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Valve Intros Game Hubs, TF2 Co-op Mode Mann vs Machine

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Valve is making changes to the Steam community while offering a new co-op game for Team Fortress 2.

Valve said on Monday that a major update is coming to the Steam Community. The company also released details on a new co-operative game for its free-to-play online action title Team Fortress 2 (TF2) called Mann vs. Machine (MvM).

First up, every title offered on Steam will now have a Game Hub which highlights the most popular user-created screenshots, videos, and Steam Workshop items as rated by the community. This content will be combined with related news, discussions, and comments for the game all in one central location.

"The New Steam Community is all about showing off the best content that gamers have created," says Emily Kent at Valve. "With over 89 million screenshots, videos, Steam Workshop maps, levels, mods, and items, plus news articles and product updates, the community has created an unbelievable wealth of content around their favorite games."

From August 13th to August 16th, Valve will offer a preview of a new set of Game Hub features at, so keep checking back.

As for Mann vs. Machine (MvM), the co-op game will be available on August 15 and lets six players fight a lethal horde of robots on all-new maps, with the opportunity to upgrade abilities and weapons along the way. Players must band together to survive all of the robot waves in a variety of missions to earn incredible loot and unlock new achievements.

Leading up to its August 15th release, Valve will be making daily updates to its TF2 website, unveiling MvM content and key features. To find out more about MvM, head here.


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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 8:32 PM
    .... When WoW and TF2 mix.

    always knew it.
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    teh_chem , August 14, 2012 8:56 PM
    I'm not really digging the "social networking" aspect of these changes. I like how Steam marries digital distribution of games with the option for good networking of "game friends." But this description feels very much like a Reddit-approach. Reddit is a great place for lots of stuff, but I wouldn't necessarily like Steam (and steam services) to be like it. Of course we'll have to wait to see what it yields.

    And yeah, as ^^^ said, MvM sounds...I dunno... One thing's for sure though, I was happy when servers started blocking access from the F2P folks.
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    proxy711 , August 14, 2012 9:09 PM
    Wow invented PvP, PvE, and anything with a v in between it. /sarcasm
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    edogawa , August 14, 2012 9:11 PM
    Strange, I could have sworn I made a comment here already earlier on this article; it's gone.

    I think it's pretty cool that the route their going, Steam is really evolving, it's changed a lot from what it was some years ago.

    It would be cool if they added a feature to do live streams off your profile through the steam overlay, or something along those lines.
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    spartanmk2 , August 14, 2012 9:34 PM
    The cake is a lie!!!
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    mrpijey , August 14, 2012 9:39 PM
    "...with the opportunity to upgrade abilities and weapons along the way. Players must band together to survive all of the robot waves in a variety of missions to earn incredible loot and unlock new achievements."

    Which when translated from Valve-speak means "upgrade abilities and weapons WITHOUT ANY EFFORT OR SKILL along the way. Players must band together to survive all of the robot waves in a variety of missions to earn LAME NEW HATS AND SHIT and unlock new CHILDISH achievements THAT DOESN'T GIVE ANY ADVANTAGES AT ALL."

    Thanks but no thanks, you Valve destroyed TF2 when it was at its best with all the shit you added to it and I will not ge sucked into a new game which you will equally destroy to pull in more 9 year olds into the game by adding needless shit such as hats and crap and weapons that makes absolutely no sense.
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    husker , August 14, 2012 9:39 PM
    I'd rather see them spending development effort to allow for Steam to support multiple drives.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , August 14, 2012 10:20 PM
    Man vs Machine actually sounds like fun. Gonna have to check it out.
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    back_by_demand , August 14, 2012 10:21 PM
    I like the MvM idea, similar to UT04 Invasion mode which is always a LANparty favourite
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    amkronos , August 14, 2012 10:51 PM
    Black Ops Zombies was and continues to be the most fun I ever had in a FPS. Good to see TF2 take on a similar mode with Machines.
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    oatmeal25 , August 15, 2012 1:07 AM
    where's Episode Three?
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    tomfreak , August 15, 2012 1:26 AM
    only 6 players? darn..... no 16 or 32 players Co-op mayhem.
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    bustapr , August 15, 2012 1:50 AM
    survival modes have never really been my thing, but I might check this one out. the most recent tf2 mode was dissapointing for me(mainly because of the 1 map where mini sentries were massively op). i hope this one is better.
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    A Bad Day , August 15, 2012 2:14 AM
    For a second, I though the opposing team would get to control the robots...
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2012 9:23 AM
    so r the robots computers or actual players?
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    oatmeal25 , August 15, 2012 1:46 PM
    I guess someone wants to vote for screenshots rather than play Episode Three.
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    internetlad , August 15, 2012 4:10 PM
    I'd rather get EP3 but depending on what this MvM mode is, I just might get back into TF2.

    All the new weapons really killed it for me. Spend years perfecting your class skills, only to get 1shot by a random huntsman arrow or direct hit rocket that was aimed for somebody else.

    And that goddamn charge n' targe. I'm amazed they never nerfed it.
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    bustapr , August 15, 2012 4:33 PM
    yeah alot of the new weapons are outright stupid. valve should spend a bit more trial and error before releasing weapons like they do. alot of loadouts like the pomsom gunslinger engi are ridiculously overpowered. now I believe that after this update, rather than continue adding weapons, they should work on rebalancing classes.

    also about that one complainer. we all want hl3, but theres no need to be act like a pissy brat every time they announce something that is hl3. and alot more fans of valve games are looking forward to more tf2 news than youd think. hl3 is done when its done, and valve has no doubt been working on it. just sit and wait for the undeniably polished game that will come, eventually.
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    teh_chem , August 16, 2012 1:02 PM
    Was playing TF2 last night when people started mentioning in chat about how you have to BUY TICKETS to play MvM games--a buck a piece.

    What a disappointment from the otherwise-impressive results from Valve...