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Artifact - Valve's Dota 2 Card Game - Is Now FREE!

Artifact – Valve’s Dota 2 Card Game – Is Now FREE!

Valve just made Artifact Classic and Artifact Foundry – their Data 2 card game – completely FREE!

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Valve Artifact Classic

A collaboration between legendary card game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact Classic is a digital card game that combines deeply strategic, competitive gameplay with the rich setting of Dota 2.

The result is an immersive and visually stunning trading card game unlike any other.

Wield your deck across three lanes of combat, answer every move of your opponent with one of your own. Unlimited hand size. Unlimited number of units you control. Unlimited mana you can employ.

Artifact Classic is now free to play! Furthermore, all cards are now available to all players.

  • Paid players’ existing cards have been converted into special Collector’s Edition versions, which will remain marketable. Marketplace integration has been removed from the game.
  • Paid event tickets have been removed.
  • Customers who paid for the game will still earn packs of Collector’s Edition cards for playing; players who got the game for free will not.

 

Valve Artifact Foundry

Valve took the essence of Artifact and refined it based on community feedback:

  • All 3 lanes are in view at the same time.
  • Unified mana pool across lanes.
  • Dramatically reduced the degree to which randomness affects gameplay.

ALL-NEW CONTENT

  • Over 100 new cards, including over 20 new heroes!
  • Extended tutorial and playable demo scenarios for each hero.
  • New PvE content: Beginner campaign and standalone challenges.
  • New PvP mode: Hero Draft.

Artifact Foundry is now free to play. Cards are unlocked solely through gameplay, with no pack purchasing. All final card art that was in the pipeline is now in the game.

 

Valve Artifact Classic + Foundry : How To Get ‘Em FREE!

Valve Artifact Classic + Foundry are both completely FREE on Steam, and will add +2 to your account.

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Artifact page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Install Game button for Artifact Foundry / Artifact Classic or both!

That’s it! You now have both Artifact Foundry and Artifact Classic in your Steam account!

 

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Interkosmos – Get This VR Game FREE For A Limited Time!

Interkosmos – an arcady astronaut VR adventure game – is FREE for a limited time!

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Interkosmos

Enter Zvezda, a fully interactive re-entry capsule heavily inspired by 1970’s space technology where every switch, gauge, and mechanical bit could be relevant to your survival.

Guide your capsule to a safe landing with assistance from NASA and Roscosmos, and pray nothing unexpected happens to your highly experimental Soviet spacecraft – now the centerpiece of a Cold War conflict rapidly escalating towards catastrophy.

Ultimately it’s you who must adapt on the fly, execute the right sequences and procedures, manage your power and life support systems, stay on course, and land in one piece; or discover all the interesting ways to die during re-entry.

Good luck pilot!

  • Accessible, fun & challenging gameplay. Interkosmos is unlike any other VR game to date.
  • A fully interactive and sort-of-realistic-looking space capsule that reacts to your every interaction. It’s time to become the astronaut you always wanted to be!
  • A heavy emphasis on story and humor.
  • A unique aesthetic inspired by 1970s space technology and the Cold War theme.
  • Replayability; Each successful playthrough offers about 30 minutes of gameplay, but how many ways can you find to die during re-entry?
  • A branching storyline; the fate of the world is in your hands!
  • Great sound effects, super satisfyingly clicky buttons, professional voice acting, & binaural sound design.
  • Interkosmos is made with Unreal Engine 4.

 

Interkosmos : How To Get It FREE!

Follow these steps to get Interkosmos for FREE, but make sure you do this before 25 May at 3:00 PM :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the Interkosmos page.
  3. Click on the Add to Account button to add it to your Steam account.
    You can choose to install it now, or postpone the installation.

That’s it! Interkosmos has now been added to your Steam account!

 

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Entire Half-Life Series : FREE To Play Until Alyx Launch!

To promote the upcoming launch of Half-Life : Alyx, Steam just made the ENTIRE Half-Life series FREE to play until the day Alyx launches! Here are the details!

