Left 4 Dead 2 - Chet
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To celebrate the holidays in a special way this year, Left 4 Dead 2 will be free until 10AM PST 12/26.

It will be free as in, <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/550">grab it now</a>, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever – FOR FREE!

To claim your L4D2 gift, all you need to do is install it.

If you don’t install, it goes back to its regular price and you miss out! The zombie apocalypse is more fun with friends so make sure to tell all your mates to install it as well.

To help spread the holiday cheer, all current players can earn the achievement – Ghost of Christmas Present – Spread cheer by helping a free holiday player survive a campaign.

Left 4 Dead 2 is filled with so much content where do you start?

To avoid any grinches, we suggest jumping into campaign mode and get the basics down before moving into the competitive modes.

You can also check out some <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=203672426">guides</a>, read <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/550/discussions/">the forums</a> and ask questions, check out <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/550/images?p=1&browsefilter=toprated">some art</a>, read <a href="http://www.l4d.com/comic/">the comic</a>, watch <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/550/videos?p=1&browsefilter=toprated">some movies</a>, and most importantly have fun!

Some other quick tips:

Before the game: HOOK UP YOUR MICROPHONE! Communication is important in L4D2. Make sure you can keep in contact with your teammates.

In Game: stay with your teammates. L4D2 is all about teamwork and leaving your dentist friend behind to go off on your own will only get you killed. It doesn't matter that you glow!

Post Game: Make friends. If you are having fun with a group, send them friend invites or join a common group.

And there is more!

You can listen to the <a href="http://media.steampowered.com/steam/news/12152/All%20I%20Want%20For%20Christmas%20(is%20to%20kick%20your%20ass).mp3?t=1387670808">Midnight Riders</a>. Download and vote on <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/browse/?appid=550&browsesort=toprated&browsefilter=toprated&p=1">Workshop</a> items. Dive into the <a href="https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Left_4_Dead_2_Level_Creation">modding tools</a>,and create your own items for the workshop including the scripts for the <a href="https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/L4D2_EMS/Intro">Extended Mutation System</a>.

Welcome to Left 4 Dead and Happy Holidays!
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Piggles ULTRAPRO
http://www.counter-strike.net/winteroffensive/

Release Notes for 12/18/2013

[ CSGO ]
- Added three purchasable gift options:
-- Gift Package - gives a random item to a random player in your match.
-- Pallet of Presents - gives random items to up to nine people in your match.
-- Audience Participation Parcel - gives random items to up to 25 viewers watching your match.
- Added the Winter Offensive Case, the first-ever community-made case.
- Replaced the eSports case with the new eSports Winter Case.

[ MAPS ]
- Added Cobblestone and Overpass maps, which are available to community servers and offline play. Official matchmaking is limited to Operation Bravo in order to collect additional map balancing data prior to a wider release.
- Fixed an exploit in Assault
- Minor bugfixes in Bank, St.Marc and Sugarcane

[ GAMEPLAY ]
- Walking into shallow water no longer makes an audible splash.

[ MISC ]
- Added a link to share downloaded matches. To access this link, download one of your recent matches, view the scoreboard from that match, and click on 'Copy Link.'
- Added say_team support for coaches.
- Added holiday cheer.

[ CS:GO SDK ]
- Fixed a Steam authentication problem when running individual CS:GO SDK tools not from Steam Library, but directly from command line.
- Fixed a bug causing workshop uploader tools to retrieve only the first 50 of a user's items.
Dota 2 - SZ
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With Wraith-Night now well underway, we want to put out a call to any artists who would like to participate, through the <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/browse/?appid=570">Dota 2 Workshop</a>, in our next big event. A <a href="http://www.dota2.com/yearofthehorse/">new event</a> is coming to Dota 2 at the end of January, and we are looking for submissions that draw on visual themes from the Chinese New Year, Chinese history, and springtime. Be sure to mark your submissions using the "Spring2014" tag when placing your items on the Workshop. For everyone else, the best way to help is to visit the Workshop often and vote for which items you'd like to see in Dota. All submissions must be on the Workshop by January 15th. Good luck, and have fun!
Dota 2 - SZ
<a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/"><img title="Yearn to be free!" alt="" src="http://media.steampowered.com/apps/dota2/images/blogfiles/inline_dragon_knight.jpg" width="100%" /></a>

For the past several months, access to Dota 2 has been granted through a queue system that gated entry into the community. We’ve used this system to gradually increase the size of our playerbase, as we ramped up our infrastructure and improved the experience for new players. As we have recently completed a set of server management upgrades as well as released a huge number of enhancements to the new user experience, we’re going to remove all restrictions to playing Dota 2.

Signups are no longer required to access the game, and we encourage everyone to join the 6.5 million active monthly users currently playing Dota 2. If you have a friend who hasn't tried Dota 2 yet, be sure to take advantage of the new recruitment feature to get additional bonuses for both you and your friend.

To download and start playing Dota 2, you can head to the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/">Dota 2 Steam page</a> and click the green ‘PLAY GAME’ button. We hope you’ll join the Dota 2 community.
Half-Life 2 - Programmer Joe
Updated the beta to fix a bug that could cause Steam to fail to update game binaries for Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, and Half-Life: Source. After this update it is possible that one or more of these games will fail to start with the message "Unable to load library client." If this happens to you, just run the game again and the problem will correct itself.
Dec 11, 2013
Dota 2 - SZ
<a href="http://www.dota2.com/wraithnight/"><img title="He is the greatest warrior that has ever lived. On his first game of Dota he played Chen and won the game in 3 minutes." alt="" src="http://media.steampowered.com/apps/dota2/images/blogfiles/inline_wraithnight.jpg" width="576" height="337" /></a>

Your benevolent King has declared this coming December 12th an official holiday with the introduction of the Wraith-Night. A great and prosperous time is guaranteed for the entire family with festivities like the Harvesting of Souls. The little ones will especially enjoy playing in the snow while our Great Leader watches over from his Altar.

We love our King and are happy to provide souls for his Second Coronation. Remember, kill as many enemies to hurry the return of the Great One.
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - Programmer Joe
The beta for Half-Life lost coast has been updated with new binaries on OSX and Linux. This enables the game to run on those platforms.
Dec 9, 2013
Dota 2 - SZ
<a href="http://www.dota2.com/frostivus2013/"><img src="http://media.steampowered.com/apps/dota2/images/blogfiles/inline_frostivus2013.jpg" width="100%"></a>

Events beyond our control caused last year's wintry celebration to be cancelled, but this year we’re not letting anything stop us. Check in on our official Frostivus page as the Wreath-Night proceedings get underway...
Team Fortress 2 - jaypinkerton
http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/

When we last left our gripping ongoing tale, Saxton Hale had lost Mann Co. to the scheming Gray Mann and disappeared to parts unknown. The TF2 mercs, now out of jobs, had scattered to the winds—until six months later, when Miss Pauling started reassembling the team under orders from an in-hiding Administrator. With Demo, Soldier and Pyro on board, our team heads to Teufort to rescue Spy and Scout from the hangman's noose. Find out what happens next in Part Two, titled "Unhappy Returns".
Team Fortress 2 - jaypinkerton
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Close that well-worn leatherbound copy of A Tale of Two Cities, literature fans! There's finally something better to do than read! Get in-game and check it out!

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