Product Update - Valve
*Changes
1) Fixed the Russian Language encoding problem
2) Fixed a bug that causes a hard crash from VCD playback
3) Fixed a bug where players would get stuck on missions
4) Added additional dialogue to the game for helpful instruction
5) Fixed several lighting issues

Product Update - Valve
An update to Bastion has been released. The major changes include:

- Fix startup crashes for some older model Macs
Product Update - Valve
- Fixed bug where Doppelwalk illusions weren’t getting stats from their attribute bonus.
- Fixed bug where a red ring was visible to the opposing team under an invisible PL after his Doppelwalk illusion died.
- Fixed bug when Doppelwalking where there would sometimes be a visible jump in PL’s health bar to the enemy team.
- Fixed some values in damage output/input from Juxtapose illusions.
Product Update - Valve
Gameplay:
• Added Classic Casual to the Find a Game options.
• Increased running inaccuracy of rifles and snipers. Lowered recoil of negev, lowered standing inaccuracy for negev. improved famas secondary burst grouping, increased ak47 recoil
• Added money bonus to knife kills.
• Bot difficulty tuned.
• Removed the grace period for defusing the bomb as it allows to many hard-to-fix exploits.
• Fixed elite cycle time to be the same as CSS

UI:
• Update to the Main Menu screen:
- Rank medals earned by the player will now be displayed underneath their name.
• Play menu screen updates:
- Updates to win panel for Arms Race including: improvements to displaying the winner, animated elements, and progression icons.
• Fixed demo playback loading screen problem.
• Fixed placeholder elements on generic loading screen.
• Added timer to continue loading screen.
• Fixed assists in death messages showing up in modes other than "Classic".
• Fixed the "Next Weapon" panels not displaying properly in Arms Race before you got your first kill.
• Fixed alert text popping (position/opacity) behind the Exclamation Point graphic when the animation first comes up when the buy time has expired.
• Condensed spectator panel to minimize overlap with other hud elements.
• Removed old green tint from radar directional arrow and ring to match current HUD gray color scheme.
• Win panel can now show progress made towards stat based achievements completed that round.
• Fixed Demolition mode next weapon icons being incorrect.
• Added missing outline on incendiary grenade icon.
• When using a gamepad, the left and right shoulder button glyphs will gray out when there is no one left to spectate.
• Fix for the gun icons being too big and cutoff.

Maps:
• Added Nuke SE
• Added Inferno SE
• Dust SE
- Added overviews for radar
• Aztec SE
- Added overviews for radar
• Dust
- Adjusted size of buy zones for both CT and T's.
• Shorttrain
- Updated radar overhead map: Removed corner sections, towers, and yellow "garbage" can from bomb planting zone.
• Train
- Increased accuracy of bomb and buy zone graphical indicators on radar image.
• Inferno
- Updated size and location of buy and spawns zone graphics.
• St Marc
- Rescaled radar overhead map and angled the bomb zone graphic to match the actual angle of the zone.
- Adjusted color-correction settings.
• Safehouse
- Adjusted color correction settings.
- Adjusted radar image scale and position.
• Italy
- Adjusted buy and spawn zone graphics for CT's and T's.
- Fixed extra-large and bright light coronas in hostage area and Wine Cellar.
- Fixed a tree at Right Alley
- Made a slew of accessible areas inaccessible. Thank you, Maiho for identifying these.
- Adjusted color-correction settings.
• Aztec
- Updated buy and spawn zone graphics on radar image.
• Dust 2
- Expanded and moved both the CT a T buy and spawn zones in radar image.
• Bank
- Increased active game area border line weight from 1 to 2 pixels in radar.
- Adjusted color-correction settings.
- Fixed stretching polygons on the door frame at Gas Station.
- Fixed the door model at Market.
• Nuke
- Adjusted spawn and buy zone graphic indicators on radar image.
• Baggage
- Readjusted color-correction settings.
• Lake
- Increased active game area border line weight from 1 to 2 pixels in radar.
- Adjusted color correction settings.
• Sugarcane
- Updated color-correction settings.
• Office
- Adjusted buy and spawn zone graphics for CT's and T's.
- Adjusted color correction settings.
- Fixed a bug where the slideshow projection would sometimes show up on the wall behind the projector wall.

Audio:
• Dsp removed from all third person footsteps and gunshots to increase directionality. In turn removed audio quality option which was mainly responsible for determining dsp level.
• Moved the distance at which weapon shots cross fade to their "distant" version further away from the player to aid in identification of weapons being used during the round.
• Third person weapon shot volume raised to aid in the identification of weapons being used during the round.

