Announcement - Valve
Pre-Purchase Hitman: Absolution now on Steam. In addition to receiving 10% off, you'll also receive 6 all-new TF2 items, immediate access to the Sniper Challenge campaign, and the previous Hitman titles on Steam! See store page for more details.

Hitman: Absolution follows the Original Assassin undertaking his most personal contract to date. Betrayed by the Agency and hunted by the police, Agent 47 finds himself pursuing redemption in a corrupt and twisted world.

Product Release - Valve
Two new packs for Vindictus are now available on Steam and are 50% off*!

The Dazzle em Dead pack includes an Inner Armor Coupon, a Hair Coupon, and a Crimson Blade Badge so you can give your character a distinct look!
The Permanent Storage upgrade includes 3 Permanent Storage Coupons that permanently expand your inventory or storage chest.

Additionally, Season 2 of Vindictus is now available! Venture forth across the sea to Melina, an old fisherman’s town with a dark secret. Evil stirs once again and the town calls for a new hero capable of putting it to rest. Visit new dungeons like Crescent Moon Island and the Ship Graveyard and face the Serpent Lord Lakoria and the mighty Kraken in battle. Only the brave will return from Melina with their lives and limbs intact.

*Offers end November 28th at 10am Pacific time

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 an audio problem for Mac users
  • Added a new ConVar sv_shutdown_timeout_minutes
    • Forces a server to shutdown if it has been requested to do so, even if the server is not empty

Team Fortress 2
  • Added new promo items
  • Fixed a crash in the class loadout panel for Mac users
  • Fixed a dedicated server memory leak when running Mann vs. Machine mode
  • Fixed tf_forced_holiday not properly forcing the holiday mode
  • Fixed an Mann vs. Machine exploit that allowed permanent ubercharge/critboost effects on non-Mann-Up servers.
  • Added missing style names for the Plutonidome, Sir Hootsalot, and the Bat Outta Hell
  • Fixed column header labels being clipped in the scoreboard
  • Fixed a dedicated server performance issue related to bots
  • Fixed an incorrect texture for the Jumper's Jeepcap
  • Fixed team colors for the Voodoo JuJu (Slight Return)
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated cp_gullywash_final1
    • Fixed the large curved railing in the Blu Base to mirror the railing in the Red Base
    • Fixed Red Capture Point 2 to prevent capping through a wall behind the point
Product Release - Valve
Football Superstars is Now Available on Steam and is Free to Play!

Football Superstars is the most competitive PC football game on the planet, combining elements of football game play, management and a lifestyle. Created with socializing in mind, Football Superstars delivers a totally new concept of football gaming directly to your PC – all for free!

Football Superstars features fully motion-captured animation, immersive game play both on and off the pitch, 3D positional audio and live chat. Unlike traditional football games, you control one player rather than an entire team so it’s all about you!

With millions of players from all over the world already making their mark, it is time for you to get your boots on and take the virtual football world by storm, your first qualifier beckons!

Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 75% off the Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark!

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

Product Release - Valve
Jagged Alliance 2 - Wildfire is now available on Steam and is 25% off*!

JA2 -Wildfire brings you back to Arulco. The population is being terrorized by a reckless army; in the meantime the main export goods are drugs. Subversion and fraudulence has infiltrated all levels of local government and the ever-present Mafia has his fingers in many pies. You are working undercover on behalf of the US government and your goal is to destroy the mighty drug cartel. You'll need a skilled hand to put together the right team of mercenaries and the negotiating skills of a diplomat to get the sceptical population on to your side. You'll also need the strategic genius of a general and the fighting tactics of a guerrilla.

*Offer ends November 23rd at 10am Pacific Time

Product Update - Valve
Stardock is pleased to announce that the v1.02 for Elemental: Fallen Enchantress is now available. This update includes various fix, AI and Balance improvements, and more. Fallen Enchantress launched recently and has received some great reviews from sites like Game Informer, GamingOgre, the Escapist, and more!

Highlights:

-Added edge scrolling in tactical
-Reduced memory consumption
-Player created sovereigns get random traits based on their race when played by the AI
-Custom faction unit and building colors are now retained between games
-AI improvements
-Performance improvements
-Memory optimization

Product Update - Valve
Patch Notes 1.17.5.14

Pets
Owl pet added
Badger pet added

Languages
Russian language now available
Polish language now available

General
Several spelling errors fixed
Dimensions fixed on one texture
A lot of internal fixes to support translations better, and copy-pasting of cyrillic characters and use of IME
Characters with certain special characters in their names won't fail to save
Attacks that deal weapon% no longer give bonus crit for values over 100%
Missiles with an AoE were not properly taking into account some untargetable states
Run speed bonuses were sometimes added twice
Fixed Trillbot achievement quest

