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Spring Cleaning. That wonderful time of year where people go through their closets to make space, and in doing so discover forgotten gems lost to the bottom of plastic storage totes. But why should the joy of rediscovering a kitschy t-shirt, or a well-hidden holiday gift, be limited to cleaning our homes? With so many wonderful games out there it’s easy to have a backlog of titles that you always intended to go play, but for whatever reason never got around to… and the Steam Spring Cleaning Event is the time to change that. By diving into your Steam Library and playing games that you haven’t looked at in a while (or at all), you can unlock and level up the new Spring Cleaning badge. But this event isn’t just for those with a hefty backlog of titles to work through… as we said earlier, Spring Cleaning is a time of delightful surprises and so in that spirit the following games will be available to play FREE for the duration of the event (May 24th -May 28th)

  • Don’t Starve Together
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Tyranny
  • Borderlands 2
  • Castle Crashers
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Dirt 4

It’s a great time for games, so enjoy the weekend exploring Steam and finding a new classic to add to your all-time favorite list.

 

NICE! 

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RICH CHAT FORMATTING

  • Ability to share images by pasting images or uploading image files into chat
  • Embedding support for YouTube, Imgur, Giphy, Twitter, Twitch, and more
  • Rich link previews for URLs
  • /me command for emotes
  • /giphy for random gifs that may or may not say exactly what you want
  • /code command for styling blocks of code

GROUP CHATS

  • Group chats are now persistent, you don't need to rejoin every time you start Steam
  • @mention support for group chat members (@here, @all, @member, etc)
  • Group chats are available on the web
  • Group chats now support multiple text and voice channels
  • Custom group chat invite links - shareable in and outside of Steam
  • Custom notification settings per group chats and channels
  • Saved groups have role-based permissions

VOICE CHAT

  • Voice chat updated to new WebRTC-based backend
  • Voice chat uses high quality Opus encoding
  • Voice chat traffic payloads are encrypted
  • Voice chat traffic is now relayed through Steam servers for low-latency connectivity and for privacy so your IP is never disclosed to those you chat with
  • Voice calls from blocked users are automatically blocked
  • Voice chat open mic support is improved with better noise filtering and volume detection
  • Voice channels include a special text sub-channel for voice members only
  • Friends in voice chats in mutual groups are displayed in the Friends List
  • Voice controls are displayed in the Friends List whenever a voice chat is active
  • Voice chat now supports individual volume for other voice chat members
  • When voice chatting in a group, users can create multiple channels without needing an admin to add additional channels.
  • Unless saved, voice channels are automatically removed when the last voice member leaves

USER INTERFACE

  • In-game friends are now sorted to the top of the Friends List
  • In-game friends playing the same game are grouped together in the Friends List
  • Setting to promote the display of nicknames
  • Expanding the Friends List window will dock chats in the window in a side-by-side view
  • Setting to preserve chat window state after restarting Steam Client
  • Steam Client now displays your Steam avatar and profile name together in the account dropdown
  • Notification of unread messages appears at the top of your friends list
  • Drag and drop friends: to invite to group chats, add to favorites, and add to friend categories
  • Easily add multiple friends to group chats or categories with new find-as-you-type friend selection tools

CHAT HISTORY

  • Can now scroll back to load up to two weeks of chat history
  • Group chats also keep up to two weeks of chat history
  • Improved display of timestamps, which are now always enabled

PERSONA STATE

  • New "Invisible" mode allows you to appear offline, but still view your Friends List and chat
  • Updated display of friends who are "Away"
  • Offline friend "Last online" time now more reliable
  • Offline friends can be sorted by name or last online

STEAMWORKS RICH PRESENCE API

  • Added key to allow localized rich presence information to be displayed in the Steam Client
  • In game friends can now show additional information such as level or match, in the Friends List and chats
  • Friends in a party together are shown in a group in the Friends List, for games which have integrated with the Steamworks Rich Presence API

FRIEND CATEGORY MANAGEMENT (FORMERLY "TAG AS...")

  • Can rename existing friend categories
  • Added ability to add/remove multiple friends from a category at once
  • Drag and drop to add friends to categories
  • Friend categories (including built-in categories such as "Offline" or "In Game") remember their open or collapsed state
  • Favorite friends and chats can be pinned to the top of the Friends List

ADDING FRIENDS

  • New friend management page makes it easier to manage friends, invites, groups, followed games, and more on the Steam Community
  • New custom friend-request links that can be sent outside of Steam to allow you to more easily add friends

TRADING

  • Added ability to view Inventory and send Trade Offers from right click menu
  • Incoming Trade Offers from friends or users you are chatting with will show a notification and an inline message in chat
  • Built-in option to easily share your Steam Trade URL in chat rooms

NEW ARCHITECTURE

  • New chat features can be delivered without the need to update the entire Steam client
  • Web chat now uses a websocket-based connection for much better reliability and speed
  • Nearly every feature available to Steam Client chat is also available from a web browser

MULTIPLE SESSION SUPPORT

  • Changing friend nicknames, categories, and other friends settings will now be synced between all your online sessions
  • Messages delivered to sessions that have been idle are treated as "unread"

RELIABILITY

  • Sending a chat message will now show an error if there was any problem delivering the message
  • When sending a URL or something that looks like a URL, they will become clickable but maintain their original text

 

WE DISCORD NOW. 

 

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Bought Dark Souls 3 GOTY. And Quantum break (200 RS lul).

 

Thinking of buying the new Ghost Recon. Not sure how much fun it will be solo. And either Planet Coaster or Civ 6. Leaning towards Planet Coaster but it feels like it will be a Humble Monthly at some point cheaper. 

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2 hours ago, Aftrunner said:

Thinking of buying the new Ghost Recon

 

Don't. Ultra boring SOLO and bad AI ruins it even more. The open world is typical Ubisoft filled with nonsense and side quests are same in every region. Over and over again. Actually even the co-op gets tedious due to massive map filled with nothing but garbage stuff. 

 

The main questline is somewhat okay but stealth mechanics are easily exploitable which kills the fun. The AI is laughable at times. 

 

I'd rather go for Division over Wildlands. While neither is perfect, at least Division SOLO is more fun. 

 

2 hours ago, Aftrunner said:

And either Planet Coaster or Civ 6.

 

Planet Coaster is very good fun and builder simulation. Management is not so much as you can pretty much auto-pilot it. The performance can take a hit in the big park. 

 

The game slides more towards creativity than management and I feel that's where the game is missing something. Creating beautiful park alone isn't fun without proper management. 

 

Still a nice game and would recommend. The DLCs are pretty cool but expensive. Rather stick to workshop which is very active and has a tonne of cool stuff. 

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2 minutes ago, Joe Cool said:

Don't. Ultra boring SOLO and bad AI ruins it even more. The open world is typical Ubisoft filled with nonsense and side quests are same in every region. Over and over again. Actually even the co-op gets tedious due to massive map filled with nothing but garbage stuff. 

 

The main questline is somewhat okay but stealth mechanics are easily exploitable which kills the fun. The AI is laughable at times. 

 

I'd rather go for Division over Wildlands. While neither is perfect, at least Division SOLO is more fun. 

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Seconded. Wildlands is mind-numbingly repetitive.....even in co-op. And yes, even though The Divison is repetitive too, at least its core gameplay is tight, satisfying and a lot more fun.

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