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#13 MAJOR TF2 update for 10/19/18 (Scream Fortress X) in TF2 General Discussion
GrapeJuiceIIIi think "Major Update" is a bit of a stretch for halloweencaaaaaaaaatMAJOR

MAJOR designation was tripped due to its size of close to 425 MB. For reference, Scream Fortress IX (which was not designated MAJOR) totalled ~50 MB.

posted 2 days ago
#1 MAJOR TF2 update for 10/19/18 (Scream Fortress X) in TF2 General Discussion

Via the Steam store:

ValveScream Fortress X has arrived!
- Featuring 5 new community maps: Cauldron, Gravestone, Monster Bash, Slasher, and Cursed Cove
- Added the Violet Vermin Case
- Contains 20 new community-created cosmetic items that make-up the Violet Vermin Collection
- Has a chance to give one of 4 community-created Halloween-restricted items as a bonus item
- Has a chance to give a taunt Unusualifier as a bonus item
- Added the Scream Fortress X War Paint Case
- Contains 10 new community-created War Paints that make-up the Scream Fortress X War Paint Collection
- Has a chance to give a taunt Unusualifier as a bonus item
- Added two new official taunts to the Mann Co. Store
- Taunt: Panzer Pants
- Taunt: The Scooty Scoot
- Added 17 new community-created Unusual effects
- 11 new effects for Unusual hats
- 6 new effects for Unusual taunts
- Added 5 new Contracts for the featured maps
- Completing a Halloween Contract will give players a classic Halloween item and the chance for a Violet Vermin Case or a Scream Fortress X War Paint Case
- All players who launch the game will receive a Soul Gargoyle if they don't already have one
- Grants access to Merasmissions and Halloween item transmutations
- Tracks Merasmissions completed and souls collected
- All Halloween Contracts have been reset, allowing them to be completed again
- Continue last year's event by collecting the souls of dead players for your Soul Gargoyle by killing enemies, doing map objectives, or collecting the Soul Gargoyles that spawn in the maps
- All cases will grant Halloween 2018 Unusual effects instead of their normal Unusual effects during the event
- Join Halloween matches by using the Special Events category in Casual
- Scream Fortress X runs through November 14th, 2018

- Fixed stickybombs doing damage through walls and doors in some situations
- Fixed a problem with client-side prediction on Halloween maps that use the bumper car mini-game
- Added Tip of the Hats 2018 community medals
- Added ozfortress Season 23 tournament medals
- Added TFNew 6v6 Newbie Cup tournament medals
- Added RGB 3 LAN tournament medals
- Added United Dodgeball League Season 1 tournament medals
- Updated the localization files

Rumor has it:

- Want to grab yourself a Tip of the Hats 2018 medal? Great news for you then, because you can still donate until 11:59 PM CDT tomorrow to get yourself one! Not only do you get an awesome in-game medal, your donation adds up to the $230K+ already raised for Camp One Step

- Localization, glorious localization! (made possible in part by contributions from Translators Like You - Thank You)

- Remember when Earbuds had value? Even though they don't anymore, its equip region has been standardized to "ears" instead of having its own special class

- We would have had just one day to go before 365 days without a MAJOR update, with the release of Jungle Inferno last year on 10/20/17

- Size is close to 425 MB - data capped users should be aware


Paul G. Allen - January 21, 1953 - October 15, 2018

posted 2 days ago
#1 CS:GO update for 10/9/18 ( in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

– Adjusted the start-of-half economy with the goal of reducing the impact of a pistol round win on subsequent rounds.
— In Competitive Matchmaking, both teams are now considered to start the half with a one-round ‘losing streak’ that is reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss, etc.
— The start-of-half losing streak can be adjusted via “mp_starting_losses”

– CZ75a: Adjusted the CZ75a to encourage semi-automatic fire at medium and long ranges.
— increased recoil and fire inaccuracy
— slightly improved accuracy recovery rate

– Tec9: Adjustments to make the weapon more forgiving at medium rates of fire.
— reduced fire inaccuracy
— slightly improved accuracy recovery rate

– SG553 price reduced to $2750
– AUG price reduced to $3150

– Austria is now available in Competitive Matchmaking.
– Austria has been moved into Group Delta in official Casual matchmaking.
New Community maps Biome and Subzero are now available in Casual matchmaking as part of Group Sigma.
– Canals has been removed from Competitive Matchmaking.
– Shipped and Insertion are no longer available in official matchmaking.

