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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Articles posted during Tuesday July 19th 2011

Happy One Year Birthday, Alien Swarm


It’s been one year since Valve released Alien Swarm for free on Steam. A remake of the original Alien Swarm developed on UT2K4, it was developed by Valve, together with the original developers, working at Valve. Originally developed as a Source mod in 2005, Alien Swarm: Infested vanished in late 2007. In July of 2010, it finally reemerged.

Its only official campaign is Jacob’s Rest. Valve has released no other levels or campaigns for the game, but modders have created numerous custom campaigns. The game is still completely free, so you can install it right now and start playing.

If you’ve already played Jacob’s Rest to death, why not pick up some fan-made campaigns? This Spring 2011 mappack has been put together by the fans themselves, featuring over 40 fan-created maps.

In conclusion, I’d probably say something cheesy like “let’s bring Alien Swarm back from the dead”, but the time spent writing that plus the time you spend reading it would be time wasted that could be spent on… well, playing Alien Swarm!

Three Mysterious Crashed Rockets Appear In Team Fortress 2


If you went back through time all the way to 2001, to the then young Valve community, and asked the average fan what he loved in Valve, he might not have answered with “viral game promotions”. If you went back to 2011 and asked the average Valve fan the same question, there’s a good chance he might answer with that.

But they don’t do your average kind of viral advertising. Valve does these in a very interesting way: using the actual games themselves. The “Dinosaur ARG” that lead up to Portal 2’s announcement, the “Potato Fools’ Day ARG” that lead up to Portal 2’s release, and the brief lead-up to the Team Fortress 2 Uber Update that had players hunting for in-game doves. All of these.

Now it seems as if they’re doing all that again!