Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2014 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hack, valve, glados, tf2, kick ass
Hack a Day have been accepting entries to their Sci-Fi contest for long enough that they have a few worth showing off before the entry deadline of April 29th, specifically the Valve themed ones. A table top sized level 1 sentry gun from TF2 is being entered, perhaps not as heavy duty as the one currently guarding Valve HQ but destined to be able to fire paint balls if all goes to plan. There is a French team who are modifying some personal assistant software called RORI into a replica of GLaDOS, hopefully a version at least slightly less murderous than the original while another team is going about creating a physical version of the homicidal AI complete with a camera to allow face tracking. Check these entrants and other in the full Hack a Day post.
"While most of the entries to our Sci-Fi contest come from movies and TV shows, a select few are based on the Valve universe, including a few builds based on Portal and Team Fortress 2."
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Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2014 - 04:16 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: steam, Red Orchestra 2
Yes, the title makes sense... with some explanation. Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is free forever, if you add it to your Steam account at some point today. Once it is in your account, it is yours. The price will return to a non-zero value at 10AM tomorrow, April 24th, 2014 (I assume PDT). Of course, you should just launch Steam and add it to your account as soon as possible. The button suggests that you need to install it to your computer immediately, but you don't; it will just add it to your library.
This does not include Rising Storm, except the "rifle-only" access that has been available for Hereos of Stalingrad customers. To get the rest of Rising Storm, it will need to be purchased and, go figure, it is scheduled for a "free weekend" and a discount, this weekend. Clearly, Tripwire is hoping to increase sales of Rising Storm through the sum of these promotions.
To summarize the entire promotion:
- Hereos of Stalingrad can be added to your Steam account (if claimed before 10AM).
- With this, you can access "rifle-only" content for Rising Storm.
- This weekend, the full version of Rising Storm will be free until the end of the weekend.
- During that free weekend, Rising Storm will be discounted.
Honestly, there is little reason to not just add it to your Steam library as soon as you get a chance. From there, you can sit on it if you do not have time for it. It is such a small commitment.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2014 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: civ4, steamworks, gamespy
The death of GameSpy was a long time coming but unfortunately the demise has called into question the ability to continue to play multiplayer matches on a long list of legacy games such as Civilization 4. A list of older 2K games were released, whose fate was undetermined until now when it was announced that Borderlands and Civ3 and 4 will be migrated to Steamworks to allow continued multiplayer support. At the end of May we will see these games go offline, hopefully for a very short time, as they are migrated. Follow the link to 2K support on Hexus for the list of games which will not be saved.
"Beginning May 31, 2014, Borderlands 1 and select tiles from the Civilization catalogs will temporarily go offline while service is transitioned to Steamworks. During the transition, players will experience interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voiceover Internet protocol (VOIP). Players will not experience interruptions to offline play."
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