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Anyone who remembers Counterstrike – and let’s face it, who doesn’t remember Counterstrike – knows that a good mod (a game modification built atop another game’s engine technology) can often times be better than a lot of so-called “original” games out there. And given that Valve Software saw that Half-Life lived up to the potential to provide the mod platform, which in turn gave the shooter an extended life just because people bought it to play Counterstrike and Day of Defeat; it is no surprise that the company has released five leading Source Mods. The Source Mods are of course build entirely on Valve’s own leading engine technology.
This initial set of Mods are offered via Steam, Valve’s online delivery system, and available free of charge for owners of any Source-based game. To further celebrate the launch of these mods on Steam, Valve is further offering Half-Life 2: Episode One for $4.99. The original Steam Mod squad consisted of Age of Civalry, D.I.P.R.I.P., Insurgency, Synergy and Zombie Panic.
"Valve has been supporting the MOD community since the company's inception, offering updates to the SDK, holding MOD Expos and being the first to bring a MOD to retail with Counter-Strike in November 2000," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve. "The debut of these MODs on Steam marks the beginning of a new level of support for the MOD community by putting the leading MODs at the finger tips of over 15 million targeted gamers."
The first Mod squad is available now for free download, and once installed these will appear in the user’s “My Games” list. To make sure that you’re ready for action these mods will automatically be updated just like the other titles running on Steam. These mods will further take advantage of Steamworks, which provides stat tracking and integration with the Steam community.