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Vessel Update Released

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 02:16 PM PDTnew on steam today

Fixed a freeze that would happen occasionally, especially in the factory boss level
Fixed a small gap in geometry Fluros could trip on in the hub
You can now go back and fight the Golem a second time if you return to the level (door was blocked before)
Fixed a crash that would sometimes happen in the end game sequence
 

Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter Update Released

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 01:47 PM PDT

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Critical fixes:
+ Fixed a multiplayer combat crash related to weapon damage.
+ Fixed multiplayer crashes related to news events.
+ Fixed a news event crash related to resuming older games.
+ Fixed a scout rider crash.
+ Fixed a crash related to the colony information display in combat.

Other fixes:
+ Fixed an issue that caused civilian population to drop after new
factions were introduced.
+ Improved trade slider notch accuracy.
+ Planet missiles now target battle ships and battle cruisers.
+ Fixed an issue where battle riders were not launching in multiplayer combat.
+ Fixed the issue where minelayer were not working in multiplayer combat.
+ Fixed overharvesting beyond available resources.
+ The grovernment graph marker no longer moves beyond the graph bounds.
+ Fixed grav boat behavior.

Other changes and additions:
+ Gate ships now deploy after the combat phase.
+ Colony stimulus now considers star systems each player already has
colonies in.
+ Fleet support range now takes all support points into consideration,
which should extend range in friendly space.
+ Eliminated players are now reflected in the diplomacy manager.
 

Max Payne 3 Update Released

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 12:22 PM PDT

-Security fixes
-Various bug/stability fixes
-MSAA white outline fix
-Various multi-head improvements
-Text chat added to lobbies by default
-Mouse acceleration setting added to controls menu
-Aspect ratio setting added to the graphics menu
 

New DLC Available - Crusader Kings II - Sword of Islam, African Unit Pack, and Songs of the Caliph

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 11:23 AM PDT

Sword of Islam, the first expansion for Crusader Kings II, as well as the African Unit Pack and Songs of the Caliph DLC’s are now available on Steam!

Sword of Islam adds playable Muslim rulers to the game as well as adds more than 20 new features to the game including new counties/titles, Polygamy, and the new Muslim Dynasty Decadence System.

Songs of the Caliph adds two new songs for use in the Sword of Islam expansion. The African Unit Pack adds new unit graphics for the African states south of the Sahara
 

Hack, Slash, Loot Update Released

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 11:18 AM PDT

Hack, Slash, Loot v8 Change Log
Added Artifact selection and visual ’tell’.
Added additional credits.
Added workaround for non-english Windows usernames.
Added option to switch to Direct3D graphics driver.
Added character stat on mouse-over on title screen.
Added incremental saves to improve the chances of recovery after a fatal crash.
Changed poison to now wear off.
Changed starting character slightly to improve their chances.
Fixed poison not cancelling after resurrect.
Fixed various spelling/grammatical errors.
Fixed teleport, again!
Fixed Steam offline mode.
Fixed disappearing stairs issue.
Removed character race from title screen.
 

New Release - Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 10:08 AM PDT

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier™ is Now Available in North, Central and South America on Steam and will become available in other regions soon. Please check the game page for release times.

In Ghost Recon Future Soldier join an elite team of highly trained, cut-throat special-ops soldiers. Armed to the teeth with unrivalled combat technology and cutting-edge military hardware, Ghost Recon takes you to the globe’s most deadly warzones to hunt down the highest value targets.
 

Daily Deal - Aliens vs. Predator, 80% off!

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 10:05 AM PDT

Today’s Deal: Save 80% off Aliens vs. Predator!

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!
 

Midweek Madness - L.A. Noire - 75% off!

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 10:05 AM PDT

Save 75% on L.A. Noire during this week’s Midweek Madness!

Amid the post-war boom of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Cole Phelps is an LAPD detective thrown headfirst into a city drowning in its own success. Corruption is rampant, the drug trade is exploding, and murder rates are at an all-time high. In his fight to climb the ranks and do what’s right, Phelps must unravel the truth behind a string of arson attacks, racketeering conspiracies and brutal murders, battling the L.A. underworld and even members of his own department to uncover a secret that could shake the city to its rotten core.
 

Crusader Kings II Update Released

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 08:30 AM PDT

MAJOR:
- Muslim Decadence System
- Muslim Polygamy
- Added new provinces, titles and history for Mali, Songhay and Ghana
- Added the province of Aprutium (split off from Spoleto)
- Added the new creatable Empires of Russia, Britannia, Spain, Francia, Scandinavia, Persia and Arabia
- Strong and Weak Claim System
- Overhaul of game text for Muslims
- Added plots to claim titles
- Split up the former Kingdom of Khazaria into many de jure kingdoms
- Split the Kingdom of Rus into the kingdoms of Rus and Ruthenia
- Added the duchies of Susa and Latium
- Revised murder plots completely. No decisions, just events.
- Commander traits added
- Heavily revised combat tactics
- Loads of new events

MINOR:
- AI: Much more eager to join Crusades/Jihads if it has de jure interests in the target kingdom
- AI: Much more eager to join Crusades/Jihads if in the same realm as the religious head
- AI: More stubborn about fighting decadence revolters
- AI: Tweaked Crusade targetting - will no longer target kingdoms with 0 ’holiness’ value for that religion
- AI: Non-Muslims will not accept marriages for female relatives with Muslims, unless they are vassals
- AI: Now prefers giving baronies/counties to courtiers with static dynasties rather than creating random characters
- AI: Vassals of vassals can now correctly revolt to depose their liege
- AI: DoW now factors in the strength of enemies of enemies
- AI: Willing to join another rebelling vassal’s war for the crown only if they’d like them better as _liege_
- AI: Vassals should no longer start wars (except for revolts) if the whole realm is under attack from outside
- AI: Caliphs will now be more aggressive with calling Jihads
- Army AI: Will now assault when appropriate
- Army AI: Fixed a problem where you could trick AI armies into ping-ponging while it was trying to gather its forces
- Army AI: Fixed some issues where it would not count attached units properly
- Army AI: Better at moving across land without marching together with other armies, causing unnecessary attrition
- Army AI: Improved attrition check in targetting calculations
- Army AI: Fixed an issue where it would merge armies to huge sizes by not considering attached forces
- Invasion AI: Fixed an issue where it would choose poor secondary targets if the target province was too heavily defended
- No longer possible to call lieges to war against their own vassals
- Fixed a bug with the succession message not being shown for the ones who inherit titles
- Fixed an issue with the de jure law vote message not going away when trying to approve it
- Slightly increased merc reinforcement rates
- Fixed a memory leak with timed opinion modifiers that time out naturally
- Moved the county of Chalons into Lower Burgundy and Grisons into Upper Burgundy
- Fixed a bug with the depose liege CB sometimes making the new ruler independent (bug in the effect ’abdicate_to_most_liked_by’).
- Fixed a bug with the effect ’abdicate_to_most_liked_by’ that would invalidate outside wars
- Fixed a bug with the ’grant_title’ effect which would assign the liege to the liege of the granter
- Fixed a potential infinite loop in war name generation
- Fixed a bug with the Feudal Elective law being tolerated for Republics
- If the loser in a war is imprisoned, he is now automatically released on peace
- Fixed a bug with created characters sometimes getting duplicate education traits
- People who avoid imprisonment will now always flee to another realm
- Added a whole bunch of cleaned up title coats of arms
- Muslim coats of arms should now use better colors
- No longer allowed to grant titles to prisoners
- You can now correctly press the de jure claims of vassals of vassals
- Fixed a bug with being able to call vassals of vassals of the enemy into wars within the same realm
- When winning (enforce or reverse) a war, all prisoners from your realm held by the enemy are now released
- Added opinion modifiers ’Imprisoned my Child’ and ’Executed my Child’
- No longer allowed to ask to join outsider wars against your liege
- Fixed a bug with the depose liege CB in republics and bishoprics
- Rulers deposed with the ’depose’ casus belli no longer get any land from their old vassals to remain rulers
- Fixed an issue where a ruler could not offer peace to a rebelling vassal if he had holdings occupied by another (loyal) vassal in a separate war
- Fixed a bug with the hostility icons for loyal vassals in separate wars with rebelling vassals
- If a vassal is at war with another vassal who is rebelling, the war no longer ends if the liege wins and the rebellion is crushed
