Today Valve have launched the beta of Steam reviews
"Users considering a purchase on Steam may now browse reviews from friends and the community, leave comments on reviews, and indicate which reviews they found helpful.
Once a user has played a game or used a software title on Steam, they are able to write a review of that product and share their experience with everyone on Steam.
Steam Reviews is an evolution of the Recommendation system that has been a part of Steam since 2010. Over the past few years, Steam users have written over 7 million Recommendations of games and software to their friends. Those Recommendations have been upgraded to Steam Reviews. As such, users may now choose to make their past Recommendations visible as Reviews to everyone on Steam, if they wish, by visiting their list of Reviews and changing the settings accordingly."
Check out the Steam Reviews page for more.
The guys over at Black Mesa Source have released some exciting news today, announcing that Black Mesa will now become a retail game on Steam. They also noted that a free version on Source 2013 will be released shortly after, hoping to open source their maps and game assets to the modding community.
"Last year, Black Mesa was one of the first Steam games to be Greenlit by you, our amazing fans. We've had quite a year since then, with a lot happening internally that we haven't been able to talk about... until now. Black Mesa has been given the opportunity to be sold as a retail product on Steam! This is an incredible honor - one we never expected - but also one we found hard to accept."
You can read the full thread here.
Also, I'd like to shed light on an interesting post written by their Lead Developer your-name-here:
"The free version of the game has been ported to Source 2013. Right now, that version is functionally equivalent to the released version of Black Mesa we released a year ago. When we got on greenlight, we were forced to move to another engine. Right now, we can't tell you what that engine is due to our licensing agreement. Being on this new engine allows us to change how the engine works, modify tools, etc; things we plain and simply cannot do for the free version. I plan to open source the black mesa code for the free version. "
What could it mean? Dare I say, Source 2? That's enough fueling the hype machine for me today, I'll let you all interpret that however you like.
A huge Dota 2 update has arrived bringing a plethora of new features and fixes.
Just some of the more notable new features:
"Remake of Storm Spirit.
Addition of Earth Spirit and Ember Spirit.
Ingame Coaching Features.
Item Crafting and Socketing.
The Diretide Gamemode. "
And of course it wouldn’t be a proper update without new chests to collect, and this time there are three.
Still no Dota Sdk or Support for Custom maps, are people interested in mapping for Dota?
I certainly am, let me know in the comments.
Read the full details Here
Phil Co, a level designer at Valve has been kind enough to answer a ton of questions especially for us at Interlopers.
The interview covers a huge variety of topics including what it’s like working for Valve, designing Portal 2’s boss fight and Phil’s general workflow as a level designer.
A huge thanks to Phil for taking time out from his busy schedule to do this and for giving us such detailed and awesome answers, and a big thanks to Valve for letting this happen!
Read the full interview.
The annual Team Fortress Halloween update is now live !
"Claw your way through piles of musty books and skeletons while old people yell at each other about nonsense and get carried off to Hell! That's right, Team Feartress fans— we combined the terror of Halloween with the more muted and depressing terror of a retirement home, and accidentally invented an entirely new brand of horror! Then we realized listening to two old men bicker from beyond the grave isn't that horrifying, so we threw in a bunch of crazy spells you can cast at each other!"
The update includes a new Payload variant, over 100 new items and eight new Halloween bereavements.
There is also a new comic!
Read more about it Here
Over on the Valve YouTube channel, there is a newly uploaded video demonstrating the new Steam Controller with some different games, including Portal and Counter-Strike:
Valve are planning on hosting a Steam developer conference.
"Steam Dev Days is a two-day game developer’s conference where professionals can meet in a relaxed, off the record environment. Developers will share their design and industry expertise, participate in roundtable discussions and attend lectures by industry veterans on topics ranging from game economies to VR, Linux/OpenGL, user-generated content and more. "
Read more about it Here
Interlopers is nine years old. How the...?
Much love to everyone still contributing and keeping the place from going dusty. Let's hope that we have Source 2 and HL3 in our hands before the tenth year comes.
That would be nice.
Valve have released some hardware details regarding the upcoming Steam machines:
"The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts. It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to. Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by shopping for components and assembling it themselves. And we expect that at least a few people will do just that. (We'll also share the source CAD files for our enclosure, in case people want to replicate it as well.)"
Full details can be found in this press release.
It seems Valve's instance of the JIRA project management tool was made public and some eagle eyed internet person spotted groups for Half-Life 3 and Half-Life 3 Core.
