In a recent game update Valve have added a new feature to Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Overwatch. This new community centric tool allows for qualified members known as “Investigators" to watch footage of reported cheats/hackers. Upon reviewing the footage they can submit a verdict based on what behaviour was shown. The results of these verdicts can mean warnings and even temporary bans if the consensus deems it.
Last week saw the launch of Steam’s trading card game, a new system that sees cards dropped while playing through some of Valve’s catalogue. Collect a full set of cards and you can craft them into a badge for XP that levels up your player profile. Collect a set of cards again and you can craft a better badge.
If you’re a regular user of Steam you may have noticed that they do free weekends from time to time. As of right now, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is free to play until Sunday afternoon. If you don’t already have CS:GO, then we’re giving you a direct order to go play it.
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That’s the most gruesome feature of what’s turned out to be a pretty sizeable update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this week. Bullets will now travel through limbs and out the other side. That is, the game will calculate whether a hit to an arm or leg would continue on into a head or stomach, and if so, apply the appropriate increased damage multiplier instead.
That’s not all. The patch has also seen Valve tweak the stats of a number of weapons, reevaluate the rules for one game mode and fix bugs throughout Operation Payback’s community maps.
ESEA have now issued a formal apology and explanation, claiming that “an employee acting on his own and without authorization to access our community through our company’s resources" is responsible for activating beta code that the company never intended on using.
The ESEA server client, commonly used as an anti-cheating measure in games of Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2 and Team Fortress 2, has been discovered to carry malware that uses unsuspecting players’ graphics cards to mine Bitcoins.
Users of the client have reported that their GPUs have overheated and been disabled by the bitcoin mining process.
It’s been a longer time coming than we expected when mumblings of a CS:GO community map support pass first began in March, but Operation Payback has arrived exactly as expected: a ticket to play seven top-rated, community-developed maps on official servers for the next three months.
Today Valve reveal plans for a new subscription based payment plan, to be built directly into Steam. It’s designed to “give gamers flexibility and control" of subscription based games, by allowing them to managed all in one place. Unholy Wars, will be the first to use the new system.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team VeryGames roundly beat fnatic at Gadget Show Live’s Mad Catz tournament this weekend. Their solid 2-0 victory was secured across two maps, and the French team left with a sizeable chunk of the £10,000 prize pool.
Valve have made a rare whoopsie and released the newest-most CS:GO update a day ahead of schedule. Though the patch was swiftly recalled via an emergency rope-and-pulley system, the internet has many eyes, and enough of them were able to compare notes to confirm that Counter-Strike players are getting paid-for access to top community maps hosted on official servers.
A recent update to the Steam client has provided budding artists (and seasoned artists) a place to show off their game-related wares. Each Steam game’s Community hub now features an artwork tab where anyone is free to upload pictures and videos of their related works, these are then free to be upvoted by that game’s community. It’s like having a potentially hundred thousand-strong committee running the placement of exhibit pieces at a virtual gallery.
Valve are making us all art critics and to get started they’ve submitted some of their own work for critique.
Xfire’s long been one of the go to game chat systems, before Steam it was one of the better ways to talk to friends playing across different games, butl now they’ve launched a new system, Battleground. It lets you launch games with friends, jumping into Xfire-owned servers, and play to collect tokens which put you in line to win prizes.
On top of that it may become a hotbed for eSports tournaments and sponsored contests.
Tactical Intervention is finally to be released (in North America). From the co-creator of Counter-Strike, Minh "Gooseman" Le, Tactical Intervention is a free-to-play team-based multiplayer shooter that sets up a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terr... wait a tic, this all sounds mighty familiar. Yes, Le and his team over at FIX Korea does sound to essentially have remade the game that brought him fame back in 1999 but it has a lot more going on under the hood than just rehashing what made Counter-Strike a hit.
Set to release in North America at the end of this month on the 28 March, FIX have also announced an open beta period from the 14 - 25 March.
SteamPipe is Valve’s shiny and relatively new content delivery system, the vehicle by which nigh on everything on Steam is downloaded and stored these days. Some poor middling-to-old Valve games - namely TF2, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch - have been making do with rather more rickety means of transport for years, but Valve have been working to get them upgraded.
Find out what that means for those who like to shoot after the break.
In what’s I’m fairly comfortable wagering is new ground for the Canadian travel authorities, the Société de transport de Montreal plans to sue a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map maker for recreating the city’s Berri-Uqam station in-game. The STM are prepared to issue Diego Liatis with a $50,000 fine plus court costs if the map is released to the public as planned, says the modder.
Hidden Path are still fiddling about with the latest Counter-Strike, tweaking Deagle's gun range here, increasing the recoil on a Glock there, and generally being a busy body to make their version of Valve's aged shooter the most pristine of them all.
The patch released last week is a slight one but fixes some little niggly bugs and balances a couple of the game's best weapons so I thought it best to share.