- Fixed a bug with lieges ending up in two wars if a vassal revolted while a revoke action was pending
- Blocked excomm wars against revolters
- Fixed some issues with succession not being recalculated after certain event effects
- Peace Offers now make it clear whether it’s a demand for surrender, white peace or surrender
- Cleaned up all CB tooltips
- The initial Seljuk-Byzantine war is now a full invasion of the de jure kingdom of Armenia
- Added "Scarred" trait
- Fixed a bug allowing rulers of a hostile religion to vote for de jure laws even when not de facto vassals
- Toned down base attribute gain of children from guardians
- Optimized the CPU heaviest events
- Fixed a nasty old crash bug with the defection of the Victual Brothers
- Fixed a hostility bug with allies helping to defend against a revolter
- Fixed an issue with Gavelkind inheritance in baronies, where the youngest child would inherit first
- Fixed an issue with the random seed in delayed events
- Fixed a bug allowing you to usurp titles from your own vassals
- Fixed an issue with vassals of vassals gaining independence when you pressed their claims
- The titular kingdoms of Naples and Trinacria are no longer creatable in-game
- The Ecumenical Patriarch will now refuse to excommunicate a character who has repented, even if the Emperor asks
- Merc navies will now disband when not getting paid
- Fixed an issue with the lower Crown Authority plot when the liege folds to the ultimatum of a vassal king
- No longer possible to grant duchies to barons
- The event effect ’destroy_landed_title’ now gives the current holder a strong claim on the title
- The events where the Mongols receive reinforcements no longer trigger if the titles are held by non-Tengri or non-Mongol rulers
- Fixed an issue with attached units and siege outcomes
- Fixed a bug with Revokation plot wars against vassals who lose the title to someone else
- Fixed a bug where a vassal in revolt against his liege would sometimes have the war end inconclusively when the liege got a new liege
- Fixed an issue where children would change guardian if they became landed
- AI spouses of lower rank than you will now always accept education requests- In feudal elective titular realms, _all_ vassals of the appropriate tier are now electors
- The death of a spouse no longer makes characters lose their jobs
- Characters who end up leading the troops of their enemies should now automatically return home
- The opinion penalties for revoking a title are now applied whether or not the target accepts or refuses
- If a vassal refuses a title revokation and wins or achieves a white peace, the ’declared_war’ opinion modifier is now cleared (meaning the liege does not get a ’free’ title revokation)
- There is no longer a cooldown for calling allies to war who _accepted_ a previous call
- Primogeniture: more heirs should now be listed
- Gavelkind: fixed a glitch with grandchildren
- Removed impassable terrain between Kartli and Albania
- Fixed unit position in the Irish Sea
- Made Sviatopolk Rurikovich (count of Zaozerye in 1066) a legit bastard
- Heretics and infidels are now barred from inheriting anything that the religious head holds
- The portraits for undiscovered murderers should now be hidden in the event window
- Mercs and Holy Order commanders should no longer be shown in the quick marriage window
- Now always allowed to attach your units to your lieges’ units
- Added an event where a ruler converts to the native culture
- Adjusted and improved the events where provinces change culture
- Reactivated the lifting FoW for allies in wars
- Doubled regular assassination costs
- The "Arrange Marriage" button now shows random courtiers if there are too few interesting women around
- There is now a slight chance of a random education outcome
- Fixed some issues with war invalidation for banishment of landed characters
- Can no longer banish mercs, holy order heads, or religious heads
- Attached units that are not in the same province as the master unit are no longer hostile to the master unit’s enemies
- The spouse will now get a message on divorce
- Fixed some historical issues with Chios and Lesbos
- The liege should now get pressed claims on _all_ titles of characters who declare independence
- If an ally could legally call you into a war, you should always be able to ask to join as well
- Battle Death should now show the unit owner rather than the unit commander
- Vassals of lieges who are fighting their liege will no longer revolt
- Holy War CBs are now valid for Catholic vassals of Orthodox lieges, etc
- Added automatic county conversion events for Muslims (35500 and 35501)
- Pathfinding now prefers friendly territory to enemy territory
- Vassal vs Liege wars should now end with a _mutual_ truce

