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How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

By Mitch Bowman

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s release in 2012, and the subsequent reinvigoration of CS as an esport, the game is larger in the public eye than ever before, and that’s bound to bring in some fresh meat. If you’re one of those new players who’s been sucked in by Global Offensive’s recent popularity, here’s some quick pointers to improve your CS skills.

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Lights, camera, action: Steam Broadcasting and FPS counter leaves beta

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Lights, camera, action: Steam Broadcasting and FPS counter leaves beta

Valve’s newest endeavor into taking over the world, this time competing with the likes of Twitch to enable streaming of their games to the masses, has finally left beta. Steam Broadcasting allows players to stream any game they play to either their friends, or the public, and without a whole lot of effort either.

Also heading out of beta today is the long awaited, but much welcomed FPS counter in the Steam overlay.

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Angels Fall First is an FPS, RTS and spaceship dogfighting game rolled into one, and it looks fab

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Angels Fall First is an FPS, RTS and spaceship dogfighting game rolled into one, and it looks fab

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s none of them - Angel Falls First is a whole lot else though: first person shooter, spaceship fighter sim, and real time strategy combined into one tidy package. If this piques your interest, then I’ve got some good news: the game has already been greenlit on Steam, and is deep into development.

The devs have just released a new trailer that demonstrates the many ways you can play the game, and we’ve got it below.

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DiRT 3 owners on Steam will upgrade to Complete Edition for free due to GFWL removal delays

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DiRT 3 owners on Steam will upgrade to Complete Edition for free due to GFWL removal delays

Codemasters announced over a year ago that they were going to shed their rally car game, DiRT 3, or the infamous Games for Windows Live. The only thing is, it is still to happen, but the impending move over to Steamworks is almost complete.

As a thanks to all those who’ve waited, Codemasters will be upgrading everyone’s copies of the game to the Complete Edition, free of charge.

“Again, apologies about the delay but we're almost there." said developer justbiglee on the Steam forums.

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Steam adds Captcha confirmation process on all trade offers to help thwart thieving malware

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Steam adds Captcha confirmation process on all trade offers to help thwart thieving malware

In another attempt to stop the bad guys getting away with it, Valve have added a new Captcha system to any and all Steam trade offers, to help prevent users from being swindled by nifty malware. Users will now need to type in the cryptic code displayed on each offer they submit. According to Valve, this is due to malicious malware being able to make trades on the users behalf, effectively cleaning out their accounts.

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Watch out: Aliens: Colonial Marines and Aliens vs Predator have been abducted from Steam

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Watch out: Aliens: Colonial Marines and Aliens vs Predator have been abducted from Steam

If you jumped on Steam today - or a lot of other retail outlets - you’ll be trumped if you try and search for either Aliens: Colonial Marines, or 2010’s Aliens vs Predator in the store. Strangely vanishing at the start of the new year, both games seem to have done a runner, and customers can no longer purchase the titles.

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Dota 2 heralds the new year with over ten million unique players last month

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Dota 2 heralds the new year with over ten million unique players last month

Dota 2 is Valve’s most popular game right now, and probably will be for a long time yet. In the last month, the game has clocked over 10,123,495 (so close to being sequential) unique players, and rising.

Although it’s not really a surprise is it - Dota 2 does have a habit of outnumbering all the games in Steam’s top 100 most played, combined.

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How Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is turning into the world's most exciting eSport

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How Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is turning into the world's most exciting eSport

By Mitch Bowman

There was a time not so long ago when Counter-Strike appeared to be a dying game. As competitive esports, both the original game and its successor, Counter-Strike: Source, were waning in popularity. Source had been hit particularly hard by the 2008 demise of the Championship Gaming League, the largest competitive league for the game, and original CS (generally referred to as “1.6" by players), was being eclipsed in the public eye by the RTS and MOBA esports du jour.

