- Stability fixes in shaders
- Identified a memory allocation bug involving nVidia Geforce Drivers version 320.49 or earlier. We suggest that you update to the latest beta driver version 326.80.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Craig Pearson)

Who is this guy? I don't know, so it must be an ARG. I have a jar of ball bearings on my desk. For each kill in CS: GO, I drop a ball into a hole in desk. The bearing rolls into a rat’s cage. The rat squeaks in terror, and a noise-activated switch turns on a fan. The fan blows a toy boat across a bucket of water, and the boat’s mast tips a small bucket of sand into another bucket. That bucket is on a string that’s tied to a switch, and it gently tugs at it, releasing another ball bearing from a small cage on a shelf above me. That other ball bearing drops into another jar. If I want to know how many kills I have, I count the balls in the jar. How do you track your kills in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? You just use one of the StatTrak modules from the now live Arms Deal update? Show off. (more…)

PC Gamer
GunsGunsGuns


The Arms Deal Update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is live, adding in a Team Fortress 2-style system of random drops, over 100 new weapon skins, two new stock weapons, and a purchasable item that helps fund competitive play.

The new weapon skins will drop randomly while you play CS:GO, much like new items in Team Fortress 2. Unlike TF2, all of the modifications are purely cosmetic. You will also occasionally find weapon cases, similar to TF2's crates, which must be opened by a key. These come in two styles: standard variety, and a special eSports case. The proceeds from eSports case keys will go towards larger prize pools and greater visibility for competitive CS:GO.

It's not all just paint jobs and microtransactions, though. We're also seeing the return of the silenced variants for the M4A1 and the USP, which feature a smaller price tag and magazine size than their louder brethren.

Arms Deal is available now, and you can read more about it on the official announcement page.
Product Update - Valve
Release Notes for 8/14/2013













[ARMS DEAL UPDATE]
-Visit http://blog.counter-strike.net/armsdeal/ for complete details.
--Ten Weapon Collections have been released.
--Standard and eSports Weapon Cases now available - a portion of the proceeds from eSports Weapon Case Key sales will help support prize pools for upcoming community competitive CS:GO tournaments.
--Weapon Cases have a chance to contain new knives and StatTrak weapons, which track all player kills with that weapon.
--Players can receive decorated weapons through timed item drops, available on any VAC-secure server.
-All Arms Deal Update items can be traded.
-All Arms Deal Update items can be sold and purchased through the Steam Marketplace (visit the FAQ for details).
-Every decorated weapon has a unique finish and exterior condition and can be thoroughly inspected in game. The ability to launch the in-game inspection view for an item is available in the Steam Inventory, Community Market, and Steam Trading.

[UI]
-Upgraded Scaleform version to 4.2.
-Improved memory management of Scaleform UI elements.
-Added Inventory to Main Menu and the In-Game Pause Menu.
-Added Loadout to Main Menu and the In-Game Pause Menu.
-Added blog.counter-strike.net blog to the main menu
-Added drop shadows to some UI element text for improved readability.
-Improved some HUD layouts to avoid overlap.
-Game no longer truncates player names in most HUD UI elements. Fonts will now scale down to fit the full string.
-When a player picks up a weapon, the original owner of that weapon will now be indicated.
-Fixed certain buttons missing clicks

[GAMEPLAY]
-Added Silenced M4A1.
-Added Silenced USP.
-New weapons can be equipped through the Inventory UI.
-When a player reloads their weapon, they now drop a magazine that persists in the world.
-Machine gun belts now visually match the ammo count in the viewmodel when firing and reloading.
-Added holdable action key +lookatweapon that allows players to visually inspect their first person weapon while in-game. This has been bound to the F key by default (if that key was previously unbound).
-Players now automatically crouch while planting bombs.