– Added a “VOIP Positional” audio setting. When this setting is enabled, in-game voice audio will be played from the position the player is standing at.

– Enabled mouse bindings for voice chat to work in end of match scoreboard.
– Fixed backlog of async events in scoreboard causing performance problems during gameplay.

Rumor has it:

- Script changes and additions for Biome and Subzero, as well as your usual dose of localization and a couple of protobuf changes: https://github.com/SteamDatabase/GameTracking-CSGO/commit/02c444ff7e57f14f6c2879e33d95f383c3c360fa
- Otherwise what you see described above is pretty much what you're getting, a large majority of the size is for all the map pool shuffling

- Size is ~200 MB

posted 1 week ago
#1 CS:GO update for 10/4/18 (10/5/18 UTC, in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

Valve[LONDON 2018]
– Engraved Major Championship Trophies with names of new Legends teams and names of London 2018 Major Champions.

– Updated FBI character models have been also deployed to Nuke in Wingman game mode.
– The FBI will use SWAT voice lines to cover both bomb scenario and hostage modes.
– Fixed holstered knife rotation on Anarchist character models.
– Added paint descriptions and flavor text for the 2018 Inferno and 2018 Nuke Collections.
– Fixed truncated localized item names when acknowledging new items.
– Fixed invite panel skill group icon to not overlap player name.
– Increased width in “Add a friend” panel layout.
– Several client stability improvements.

Rumor has it:

- Valve actually did the engraving of trophies with yesterday's update, but there was a big problem with the Champion trophy. If you guessed that EliGE, Twistzz, and niko somehow won the major alongside Magisk and Xyp9x of Astralis, congratulations, you're correct! Too bad for those three, their time on the trophy is no more, [and the actual complete Astralis roster has been added to the trophy:


- Lots of new description and flavor text additions: https://github.com/SteamDatabase/GameTracking-CSGO/commit/df775dd9a30d0266a24da566eacab5d00db1bbd1

- Here's the newly added descriptions and flavor text of items in the 2018 Inferno Collection:
- Dual Berettas Twin Turbo: A custom paint job paying homage to an Italian racing car has been applied. Always an underdog
- MAC-10 Calf Skin: It has been hand painted with a brown checkerboard pattern and white accents. Included with the $1,050 Premium Package
- P250 Vino Primo: It has been hand painted with a purple checkerboard pattern. Your finest red
- SG 553 Integrale: A custom paint job paying homage to an Italian racing car has been applied. "Accendete i motori!"
- SSG 08 Hand Brake: It has been hand painted with blue and white checkerboard patterns. Meant for oversteer, not parking
- MP7 Fade: It has been painted by airbrushing transparent paints that fade together over a chrome base coat. This isn't just a weapon, it's a conversation piece - Imogen, Arms Dealer In Training
- MP5-SD Dirt Drop: Black streaks have been spray painted over a dark base. Dirt don't hurt… until it does
- MP9 Slide: A hydrographic pattern of orange and brown streaks has been applied. Who needs mud guards?
- M4A4 Converter: A red and black mesh hydrographic has been applied. Not so harmful after all...
- AUG Sweeper: It has been spray painted with a brown, grey, and red mesh pattern. Clear a path
- AK-47 Safety Net: An orange mesh pattern has been applied over a white base. Your loadout; now with high visibility
- USP-S Check Engine: It has been spray painted with a red mesh pattern. "You should have that looked at..."
- Sawed-Off Brake Light: A red and white spiral pattern has been applied to the receiver. Keep right except to pass
- Glock-18 High Beam: A blue spiral pattern has been applied to the slide. Hard to miss

