Dota 2

PC, MAC / Action RPG / Release: Dec 31, 2011 / ESRB: U

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4

Chatty Twitch Highlights 14: KSP, Dota 2, and Shackbattling in Battlefield 4

It's time to go into space for this week's Chatty Twitch Highlights. Mercfox1 is ready to launch a rocket in Kerbal Space Program. It goes as well as you'd expect... and that's to say, not well at all. That's followed up with some community Chatty activity on Dota 2, along with the weekly Battlefield 4 Shackbattle.

Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of April 19, 2014.

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Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

If you’ve ever felt ashamed of games you’ve picked up but never played, at least you can rest assured you aren’t alone. A study into Steam playing habits has found that more than a third of all games purchased through the service have never been loaded up even once.

Read more: 37% never played, 17% played less than one hour »

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Chatty Twitch Highlights 12: BF4 Shackbattle, Warframe, and Dota 2

Chatty Twitch Highlights 12: BF4 Shackbattle, Warframe, and Dota 2

It's the first Saturday in April and that means it's time to take a look at the Shacknews Chatty community's latest exploits on Twitch. This week, our hardened crew of Battlefield 4 soldiers get together for their weekly Shackbattle along Siege of Shanghai and Paracel Storm. Meanwhile, Matt Burris takes players on a tour of Warframe, while raija rides with Weaver in Dota 2.

Here's a compilation of some of the best Shacknews Twitch highlights for the week of April 5, 2014.

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Dota 2: The International's fourth year begins July 18

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Dota 2: The International's fourth year begins July 18

Mark your calendars, because "The International," Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament, will run this year from July 18-21. Just as in previous years, the event will be held at the Key Arena in Seattle, WA, just ahead of PAX Prime.

Read more: Available ticket packages »

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Valve-produced Dota2 documentary Free to Play releases March 19

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Valve-produced Dota2 documentary Free to Play releases March 19

Valve is stepping into the world of documentaries with a new internally-made film called Free to Play, which now has a release date. The feature-length documentary follows three professional Dota 2 players, as they venture through the million dollar Dota 2 International Tournament.

Watch: The debut trailer »

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Dota 2 adds two new heroes and 'Random Ability Draft' mode

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Dota 2 adds two new heroes and 'Random Ability Draft' mode

With Chinese New Year nigh, Valve has launched a honking great Dota 2 patch heralding a new special seasonal event. Yesterday's patch brought over two new heroes from the original DotA mod, Terrorblade and Phoenix. More weirdly, it added an astonishing new mode named 'Random Ability Draft,' where players take turns to pick abilities for their heroes, resulting in some absurd combinations.

Read more: Plus balance tweaks, and replay takeovers »

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Best of 2013: #6 - Dota 2

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Best of 2013: #6 - Dota 2

Dota 2 is by far my most favorite game (technically) released in 2013. It's brilliant, but an absolute pig of a game and one I cannot recommend you play. You should, because it's the best game. But you won't like it, so don't. But honestly, do.

Read more: But probably don't »

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Dota 2 opens to the public

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Dota 2 opens to the public

Dota 2 has dropped queuing to sign-up, and can now be accessed by all. According to Valve, an upgrade in server tech has made it the right time to take the wraps off the popular MOBA.

Read more: 6.5 million active monthly members »

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Dota 2 patch adds Legion Commander and 'Wraith Night' survival mode

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Dota 2 patch adds Legion Commander and 'Wraith Night' survival mode

Dota 2's Christmas update arrives today, and oh! what an update it is. Along with bringing over a new hero from the original DotA, the long-awaited Legion Commander, it adds a wave survival mode which pits heroes against hordes of creeps, trying to defend Skeleton King so he can be reborn as the Wraith King. And there shall be... such... prizes.

Watch: People playing the Wraith Night mode »

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Dota 2 introducing Ranked Matchmaking mode

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Dota 2 introducing Ranked Matchmaking mode

"Welcome to Dota, you suck" is classic Dota 2 advice, but how much do you suck? That'll be revealed when Ranked Matchmaking comes to the free-to-play Dote 'em up, as Valve announced on Friday. The developer's also shared heaps of details on how exactly Dota 2's matchmaking works, which is fascinating reading for anyone who's ever find themself in an unlikely match.

Read more: Rankings only visible to you and friends »

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The Stanley Parable narrator coming to Dota 2

The Stanley Parable narrator coming to Dota 2

"This is the story of a man named Stanley."

While it may be difficult to nail down The Stanley Parable and what exactly the story even is, the narrator is definitely a recognizable aspect of Galactic Cafe's hit game. If you're looking for more from this delightfully British accent, you'll be happy to hear that The Stanley Parable's narrator will soon be available in Dota 2 as a downloadable announcer pack.

Read more: Confirmed by The Stanley Parable creator »

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Dota 2 patch brings new heroes, coaching, crafting, and Diretide

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Dota 2 patch brings new heroes, coaching, crafting, and Diretide

Valve said it had a "huge" Dota 2 update and gosh golly, it certainly does. Today will bring something for Doters of all skill levels, from coaching tools for newbies to two extra heroes for veterans in search of something new. As everyone likes hats, crafting is in too. And Diretide's back!

The two new heroes are Storm Spirit's siblings brought over from the original DotA mod, the Earth Spirit and Ember Spirit. One's a Strength hero, the other's Agility, and both look mighty fetching. They're so fancy, in fact, that Valve has given Storm a makeover.

Read more: Crafting with recipes and socketing »

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Dota 2 Diretide coming soon after Valve admits it 'underestimated' demand

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Dota 2 Diretide coming soon after Valve admits it 'underestimated' demand

Halloween last year saw Dota 2 heroes out collecting (and stealing) candy, but this year they were stuck with plain old boring murder for macabre entertainment. The Diretide event, it seemed, was not returning. An uncharacteristically candid Valve has explained that it had hoped to launch a "huge update" for Halloween instead but fell short, and is now working to deliver Diretide a little late.

Read more: "By the time we'd realized we'd made a bad decision, the pitchforks were out" »

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Dota 2 'First Blood' update due Monday, with GLaDOS and new mode

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Dota 2 'First Blood' update due Monday, with GLaDOS and new mode

Now that Dota 2 has officially launched, some patches more than patches, they are, borrowing the language of Team Fortress 2, Updates. Valve has announced the first big fancy Update for Dota 2, named First Blood, which will launch on Monday with a new picking mode, the ability to host LAN games, and an announcer pack starring Portal's GLaDOS.

Read more: Hear the cruel words of GLaDOS »

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Dota 2 The International winners scoop $1,437,204

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Dota 2 The International winners scoop $1,437,204

"I'm so excited to watch the replays for The International 3's grand finals!" I thought this morning, with a little more groggy muttering and cussing, "But I'll just check there's nothing pressing in my work e-mail." And then I saw the press release from Valve at 5am boldly declaring the winner. Bum. So I'll avoid naming names in these opening lines, only saying that the winning five-man team takes home a whopping $1,437,204.

Read more: Spoilers follow, obviously »

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