Today, Valve announced Steam Trading Cards. Players will be able to complete a set through game play and “your collecting prowess”. Once a set is completed, they can be crafted into a game badge which will show up on your Steam profile and unlock marketable items such as emoticons, profile backgrounds, and coupons to use on Steam.
Badges will contribute to the exp of a users Steam Level. Leveling up will earn you non-tradable items like profile showcases which will allow you to customize what data is featured on your profile page, extra friends list slots in addition to others.
Currently you can get trading cards for the following games:
- Team Fortress 2
- Dota 2
- Portal 2
- Half-Life 2
- Don’t Starve
You can get into the beta by joining the Steam Trading Card Group. And while you’re at it, join the Gamer Escape group on Steam!
Left 4 Dead 2 is a game by Valve that has zombies. Their digital shop Steam will soon be selling Capcom’s Resident Evil 6 a game which (after not having them for a couple installments) has zombies. So they said hey, you got zombies, we got zombies. Let’s do some crossover stuff!
All of this crossover content will be available for free:
Owners of Resident Evil 6 PC will be able to select one of four survivors from Left 4 Dead 2’s iconic cast – Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle – when playing PC exclusive mode, The Mercenaries No Mercy. Each character will have a special customized weapon load-out created just for use in Resident Evil 6. In addition to the four survivors, two of the infamous Special Infected zombies from the Left 4 Dead franchise – the Witch and Mini Tank – will also make a cameo appearance in this mode, relentlessly attacking players regardless of whether a character from Left 4 Dead 2 or Resident Evil 6 is chosen. This new and exclusive content will automatically be downloaded in the background to all owners of the PC version of Resident Evil 6 from April 5.
Making the leap to the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 will be some of Resident Evil 6’s most fearsome enemies – Lepotitsa, Napad and Ogroman. All three characters were brought to life in Left 4 Dead 2 by Valve’s renowned developers using its Steam Workshop tools. Owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 will be able to face a new deadly challenge when Resident Evil 6 characters infect Valve’s classic zombie title this spring.
As a limited time offer, Valve is offering Portal up for free until the 20th through Steam. Here is the website for the promotion:
The promotion is supposed to be aimed at schools and education fields, proving once again that games can be more than just games. No surprise, Valve feels that Portal is educational.
So you play Team Fortress 2. And you have hats. Lots, and lots, of hats. What happens when you have extra hats?
You’re an avid Steam-er. You’ve bought bundle after bundle and have “extra” giftable copies of games. What do you do with them?
Now you have an option! Steam Trading Beta allows for players of Team Fortress 2 to trade their in-game items for giftable copies of games from other Steam users. Currently the system is testing for Team Fortress 2, but is looking to expand into other titles in the future such as Portal 2.
Personally, I’ll probably never use this since I’m not a huge fan of paying for additional content of this type. But hey! This kind of stuff wouldn’t be around if there weren’t
suckers people spending money on this kind of stuff. At least now there will be the option of “oh man I can’t believe I bought this thing.. anybody wanna trade me for a copy of a game?”
Check out their Steam Trading Beta FAQ for all the details on how to participate.
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Surely you just LOVE things you don’t have to pay for… right? Adding to the three part collection, the second volume of Portal 2: Songs to Test By is now available. Volume two includes 18 tracks focused around some of the most important areas in the game- the test chambers!
You can head over to the Portal site and pick up Vol. 2 here and while you’re there, make sure to grab Vol. 1 if you haven’t already!
It’s live! Once again it is time for you to wake up every morning in glee, wondering what hand-me-down games Steam will be providing up for sale at practically pennies on the dollar on your credit card!
In other words, dirt cheap.
So far I have picked up Bit.Trip Runner, but alas totally slept on Recettear and Back to the Future. How has your Steam sale been going?
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This Thursday, Team Fortress 2 will be getting hit with its biggest update ever- The Über Update.
The update is sure to play host to a number of surprises one of which will be the release of a brand new “Meet the…” video! Valve has left a few hints up on the Team Fortress website to help us figure out who the video may feature.
1.) It IS a “Meet the” short.
2.) It involves ONE of the two remaining classes.
3.) It’s NOT the Pyro.
4.) It’s the MEDIC.
Those are some great hints! Can you figure out what the new video will be? (I think it might be the Medic!)
They’ll be releasing info as we get closer to the update so make sure to check out the official Team Fortress website for information!
Much like Champions Online, Sega is taking advantage of Steam’s MMO support by allowing their 2009 free-to-play title Spiral Knights available on the popular Valve service. As a huge perk, you can use your Steam account to play – No registering with Spiral Knights itself required.
I haven’t had a huge chance to play the game, but I can see it being a great time, especially for fans of the now dated Ragnarok Online.