- And for items in the 2018 Nuke Collection:
- PP-Bizon Facility Sketch: A grayscale hydrographic pattern resembling a nuclear power plant has been applied. "Your point of entry is the ventilation system"
- P90 Facility Negative: A blue and yellow hydrographic pattern resembling a nuclear power plant has been applied. The opposite of a containment structure
- P250 Facility Draft: It has been covered in a red hydrographic pattern resembling a nuclear power plant. Creating energy from atoms
- UMP-45 Facility Dark: A blue hydrographic pattern resembling a nuclear power plant has been applied. Cut the lights
- M4A4 Mainframe: A black and white circuit board pattern has been applied. At the heart of it all
- MP5-SD Co-Processor: A blue circuit board pattern been applied. Silently supplementing
- MP7 Motherboard: A green and white circuit board pattern has been applied. Stay connected
- AUG Random Access: A red circuit board pattern has been applied over a black base. The journey is random; the result is not
- Negev Bulkhead: A hydrographic pattern of interweaving pipes has been applied. Hold strong
- Five-SeveN Coolant: The slide features a teal hydrographic pattern of interweaving pipes. A handheld heat rejection device
- Nova Mandrel: A grayscale hydrographic pattern of interweaving pipes has been applied. Shaping rounds with each shot
- P250 Exchanger: A hydrographic pattern of interweaving pipes has been applied. "My life for yours"
- MAG-7 Core Breach: An orange pattern of radioactive symbols has been applied over a black base. Safety protocols have failed
- AWP Acheron: A multicolored hydrographic pattern has been applied. A weapon of woe
- Glock-18 Nuclear Garden: The slide features a toxic, neon green pattern. A nuclear fission product
- Galil AR Cold Fusion: A toxic, pale blue hydrographic pattern has been applied. Hypotheses are never proven
- Tec-9 Remote Control: It has been hand painted with colorful dials and switches atop a blue base. Don't touch that dial
- M4A1-S Control Panel: It has been hand painted with colorful dials and switches atop a blue base. "Is this line secure?"

- One extra flavor text addition, for all Candy Apple finishes: Great on cars, better on weapons

- Size is ~15 MB

posted 2 weeks ago
#1 CS:GO update for 10/3/18 ( in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

– Updated FBI character models have been deployed to Nuke, Agency, and Office.
– Enabled MP5-SD in official Competitive Matchmaking.
– Added a new setting “mp_solid_teammates 2” which enables standing on top of teammates while still allowing to walk through them. The feature is now enabled in official Casual, Demolition, and Flying Scoutsman game modes.

– This update includes an updated version of steamclient.so for Linux dedicated servers which has multiple threading and integration fixes. For a limited time and old version of steamclient.so can still be used on CS:GO Linux dedicated servers.

[ MISC ]
– The 2018 Inferno collection and 2018 Nuke collection are now available as rank-up drops.
– Updated alpha channels on the SSG 08 and Mac-10 in the new 2018 Inferno collection.
– Fixed rare cases where audio device configuration will not save properly.
– Fixed the Beartooth Music Kit to respect MVP music volume.

– Fixed a VRAM leak in threaded Open GL contexts on OSX and Linux.
– Fixed a rare mouse left-click issue on OSX.
– Multiple performance improvements for OSX and Linux clients.
– Added support for DDS files using DXT3 compression.
– Added support for DDS encoded PNG files.

[ MAPS ]
– Made corridor leading to ramp room from T side slightly wider
– Moved doors connected to trophy room slightly
– Changed CT team to FBI

– Removed angled pieces on bombtrain in A site
– Improved player collision on bombtrain in A site
– Added grenade collision to ceiling of heaven in A site

– Made windows fully breakable instead of partially
– Fixed snowman’s hat not falling off when getting shot in the snow-head.
– Smoothed out movement on stairs
– Widened openings by CT spawn and truck in garage
– Moved some furniture in T spawn
– Fixed some minor graphical glitches
– Tweaked lighting in CT spawn

Rumor has it:

- In case you didn't believe Valve about stacking teammates in casual, mp_solid_teammates has been switched to 2 - have fun boosting your teammates (literally!)

