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Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
Valve is aiming to keep Team Fortress 2 going with new content, but not everything is quite ready for public consumption. So they're enlisting the help of their loyal player base to help test out new areas through an Early Access program for maps currently in beta. And while the standard game modes will be present, some new ones are apparently popping up, as well.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Valve is aiming to keep Team Fortress 2 going with new content, but not everything is quite ready for public consumption. So they're enlisting the help of their loyal player base to help test out new areas through an Early Access program for maps currently in beta. And while the standard game modes will be present, some new ones are apparently popping up, as well.



PC Gamer was the first to spot a brand new Robot Destruction mode in one of TF2's beta maps. The game mode sees the two teams of mercenaries infiltrating each other's bases to take down any machines lurking inside. The machines are defenseless (unlike Mann vs. Machine) and will run on sight, often taking pursuers into the path of opposing players. Robot Destruction can be found in the game's Asteroid map, which takes the mercs into space for the first time. The other beta map currently in rotation is a Payload map called Cactus Canyon.


Valve notes that players can mess around with the new beta maps by checking off the 'Play Beta Maps' option before entering multiplayer. Users can send feedback about the new content to Valve, indicating that anything you see is definitely not final. Those that run servers (like Chatty's own hirez) can also set their servers to host beta maps, so that they can try them out within their close circle of friends.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
We've previously taken in Chatty's perspective on Counter-Strike's milestone 15th anniversary. But some of our posters opted to remember Valve's shooter by sharing some memorable videos. Some of them show off some classic glitches, memorable rage moments, and classic mods. There are also a few others that celebrate Chatty's legacy, showing off some classic CS gameplay from years gone by.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
It started as a simple mod to a classic first-person PC shooter. Taking Valve's original Half-Life, a pair of programmers tinkered with the game's script and worked to turn it into a team-based multiplayer romp. The result was a mod called Counter-Strike, which turned 15 on June 19 of this year. Since then, it turned into a retail release and quickly ballooned into a global phenomenon, becoming one of the most influential and beloved multiplayer experiences ever created.

As a website with its roots firmly entrenched in PC gaming, Shacknews' Chatty community has some fond memories of battling Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists across the years. Their recollections range from unforgettable encounters, to funny bugs and glitches, to nights that just went on without end. This is a collection of memories from our community about Valve's Counter-Strike.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
After a one-week hiatus, Chatty Twitch Highlights returns with great vengeance and furious anger! And in this post-E3, Steam Summer Sale world we're currently living in, there are plenty of highlights to be found. And there's no better game to lead off with than Battlefield Hardline before cringing through Outlast and taking it home with a good old-fashioned Team Fortress 2 Shackbattle.

Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of June 21, 2014.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia
We already got a taste of love with Team Fortress 2's sneak peek at the Love & War update. But now it's time for violence, now that the update has officially gone live. Players can now log into TF2 to grab some new cosmetic hats and taunts, along with some new weapons and bread-based collectibles.
Shacknews - Steve Watts
The Team Fortress 2 countdown ended last night, revealing a new Love and War update. The first day revealed some new taunts and achievements to go with them, but the real star is the lengthy animated short.
Shacknews - Steve Watts
Valve appears to be rolling out the red carpet for something big in Team Fortress 2. A countdown clock ticking towards today at 5 PM PT has appeared on the official site.
Shacknews - Robert Workman
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is conference that is known for high points that shake up the gaming world, along with low points that can't be shaken from memory. Not to say all the conferences are triumphant or memorable, but each stood out in their own way.

Here are some of our favorite highlights over the years from the big event, and maybe we'll add on a few more after next week.
Shacknews - Robert Workman
Ever since Valve wrapped up Left 4 Dead 2 a few years ago for Xbox 360, fans have been wondering when they could kill a whole bunch of zombies again with their friends. According to a former employee of the company, it's may not be too far off.
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