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Valve Cancels Ticket Sales for Dota 2’s The International 2021

Valve Cancels Ticket Sales for Dota 2’s The International 2021

Like many other gaming competitions and conventions in 2020 the International Dota 2 annual Esports Championship was delayed indefinitely because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Due to the delay, Dota 2’s The International competition reached over $34million by August 2020.

Due to the lifting COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in July 2021 Valve announced that Dota 2’s The International tournament would be held in Bucharest in October. Tickets for the live audience went on the market in September. Participants would need to be fully vaccinated, and must wear masks throughout the event.

Only a few weeks ago, tickets for The International went on sale. However, Valve has now canceled all ticket sales. The rise in COVID cases in Romania has resulted in new restrictions in Bucharest. Tournament administrators are no longer able to ensure safety and health for both participants and competitors. The International Dota 2 will still take place on October 7. However, there will not be public attendance. Those who purchased tickets already will receive a refund.

While ticket costs will be refunded, cancellations of the public portion The International Dota 2 championships less that a week before event start may cause inconvenience and even loss of money. Many attendees are already in Romania as a result of comments made on social media. Others have booked hotels, bought plane tickets and taken days off work to make arrangements such as pet sitting or house sitting.

The 2021 event, unlike 2020’s cancellation of The International completely, will still be held and fans can view it online. Details about how and where viewers can tune-in are still not available due to the recent cancellation announcement. It seems likely that Dota 2’s The International 2021 will be streamed live on Valve’s Twitch, YouTube channels or both.

The International Dota 2 Championships will have two stages. The group stage will take place from October 7-10. During this time, the participating esports teams are divided into two groups. They will then play in a round-robin format. The top four teams advance to the main event’s top bracket, while the bottom team is eliminated and the rest of the teams are placed in the lower bracket. The main event will be held from October 12-17, after a one-day break. It is not yet clear if all 10 days of The International will be streamed live or just the main event.

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Half-Life: Alyx No VR Mod Looks Promising in New Update

Half-Life: Alyx No VR Mod Looks Promising in New Update

Half-Life: Alyx was created to show what VR can do. However, some people find it difficult to use. A team of mod developers has created the game to be more accessible for all players by making it more similar to the classic Half-Life games.
Half-Life: Alyx, a VR title is meant to be used with two track controllers that simulate the hands of players. While they are great in VR, the hands do not work in VR. They also remove the game’s control scheme from its keyboard and mouse.

A group of modders known collectively as SoMNst released a video showing improvements to the “No VR Mod” for Half-Life. This video features 37 minutes of gameplay, and highlights important changes made to make Half-Life classic gameplay available for non-VR. The UI and puzzles have been redesigned to allow for traditional first-person shooter gameplay. Each change seems to have been inspired by Half-Life 2. The UI design is very similar to the original titles. Additionally, the process of picking up physics objects has been reworked to be very similar to previous games.

Half-Life: Alyx was praised for its VR format. Taking it out of its context gives you an interesting perspective on what VR needs to change. It is a great simplification that makes VR feel more meaningful than a flatscreen format. The emphasis on upgrading weapons rather than the various arsenals from previous Half-Life games is a fascinating one. VR is still in its infancy, so Half Life: Alyx’s design allows for players to feel at ease as the format changes.

Half-Life: Alyx is more horror-oriented than the rest of Half-Life. Despite the gameplay shift, the No VR mod makes Half-Life: Alyx accessible without the need for expensive VR equipment. It also serves as an interesting case study on how VR affects game design. It can also be used as a parallel to convert existing games to VR formats as demonstrated by the BioShock: Return to Rapture Mod.

Valve has been known for their modding skills. Major esports titles such as Counter-Strike or Team Fortress started out as mods for Half-Life. Modders can create custom maps and campaigns for Half-Life, Alyx, and they can even integrate haptic suits and complete conversions to make this a completely new experience.

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