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New Release - Saints Row: The Third - Witches & Wieners Pack

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 02:15 PM PDTnew on steam last night

The Saints Row: The Third - Witches & Wieners Pack is now available with all new costumes! Fly around on a broomstick, by sneaky as a Ninja, show your good and bad side with a halo or horns, or even been a Hot Dog!
 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Update Released

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 10:53 AM PDT

Gameplay
• Bot difficulty has been adjusted. They should be a bit easier now.
Dedicated Servers:
• Added support for overriding values in gamemodes.txt via gamemodes_server.txt
- See csgo/gamemodes_server.txt.example for instructions on how to modify it and define your own map groups.
• Added support for map sidecar files, which allow mappers to distribute map-specific gamemodes.txt variables in a separate file.
- See csgo/maps/de_dust_se.kv as an example.
• Fixed mp_timelimit not working properly when mp_maxrounds was set to 0.

UI
• net_graph has several changes that will allow players to better see values they (or the server operator) have configured incorrectly.
- The most important difference is that the game tick rate is now shown in the bottom left, which is where “sv:” (server fps) used to be. Server fps is not really a useful metric for players except when it is below the tick rate (indicating the server is overloaded). Server FPS above the tick rate is meaningless.
- The cl_updaterate and cl_cmdrate rate are now labeled as “up:” and “cmd:”, respectively. There is now color coding added to some of the values to indicate out of band values. If cmdrate or updaterate are set above the tick rate (requires a server operator to override the sv_maxcmdrate and sv_maxupdaterate), these values are shown in red. For optimal play experience, these values should match the server tick rate, which is the default behavior unless a server operator has overridden convars.
- Fixed formatting so that the right aligned values are correctly aligned and text doesn’t shift and jump as displayed values change.
• A banner element has been added to the Match Scoreboard to better convey Win, Lose, and Draw match results.
• Hint text has been added to the bottom of the Loading screen.
• Updated the Armor icon next to the Armor meter to include the Helmet when purchased.
• Updated the dominated/dominating/revenge icons for freeze panel, mini-scoreboard, and death notices.
• Updates to the Arms Race UI:
- Now when someone reaches the Gold Knife level, the HUD shows a message in the chat text, displays an alert, and plays a sound effect.
- The scoreboard now displays the winner of the Arms Race match.
- The Arms Race weapon progression HUD element in the lower right now properly displays the data for the person you are spectating.
• In Casual and Competitive modes, the weapon inventory in the lower right of the HUD displays the spectated player’s information now.
• Voting UI updates:
- Fixed the panel going away right after you cast a vote or saw a vote be cast as a client.
- The vote panel has been made smaller and positioned so it doesn’t cover other UI elements.
- After you cast a vote, the game no longer shows the text instructing you to press F1/F2 to vote.
- The Vote to Surrender option has been removed. Voting to Restart serves the same purpose.
- When an attempt to vote fails because it had already failed recently, the error message is now more descriptive about what’s going on.
- If a player casts a vote when another vote is already in progress, they get a message letting them know.
- If there are no players or maps that can be voted on when you try to cast a vote, those categories are disabled in the UI.
- The vote panel now animates.
- Added the proper sounds to the voting events.
- A fix was made to a vote you cast in a single player game automatically failing.
- Fixed the map you are currently playing displaying in the vote UI as "undefined".
- Updated the size, look and translucency of the vote panel.
- Added the ability to change the next map in the map list which overrides the next map in the mapgroup.
- Changed the text, "Restart the map?" to "Restart the match?"
- Voting for the same map you are playing as the next map will extend it and just restart the map instead of loading.
- Fixed voting panel displaying during the freeze cam screenshot.
- Fixed votes for a certain category failing if they had failed previously but had a different subcategory (for example, a vote failed for kicking player A wouldn’t let anyone vote to kick player B)
• Added a slider to the options menus that allow user to see and edit the numeric value directly.
• Removed the Random mapgroup choice from multiplayer Find a Game screen.
• Various improvements have been made to the loading screen to improve the layout.
• Changed the default bot difficulty option in the Offline with Bots screen to be "Easy" instead of "No Bots".

