Steam Updates and Releases 16 June 2011

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Some interesting updates and releases out on Steam today including a new AMD Catalyst driver version with a load of updates, some TF2 and Kane and Lynch on sale 66% (still probably too New on steam 16 06 11much). Also the new Planeswalkers Duels is out.

Announcement - Valve
Today’s Deal: Save 50% off Trino!

Product Update - Valve
  • New CTF missions:
    • Arsenal CTF
    • Hack and Slash CTF
  • New bonus campaign/co-op missions:
    • Onslaught
    • Purgatory
  • Better profile updating
  • Player Initiated Voting - Includes mission changes and player kicks. (Admins can force map changes or create votes even if it’s disabled.)
  • Name tags
  • Chat bubble
  • Team balancing
  • Fixed CTF and Deathmatch bugs
  • IP address of server is now shown in server browser
  • Manual connection to a server using IP address and port
  • Passwords can be set for joining your server, and/or for admin mode access. 
  • Instant Chase Cam switch during multiplayer (at all times) and during single player (if it’s unlocked). Q or Left Thumbstick Click on some gamepads is the default toggle control. (removed the chase camera toggle from the menu as it is now unnecessary due to the toggle control)
  • Added a limited visibility chase cam mode toggle for better performance on slow machines


Product Release - Valve
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 is now available on Steam! Face off against the AI, or gather your allies for the new multiplayer format: Archenemy, where you team up to take down a boss opponent.

Want more Magic? The Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Special Edition is also available now. If you already own Duels of the Planewalkers 2012, you will receive a discount when you upgrade to the Special Edition.

The Special Edition includes:
- Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
- 10 Foil Conversions
- Humanoids Persona Picture Pack (exclusive to Special Edition)
- D12 sound track
- Planeswalkers web comic PDF
- Exclusive D12 wall papers



AMD Catalyst 11.6 Windows Update Released

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 02:12 PM PDT

AMD Steady Video

- Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology
- By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again!
- Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled
- Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!
- AMD Steady Video is supported on the following products:
-- AMD Raedon HD 6000 Series when used in combination with an AMD CPU
-- AMD E-450 and E300
-- AMD A8, A6, and A4 series
- Supported in the following 3rd party players: Adobe Flash player, Windows Media player, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Corel Win DVD, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater

Decode Acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content

- AMD has enabled decode acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content in Microsoft video player applications (through MFT support) for all AMD Radeon 6000 Series

Performance highlights

- The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of products will see the following performance gains:
-- Dirt 2 – gains of up to 5% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations
-- F1 2010 – gains of up to 7% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
-- Tom Clancy’s Hawx – gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU
-- Crysis Warhead - gains of up to 6% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations
-- Unigine OpenGL - gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations

New Release: The Cat and the Coup

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 10:33 AM PDT

2011 IGF Finalist The Cat and the Coup is now available for free on Steam.

The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

Daily Deal - Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days 66% off!

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 10:02 AM PDT

Today’s Deal: Save 66% off Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days!

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Team Fortress 2 Update Released

Posted: 14 Jun 2011 04:28 PM PDT

Updates to Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Team Fortress 2

  • Added the Spiral Knights promotional hat
  • Updated The Superfan, The Essential Accessories, and The Hero’s Hachimaki so they can be painted
  • Updated The Conjurer’s Cowl and The Maul so they can be crafted and traded

Team Fortress 2 Update Released

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 05:13 PM PDT

Team Fortress 2
- Fixed a problem related to spawning multiple entities unnecessarily between mini-rounds
- Fixed a bug that caused players to see the wrong backpacks on some classes
- Fixed a problem with honorbound weapons not allowing themselves to be holstered after killing a Spy using the Dead Ringer
- Fixed the Ubersaw and the Vita-Saw not displaying the Medic’s ÜberCharge progress
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