A highly welcome move by Valve is the introduction of “Guest Pass” in Steam, allowing owners of certain Steam games send time-limited demos to their friends. This post on the service’s website states that a beta will be conducted after which the Guest Pass system will be extended to Day of Defeat: Source owners.
No specific titles were mentioned, though Half-Life 2 and other big titles can be taken as staples.
Scorned by your DoD-playing friends for being a cheapskate? Shove bullets into their heads next week as Valve has announced the second Day of Defeat: Source “Free Weekend”.
Those who haven’t purchased the game will be able to check it out starting 1 pm (Pacific Time) on July 7 through 10. Participants in Valve’s philanthropic gesture will also be able to play the new “Jagd” and “Colmar” maps that are being raved about.
Posted before the weekend, but unnoticed somehow, is a Steam update that hypes the newly released SiN: Emergence game as well as the upcoming first Episode for Half-Life 2. The update also discusses maps for Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat Source, stating that new maps for the multiplayer shooters will be released soon:
Counter-Strike: Source has more HDR-enabled versions of maps on the way, along with some enhancements to the game itself. Day of Defeat: Source is getting ready for a significant release that will add a number of new features, along with a new map named Colmar. Colmar is the first map to take advantage of a new objective system that allows us to build different kinds of levels than currently exist. Stay tuned for specifics on how the map plays out, but for now here’s a screenshot of the sleepy night-time village.
Below are the mentioned screenshots: