Dota 2

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

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Dota 2 now out on Mac and Linux

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Dota 2 now out on Mac and Linux

Following the official launch for Windows earlier this month, Valve's, er, Dota clone Dota 2 is now available for Mac and Linux. This sentence is a hilarious joke about how Linux users are already well-prepared for complex systems with unfriendly communities, but Mac users are in for a hell of a ride. Laughs.

Read more: Free and easy to download through Steam »

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Dota 2 officially launched

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Dota 2 officially launched

Although Dota 2 has been playable--competitively, at that--for the past two years now, it's technically been in "beta." Valve promised that its MOBA would officially launch before August, and in a weird reversal of Valve Time, it appears they've launched early.

Read more: Entering the 'New User Experience' »

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Dota 2 should launch this summer before August 7

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Dota 2 should launch this summer before August 7

Though many of us have played hundreds and hundreds of hours of Dota 2, it still isn't officially out. It's technically in closed beta, see, though we all surely have enough spare invites by now to invite everyone we've ever known. That should finally change this summer, as Valve has said it'll launch its free-to-play Lords Management game before its big tournament The International 3 begins on August 7.

Read more: Expected to come after two more heroes »

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Dota 2 'bans' have reformed 60% of rude players

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Dota 2 'bans' have reformed 60% of rude players

Valve has shed a little light on Dota 2's mysterious player reporting system, and apparently it's been rather effective. 60% of players who've been abusive enough for Valve to temporarily revoke their communication privileges actually see the error of their ways, or at least pretend they do, and don't go on to get banned again. Taming awful e-people, one muting at a time.

Read more: How Dota 2 decides who to 'ban' »

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Dota 2 Compendium sales push International 3 prize pool past $2 million

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Dota 2 Compendium sales push International 3 prize pool past $2 million

Valve started the prize pool for its big Dota 2 tournament The International 3 with a very respectable $1.6 million. But to make teams Dote like they've never Doted before, Valve's kicking in 25% of sales from its $10 collector's chart-ish-sort-of-thing The Compendium. It's selling like nobody's business so the pool has now passed a cool $2 million, and Valve has added more "stretch goal" bonuses for Compendium owners.

Read more: Picking the next hero to add to Dota »

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Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

What do you do when your platform already sells and launches video games? Make the platform itself a video game, naturally. Valve announced the beta launch of "Steam Trading Cards" today. The collectible meta-game lets you upgrade your Steam profile by playing games and collecting and trading their associated (virtual) cards.

Read more: Currently supports Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 »

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Dota 2 $10 'Compendium' accompanies The International 3 with prizes

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Dota 2 $10 'Compendium' accompanies The International 3 with prizes

Valve has used Dota 2 to test all sorts of interesting doodads for professional gaming, from selling tickets to watch matches in an oh-so-slick spectator system to, heck, hosting a huge annual tournament. As third tourney approaches, Valve is launching The International Interactive Compendium, a social-y thing which'll let fans predict results together, win prizes, and vote on things like who plays in the all-star game.

Read more: Unlock cosmetic items »

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Dota 2: The International returns for a third year

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Dota 2: The International returns for a third year

"The International" is returning yet another year. Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament will be held in Seattle on August 7th, a few weeks before PAX Prime.

No prize pool has been announced on Dota 2's official website, but the winning team at last year's tourney took home $1 million.

Read more: Qualifying tournament coming soon »

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Dota 2 adds player-created in-game guides

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Dota 2 adds player-created in-game guides

You ruined everything, idiot. Uninstall Dota 2 now. Then take your hard drive out and beat yourself around the face and genitals with it. Then kill yourself. In real life. Or, pop up a player-written skill build and guide for your character in-game, pick up a few tips, and turn to bravely to face the terrifying and thrilling challenges of Dota.

Read more: Which skills to get and when »

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Valve launches player-written Steam Guides

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Valve launches player-written Steam Guides

One day, you'll be able to download groceries through Steam, ingesting the nutrients through a Steam Port at the base of your spine. While Valve is forever expanding the platform in pleasing ways, it's not quite there yet. Still, you can now read and write game guides on Steam, hosted on the Steam Community. This'll likely tie into the hints we've seen of in-game Dota 2 guides, then.

Read more: Get a-writin'! »

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Dota 2 adds 'Least Played' mode

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Dota 2 adds 'Least Played' mode

Now that Dota 2 is up to a whopping 96 characters, it's a fair bet that a good proportion of them are something of a mystery to most of its 3 million players. To help introduce you to a few more, without the fear of being stomped by people playing their best heroes, Valve added a new mode in yesterday's weekly patch that forces everyone to choose one of their least-played Doters.

Read more: Breaking players "out of their comfort zone" »

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Most Anticipated of 2013: Alice's Picks

Most Anticipated of 2013: Alice's Picks

There's a lot to be excited for in 2013, and the Shacknews staff each have five games on their radar. The editorial team at Shacknews outlines their most anticipated games of 2013 individually. Next up, we've got cuss word expert Alice O'Connor's list of next year's titles.

Read more: Alice's picks for 2013 »

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Dota 2's Greeviling holidays event kicks off

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Dota 2's Greeviling holidays event kicks off

Actual Christmas is often a dreary, miserable affair, but in video games it's always beautifully snowy with merry hijinks galore. In short, virtual Christmas in Dota 2 is better than your fleshy Christmas can ever be, after the festive 'Greeviling' event launched last night.

Watch: How it's done »

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Valve working on Dota 2 for tablets

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Valve working on Dota 2 for tablets

Dota 2 may be making the transition to a new platform, as it grows bigger and better. Valve boss Gabe Newell says the company is currently testing the game on tablets, and hopes that faster devices will make a proper release possible.

Read more: Performance coming 'in the near future' »

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Shack PSA: Dota 2 The International has begun

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Shack PSA: Dota 2 The International has begun

Valve's three-day Dota-rama The International kicked off this morning, bringing 16 professional Dota 2 teams together to slug it out over a novelty over-sized cheque for $1 million. The game has come a long way since it was introduced to the world, and picked up oodles of new fans, so come on gang, let's watch some Dota!

Read more: Streamed in browsers and the free spectator client »

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