[MATCHMAKING]
-Adding matchmaking servers in Brazil.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Craig Pearson)

I have a recurring nightmare: I’m sat at my desk and everything is soft-focus and great. I feel happy, and turn to say as much to my girlfriend. But she’s not there. It’s Gabe Newell, who is definitely not my girlfriend, and he’s using one of those old school accounting machines. On the floor is a pile of paper that he gathers up and hands to me, saying: “In Half-Life 2, destroyed 1200 crates. This is your bill.” And I say I don’t have that kind of money, then I wake up crying. I don’t think Valve would retroactively charge me for opening crates, but then I didn’t imagine that their strangely popular unlock system that drives both Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 would end up in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. But that looks like it’s going to happen. (more…)

PC Gamer
operation-payout


Valve are extending their Operation Payback campaign for another month. Which isn't to say they're planning another 30 days of making prank phone calls to the offices of EA's Origin - that's the other Operation Payback. This one is the reward scheme for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive mapmakers, giving players the chance to remunerate the community creators for their contributions to the game. Originally due to retreat on July 31st, the programme will now run until the end of August.

In exchange for the $5.99 contribution, buyers of the Payback pass get official dedicated server access to the seven chosen maps over the course of the event. The maps included are Museum, Downtown, Library, Thunder, Favela, Seaside and Motel. Since the scheme's launch in April, a total of $150,000 has been paid out to the mapmakers involved.

While this first Operation Payback will now close on August 31st, Valve have announced that they're already looking for the next wave of creators to showcase. "We’re looking at a great list of maps that we hope to include in the next operation," they write. "If you’ve been working on a map, now is the time to make sure it’s in the workshop and getting votes!"

You can currently access the Operation: Payback pass for a discounted price of $0.99.

Thanks, PCGamesN.
PC Gamer
operation payout


Operation Payback has paid out for Counter-Strike: GO's top mapmakers, who have earned a fantastic $150,000 between them. Payback, you'll remember, is Valve's attempt to 'pay back' the game's dedicated community by offering unlimited access to seven of its best user maps, and dedicated servers on which to play them, for a flat $5.99 fee. Considering the creators of those seven maps now have around $150,000 to share between them, I'd say it's proved rather successful.

The operation ends July 31st, but I hope it's an initiative Valve will return to in the future, especially considering how successful it's been. They did something similar with TF2 with the Robotic Boogaloo pack, which raised nearly $250,000 for 66 item creators. It's an increasingly lucrative business, this modding lark - and richly deserved, considering how much talent and effort the top creators put in.
PC Gamer
Steam Summer Sale 1


As predicted earlier, The Steam Summer Sale is now. From today until July 22nd, daily deals and flash sales will flood the Steam store with prices that are lower than the usual prices. To get the best deals, you may want to be patient and gamble on there being heavier discounts as the sale goes on—a good way to pass the time is to chart prices across a giant blackboard, mixing in the Fibonacci sequence now and then and muttering about "Gabentropy."

Currently, you can get BioShock Infinite for $30/£17.50, Counter-Strike: GO for $5.09/£4.07, Hotline Miami for $2.49/£1.74, and tons of other crazy dumb deals. You can also vote on the Community's Choice sale every eight hours—the currently leading game is something called "Heavy Load."

Product Update - Valve
Release Notes for 7/10/2013

[ GAMEPLAY ]
- Adjusted the function that mapped movement speed to weapon inaccuracy. The linear portion of this function is now exponential.

[ MAPS ]
- de_dust2: Fixed collision bug in Bombsite B, tweaked fog, fixed navmesh naming.

[ MISC ]
- Added support for more Unicode characters in player names.
- Fixed a rare incorrect name truncation in the death notice feed, scoreboard and main menu.
- Fixed truncation of the competitive maps selection when all maps were selected.
- Smoke volume is now cheaper to render.
- Players that spawn and don't move for longer than sv_spawn_afk_bomb_drop_time (default 15 seconds) will automatically drop the bomb. Thanks GreenTea!
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