- Now that the FACEIT Major has finished, the default landing page on the Watch tab has been adjusted to the global live matches tab. But if you sign up within the next 4 minutes, you get James White's Best Christmas Songs, and a watermelon signed by Dan Black for free!

- Speaking of the FACEIT Major, the in-game Champion and Finalist trophies have been updated. Inscribed into CS:GO history on the Champion trophy is Astralis and their squad, and inscribed on the Quarter-/Semi-/Finalist trophy are the names of the teams that advanced to the main event (the latter of which is awarded individually based on how far they got and named accordingly)
- If you go to a pro profile and inspect one of these trophies, you may notice a slight problem now that we're in a post-Scaleform world: you can't spin the trophy around completely to read everything on it (in Scaleform, it did so on its own), and in some situations the text on trophies can be hard to read (in Scaleform, the inspection periodically zoomed in and out)
- Here's an even bigger problem than that: can you spot what's wrong with the Champion trophy?

- This is the first time that Office has gotten an update since 5/29/15 (5/30/15 UTC), or 1223 days. The last time it was updated, it was to fix a bad nav mesh spot

- Otherwise, it's a bunch of script updates to accommodate the new FBI CT models and localization
- Oh, one other thing, not that Source 2 might be a certainty anytime soon, Source 2-style dates/times have been added to the csgo_english file

- Size is ~120 MB

posted 2 weeks ago
#2 TF2 update for 9/21/18 (9/22/18 UTC) in TF2 General Discussion


posted 4 weeks ago
#1 TF2 update for 9/21/18 (9/22/18 UTC) in TF2 General Discussion


John Schoenick via HLDSWe're working on a mandatory update for TF2. The notes for the update are below. We should have it ready soon.

- John


- Added LBTF2 6v6 Season 15 tournament medals
- Added NewbieDuo Cup Summer 2018 tournament medals
- Added Ultimate Ultiduo Season 2 tournament medals
- Added Fresh Meat Prolander Cup Summer 2018 and Autumn 2018 tournament medals
- Added ETF2L Highlander Season 15, 6v6 Season 30, and Highlander Season 16 tournament medals
- Added Newbie Highlander Season 4 tournament medals
- Added RGL.gg Season 4, Season 5, and One Day Prolander Cup tournament medals
- Added PASS Time Federation Season 1 tournament medals
- Added Chapelaria Highlander Season 1 tournament medals
- Added Respawn League Highlander Season 1 tournament medals
- Added Moscow LAN Summer 2018 tournament medals
- Community request: player_hurt events are now visible to SourceTV clients
- Updated the localization files

Rumor has it:

- WYSIWYG in GameTracking: https://github.com/SteamDatabase/GameTracking-TF2/commit/c33a8be4316e151ea6d1c3f4fe02011d3823705c

- This update brings an end to a new record-long update drought which totalled 49 days since the 8/2/18 (8/3/18 UTC) updates

- Size is ~35 MB


NCIX customers should be aware of an extremely serious data breach, which is a particularly dangerous situation due to the range of affected data (everything) as well as the inclusion of extremely sensitive info like SINs of former employees.

Newegg customers should also be aware of a separate data breach that affected recent purchases made between August 13th/14th through September 18th.

posted 4 weeks ago
#23 VENTING: Who don't you like in the tf2 community? in The Dumpster

I really fucking hate this guy with a passion.

posted 1 month ago
#1 OPTIONAL CS:GO update for 9/13/18 in CSGO General Discussion

Via the new csgo_servers:

Vitaliy GenkinAn optional stability update for CS:GO game servers to address a GOTV issue on Windows servers has been released with PatchVersion= and ServerVersion=783.