Even in 2012, with the release of a major new version of the game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, things were still looking grim. Many of the organizations that had kept competitive CS alive had folded, leaving a dearth of leagues and tournaments for professional players to compete in. To make matters worse, CS:GO itself was simply not very good when it first launched, and most pros were more inclined to stick with Source or 1.6.

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Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

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Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

Hold onto your wallets - the Steam Holiday Sale is upon us! It’ll be a hard journey; your temptations will be tested from today, all the way until January 2nd. If of course you’re in the market for some pc games for ludicrous prices, then you may as well embrace it.

Day six is here in time for some last minute Christmas shopping. 

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

Respawn’s monster mech shooter, Titanfall, currently only comes in Origin for; but that maybe not the case for future releases. Speaking to Game Informer, CEO Vince Zampella explains that he regrets not being able to field the game on more platforms.

“We would have loved for it to be on Steam from day one," said Zampell. “but at some point it just doesn't make sense anymore and you start looking to the future and I think we should not make that same decision again."

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Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash

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Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash

Russia is deep in financial crisis right now as the value of the country’s ruble currency plummets. It’s affecting everything, and video games are no exclusion. Today Valve have decided to limit trading and gifting between the Russian market and other stronger economies to prevent people abusing the system to buy cheaper games.

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Dota 2's Frostivus may be canceled, but that's not stopped Valve shipping patch 6.83: Shifting Snows

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Dota 2's Frostivus may be canceled, but that's not stopped Valve shipping patch 6.83: Shifting Snows

A couple of weeks ago, Valve announced that they’d canceled Christmas in Dota 2, again. While it’s many players were obviously sad, they were reassured it was for the best: with a tease of a new engine update, due early next year, instead taking priority.

But that hasn’t stopped Valve and Icefrog from deploying patch 6.83: chock full of hero balancing, frosty treasures and the return of the snow covered map.

There’s also even a sneak peak at a new and upcoming hero: Winter Wyvern, but only if you have the eyes of an eagle.

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The Square Enix Christmas Surprise: swing six mystery Steam games for a fiver

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The Square Enix Christmas Surprise: swing six mystery Steam games for a fiver

There are two problems commonly connected with buying yourself a Christmas present, which are a) the associated pang of sadness, which should disappear within two to four weeks, and b) the fact that you already know what it is and that’s a bit rubbish.

The Square Enix Christmas Surprise totally sorts out the second of those issues. Put down a fiver, and you’re guaranteed six mystery games from their catalogue. You’ll know who published it, and that it’s on Steam - but the exact contents will be a mystery until Thursday.

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Steam Holiday Auction: bid on 200k free games with recycled badges and inventory items

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Steam Holiday Auction: bid on 200k free games with recycled badges and inventory items

Valve appear to have opened a new game-recycling service ahead of the rumoured Steam Winter Sale. Not only can users purchase games, earn Steam trading cards through play and turn them into badges, backgrounds and emoticons - they can now break down those Steam Community items into gems and use the twinkly currency to bid on different games at auction.

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

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Ghost Recon Phantoms pulls off unlikely infiltration of Steam's most-played list

You’re a PC gamer, so you’ll know that even a mediocre launch can decimate the population of a decent multiplayer game. But there’s nothing in the hurriedly-scribbled rulebook for online games to prevent publishers from simply trying again.

Final Fantasy XIV was redeveloped practically from scratch to become one of the best MMOs on PC the second time around. And the half-remembered Ghost Recon Online, miserly and malfunctioning upon its first release in 2012, has now been successfully rechristened as Phantoms. It’s currently one of the most-played free-to-play games on Steam.

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Bioshock Infinite is heading to Linux; scheduled for early 2015

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Bioshock Infinite is heading to Linux; scheduled for early 2015

2K Games have officially announced that their much loved Bioshock Infinite will be available on Linux early next year. The first hints were picked up by a redditor, who saw new string updates to the game make multiple references to the Linux platform.

Shortly after, this was confirmed by a tweet from the publisher themselves. “More details coming after the New Year." said 2K.

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