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title="Permanent Link to BioShock Infinite’s “Pre-Purchase Rewards” revealed – but there’s a catch">BioShock Infinite TF2







Worried that the download copies of BioShock Infinite will sell out, when it lands on the 26th of March? You might want to sit and think about that for a moment, or alternatively you could pre-order the game from Steam - you know, before you know whether it's any good or not. Your wallet may or may not thank you in the long run, but at least you'll get a bunch of free stuff, including the spin-off Industrial Revolution puzzle game, some in-game tat, and a copy of the original BioShock. If an unspecified number of other people put their money down as well, you'll also get a copy of XCOM and several TF2 items, but I don't see how anyone would be interested in those.



Those TF2 items you won't be interested in include Vox Diabolus (a "Vox Populi anarchist mask"), The Pounding Father ("Heavy cannot tell lie. Heavy is first President of United States. Of crushing little baby men"), and The Steel Songbird ("Why not treat yourself to the haunting rhythmic symphony of bolts being constantly pooped by this mute, easily terrified incontinent bird?") However, they will only be unlocked if other people pre-order too - the counter is currently at 19%. The reward tier after that doles out a copy of the excellent XCOM.



BioShock Infinite is out in just a few weeks, and Tom was rather impressed with it in his recent hands-on with the game.
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a client crash related to rendering models
  • Fixed a client crash related to audio in the web browser
  • Fixed servers crashing with the error message "Overflow error writing string table baseline"
  • Fixed a missing material when setting mat_viewportscale to anything other than 1
  • Fixed windowed mode under certain window managers for the Linux version
  • Improved performance for the Linux version

Team Fortress 2
  • Added new promo items
  • Fixed buildings not always being downgraded at the same rate by the Red-Tape Recorder
  • Fixed not hearing the sound for the Shred Alert taunt while playing Mann Vs. Machine
  • Fixed players spamming the Shred Alert taunt in spawn rooms by changing their loadout presets
  • Fixed giant robots sometimes getting stuck in Mann Vs. Machine
  • Fixed a problem where traders that send in-game trade requests would receive the error message "The other player is currently busy trading with someone else" when the problem was actually related to Steam Guard settings
TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a client crash related to rendering models
  • Fixed a client crash related to audio in the web browser
  • Fixed servers crashing with the error message "Overflow error writing string table baseline"
  • Fixed a missing material when setting mat_viewportscale to anything other than 1
  • Fixed windowed mode under certain window managers for the Linux version
  • Improved performance for the Linux version


Team Fortress 2

  • Added new promo items
  • Fixed buildings not always being downgraded at the same rate by the Red-Tape Recorder
  • Fixed not hearing the sound for the Shred Alert taunt while playing Mann Vs. Machine
  • Fixed players spamming the Shred Alert taunt in spawn rooms by changing their loadout presets
  • Fixed giant robots sometimes getting stuck in Mann Vs. Machine
  • Fixed a problem where traders that send in-game trade requests would receive the error message "The other player is currently busy trading with someone else" when the problem was actually related to Steam Guard settings

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title="Permanent Link to Team Fortress 2, CS: Source migrating to SteamPipe delivery – here’s what you need to do">Counter-Strike Source







Whenever you download and install a game on Steam, the files rest neatly on your hard drive like a well-pressed stack of laundry for quick access and organization of custom mod files. Some older Source games creak along on an older format from an earlier age in Steam's saga, but in a new FAQ, Valve says it's converting the guts of these games to use the SteamPipe content delivery system for faster load times and an updated file layout.



Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, and Team Fortress 2 will soon traverse over to the steamapps/common section of your Steam folder instead of the older steamapps/ destination. The conversion is automatic: Valve says you'll need enough disk space "for about two full copies of the game" as it changes over.



Modders and mod users have a little bit of extra homework to do to ensure everything works. Custom files will need to be copied manually over to the new directory, and mod authors should start packaging their works as VPK files instead of in a ZIP.