Rumor has it:

- Other than stability fixes for servers, it's localization made possible in part by contributions from Translators Like You - Thank You

- Wait, what, the new csgo_servers? If you missed the email Valve sent you, they've tossed out their self-hosted GNU Mailman box that the csgo_servers mailing list was on (and the HLDS lists for TF2 and CS:S users), in favor of a cloud provider (Simplelists). If you were previously a subscriber to the old list, you must resubscribe to csgo_servers to continue getting messages
- If you tried to sign up in the first hour or so when the switch happened a few months ago but weren't able to due to subscription limits, you should be able to try again successfully

- In case it wasn't obvious what Vitaliy said, this update is OPTIONAL for server operators

- Size is close to 10 MB

posted 1 month ago
#1 CS:GO update for 9/11/18 (9/12/18 UTC) in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

– Optimized scoreboard per player updates to run only when scoreboard is open.
– Fixed several rare error cases when placing Pick’Em predictions.
– Fixed spectator player stats display in overtime.
– Fixed a rare case of Steam UI displaying EmbeddedStreamCurrentTime dialog outside of game.

Rumor has it:

- Other than the above Panorama-related changes and the addition of a missing quotation mark in Thai localization, this update basically introduces TazeIt's new Super Advanced Security System. (Wow, it's so light-weight! Feels like there's nothing inside.)

- Courtesy reminder: you have until 2:00 AM CDT/0800 BST to make your Pick'Em picks for the group stage of the FACEIT Major. Make sure you LOCK THEM IN by pressing the Update Picks button, otherwise you'll lose them

- On a tangentially related note because of a new "Counter-Strike Chat" DLC application surfacing, Steam.tv viewers can get some new CS:GO-themed Steam chat emoticons

- Size is close to 10 MB

posted 1 month ago
#1 CS:GO update for 9/10/18 (9/11/18 UTC, in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

Valve[ SOUND ]

– Added a server setting “mp_footsteps_serverside” which is enabled by default and switches footsteps near the player from using a mix of client-simulated and server-authoritative to purely server-authoritative.

Rumor has it:

- Now that you can make picks for the group stage of the FACEIT Major, the default Pick'Em landing page has been changed to the group stage page

- You can also view the leaderboard now and brag to your friends on how many points you got from the Challengers stage

- Pick'Em picks and results from PGL Krakow 2017 and onward have been restored

- And aside from a local sync of the Steam Datagram system configuration that took out some IP ranges for the Frankfurt relay cluster, that's about it

- Size is ~10 MB

posted 1 month ago
#1 CS:GO Blog: "FACEIT 2018 – Ways to Watch" in CSGO General Discussion


CS:GO TeamThe Major is about to begin and there are more ways to watch than ever! For a chance to receive collectible Souvenir Packages, view matches in-game through GOTV, on Steam.tv, or on Twitch with a linked Steam account.

Nuke and Inferno Collections

For the London Major we are introducing new weapon collections for Nuke (with contributions by Chemical Alia and Millenia), and Inferno (with contributions by kosear). You can find the new weapon finishes in Souvenir Packages during the event.

Each Souvenir Package contains a weapon from the collection of the map being played with golden stickers of the event, the participating teams, and a golden signature of the MVP from the round the souvenir dropped.

There’s still time to make your picks for the Challengers Stage, so don’t miss your chance to pick up some points toward a Pick’Em trophy!
posted 1 month ago
#1 CS:GO update for 8/29/18 (8/30/18 UTC, in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

Valve[LONDON 2018]
Added tournament items for the FACEIT 2018 London CS:GO Major Championship and the London 2018 Pick’Em Challenge.
Later today, CS:GO will be freely available for offline play and GOTV viewing by installing “CS:GO – Free” from the Steam Store.

– Added better support Panorama UI on low-end machines. via @panorama_eco_mode (default 1). 0: disabled. 1: automatic. 2: forced on
– Added support for weapon stickers and character gloves on the character featured in the main menu.
– Fixed a case where weapon finishes appeared overly dark.
– Adjusted optimal movie resolution based on user’s CPU and GPU levels.
– Fixed extra bright flashlight on characters when loading non-HDR community maps.

– Darkened exposed metal on ejection port and bolt.
– Added support for MP5-SD to workshop workbench.