FOR MODDERS:
- Exported inbreeding trait gain factors to defines
- Exported most relevant files under common to their own folders, so they can be broken up into multiple files
- Added ’immortal’ flag to traits; stops aging, character will not die of age or poor health
- Added ’pilgrimage’ flag to traits; the character is away and needs a regent, but can still be a guardian, etc
- Added ’name_tier’ to landed titles, so that empires can be called kingdoms, etc
- Added ’pass_effect’ to decisions and laws, which is not run by automatic functions (useful for setting opinion modifiers when passing laws.)
- Added event target ’fromfrom’
- Added trigger ’in_revolt’
- Added ’divine_blood’ flag to dynasties, which allows full consanguine marriages and tells the AI to prefer keepin’ it in the family
- Added ’founder_named_dynasties’ to cultures
- Can now script marriage consanguinity rules in religions
- Added a ’potential’ trigger to Job Actions
- Added ’dismiss_trigger’ to job titles
- Added a ’potential’ trigger to traits
- Added trigger ’num_of_realm_counties’
- Added effect ’vassalize_or_take_under_title’
- Added trigger ’death_reason’
- Added event target ’killer’
- Added event effect ’objective_succeeds’
- The trigger ’can_be_given_away’ is now more restrictive. Checks occupation or sieges of constituent Holdings, contestation in wars, etc.
- Added history command ’conquest_culture’
- Added trigger ’plot_power_contribution’
- Added trigger ’random’
- Added trigger ’any_potential_tribal_county’
- Added effect ’any_potential_tribal_county’
- Added effect ’random_potential_tribal_county’
- Added ’new’ target in effects ( character = new ) for newly created characters
- Added death reason ’death_hashshashin’
- Added effect ’make_primary_spouse’
- Added trigger ’has_strong_claim’
- Added trigger ’has_weak_claim’
- Added effect ’add_weak_claim’
- Added effect ’add_weak_pressed_claim’
- Added trigger ’has_regent’
- Added trigger ’is_contested’
- Added event effect ’any_spouse’
- Added event effect ’random_spouse’
- Added trigger ’any_spouse’
- Added trigger ’is_main_spouse’
- Added a ’distance’ trigger
 

New Free to Play on Steam - Dungeons and Dragons Online

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 04:42 PM PDT

Dungeons and Dragons Online® is Now Available and Free to Play on Steam!

Enter a world of danger and adventure with Dungeons & Dragons Online®, the free, award-winning, massively-multiplayer online game based on the beloved RPG that started it all.
 

Microsoft Flight Update Released

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 06:26 PM PDT

New Features and Functionality
o New hardware-related functionality
Added support for TrackIR
Added support for axis-based brake control devices
Added settings specific to Intel Ivy Bridge graphics hardware
o New Hangar Marketplace UI
Added details page for Marketplace items
Improved user experience for downloading multiple pieces of DLC
Added locked/unlocked livery sorting
o Map improvements
Added globe icon to Main Menu for region selection
Adjusted map displays for areas with high airport concentration
Added region-based filtering for Aerocaches
o Improved error reporting
Added features which allow for more robust error reports from end users
o New UI Features
Added “Glance” command; when R key is pressed and held, allows player to look toward the closest Point of Interest Marker
o New Environment Features and Improvements
Added two new weather themes: Heavy Weather and Mixed Weather
Added new in-cloud effects
Adjusted coloration of clouds at higher densities to be more realistic
Adjusted cloud randomization
Bug Fixes
o Reduced load times across the board
o Adjusted “Skip to Waypoint” feature: players no longer spawn inside intervening terrain pieces
o Fixed issues with double-byte languages (Korean, Japanese & Chinese)
Fixed issue causing in-cockpit tooltips to display incorrectly
Fixed issue preventing planes from appearing in Hangar after selecting a job from the Job Board
o Fixed graphics issues
Fixed issues in fog layer and cirrus cloud rendering
Adjusted reflections to be more realistic (no more giant plane reflections)
Fixed vegetation flickering issues
Fixed banyan tree rendering
Fixed crash that occurred for some users when changing graphics settings during cut scenes
Improved in-flight terrain textures for users with Vertical Sync enabled
o Addressed multiple Games for Windows – LIVE related issues which can cause Microsoft Flight to crash
o Addressed multiple issues causing Windows Vista users to experience a crash after completing a mission or challenge
o Fixed multiplayer issues
Reduced bandwidth consumed during multiplayer sessions
Fixed error experienced by final users to join multiplayer sessions
Fixed multiple crashes that occur during multiplayer sessions
Reduced choppiness in rendering other users’ planes during multiplayer

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