 

Entire Half-Life Series : FREE To Play Until Alyx Launch!

In the ramp up to the launch of Half-Life : Alyx in March 2020, Steam is making all of the Half-Life games FREE to play… until the day Alyx launches.

Half-Life : Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements.

The Half-Life : Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy Alyx will be to play through the old games, especially Half-Life 2 and the two episodes… before you start on Alyx in March.

If you have Steam installed, just click on these links to start playing :

 

Half-Life : Alyx

Set for launch this March 2020, Half-Life : Alyx is a VR-based first-person shooter that takes place before the return of Gordon Freeman in Half-Life 2.

You will control Gordon’s ally, Alyx Vance, as she fights the Combine (the alien empire that conquered Earth) with her father, Eli.

It’s built entirely for virtual reality gameplay – there will be no non-VR version – and it will support all PC-compatible VR headsets, including Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest and Windows Mixed Reality.

Valve evidently believes Half-Life : Alyx will push gamers over the tipping point of VR gaming. We will see if that happens…

 

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CSGO Is Now FREE + Adds Danger Zone Game Mode!

Some of you may not be aware but earlier this month, but Valve made CSGO completely FREE to download, install and play! In addition, they introduced a new Danger Zone game mode. Here are the full details!

CSGO Is Now Free!

After more than 6 years of powering countless esports tournaments, CSGO is now FREE for everyone else to download, install and play. Yes, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now completely FREE!

Those who purchased CSGO earlier will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge in their profile, and get their accounts upgraded to Prime Status. That Prime Status upgrade will give you access to the new Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats and the new Danger Zone Case.

The Danger Zone Case features 17 community-designed weapon finishes, and the Horizon knives as special rare items.

New Danger Zone Game Mode!

In the new update, Valve also introduced Danger Zone – a new fast-paced battle royale game mode.

You can play solo, or in a squad of two or three players, in a match with up to 18 players.

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Free?! What’s The Catch?

There’s no catch. CSGO is a rather old game by now, and the player base has been shrinking for some time now. By releasing it for free, Valve hopes to renew interest in CSGO and add new players.

And it appears to be working. There was an instant bump when they released CSGO for free.

Of course, it remains to be seen how long players will remain engaged on CSGO, and not turn to newer games like PUBG and Rocket League.

Valve is also hoping that some of the new players will eventually pay to upgrade their accounts to Prime Status.

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Steam Stealer Targets Thousands Of Gamer Accounts

15 March 2016 – In an industry worth over an estimated hundred billion US dollars, gaming is not just big business for developers and manufacturers, but for cybercriminals too. Steam Stealer is a constantly evolving breed of malware that is responsible for hijacking the user accounts of the popular gaming platform, Steam.

The malware’s goal is to steal online gaming items and user account credentials, and then resell them on the black market. It is distributed to cybercriminals under a malware-as-a-service business model with an extremely low entry price of up to $30 USD.


Steam is one of the most popular entertainment multi-OS distribution platforms. Owned by Valve, it has over 100 million registered users and several thousand games available for download worldwide. Its popularity makes it a large and attractive target for fraudster groups, who can sell Steam user credentials for $15 USD on the black market. According to recently published official Steam data, 77,000 Steam accounts are hijacked and pillaged every month.

According to Kaspersky Lab researcher Santiago Pontiroli and his independent research colleague Bart P., a new breed of malware known as Steam Stealer is the prime suspect in the pilfering of numerous user accounts from Valve’s flagship platform. The duo believes the malware was originally developed by Russian-speaking cybercriminals; they have found many language traces in several underground malware forums to suggest this.
Steam Stealer works in a malware-as-a-service business model: it is available for sale in different versions, with distinct features, free upgrades, user manuals, custom advice for distribution, and more.

When it comes to these types of malicious campaigns the usual starting price for “solutions” is in the range of $500 USD. However, Steam Stealers have a ludicrously low price, being commonly sold for no more than $30 USD. This makes the malware highly attractive for wannabe cybercriminals all around the world.