Bug Fixes:
• Fix for getting the golden knife too early in Arms Race.
• Fix for incorrectly retaining the gold knife on respawn after a suicide, team change, or killed by enemy knife.
• Regenerate the recoil tables at game mode/type start; this allows the tables to incorporate parameters from loaded convars.
• We now remove the golden knife from the player if they had it and lost a level in Arms Race.
• Fixed a bug with the HUD where the round timer stops with 0:01 left if the round ends by timeout.
• Fix for knife spawning in on the ground with you if you end the round without your secondary weapon (pistol).
• Fix for single hostage shooting penalty getting counted multiple times.
• Spectators are no longer allowed to vote.
• Fixed view model hitching after a full network update.
• Fixed a crash pertaining to death notifications.
• Fixed an assert that would happen every time a player opened a prop_dynamic door.
• Fixed potential crash in FAMAS and Glock when firing remaining burst shots when the PlayerOwner owner no longer exists.
• Fixed flash bangs showing through doors.
• Fix for losing mouse focus when directly connecting to a server.
• Fix for crash when running a dedicated server under specific linux versions/distrubutions.
• Fix for instances of "Round draw" voice over playing between matches.
• Fixed some ducking pops that would happen when toggling duck during ducking / unducking.

Miscellaneous:
• First round of mostly PC specific CSM optimizations that improve perf. on all CSM quality levels:
- Optimized the core CSM shader to use fewer ALU instructions (VERY_LOW/LOW=21% faster, MEDIUM quality level=10% faster, HIGH=8% faster).
- Coaxed the HLSL compiler to [flatten] several important conditionals it was sometimes issuing dynamic jumps for.
- The VERY_LOW and LOW quality levels use a single 3D radial lerp vs. the previous 2D+3D lerp
- VERY_LOW/LOW only use 2 world cascades vs. the previous 3. At VERY_LOW/LOW quality levels only vertexlit and phong where actually using the closest cascade (for better character self shadowing), so world shadow quality is mostly unaffected by this change.
- Also adding a bunch of CSM culling statistics (displayed at the bottom of the screen when cl_csm_debug_2d is 1).
- dust2 timedemo avg. FPS results on a NV 6800/Core2 2.4 GHz at VERY_LOW improved by 13% (higher quality settings also see an improvement).
Product Release - Valve
Port Royale 3 is Now Available on Steam!

The Caribbean, in the turbulent 17th Century. The mighty kingdoms of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands fight over the colonies. And there you are, a young sea captain whose only goal is to become the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve that goal, you may choose one of the two available campaigns: will you become an Adventurer or a Trader?

Product Release - Valve
ORION: Dino Beatdown is Now Available on Steam and 10% off until Friday, May 11th 10AM PST.

ORION: Dino Beatdown is an Open World, Class-Based Cooperative Survival Sci-Fi FPS. The game puts five players together in huge, endless environments in which they must work together to accomplish objectives and survive the devastating Dinosaur horde.

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Product Update - Valve
An update to Trapped Dead has been released. The major changes include:

GENERAL:
- fixed a bug where all characters disappeared when restarting a level after loading a save game
- removed online activation tool
- several text and layout adjustments
- added proper PhysX DLLs to package
- item pop-up text is now removed when the item is picked up
- adjusted walkable areas in Weapon Shop and Shooting Range level
- fixed mouse trapped inside an area that is smaller than the current window
- fixed crash during fights when weapon was destroyed (e.g. grenades)
- fixed a bug that an attack loop was repeated over and over again
- changed some movement parameters for quicker turning and pathfinding around corners
- stamina change due to movement or melee fight is now unique for every character
- several balancing issues addressed
- fixed input bug where fast clicking interrupted a started attack
- ranged weapon cursor will now fade out if target is out of range
- fixed bug where you can't interrupt the current movement by attacking something
- increased attack speed of some zombies
- fixed AI pathfinding states after attack
- fixed AI sensor update intervals and location detection
- fixed crash in AI sensor array update
- fixed crash during automatic door using
- fixed visibility detection inside buildings (roof on/off)
- fixed some localization bugs
- converted UI text to UNICODE for all language versions
- new font for UNICODE versions
- fixed user name "guessing" for UNICODE machines
- fixed text input for UNICODE characters
- shopping street: crossbow position fixed, save spots relocated
- military base: reduced number of spawning zombies in hangars
- fixed video adapter detection, now done during every engine startup
- zombies won't raise again if they were killed during stun
- Spanish localization added

MULTIPLAYER:
- 'Ready' button in bunker is now enabled as soon as a character is selected by the client
- fixed item synchronization in bunker when a client has already selected some items and a new client joins
- new messages about network state
- increased pushback to zombies because of disabled ragdoll
- fixed crash in explosive scene objects handling (barrels)
- player name can now be chosen in Host or Join Menu
- special handling for multiplayer mission events where party setup differs from storyline
- fixed "locked" characters in bunker
- refactored fight system for multiplayer matches to avoid double hits on client
- fixed AI's dead target handling, not all references to player were removed
- adjusted some mission goals, so that a mission can be completed without special characters
- username changes in host/join menu will now be applied immediately
- removed friendly fire completely
- fixed chat message to prevent buffer overflows/crashes
- chat input line will not be erased when a new message arrives while typing
- reduced network bandwidth for AI and entity handling by 50-75%
Product Update - Valve
An update to Bastion has been released. The major changes include:

- [Mac OSX] Fixes to crash on level of "Workmen Ward" for certain iMac users.
- [Mac OSX] Fixes to misc crash issues based on user-submitted reports. Thanks again to everyone who's taken the time to send crash logs.
- [Mac OSX] Wireless 360 Controller support via wireless receiver
Product Update - Valve
- Radiation timer removed from Easy mode

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