Product Update - Valve
Added Least Played mode to matchmaking! In this mode players can only choose from a list of their least played heroes. This mode is great for learning new heroes since everyone will be on equal footing.

GAMEPLAY
- Faceless Void: Fixed Backtrack working on HP Removal.
- Medusa: Mystic Snake now returns to restore you when it is blocked by Linken's Sphere.
- Meepo: Fixed an exploit with boot selection
- Riki: Fixed an issue with Permanent Invisibility on respawning.
- Slark: Fixed Impale based stuns not getting removed by Dark Pact.
- Issuing the haste command to the courier with the new UI no longer interrupts channeling spells on the primary hero.
- Fixed an exploit allowing items to be combined from multiple owners.
- Fixed Thunderclap being purgable.
- Fixed Malefice being purgable.
- Fixed Poison Touch being purgable and its interaction with BKB
- Fixed Brewmaster's Dispel not dealing damage to illusions.
- Fixed illusion damage interaction with other things that modify outgoing damage percentage (like Quelling Blade).
- Fixed being unable to target yourself with Force Staff if you are magic immune.
- Least Played Mode: The top 20 winning heroes for each player will be disabled. Heroes with less than 3 wins will not be disabled.

UI
- Fixed an exploit that let you bring up the panel to repick after the game started
- The Balanced Shuffle button now shows up for all non-league private lobbies.
- Fixed Nightstalker's darkness indicator persisting across games.
- Abandoned games are marked in the match history

BOTS
- Added Drow bot.
- Added Warlock bot (and Warlock Golem bot).
- Added support for bots using unique attack modifiers to harass while laning.
- Fixed bug that was causing bots to farm for buyback much earlier than they should.
- Fixed bug that was causing some bots to get stuck when trying to use a Tango.
- Bots that are lanemates of a carry will no longer jungle during the laning phase.
- If a hero is already jungling during the laning phase, additional bots will not jungle.

WORKSHOP
- Added Import Courier and Import Ward.
- Added support for animations and attachment points.
- Added Quicksave & Quickload import buttons to make it easy to redo a previous import.
- Added Centaur Warrunner, Batrider, Mirana, Keeper of the Light, Shadow Demon, and Slark.
- Preview now allows you to add multiple cosmetic items onto the preview Hero.
- Preview now has a Portrait camera view.
- Preview now allows you to select a skin on models with multiple skins.
- Preview now visualizes attachment points on models that require attachments to be valid.
- Improved validation of polygon and bone count of submitted models.
Press Release - Valve
January 17, 2013 -- Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the launch of Steam Guides, a new capability of the platform that allows players to create and/or find guides for their favorite games or Software titles on Steam.

Steam Guides lets players create and share guides, walkthroughs, and tips for their favorite games or software to help others who might be stuck or who simply want to learn more about the game. Players may easily create guides through Steam, where they may upload images, add screenshots, and embed YouTube videos. Guides are then quickly accessible through Steam, via the Steam Community and in-game via the Steam Overlay.

To learn more, please visit www.steamcommunity.com/guides
Client Update - Valve
Changes:
- Added list of favorite and popular Guides to overlay
- Fixed layout of installation wizard when installing multiple apps.
- Fixed rare occurrence of prompting a user to accept the same Steam Subscriber Agreements multiple times.
- Fixed stopping game installation when pressing cancel button in installation wizard
- Disabled trade menu item in multi-user chats
- Fixed retail disc install error "missing app configuration"
- Big Picture: Added support for notifying the user when logging into an account that has already logged in on another machine
- Big Picture: Fixed bug where chat notifications might not be displayed when in game.
- Big Picture: Fixed possibly displaying multiple countdown timers in the store
- Big Picture: Fixed loading animations disappearing before loading was complete
- Big Picture: Fixed crash when entering Big Picture mode while in a voice chat
- Big Picture: Fixed potentially losing input focus while searching the store
- Big Picture: Fixed size of main menu UI sometimes being incorrect when navigating backward in the store
- Big Picture: Added displaying a list of all DLC for an application in the store
- Big Picture: Fixed copied text range sometimes being incorrect if you selected the text to copy in a backwards direction via the mouse
- Big Picture: Support closing URL open dialog in friends chats with cancel hotkey/button
- Big Picture: Fix favorite counts not updating in all games view when you add/remove favorites prior to next restart
- Big Picture: Fix pending friend invites showing up as background of community rather than actual friends
- Big Picture: Improve perf loading community tab background/friends list
- Big Picture: Fix rendering issue with some panels with rounded corners and box shadows with –fulldesktopres command line param
- Big Picture: When in the main Steam view (not in-game overlay) support clicking notification toasts to activate
- Big Picture: Fix footer in main Steam window being disabled while a game is running even if you alt-tab back out to Steam
- Big Picture: Fixed missing string in delete local content confirmation for applications
- Big Picture: Fixed friend and group chats scrolling to bottom on new message even when you are actively trying to scroll the chat yourself
- Big Picture: Fixed mouse wheel scrolling of carousels sometimes getting stuck on leftmost panel
- Big Picture: Added list of favorite and popular Guides to library and overlay
Jan 17, 2013
Product Release - Valve
FEATURES:

- Brand new level with a new look - Javelin.

- Major overhaul of the weapon reticles. Each one updated to emphasize useful information.

- Added Temporal and Shock reticles, as well as a new power up animation.

- Demo players and retail players can now compete in the same servers.

- Added support for private, password protected servers.

- New animated team crests, new cleaner team logos on stand banners.

- New map display.

- Added detail to the floor.

- New announcer audio.

- Larger projectiles for the Temporal Cannon.

- Added Boost pop-up indicator and chassis orientation display.

- New animated crowds.



FIXES:

- Flattened the leveling curve - 2x less grindy.

- Fixed issue where tank could jump long distances when in reverse.

- Fixed case where ball would drop and could not be picked up again.

- Shock cannon knockback set to be proportional to the amount of power stored.

- Reduced damage on the Plasma Launcher and Temporal Cannon weapons.

Product Release - Valve
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier - Raven Strike DLC, all new content for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier™ is Now Available on Steam!

The Raven Strike DLC Pack is a throwback to traditional Ghost Recon gameplay. It features larger maps, complex missions and an increased level of difficulty. There are three campaign missions and a new Guerilla Mode map, each playable with up to four players.

Announcement - Valve
Save 50% - 60% on the Anno 2070™ Franchise as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Plus, check out the newly released Anno 2070™ DLC Complete Pack!

2070. Our world has changed. The rising level of the ocean has harmed the coastal cities and climate change has made large stretches of land inhospitable.

Build your society of the future, colonize islands, and create sprawling megacities with multitudes of buildings, vehicles, and resources to manage. Engineer production chains such as Robot Factories, Oil Refineries, and Diamond Mines, and trade with a variety of goods and commodities.

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Jan 17, 2013
Announcement - Valve
Play Magicka for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Magicka at 75% off the regular price!


There's even more free action with the new DLC Free Jólnir's Workshop, A “chilling” new challenge with 20 waves of blizzards and beasts. Help Jólnir reclaim his workshop from all new creatures while battling the harsh weather at the same time.


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Product Release - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 75% on Governor of Poker 2 - Premium Edition!

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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 The Robo-Sandvich, The Festive Sandvich, The Festive Buff Banner, and The Festive Huntsman to the list of items allowed in Medieval mode
  • The Prize Plushy can now get assists in Pyrovision
  • Fixed a server crash caused by players bleeding to death
  • Fixed spectator bots picking up the bomb in Mann Vs. Machine
  • Fixed The Bazaar Bargain counting crit-boosted body-shots as headshots
  • Fixed The Festive Holy Mackerel using the wrong sounds
  • Fixed Strange Buff Banner and Strange Sandvich not always tracking usage
  • Fixed seeing the fire texture on The Soldier's Stogie in DirectX 8
  • Fixed missing style names for The Barnstormer
  • Fixed the achievement "The Great Deflate" not counting certain Balloonicorn and Reindoonicorn items
  • Updated paint effects for The Hot Dogger, The Salty Dog, The Counterfeit Billycock, and The Cold Killer
  • Updated the localization files
Product Release - Valve
Wargame: European Escalation is now available on the Mac!

Wargame: European Escalation is an intense and spectacular Real Time Strategy game, where realism and strategy are brought to the front lines. With a phenomenal range of vehicles and units (over 350 different models), build your army and enter a huge military campaign across Europe of the 80's, as the Cold War is about to become World War 3.

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