ZIP files still work in a pinch, as Valve describes it:



"For example, if the ZIP contains custom player models that look like (heaven forbid) ponies, and one of the files is materials/models/player/scout/scout_head.vtf, then you might make a dirctory such as tf/addons/i_love_ponies. You should unzip the mod such that the custom scout head texture ends up at tf/addons/i_love_ponies/materials/models/player/scout/scout_head.vtf."



Check out the rest of Valve's FAQ for more detailed info on the changes SteamPipe brings. You can also download and join the ongoing Team Fortress 2 beta to see the updates for yourself.
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:


  • Added new promo items

    • The Brütal Bouffant
    • The Shred Alert

  • Fixed UGC Season 8 medals not using the correct colors
  • Updated the material for the Buck Turner All-Stars
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:

  • Added new promo items
    • The Brütal Bouffant
    • The Shred Alert
  • Fixed UGC Season 8 medals not using the correct colors
  • Updated the material for the Buck Turner All-Stars
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a material system client crash for the Linux version

Team Fortress 2
  • Added a new promo item
  • Fixed not seeing Medigun particle beams while healing players in DirectX 8
  • Fixed the Blue team Stickybomb Launcher using the Scottish Resistance material when dropped into the world
  • Fixed the Black Rose and the Botkiller Wrench using the Red team arms skin while on the Blue team
  • Updated the Faerie Solitaire Pin so it can be crafted, traded and gift-wrapped
TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a material system client crash for the Linux version


Team Fortress 2

  • Added a new promo item
  • Fixed not seeing Medigun particle beams while healing players in DirectX 8
  • Fixed the Blue team Stickybomb Launcher using the Scottish Resistance material when dropped into the world
  • Fixed the Black Rose and the Botkiller Wrench using the Red team arms skin while on the Blue team
  • Updated the Faerie Solitaire Pin so it can be crafted, traded and gift-wrapped

Community Announcements - SZ


In 1991, Linus Torvalds left a ham sandwich in his bathroom, and when he came back two weeks later, discovered that he'd accidentally invented penicillin and Linux. Just think what would have happened if Linus Torvaldt hadn’t waited two weeks to go to the bathroom. It’s thanks to his enormous digestive tract that we have Linux today.

But of course, anybody who’s gone to history class knows that story. What’s less well known is Linus Torvalds’ last words as he lay dying from septic necrosis: “I decree Linux free to all, with no rules! Save one,” he whispered, his voice becoming raspy and Sarumanesque. “NEVER, EVER allow Team Fortress 2 on my precious operating system! Keep it secret from them! Keep it safe!” (Note: start playing this now.)

And so TF2 fell into shadow. Or so Linux Torvalduman thought. Luckily a band of hobbits snuck past his ghostly burning eye-building and did something important, and wept and cradled each other and swore oaths of fealty, and there was some lava and, anyway, Team Fortress 2 is now on Linux and we're giving away items to anybody who tries it, bringing to a close this epic trilogy of paragraphs.

Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a client crash related to the audio system
  • Updated controller support for the Linux version

Team Fortress 2
  • Added new Linux promo item
  • Added new ETF2L, ESH, and UGC tournament medals
  • Added new multicolored-lights style to the Festive Stickybomb Launcher
  • Fixed Botkiller Medigun, Botkiller Flamethrower, Stickybomb Launcher, and Half-Zatoichi using the Red team arms skin while on the Blue team
  • Fixed a client crash related to the HUD control point maps
  • Fixed "Low-Health Kills" strange part also counting kills after the player had died
  • Fixed "Buildings Sapped" strange counter sometimes incrementing when buildings were destroyed without a sapper attached
  • Fixed a teamkill exploit that used the Crusader's Crossbow
  • Fixed not being able to view different styles while previewing items in the Mann Co. Store
  • Fixed the paintability of the Mann Co. Cap and the Mann Co. Online Cap
  • Increased the particle limit
  • Updated The Map Maker's Medallion to be paintable
  • Updated the Engineer's Cap so the Red team version displays the correct color when paint is applied
  • Updated Mvm_Bigrock to fix a server crash when all players are dead
  • Updated several backpack images to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
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