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Steam Big Picture Mode Preview; Trailer

Kotaku has a hands-on preview of the Steam Big Picture Mode, which will launch as a beta today. They discuss what this first step will and will not mean to PC and console gaming, and offer Valve's thoughts on how this may or may not lead to development of a dedicated Steam set-top box. Here's what they say to expect: "Here are the basics: this afternoon, when Big Picture goes live, you'll be able to push a button and turn Steam into an entirely new interface. It sort of looks like the dashboard on an Xbox 360, minus the advertisements and other clutter that can make that system so irritating to navigate. And it allows you to do almost everything you can do on vanilla Steam: you can buy games, browse the web, and even chat with your friends using the platform's standard in-game overlay." They also have this trailer showing what the new mode looks like.

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23. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 11, 2012, 19:58 Beamer
Dev wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 19:34:
Beamer wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 16:56:
while CS:S is technically a team game it's really more a shoot-some-guys-but-not-others game.

Kind of like original HL:TDM. Man, I played a ton of that, always on my own team. It was fun being one guy in a 24 person game, most teams having 3-5 people, and still winning.
Then you must not have ever played with a really good team of people or against a really good team on the other side. CS is very much a team game

Back when I was playing CS (not CS:S) I still had people I played regularly with. Occasionally we'd get a good 5x5 game, but we were in different places and this was before it had voice, so coordination wasn't simple. When I went fully solo I tended to find one or two people that wanted to be a team and we'd stick together, but even then it was limited to mostly instinct and just trying to be a team rather than communication.

But CS allows that. Unless the other team is well organized, and typically it isn't, all you need is to stick together. And, if you're good and the other team isn't, you can lone-wolf it very well.

TF2 you can't. Maybe because I put a total of maybe 1.5 hours into it, but I never managed to do very well. As opposed to TFC, in which I have plenty of memories of stealing the flag on my own as a spy or a heavy (hahaha, man, stealing the flag as a heavy was always great. If the other team had no organization you could waltz right in.)

TF2 felt like guaranteed death if you played alone. CS:S you can still dominate. This is why I much prefer games with either no or limited class structure to games where classes are dependent upon each other - finding a random server with random people and playing together well isn't possible.

On the other side, due to the prevelance of headphones on XBL, I managed to find dozens of people to add to my friends list in MW3 that were vocal in playing together. It wasn't much of a team game, either, even more "shoot-some-but-not-all" than CS, but if you had people that were all pretty good and complimented each other well you could go on ridiculous runs. Part of it was just they way they spawned, so the team that wasn't dying would be constantly moving, even if not together, and know there was no one behind them, whereas the team constantly spawning had no clue where anything was coming from, no orientation, and would usually get killed before they got some kind of groove.
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