The propagation of Steam Stealers is mainly, but not solely, done either via fake cloned websites distributing the malware, or through a social engineering approach, where the victim is targeted with direct messages.
Once the malware is in the user’s system it steals the entire set of Steam configuration files. Once this is done it locates the specific Steam KeyValue file that contains user credentials, as well as the information that maintains a user’s session. When cybercriminals have obtained this information, they can control the user’s account.

Stealing gamer accounts was once a resource-light way for script kiddies to make a quick profit, by selling them on underground forums. Now however, criminals have realized the true market value of these accounts. The opportunities now lie in stealing and selling user gaming items that may be worth thousands of dollars. Organized cybercriminals simply don’t want to leave that money on the table.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered nearly 1200 samples of different Steam Stealer maleware that have been attacking tens of thousands of users around the world, especially in Russia and other Eastern European countries, where Steam’s platform is extremely popular.

“The gaming community has become a highly desirable target for cybercriminals. There has been a clear evolution in the techniques used for infection and propagation, as well as the growing complexity of the malware itself, which has led to an increase in this type of activity. With gaming consoles adding more powerful components and the Internet of Things on our doorstep, this scenario looks like one that will continue to play out and become more complex. At Kaspersky Lab, we hope that our research will develop into an ongoing investigation, bringing a much-needed balance to the gaming ecosystem. Security should not be something developers think about afterwards but at an early stage of the game development process. We believe that cross-industry cooperation can help to improve this situation,” comments Santiago Pontiroli, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky Lab products detects Steam Stealer trojan groups as : Trojan.Downloader.Msil.Steamilik; Trojan.Msil.Steamilik; Trojan-psw.Msil.Steam amongst others. Targets of these trojans are largely spread around the globe with Russia, the US, Europe (France and Germany), India and Brazil, leading the way.

To stay safe, users need an up-to-date security solution so they can enjoy their favourite games without the fear of being exploited. Most security products have a “gaming mode”, so that users can enjoy their games without getting any notifications until the end of their session. In a bid to help its own users stay safe, Steam also offers several security measures to protect accounts and increase the difficulty for hijacking mechanisms.

 

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HTC Vive Consumer Edition VR Headset Unveiled

Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, February 21, 2016 – HTC, in partnership with Valve, today unveiled the consumer edition of its Vive virtual reality system. Continuing to build upon the Vive’s exhaustive list of features, this complete Vive system, powered by SteamVR, introduces yet another new technological innovation – Vive Phone Services – once again setting a new standard in virtual reality.

Enabling you to stay connected to the real world, without exiting the virtual world, Vive Phone Services demonstrates the ability to combine both realities without losing touch of either. By allowing you to receive and respond to both incoming and missed calls, get text messages and send quick replies and check upcoming calendar invites directly through the headset, it creates a hybrid reality opening up a whole new world of possibilities for both consumers and businesses.

Taking Vive one step further, with refreshed branding and an updated headstrap, the HTC Vive Consumer Edition builds upon the innovative features that were introduced into the Vive Pre. These include updated wireless controllers with haptic feedback and dual stage triggers, a front facing camera that blends physical elements into the virtual world, a redesigned headstrap that offers greater stability and balance and an improved visual system with brighter displays to give a deeper sense of immersion.

Priced at US$799, for a limited time the consumer edition will also ship with two fully-fledged VR experiences to get you started in the VR world:

  • [adrotate banner=”4″]Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, by Owlchemy Labs: In a firmly tongue-in-cheek world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the ‘Job Simulator’ to learn what it was like ‘to job’.
  • Fantastic Contraption, by Northway Games in collaboration with Radial Games: Imagine walking around a grassy island floating in the sky, building a machine the size of a horse with your own hands, and then watching it roll out into the world.

But it’s not just about gaming. In addition to these launch titles, HTC is working with developers to foster the creation of content that spans multiple sectors including entertainment, retail, education, design, healthcare and automotive.