Although the link is no longer available, Rock Paper Shotgun are reporting that the Core list had Adam Foster, Jesse Cliffe and others.
Make of it what you will.
Polygon are reporting that Valve have filed a application to trademark Half-Life 3 in Europe.
"A trademark application for Half-Life 3, possibly the next entry in Valve's excruciatingly dormant Half-Life franchise, has been filed in Europe, according to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, the European Union's trademark and designs registry."
Make of this what you will.
Read more about it Here
Tommy Refenes (developer behind Super Meat Boy) has posted his thoughts on an early prototype of the Steam Controller:
"If you were to ask me if I would play games with the Steam Controller…I would say yes. If you were to ask me to choose between Steam Controller and a 360 controller, I would choose 360. Don’t take that as slight to the controller though because it’s more about the comfort of familiarity over functionality."
Read the full rundown on his Tumblr.
Valve have revealed their third and final living room announcement.
"We set out with a singular goal: bring the Steam experience, in its entirety, into the living-room. We knew how to build the user interface, we knew how to build a machine, and even an operating system. But that still left input — our biggest missing link. We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology — one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input and we now believe we’ve arrived at something worth sharing and testing with you."
Read more about it Here
Previous Announcements bellow.
Valve have revealed their second living room announcement.
"Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS."
There is also an upcoming hardware beta.
"This year we’re shipping just 300 of these boxes to Steam users, free of charge, for testing. You can make yourself eligible to get one. How? Read on!"
Read more about it Here
The previous announcement : SteamOS
The first of three steam living room announcements have been revealed.
"Steam is coming to a new operating system
As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the
environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.
It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines."
Read more about it Here
The first major post release Dota 2 update is out today and brings a large amount of new features and improvements.
A few of the key additions:
Engage in close quarters combat with nine of your nearest friends. Now you can create a local lobby and use your computer to host a rousing round of Dota 2 through your home or café network.
Gather a team, choose a captain, and face off against your opponents in a test of wits to assemble a squad from a randomized pool of twenty-four heroes. Each team takes turns banning two of the available heroes from the match while picking and counter-picking to compose their lineup before charging into battle.
Your Backpack is now your Armory! Never fumble through piles of weapons and announcers while trying to find your rare couriers again. Build filters for, and navigate your armory by item type, quality,
rarity, and more"
We will also finally see the release of the highly anticipated Glados Announcer pack, portal 2 themed wards and hud.
No doubt this announcer pack will be hilarious and very well written, but is it is also slightly controversial? What do you think about portal 2 content making the leap into Dota 2?
Personally I will be getting it right away!
This update will also add keys for the Polycount chest. This chest contains some fantastic items from some of the best artists in the community. Be sure to grab a key or two and support our friends at Polycount if you can afford it.
For the full list of additions and fixes check out First Blood
For a really in depth breakdown of this updates contents check out CyborgMatt's blog
Last week’s Csgo update saw the arrival of the Operation Bravo map pack, this pack contains eight fantastic community made maps. Congratulations to everyone whose map was included, all eight look outstanding.
"Operation Bravo, the latest collection of top-rated community maps, is now live in CS:GO. Buying a pass will get you unlimited access to a map group of eight top-voted Workshop Maps playable in casual, deathmatch and—for the first time—competitive mode. The map group consists of seven new maps (Agency, Ali, Cache, Chinatown, Gwalior, Ruins and Siege), as well as a returning favorite (Seaside) that we’re eager to try out as a competitive map."
The pack costs $5.99 and a percentage of the proceeds go back to the maps authors themselves, so support your fellow level designers and check it out!
Let us know what you think of the maps in the comments.
According to Valve, we can expect to see some news about Steam and his journey into our living rooms next week:
"As Gabe mentioned a few days ago, we will be talking next week about the steps we're taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room. Specifically, we have three announcements to make beginning with the first one on Monday morning."
Keep your eyes on this Steam page for the announcements
At LinuxCon, Gabe gave a presentation regarding the future of Linux and gaming:
"Newell made his comments while delivering a keynote at LinuxCon in New Orleans. "It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming," Newell said. "It's sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope.""
Check out the full article for all the detail, plus a video of his talk.
According to Develop Valve is looking to potentially open a UK office:
"The Steam giant is currently sounding out the UK development scene at the Develop in Brighton conference, and is looking at the potential viability of a UK office."
Check the article for more detail