Maps
• Shoots
- Fixed some vphysics console error spew by turning off collision on static props that don’t have or don’t need collision.
• Baggage
- Moved some fill lights out a bit from the wall to reduce highlight intensity.
- Fixed some prop fading glitches.
• Dust
- Adjusted the Buy Zone edges to make sure all of the spawn points are completely inside the zones now.
- Set static props with no physics hull to non-solid.
• Dust 2
- Added clip brush to a crate at B that fixes an issue with the player getting stuck and dying.
- Fixed the misaligned Humvee windows near CT spawn.
• Inferno
- Adjusted the Buy Zone edges to make sure all of the spawn points are completely inside the zones now.
- Fixed some red console spew with static props without physics.
• Train
- Fixed a spawn point at T spawn that was intersecting a pillar.
• Lake
- Fixed a number of lighting issues.
• Office
- Fixed an error message regarding the slide show projection.
• Safehouse
- Fixed hard to see into entry way from back porch on the T side.
- The bush prop is now placed against the wall on the T side of the house.
- Fixed a hole that went through to the skybox creating a bright blue spot under the CT side porch next to the stairs.
• St Marc
- Removed certain phys props.
- Fixed a number of bad fade distances for cover props.
- Turned some phys props to static props.
- Fixed some bad fades on overlays.
- Fixed z-fighting in fence.
• Nuke
- Moved the forklift and added clip brushes to prevent collision issues.
- Added clips to the blue beams in lobby room.
• Sugarcane
- Turned a number of phys props to static.
- Deleted certain phys props.
- Fixed a few bad fade distances.

Audio
• Fix for the ding sound not playing consistently when a new weapon is earned in Arms Race.
• Updated the bomb planting sounds.
• Updated the helmet hit sounds.
• Adjusted hostage pain reaction voice overs.

Effects
• Some minor optimizations to the explosion effects that may help sorting a little bit.
• A few more minor optimizations for the explosions.

Bug Fixes
• Fixed a bug in initializing a dedicated server.
• Fixed a bug with the ‘Expert Marksman’ achievement.
• Fixed the ‘Primer’ achievement not awarding properly.
• Adjusted the weapon achievements award criteria to more suitable kill counts.
• Changed Game Mode based achievement restrictions. All achievements can now be earned in Arms Race game mode and Arms Race-specific achievements are restricted in other game modes.
• Fixed ‘Cold War’ achievement only being awarded to the Terrorist team.
• Fixed ‘Wild Gooseman’ Chase achievement.
• Fixed incorrect description for ‘Street Fighter’ achievement.
• Fixed ‘Dead Shepherd’ achievement not getting awarded.
• Fix for spectating your killer by default after freezecam/deathcam – camera will now follow a controllable bot first if applicable.
• Fixed ’Magic Bullet’ achievement.
• Felicitous Fun Fact Fixes
- Fixed "A former player" shown occasionally.
- Adjusted requirements for many fun facts so they no longer show when inappropriate (e.g. "most kills with 1 kills")
- Tweaked parameters in order to provide more interesting funfacts.
- Require team elimination for fun facts mentioning eliminating the enemy team.
• Fixed a case where a bot damages a victim and then a player takes over that bot and kills the victim and the death message shows the bot controlling player as the assister and the killer.
• Fix for the hitch just before the Gold Knife kill in Arms Race matches.
• Removed the display of the crosshair when the C4 is equipped.
• Fixed error in grenade throw angle calculation.
• Fixed main menu medals disappearing after returning to menu from a game.
• Fix for losing mouse cursor after joining a game with Community server browser.
• Fixed crashes/errors related to more than 10 players.
• Fixed a bug where the taser had no reticule.
• Fixed a rare crash in the weapon selection UI.
• Fixed some weapons in the UI not showing properly when you were the first player to join a server and it immediately restarted.
• Fixed not being able to pick up the C4 if you have a grenade in your inventory.
• Fix for the defuse kit icon displaying on the HUD of a T.
• Fixed the Warmup panel showing ‘%s1’ at the start of a match.
• Fixed medal ranks on the scoreboard not going away in a player slot when that bot or player has left the game.
• Fixed the "next weapon" element showing if you were spectating at the end of a round in a non-Arms Race match.

Now Available - Krater!

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 10:43 AM PDT

Krater is Now Available on Steam!