– fixed texture blends in T-spawn area.

[ MISC ]
CS:GO has bid farewell to the Scaleform UI. “-legacyscaleformui” is no longer supported.
– Updated the Settings menu to display the Steam Controller Configurator if a Steam Controller is detected.
– Added a new recommended Steam Controller config to better support the Buy menu and Team Select menu.
– Miscellaneous stability and security improvements.

Rumor has it:

- FACEIT Major stickers are here: http://www.counter-strike.net/pickem/london2018
- Team Pick'Em makes a return, but for those of you that couldn't get enough of making fantasy teams during The International 8, Fantasy Pick'Em unfortunately has not returned

- You guessed it, there is a lot of stickers and a lot of string updates in this one. Dig in and press View for your favorite stickers!

- Full-res Pick'Em Trophies, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Spoiler alert: Doritos are back in style.
- Souvenir packages will return for the FACEIT Major. Here's the icon for Inferno's, one of 8 possible packages you might get while you watch. Spoiler alert: Valve's still using the old Inferno and Dust 2 map icons.

- RIP Autodesk Scaleform in CS:GO - August 21, 2012 - August 29/30, 2018

- There are several reports that Valve forgot to make @panorama_eco_mode actually work, and it seems that Valve has removed mention of it from the notes. It'll remain here as acknowledgement that it did surface, but you should notice that it's struck out

- Valve has changed competitive rank readjustment behavior for parties that have cheaters that get VACcinated. Your rank may now expire and not be displayed until you win one competitive match on top of being readjusted, as revealed in the updated in-game notification

- Size is ~125 MB

posted 1 month ago
#1 CS:GO Blog: "Winning is Everything" in CSGO General Discussion


CS:GO TeamIn just over a week the next CS:GO Major Championship will get under way! At the opening Challengers Stage (September 5-9), we’ll watch the top two teams from each region (Americas, Asia, CIS, and Europe) battle the bottom eight teams from last Major’s Legends Stage.

However, next time we will not extend an invitation to every bottom eight team from the Legends Stage. The two teams who finish 0-3 in the London Legends Stage will need to qualify through the Minors for Katowice 2019.

And so, two teams will make an early exit from the Major Championship circuit. To replace them, two additional teams will qualify from the regional Minors: the third-place teams from each region will take part in a brief playoff, with the top two advancing to the main event.

(In other words, two regions will send an extra team to Katowice)

Which teams will live to fight another day and which two will get sent back to the drawing board? Join us in London and find out!
posted 1 month ago
#1 CS:GO update for 8/21/18 (8/22/18 UTC, in CSGO General Discussion

Via the CS:GO blog:

– Enabled MP5-SD in Wingman matches.
– Increased chicken festivity.

– Added MP5-SD tag for workshop submissions.

Rumor has it:

- Happy 6th birthday to CS:GO! Although it's still The International 2018, Valve hasn't forgotten to hold a birthday party for its favorite FPS game (insert TF2 sobbing here) as birthday mode is now enabled

- Flavor text has been added for items in the Gamma Case. Here they are:

- AUG Aristocrat: For the 1%
- AWP Phobos: Build a better world
- Five-SeveN Violent Daimyo: How will you rule?
- Glock-18 Wasteland Rebel: Pay tribute
- M4A1-S Mecha Industries: Featuring all new technology
- M4A4 Desolate Space: "We've lost contact"
- MAC-10 Carnivore: Prepare before serving
- Nova Exo: It's what's inside that counts
- P2000 Imperial Dragon: Look to the West
- P250 Iron Clad: Reliability and safety guaranteed
- P90 Chopper: Clutch not included
- PP-Bizon Harvester: Biomechanic experimentation gone right
- R8 Revolver Reboot: "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
- Sawed-Off Limelight: All eyes on you
- SCAR-20 Bloodsport: CT-side sponsored by...
- SG 553 Aerial: Establish air superiority
- Tec-9 Ice Cap: Submerge the opposition

- Size is ~10 MB

posted 1 month ago
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