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Scream Fortress 2014 is here!

Merasmus the Wizard brings you Team Fortress 2's annual Halloween celebration!

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XboxAhoy's Excellent Half-Life Retrospective

The popular "XboxAhoy" YouTube channel just uploaded an excellent retrospective video analysis that explores Valve's success with the original Half-Life. If you have a spare 20 minuets, it's well worth a watch!

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No More Room in Hell 1.09 Released

This 1 year anniversary release is builds right off of the 1.08 released back in August. National Guard zombies, animated medical items, and more await!

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Half-Life Web Series 'The Freeman Chronicles' Releases Update: 'Production Is a Go!'

Upcoming live action Half-Life fan film series "The Freeman Chronicles" just published a blog post teasing new production media after a long period of silence.

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New Fan-Made Comic Series 'Half-Life: A Place in the West' Announced

An unofficial Half-Life comic series is in the works!

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Mass Community Playthrough Planned for Half-Life 2's 10th Anniversary

In the approach to the 10th anniversary of the release of Half-Life 2, a mass community playthrough of the game is being organised.

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PlanetPhillip Announces ‘HorrorVille’ Mapping Challenge

Half-Life

As Halloween approaches, PlanetPhillip.com has today announced a new single-player mapping challenge for Half-Life 2: Episode 2 entitled “HorrorVille”.

The challenge will run from 12:00am Friday 17th October to 12:00pm (GMT) on Monday 3rd November, lasting 17 days.

The theme is obviously horror orientated and entrants are encouraged to make their maps as creatively scary as possible. The rules also require submissions to feature at least one weapon and enemy or one puzzle scenario, using only assets from the Half-Life 2 series of games.

The winner will be decided by a public vote and all maps submitted to a decent standard will have the chance to be included in a free HorrorVille mod after the challenge ends.

HorrorVille follows PlanetPhillip.com’s series of “ville” mapping challenges and competitions which compile publicly submitted single-player maps into free mods.

For more information, check out PlanetPhillip.com’s announcement post.

5 Reasons You Should Bind a Key to Suicide in TF2

Team Fortress

Dying is almost always a bad thing in Team Fortress 2 (indeed, most shooters). You aren’t helping your team while dead, you aren’t having fun while dead, and a good many unlocks are dedicated to keeping the player or his teammates alive. Trying not to die is, for the most part, a pretty good strategy and you’ll go far with it.

DreamHack Winter 2014 CS:GO Tournament

Counter-Strike

Valve today announced a $250,000 prize pool for the DreamHack CS:GO Championship at DreamHack Winter 2014.

DreamHack takes place in Jönköping, Sweden from November 27th-29th. Why this event is so special you ask? DreamHack is the largest digital festival in the world, and lays claim to holding the world’s largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.

US Propaganda – From TF2?

Team Fortress

With what’s happening in Eastern Europe now, each side claims that the other is spinning the truth. However, the most recent development is that Russian state media claims that the US has, and continues to spread propaganda.

Valve Being Chased by the ACCC

Valve

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are issuing a lawsuit against Valve.

While Valve doesn’t have physical presence in Australia, they still serve clients and customers there. This means that they are bound to Australian law. The ASCC states that Valve has not fulfilled its requirement for mandatory customer guarantees.

Half-Life Backwarding?

Half-Life

Recently, GoldSrc speedrunner “quadrazid“, previously famous for his 20 minute Half-Life 1 speedrun, uploaded a video of what he calls “Half-Life Backwarding”, which is exactly what it is.

In the short video, quadazid attempts to make his way through various Half-Life levels such as the Hazard Course as fast as he can, but this time facing backwards.

If you thought normal Half-Life speedruns are crazy enough, then this has just taken it to a whole new level.

‘Lambda’ Fan Film Trailer Released

Half-Life

We previously covered the announcement of a new Half-Life fan film called “Lambda” a few weeks ago however the director Connor Botts just put up the official trailer, which looks pretty epic.

The story is set just prior to the events of Half-Life 2 and follows a character known as Dominic Ryan, a resistance fighter who teams up with Barney Calhoun and Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2 in an attempt to rebel the Combine forces currently dominating the Earth.

If you want to find out more information about Lambda you can read our original announcement article which contains exclusive information about the film, there is also a Combine Overwiki page for it too!

You can also follow the film’s Twitter and Facebook page for future updates.

Analyzing New Steam Account Phishing

Steam

Phishing isn’t new, and certainly not for Steam accounts. While Steam Guard has been an integral defence since the last major Steam Community upgrade, it still isn’t enough. We take a look at a new method of circumventing Steam Guard and how attackers can gain access to your account.

No More Room in Hell 1.08 Released

Source

The once Source mod, now Greenlit game “No More Room in Hell” has just recently released version 1.08.

Changes in this version include the FN FAL weapon, the highly demanded suicides by gun shots, two new official objective maps, two community maps, difficulty levels and new player spawning.

Four Things Valve Didn’t Intend for the Sandman to Do

Team Fortress

When the Sandman debuted during the Scout Update, Valve broke new ground regarding ranged melee weapons. Not since the Direct Hit has Team Fortress 2 been given a more spammable immediate-range weapon that crits like crazy, since the Sandman’s baseball shares the bat’s increased melee crit chance.

However, perhaps because of it’s unusual design, there have been a number of bizarre exploits associated with this weapon over the years and a few of these are still in the game today.

ESL One Cologne 2014 Starts

Counter-Strike

The CS:GO competition ESL One Cologne started just a few hours ago.

Like many of Valve’s games, they can be very competitive at times. So much in fact, they are used for ‘real world’ competitions around the globe. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one such game, and it’s being played right now at ESL One, in Cologne, Germany.

Road to Gamescom

Valve

Valve is once again attending Gamescom, Europe’s largest gaming trade fair, which takes place on August 13th-17th at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne, Germany.

As in recent years, they’ll be set up in the Business Hall, so there will be no public access to Valve’s booth.

LambdaGeneration confirmed this in an email to Valve’s Doug Lombardi earlier, who said that there will be no press or public showings planned this year and only business related meetings will be taking place.

But that still begs the question, what will Valve be doing there?

City 17: Episode One Devs Release Assets to the Modding Community!

Source

Well, the holidays are finally over! It’s a new year and it’s about time to get back to reporting news…from last month. Better late than never I suppose. – You may remember a mod announced a couple years back called City 17: Episode One. If you don’t, feel free to check out their ModDB page. Since you’re clearly a mole person who’s been living under a rock. The developers strove to make a number of enhancements to the Source engine to offer a more visually enticing experience to compliment the mod’s atmosphere and nicely crafted gameplay.