July 8th, 2017

Valve succesfully trolls Dota 2 community over Diretide

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Update 8/11/2013: Valve have told the community what’s going on with Diretide.

Update 3/11/2013: Community responds to Diretide 

Valve seems to have a general corporate policy of not actually talking to the community or letting anybody know what’s happening. Today, that was used to full effect to annoy lots of Dota 2 players.

Last year – when Dota 2 was in beta – it had a Halloween event, called Diretide, which offered a new game mode that had Roshan roaming the map in search of candy. For some reason, people assumed that this would be an annual event (possibly because Team Fortress 2‘s Halloween event was annual, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive got some Halloween bits and bobs this year too) and eagerly awaited its reappearance.

This did not happen on 29 October, when Scream Fortress launched. It didn’t happen yesterday, on Halloween itself. So maybe it’d happen today? Hopes were raised when Dota 2 started downloading a 73MB patch… which turned out to contain hats. I’m not sure they could’ve annoyed the community more perfectly if they’d tried.

In fairness, Valve never said that Diretide would happen this year. On the other hand, their general insistence in not giving the community any idea of what’s coming up, what they’re working on, and what may or may not happen is starting to take its toll, particularly when said community is given hat after hat after hat rather than the heroes/events/fixes that are actually desired.

But hey! Hats. That’s what we all really want, right?

Update: As ten million of you have commented, Valve did indeed describe Diretide as an annual event.

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  • Tim McDonald

    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

    • danb0

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • sad22

      gg very quick article on whats happening o.o

    • uglykidjoe

      ? ? ?_? ?? GIVE DIRETIDE

    • lavindota

      When i update the 73mb patch today… it shows error can’t download blablabla… 🙁 how can i fix this

    • disappointed

      “I’m not sure they could’ve annoyed the community more perfectly if they’d tried.” Agreed! I really don’t get it, one simple statement a week ago would have dispelled the majority of this frustration. I’m pissed off, not that there wasn’t a diretide mode but that no one at valve thought the community was worth a quick communication. The game may be free but many of us spend a lot of money supporting it of our own volition. Starting to feel used and abused.

    • taco31031

      It was initially announced as an annual event, article is a bit misleading.

      If someone has screenshots of dire


      >The most ominous event of Diretide is the annual suspension of Roshan’s enchantment.

      • FoxCharge

        Yeah, exactly. This entire article is ignoring the fact that the 2012 article was deemed the first “annual” Halloween event for Dota 2.

        I guess research is hard for some people.

    • Nyuu

      Yeah fagot, because in the lore from dire tide it doesn’t says “Anual” when it tells about roshan’s story.


    • Jaco

      check Volvo the car company’s facebook

    • Kodes

      Hahahaha, poor Volvo!

    • VasiliyPupkin

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE


      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • blendique

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • Samurai Turtle

      ? ?_? )? Give Diretide please.

    • boob

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • gban

      ? ?? ?_? ??=?/????/’?’? ? ?? GIVE DIRETIDE

    • gapasaku11

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE? ? ?_? ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE? ? ?_? ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE? ? ?_? ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE? ? ?_? ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE? ? ?_? ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE? ? ?_?

    • isandri

      Hey, the author of this shitty article, yes shitty because you didn’t do any research, Valve SAID it would be annual, just read their blog. I would like a refutation
      there you are:
      “The most ominous event of Diretide is the annual suspension of Roshan’s enchantment. Freed from his fearful den, he is compelled to wander in search of the one food that can satisfy his infernal craving: Greevil Taffy!” source: https://www.dota2.com/diretide/?l=english

      • Samurai Turtle

        hey you.. mr rude random internet person..

        shut up.

        ? ?_? )? Give Diretide!

        • fsj

          Soemone’s taken this a bit to seriously, hmm isandri?

          ? ?_? )? Give isandri a hug because he’s so angry over the diretide event. THEN Give Diretide!

    • DI RE TI DE

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • mofo

      Good old report without any research. It was quite clear announced as an annual event. If you have any self respect publish a correction.

    • Volvo fix plz

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • James

      Bunch of spoiled, self entitled brats.

      Valve doesn’t owe you anything. They don’t have to explain to you why there is no seasonal update. You are playing a COMPLETELY FREE game and it’s time you no life, virgin, losers just get lost. Go get yourself a decent education, find a job, a girl, and do something besides jerking off and bitching on forums.

      • Volvo plz

        Yes they do, without us playing, dota2 won’t be as for today, and after earning millions from the compendium, its fair enough that valve give something back to the community.

    • James

      They are calling the community managers personal phone and threatening him and his family. ANYONE defending these no life losers are part of said group. I hope he calls the police on you stupid shameless fucks. Why dont you morons do the world a favor and hang yourselves.

    • Professional Feeder

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • Kalo

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • asdas

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • whocares

      All you self entitled nerds need to stop crying like the fatass basement dwellers you are.

    • momoy

      ? ? ?_? ?? Give DIRETIDE

    • Quan

      can you tell me what “hats” is?

      • Six Samurai Without Gates OMG JIJAS

        hats = cosmetic items

        tis a neta from TF2

    • aeronar22