Skills
Engineer
Rank 8 and 9 or Seismic Slam scale soak values properly on direct damage
Flame Hammer, Ember Hammer and Emberquake correctly list staves in requirements
Berserker
Storm hatchet now targets better on slopes
Storm hatchet should be less likely to collide with walls and more likely to collide with units
Ravage knockback/slow resistance fixed
Ravage falls back to autoattack when mana is low
Battle rage properly refreshes now
Shadowbind procs now level properly
Embermage
Rank 4 of Firestorm now has correct max damage
Issues w/ Prismatic Bolt duration effects resolved
Fixed mana cost for rank 10 of Infernal Collapse

Spells
Made requirement reduction spells work properly

Items
Rifle and Cannons now use weapon damage instead of DPS - fast weapons were stronger than intended, slow weapons were weaker than intended
A non functioning proc on the Tundra set was converted to a functioning Lifesteal
Tomes of Weapon Expertise (spells) now correctly state that they improve Claw use, amongst the other weapons
New ring for Emberweave set
New pants for Embercraft set
Legendary wand Earth Dies Screaming can no longer crash the game
Fixed some issues with item-based proximity effects getting doubled

Maps
Various pathing and collision fixes
Various new boss rooms added for maproom maps
Several new Phase Beast rooms added
Can't be knocked behind fence in Arena of Slaughter

Monsters
Exploding zombies now strike only once per explosion
King gels have champion resistances and minion gels cannot be charmed

Recipes
Transmutation recipe for sockets can't eat gems with no return.

Random Maps
Some random map affixes better tuned

Quest Related
You must talk to the guardian of mana before you can enter the dungeon from Act 4 hub
Some players stuck in a state where their quests will not advance, or the final quest will not complete, allowing access to the mapworks, should be resolved.

System
Fix for crash in certain circumstances when wearing gear that requires a requirement reduction spell
Fixed crash when quitting the game from the options menu while the shared stash is open.

Product Update - Valve
Version 1.0.6
- Increased stability
- Fixed small issue with wrong 'sector pass' message in back menu after gathering it
Product Update - Valve
Release Notes for 11/15/2012

[ GOTV ]
- As a GOTV client spectator, the flangbang effect from first person is now reduced a bit and there is now text that says "(BLINDED)"
- Fixed overhead targetIDs not showing sometimes when spectating with XRay mode on.
- Added a convar "cl_teamid_overhead_maxdist_spec" that can set the max distance overhead TargetIDs will show up when spectating
- Changed player target selection input from hardcoded number keys to keys bound to "slotN" commands.
- Changed X-Ray toggle key from hardcoded 'X' to whatever is bound for "radio2", which defaults to 'X'.
- Fixed health/armor/ammo of the spectated target not being displayed as a GOTV client.
- Made bomb visible in GOTV clients' map overview at all times.
- Fixed money not showing up in GOTV scoreboard for either teams.
- Fixed flashbang effect flash retriggering when changing spectator target.
- Fixed missing winpanel when GOTV spectating.
- Revised GOTV autodirector behavior.

[ MISC ]
- Repacked content to reduce CS:GO disk usage from 6GB to 4.8GB.
- Implemented separate sound for distant grenade explosions to make the distance easier to gauge. Sound crossfades near and distance sound between 800 and 2800 units.
- Reduced audible distance of scope zoom.
- Fire devices have been modified ( Molotovs and incendiary grenades ):
  - Fire can now be extinguished by smoke grenades and deployed smokes now deny fire device detonation and spreading.
  - Fire now spreads a bit faster and not quite as far.
  - Fire "tagging" slowdown has been removed.
  - Adjusted fire armor penetration value.
- Fixed Terrorists getting loser bonus payout for running down the clock. Now Terrorists get no income if the round timer runs out.
- Armor Penetration is now shown for weapons in the buy menu.
- 3rd person and first person default duck speed has been slightly increased.
- Tapping the duck key frequently in short intervals will cause your duck to slow, but cools down very fast.
- Smoke grenade visibility inside a smoke has been reduced to give less advantage to players inside and more to players outside.
- Design changes for Scoreboard
  - Added team names to scoreboard.
  - Made score more prominent.
  - Win banner states are now team specific.
- Design change for win panel and alert messages.
- Server log changes:
  - Added xyz coordinates to messages.
  - Added nade messages.
  - Added team change messages.
  - Added 'assist' messages.
- Fixed a case of loss of mouse and keyboard input.
- Server browser filter settings are now saved.
- Big Picture Support
  - Fixed not being able to dismiss server browser dialog with controller.
  - Added ability to disable all controllers.

Thanks to the following for input on the balance changes:
NiP, Ubinited, Team ALTERNATE, Area51, Mousesports, Anexis, FM.TOXiC, VeryGames, RegnaM.
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