Product Update - Valve
Release Notes for 12/3/2012

[ MISC ]

- In addition to TKing, you can now be kicked/banned in two different ways for team hurting:
  - For doing an unusual amount of damage in a short amount of time.
  - For doing an excessive amount of team damage over the course of the match.
- Partial inferno extinguishing now properly puts out flamelets.
- Molly/Inc Grenade fire now goes out slightly faster when extinguished and updated the overall effects a bit.
- Fixed an edge case where the alerts panel would show on round start for a frame.
- Changed default tv_delay to 10s.
- Changed default tv_delaymapchange to 1. This postpones the post-match level change by the tv_delay amount to ensure that the broadcast to GOTV clients is complete. NOTE: Manually quitting the server or changing the level while the broadcast is still ongoing will kill the feed to all GOTV relays and GOTV clients and your spectators will miss the end of the match. It's best to let the system's timer run out on its own or wait for as many seconds as you have tv_delay set for.
- Replaced hard-coded 'E' observer use command with '+use'
- Tweaked autodirector based on feedback.
- Added item purchases to server log.
- Decoy grenade changes
  - Reduced price to $50.
  - Reduced fire rate and extended life span to make it less identifiable as a decoy.
  - Physically looks more like a flashbang to allow fakes.
- Fixed assists displaying the assister's name twice in the server log.
- Reduced default value of sv_clockcorrection_msecs to 30 and whitelisted the convar (thanks J3di)
- Reorganized net_graph options:
  - 0: off
  - 1: Competitively allowable data.
  - 2: Additional In/Out data.
  - 3: Additional real-time graphing.
- Added net_graph to convars restricted by sv_competitive_minspec ( allowable values are 0 and 1 )
- Valve can now assign official violations cooldown to accounts
- Added a game server convar sv_kick_players_with_cooldown (default=1)
  - 0: allow all players to play on game server
  - 1: kick players with official assigned violation
  - 2: kick players with any competitive cooldown
Product Update - Valve
Mark of the Ninja has been updated with the following updates:

-Leaderboard feature added

Announcement - Valve
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Press Release - Valve
Week-long Steam Sale on Big Picture-Friendly Games

December 3rd, 2012 -- Valve today announced the public release of Big Picture, Steam's new mode that lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television from the comfort of their sofa. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional gamepad, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input.

To celebrate the public launch of Big Picture, over thirty controller-friendly games will be on sale from now until December 10, with savings up to 75% off.

Access to the complete Steam store is included, as is the Steam Community. Big Picture is available worldwide in over twenty languages, including German, French, Russian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Gamers’ existing games are all available in Big Picture. In addition to having the complete library of Steam games, each user's cloud files, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences will be accessible automatically in the new mode.

Steam gamers may easily experience Big Picture on their televisions by connecting their PC or Mac, typically with a single HDMI cable. Big Picture also includes a new web browser designed for televisions and game controllers. It is accessible from anywhere within the Big Picture UI, and even while playing Steam games on a TV. It supports Big Picture's new method of typing with a gamepad, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions.

For more information, please visit http://www.steampowered.com/bigpicture.

Product Release - Valve
Afterfall Insanity Extended Edition is Now Available on Steam and is 25% off*


The year is 2035. Almost 20 years ago citizens of The Republic had to search for a shelter from the hell of the Third World War. Only a few were fortunate enough to find a safe haven behind the gates of 'Glory'. Today, when the fear of death on the surface has become merely an unpleasant memory, the once safe hideout became a prison. Buried underground, trapped in the claustrophobic space with no hope of escape, the shadows hide secrets darker and more terrifying than the madness that takes over residents of the Shelter 'Glory'


*Offer ends December 10th at 10AM Pacific Time
Client Update - Valve
Changes:
- Added Big Picture mode which is optimized for using Steam fullscreen with a Gamepad on HDTVs
- Games managed by the new content system can select alternate installation locations other than the Steam folder (Windows)
- Fixed the in-game overlay not recognizing correctly which game is running sometimes when running a non-Steam shortcut
- Fixed some potential GDI handle leaks in the Steam client (Windows)
- Fixed Steam Cloud occasionally not syncing files it should
- Fixed a bug where entering a password-protected content beta without a password would act like it succeeded even though it hand’t
- Improved TGA validation in image loading code
- Improved steam:// URL validation in some cases
- Fixed a new in-game overlay crash in very specific scenarios on Windows 8 with legacy DX9 games
- Fixed problems uppercasing some characters (e.g. Greek terminal sigma)
- Fixed error retrieving third party cd keys when launching games on OS X (OSX)
- Fix the in-game overlay to correctly inject when a launcher calls ShellExecute with an empty string for the verb (Windows, fixes SWTOR)
- Improvements to the change email wizard
Product Release - Valve
Karateka®, a modern take on the 8-bit karate classic by Prince of Persia® creator Jordan Mechner, is available today worldwide on Steam. The game is on sale with a 10% discount for the first week.

Created on an Apple II by Jordan Mechner in his Yale dorm room, Karateka became a #1 bestseller and influenced a generation of gamers with its groundbreaking rotoscoped animation and cinematic cutscenes. 28 years later, Mechner returns to his indie roots with a reimagined Karateka for today’s digital game platforms, featuring art by Jeff Matsuda (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV).

A karate-wrapped love story set in feudal Japan, Karateka will delight both nostalgic fans and new players as they fight to save the lovely Mariko from the evil warlord Akuma and reunite her with her True Love.

Product Update - Valve
1.4.11.0
Magicka now gets full controller support for steams upcoming Big Picture mode.
- Players can now access the steam-overlay with a gamepad and type text with the new "DaisyWheel" in Big Picture mode.
- The SteamStore, Facebook and Twitter-buttons visible in all menus can now be navigated with a gamepad.
- An icon has been added to players in the pre-game lobby to illustrate what controller they use.

Product Update - Valve
2.0.24320.2
Critical fixes:
- Fixed CTD when loa system destroyed
- Fixed endturn CTD caused by locust scout
- fixed gardener waypoint CTD
- Fixed rare mission CTD
- Fixed suulka repair CTD
- Fixed CTD entering battlemanager
- Fixed CTD entering research screen

Other fixes:
- Fixed NPG moving in autoresolve combats
- Fixed not being able to scrap stations
- Fixed being able to edit accelerator fleets and scrap the NPG
- Fixed loa fleets not including production cost bonuses when forming ships
- Fixed loa construct station ui not presenting composition selector when manually placing station
- Supernovas will now follow max number of GM's rules
- Fixed issue where Deploy NPG fleets could get stuck in space
- Fixed bug causing loa to secretly pay corruption expenses

1.1.24320.1
Critical fixes:
- Fixed SotSverse map
- Fixed crash related to station memory augmentation modules
- Fixed crash related to large Loa habitation module

Other fixes:
- Fixed Loa Music not playing
- Fixed issue with Burst Torpedo range
- Adjusted Loa gate limits
- Fixed Loa Neutrino Wave cannon
- Fixed missing Loa boarding icons
- Fixed fleet composer not appearing when creating fleet
- Fixed some issues with Loa deceleration/boosting
- Fixed modules not being visible
- Fixed freighter message appearing for newly built colonizers
- Fixed issues where drones would create anomalous cubes
- Fixed some speech issues
- Fixed some missing text strings
Announcement - Valve
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