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 a new item to the store "Upgrade to Premium Gift"
  • Increased the maximum size of backpacks from 1000 to 2000
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 a new item to the store "Upgrade to Premium Gift"
  • Increased the maximum size of backpacks from 1000 to 2000

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Good news, everyone! Steam, Amazon, Blizzard, and more have kicked off Consumer Season by booby trapping the web with potent spending bait such as 33% off XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 50% off The Walking Dead, and 66% off StarCraft II. We spent the morning stumbling through the minefield to compile a list of some of the best seasonal discounts, but stay vigilant: more surprise server-busters are bound to go live as we approach the spendiest weekend of the year.







Steam: Like the Summer Sale, the Steam Autumn Sale rotates deals daily, with even more fleeting Flash Sales lasting only 10 to 15 hours, so serious shoppers should check in at least twice a day. As a bonus, you get to follow Steam's adorable doodle story: currently, it seems a turkey is being forced to enter a Felix Baumgartner-inspired high diving competition.



But don't just look at the front page: Steam isn't promoting most of its deals, so scan the full list now and then. Here are some of the better discounts at the time of writing:





33% off XCOM: Enemy Unknown - $33.49 / £20.09

50% off The Walking Dead - $12.49 / £10.49

25% off Borderlands 2 - $44.99 / £22.49

75% off ARMA II: Combined Operations - $17.99 / £14.99

25% off Dishonored - $44.99 / £22.49

50% off Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - $11.24 / £8.99

33% off The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - $40.19 / £23.44

75% off Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - $2.49 / £1.74

75% off Limbo - $2.49 / £1.74

25% off Torchlight II - $14.99 / £11.24

75% off Cave Story+ - $2.49 / £1.74

More Steam Deals











Amazon: (Some deals are region-specific) Amazon hasn't been quite as liberal as Steam with the big games, but it has conjured a storm of Lightning Deals on desktop PCs, components, and peripherals. The scattershot selection below should give you an idea of what to expect.



HARDWARE:



17% off iBuyPower AM699 Desktop - $579.99

18% off CyberpowerPC GUA890 Desktop - $499.99

39% off Dell S2330MX 23" Ultra-Slim VGA Monitor - $139.99

40% off Samsung Series S24B30BL 23.6-Inch Screen LCD Monitor - $119.99

33% off Corsair Vengeance C70 Mid Tower Case - $97.45

31% off Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 - $34.49

19% off Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse - $64.62



GAMES:



50% off The Walking Dead - $12.49 (Steam code)

80% off Dungeon Defenders - $2.99

10% off Hitman: Absolution - $44.99

75% off all Assassin's Creed games (excluding Assassin's Creed III)

More Amazon Deals









Blizzard: Blizzard has joined the party with Diablo III for $40 / £33 and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty for $20 / £17.







GOG: GOG's current sale nets you five games from a list of 20 for a mere $10 (just over £6). The list is loaded with some great indie adventure and puzzle games, so if you don't already own them, now's a good time to prepare for that "it's cold outside, so I'm going to drink tea (whiskey optional) and not leave my screen for the next forever hours" feeling.







Green Man Gaming: While Green Man doesn't celebrate consumerism with a morbid-sounding Friday, it is offering its usual voucher code. Enter GMG20-1FYLZ-EDG8R when purchasing a PC download for 20% off any game, except those already on sale. At the time of writing, GMG's daily deal (North America only) is Mass Effect 3: N7 Digital Deluxe for $15.99.







Newegg: (US and Puerto Rico only) Newegg has taken this whole "Black Friday" thing awfully far. Not only has it preempted Black Friday with "Black November," it's re-preempting it with a Pre-Black Friday Frenzy sale. How about a 500 GB Western Digital WD Blue hard drive for $50? A Samsung B350 Series LED monitor for $180? Keep in mind that if you visit Newegg from now until December 1st, you should not expect to then purchase other things, like food.



If you find any great deals as the weekend progresses, we'd love it if you shared them in the comments. And if all these sales combined with a poorly-timed lack of funds has you feeling down, remember that buying stuff is only briefly thrilling, while instead you could be continuously thrilled by PlanetSide 2, MechWarrior Online, Tribes: Ascend, or many of the other new free-to-play games we're thankful for this year.
Product Update - Valve
Portal 2 Big Picture Support
- Fixed wearables not appearing on P-body in splitscreen.
- Fixed not being able to skip the intro cards with the controller.
- Added convars to remap which player each controller controls. To play splitscreen with a single controller, set controller #1 to control player #2 with this command: joy_remap_player_for_controller1 2
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Caring, sharing types rejoice: Valve have released a patch which enables two-controller splitscreen play for Portal 2, making it all the easier to give your co-op buddy a purple nurple when they "accidentally" mis-time the placement of an Excursion Funnel. Again.



And you aren't restricted to squinting at a fraction of your desktop monitor, either: the update adds support for Big Picture mode, allowing you to bicker over who gets to hold the Discouragement Redirection Cube in the comfort of your own living room.



All you have to do to activate splitscreen is to press X on the second controller inside the first co-op menu, and then a whole new world of same-screen squabbling is available. We recommend you fuel your newfound fractious fellowship with our recent guide to the top 10 Portal 2 co-op maps.



The patch also fixes a couple of controller support glitches: previously the ‘quick ping’ button caused the player’s movement to stop and it was impossible to exit Robot Enrichment or Create Test Chambers menus using the controller alone. No longer!
Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Now that Steam's all couch-friendly thanks to Big Picture mode, it'd be nice if more games were reconfigured for slouching. Oh, what luck! Just after I write that sentence apropos of nothing, I notice that Valve has released a Portal 2 patch enabling split-screen co-op in its puzzle 'em up.

Portal 2's console edition came with split-screen co-op options but it was never officially supported on PC. Cunning fans had managed to tweak and cajole the game into supporting split-screen, but poking around in config files is not for everyone. Now, all you need to do is play with two controllers in Big Picture mode, which is easy enough.

The patch notes have a little more information, and details two fixes too.

Kotaku

All I Want For Christmas is a Headcrab Zombie Action Figure From Half-Life 2Supremely talented custom toy builder Jin Saotome is back with another masterpiece, this time featuring the Half-Life series' most sharply-dressed bad guy, the headcrab zombie.



Standing 7" tall, the headcrab comes off to reveal a zombified skull inside. He's also got a busted-open chest and some great blood detail.



The good news? He's for sale! The bad news? He's up on eBay, so the bids might get a little out of control.



Custom HEADCRAB ZOMBIE Half Life 2 [eBay, via Gamesniped]





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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 in the sound emitter

Team Fortress 2
  • Fixed a dedicated server hang in bot pathfinding
  • Fixed the tf_zombie entity crashing some servers
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 in the sound emitter


Team Fortress 2

  • Fixed a dedicated server hang in bot pathfinding
  • Fixed the tf_zombie entity crashing some servers
Nov 20, 2012
Product Update - Valve
- Fixed the Tank's primary attack sometimes choosing different sequences between the client and server. Fixes hit traces not always matching the visible animation.
- Fixed the Tank's left-handed attack using the right hand's position for hit traces.
- Player-controlled Tanks now always choose the right arm horizontal swing sequence for primary attacks. Fixes some attacks not connecting when it appears they should have, due to the inability to predict which swing animation would be randomly chosen.
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