“From the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies,” comments Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a away that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”

 

Vive Consumer Edition Pricing and Availability

The HTC Vive Consumer Edition will be available to pre-order from 29th February, with pre-order fulfilment and full commercial availability starting in early April.

Priced at US$799, the Vive Consumer Edition is the first complete VR solution, including two wireless VR controllers, room scale movement sensors, and an HMD featuring a built in camera and phone, plus the two VR titles. The integration of SteamVR into the bundle ensures that all Vive equipment is kept up-to-date with the latest features.

 

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HTC Vive Pre Second-Generation VR System Unveiled

January 6, 2016 – HTC, a pioneer in innovative smart technologies, today announced new developments to the Vive VR system that represent the next step in bringing virtual reality to a mass-market. With Vive Pre, HTC is fulfilling the promise of creating fully immersive experiences that change how we communicate, how we are entertained, and how we learn and train.

Each and every component has been redesigned from the ground up to provide better comfort, ergonomics, and performance. With milestone improvements in both visuals and versatility, Vive Pre creates a world without limits.

“When we first announced Vive ten months ago we had an ambitious goal of fundamentally changing the way people communicate and interact with the world – forever” comments Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO, HTC. “Since then Vive has received a phenomenally positive reception from media, industry commentators, consumers, and the hundreds of partners and brands we’ve been working with to deliver inspiring and dynamic VR content. For too long, the promise of virtual reality has been little more than a promise. Today we stand on the precipice of a new era. Vive is creating a world where the only limit is human imagination.”

 

Become immersed with the new Vive Headset

The refreshed design of the Vive headset has been refined to offer greater comfort to the wearer, increasing the sense of immersion in the virtual worlds it creates. The headset is now more compact and features an updated strap design that provides greater stability and balance. An improved visual system with brighter displays and image refinements leads to increased clarity, and an even deeper sense of presence.

On the inside, interchangeable foam inserts and nose gaskets mean the Vive Pre fits comfortably and securely to the user. Vive Pre can also be easily adjusted to suit a variety of facial shapes while remaining compatible with a variety of eyeglasses.

 

Integrated front facing camera merges the physical and virtual

Vive Pre brings elements of the real world into the VR realm. A newly developed front facing camera allows you to do more both inside and outside your Virtual world by blending physical elements into the virtual space. Being able to take a seat, find your drink, and carry on conversations without removing your headset is only the beginning of what’s possible.

 

Greater Control

[adrotate banner=”4″]Completing the VR experience, the Vive’s controllers have been overhauled and enhanced with updated ergonomics and softer edges, greater balance, new textured buttons, and grip pads for a more comfortable feel in the hand.

The new dual stage trigger makes interaction with objects smoother, and haptic feedback delivers vital feedback about your interactions with the virtual world. For power, the controllers now feature integrated rechargeable lithium polymer batteries with micro-USB charging that provides over 4 hours of runtime on a single charge.

The Vive base stations have also been redesigned to be more compact, quieter, and provide improved tracking.

 

Complete Solution

The HTC Vive will be the first VR hardware to support SteamVR. Created by Valve, Steam VR tracking and the Chaperone system are optimized for use with Steam, one of the largest online platforms for PC, Linux and Mac games and software.

 

Shaping the Virtual Reality Industry

Since announcing Vive, HTC and Valve have worked with thousands of developers and partners to create VR content across a wide spectrum of sectors; from gaming and entertainment to health, automotive, retail and education. HTC and over 15 Vive partners will be showcasing VR applications at CES 2016, demonstrating the potential of a world without limits on imagination. Leading automotive manufacturer Audi has created a luxury retail experience where consumers can explore virtual car models, including the Audi R8, and Dassault will showcase how the company is developing the future of 3D product design in VR. HTC is also showcasing a new brand for Vive at CES 2016.

 

HTC Vive Pre Availability

While Vive is scheduled for commercial launch in April 2016, HTC and Valve will be starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available to developers.

 

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