Product Update - Valve
In the battle that is the shipping of a big patch, we do our best to achieve total victory. The bane of our development lives is the ‘hotfix.’ Hotfixes are horrible. They suck up disproportionate amounts of development time, they are inefficient uses of development resources, and just generally suck.

But try as we might to avoid them, sometimes they are needed. Gorgeous needed one, and here it is! 241 is small and won’t make big differences to the way you play. It will fix some hidden nasties that snuck out it the Server process, and some bugs causing consternation to people using babblers, wall jump, and fullscreen windowed mode.

At their release, Babblers were a little bit useless. This uselessness boiled down to the fact that they were too slow to keep up with their host Gorge, catch friendly players hit by the baitball, and close distance with marines. Now, they are much faster, and much more useful.

Winrates in Gorgeous have been exceptionally good. After 25,798 games (on Sunday), the probability of a marine win in a randomly sampled game was 0.507, our best result yet, and a big improvement on build 239′s ~0.41. However, some of this improvement came from a bug causing Skulk’s to lose momentum when they hit the ground. That is fixed in 241, so we expect the probability of marine wins to decrease back below 0.5 for now.

Servers will update over the next hour or so, so if you can’t find games at the moment, sit tight. Here is the full changelog:

Improvement

Added super-sampling when generating reflection cube maps to improve quality.

Balance

Increased Babbler run speed from 5 to 7.

Fix

Fixed bug that prevented an Alien from evolving if they had Babblers attached to themselves.
Eliminated uninitialized data when sending packets with strings less than the maximum length (may cause problems with some firewall rules)
Fixed exploit which allowed Gorge tunnels to be build outside of the map.
Fixed bug which caused Skulks to lose all their momentum instantly when touching the ground.
Fixed bug where mines were ignoring damage falloff.
Fixed bug where Alien attacks got blocked by attached Babblers.
Fixed bug where fullscreen windowed mode forced vsync on.
Changed the maxfps console command to only allow values above 30 FPS to prevent exploitation

Optimization

Reduced overhead of isa method.
Improved server performance.
Reduced the cost of updating entities in the query manager.
Product Update - Valve
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (CS:CZ) is now available for Linux players via Steam. CS:CZ is the fifth Valve title to be released for Linux and, with its release, pushes the total number of Linux games available on Steam to 80.

Launched just three weeks ago, the Steam for Linux client is available for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. More Valve titles are heading to Linux in the coming weeks and months.

For more information, please visit http://steamcommunity.com/linux

Product Release - Valve
Dollar Dash is Now Available on Steam!

Find it, rob it, and keep it. Grab the cash in this fast and frenetic top down multiplayer versus game. Dollar Dash will have you shouting for joy, as you make a dash with the cash. You must attack, defend or outrun your competitors in any of the three game modes (Dollar Dash, Save the Safe or Hit’n’Run) using unique and comedic tactics.

Stand out from the crowd by customizing your character, upgrading your favorite weapon, earning perks and unlocking achievements. You can't stand still for a second as combat is crazy and money changes hands frequently. Choose your weapons carefully as you challenge your friends to become the best thief in town and laugh out loud as you smash them with a huge Bolder, peck them with a Mag Pie, while protecting yourself in Jelly!

Product Release - Valve
Primal Carnage has just been updated to include the free "Get to the Chopper" mode and "Battle-Scarred T-Rex" skin. To celebrate Lukewarm Media and Reverb Publishing are offering 66% off Primal Carnage for one week!*

Primal Carnage has just received a new, free update called “Get to the Chopper,” aptly named after the new objective based game mode. In the “Get to the Chopper” game mode, human players must rush against the clock (and dinosaurs!) to take a series of objectives before they are able to be extracted by a helicopter.

The “Get to the Chopper” update adds four new maps and introduces a new playable dinosaur class called the Spinosaurus, both of which are specific to the new game mode. The Spinosaurus is a more powerful tank class designed to better defend against the humans in dire situations.

Lastly, every owner of Primal Carnage gets a Battle-Scarred T-Rex skin, which shows a bloodied T-Rex that's seen its fair share of combat.

To celebrate the release of Primal Carnage’s new free game expansion Lukewarm Media has teamed up with artist, Infected Mushroom to create a new gameplay trailer showcasing the myriad of action, awe and terror to be expected in the “Get to the Chopper” game mode, which is set to the heart pumping track, "Nation of Wusses," from the album Army of Mushrooms.

*Offer ends March 13th at 10AM Pacific Time.

Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 50% on NBA2K13!

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Product Update - Valve
Open Beta 0.1.1.971 is available

Next time you restart your Steam client, you will download this update.

Game:
- Prepared the game for the upcoming content launches
- Added a reverse layout to Lakeview hillclimb
- Added support for more resolution ratios (21/9; 48/9; 48/10)
- Improved physics of the BMW 635csi (Touring Classics class)
- Data display now works in replays as well
- Fixed a backend error that occured for some users when participating in competitions.
- Fixed an issue where some machines would fail to play the intro videos correctly
- Fixed a rare case where the game would fail to recognize the user's account
- Fixed the bug where final gearbox ratio was incorrect when using Amateur driving model
- Updated EGFIS localization
- Fix for a backend error "4294967295"

Portal:
- Added a subscribe feature to the leaderboards that adds a custom widget to the user's dashboard with the selected filters
- It is now possible to share on social feeds after editing screenshots using Pixlr™
- Fixed a geolocation issue that would show the wrong currency for some users
- Improved compatibility with Internet Explorer
- Fixed some issue when adding / removing videos from a user's profile
- Increased overall performance when browsing and scrolling
- Various other bug fixing and improvements
Announcement - Valve
Pre-Purchase Defiance now, receive an invite to the beta once available, and help unlock special rewards. Possible rewards include the A-Tex Growler ATV, a Free Copy of RIFT: Storm Legion, and the RM Nomad M4, XP boosts, discounts on the Season Pass and more!

Check out the store page for more details.

Join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology.

Create a unique character and level up with diverse customization options. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and unlock powerful modern and alien weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await in this constantly evolving online world. Explore vast landscapes on a variety of vehicles and lead the charge in huge co-op battles and fierce multiplayer conflicts. Immerse yourself in the world of Defiance as the game impacts, and is impacted by, the Defiance TV series.

Product Update - Valve
On Wednesday March 6th our Servers will be shut down for about an hour from 9am ET to 10am ET for a full update. We will also be upgrading the Steam client, during this time. You will not be able to see the new servers with the old client, so please update.

The patch fixes our level reset bug that has plagued the game since launch. We have attempted to fix this issue in the past, but were unsuccessful. We have now verified fixes for all known ways of reproducing the issue. We are terribly sorry our users had to experience this, and we really appreciate all your support, and thank you all so much for helping us track it down.

Along with the bug fixes, this patch also includes all our recent enhancement that include:
- Changed pre-round wait time to 15 seconds each.
- Changed TDM score to 60 for faster games
- Filtering error in the server browser
- Added ping display on server browser
- Equipped items are now in a logical order so they're easy to find in your loadout
Product Release - Valve
DmC Devil May Cry: Vergil's Downfall, all new content for DmC Devil May Cry is Now Available on Steam.

Play as Vergil in a brand new chapter of the DmC Devil May Cry adventure. With fierce new weapons, combos, and never seen before content, don’t miss out on your chance to unravel the enthralling, untold story of Dante’s twin brother Vergil...

Product Release - Valve
Three new songs are Now Available for Rocksmith

Play "Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult, "Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes and "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour.

Plus, the Blue Öyster Cult Song Pack is Now Available.

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