Krater is a squad based roleplaying game set in a colorful post-apocalyptic world. It combines the combat mechanics of action-rpgs with the top-down view of the classic old-school RPG and RTS games.

The game brings you far into the future of a post-apocalyptic Sweden. Once home to IKEA, Vikings and Minecraft, today its primitive inhabitants scavenge the broken overgrown world for technological artifacts.

At the rim of an impact site known as the Krater, three factions vie for control over the wound opening up into the world below. Consisting of an endless series of caves and tunnels filled with old world treasures and perils, the Underside stretches into the depths of the fallen Swedish civilization.

You arrive at the Krater with your team of freelancers to take part in the goldrush where people come back rich or don’t come back at all.
 

Now Available - Indie Game: The Movie

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 10:41 AM PDT

Indie Game: The Movie is Now Available on Steam!

Follow the creation of the games Super Meat Boy, Braid and FEZ through this Sundance award-winning feature documentary. Critic’s Pick of the New York Times and declared a “Must See” by Ain’t It Cool News. Watch the full theatrical cut in 1080p HD.
 

Midweek Madness - FEAR 3, 60% off

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 10:19 AM PDT

Save 60% on F.E.A.R. 3 during this week’s Midweek Madness!

Alma is expecting and a new level of terror grows as you and your cannibal brother battle through a hellish nightmare. Fight together or die alone on a deadly mission to confront your twisted mother. Players can take on the role of Point Man, a genetically enhanced soldier with superhuman reflexes and the ability to manipulate time, or the undead spirit of his brother Paxton Fettel, a paranormal entity who possesses incredible psychic powers.
 

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Now Available!

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 10:15 AM PDT

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is Now Available on Steam!

The Next Installment to the Award-Winning RTS.

While many were hopeful that diplomacy would finally end the war, differing opinions on what should be done, along with the depleted power of the controlling factions, has led to a splintering of the groups involved.

The loyalist members of the Trader Emergency Coalition adopt a policy of isolation, focusing on enhanced defenses to ride out the rest of the war. Those who rebel against the coalition take on a purely militant view, coming to the opinion that the only way to bring peace is by ultimately crushing all who oppose them - especially xenos.

Take the battle for galactic supremacy to its ultimate level in Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – a standalone RT4X game that combines the tactics of real-time strategy with the depth of the 4X genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate).
 

Daily Deal - Velvet Assassin, 66% off!

Posted: 12 Jun 2012 10:05 AM PDT

Today’s Deal: Save 66% off Velvet Assassin!

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!
 

Bastion Update Released

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 05:22 PM PDT

An update to Bastion has been released. The major changes include:

- Fixes screen flickering/stuttering for certain Mac users
- Fixes OS X 10.5 crashes on startup

Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Updates Released

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 03:47 PM PDT

Updates to Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

  • Updated with shared engine changes.

Dota 2 Update - June 11, 2012

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 03:27 PM PDT

- Added Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin, and Gyrocopter!

GAMEPLAY
- Drow: Fixed Frost Arrows not working on mechanical units.
- Morphling: Added effects for strength and agility morph as well as an overhead timer for replicate.
- Nature’s Prophet: Fixed Sprout destroying other trees around it.
- Shadow Demon: Fixed Soul Catcher being dispellable.
- Shadow Demon: Fixed Shadow Poison impact damage not hurting Disrupted units (and thus not disabling Blink).
- Fixed targeted spells not temporarily revealing the attacker.
- Fixed Orb of venom working on denies.
- Fixed the following spells being castable on magic immune allies: Nightmare, Frost Armor, Nature’s Guise, Holy Persuasion, Decrepify, Astral Imprisonment, Shadow Word and X Marks The Spot

UI
- Selecting "Equip" on an item in the backpack now flips to the loadout and automatically does the equipping for you.
- Added support for watching replays via URL. For example, "dota2://dota2://matchid=15478&matchtime=300" will go directly to five minutes into match 15478.
- Added button in replay panel to copy an URL into the clipboard that can be used to get back to that point in that replay.
- Added Hall of Fame trophies to the bases. Clicking on them will display the winning teams of The International.

DOTA 2 BOTS
- Made bots not leave a gank if they currently have the ability to reincarnate and allies are still attacking.
- Fixed bug where bots would pick their heroes before humans locked in their picks.

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