What a Hero Should Be - DOTA 2

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Valve has finally released DOTA 2 from the chains of Beta and has freed it to Linux and Mac as well! Boom!!! Celebration dance and a break out of all multi-platform gamers everywhere! Do you remember the DOTA 2 intro? What does a hero truly need?

A hero needs a very good weapon, in our case, a very good workstation to run this beauty. Naturally, in this sick little twisted world. Life is sometimes unfair, most especially if your weapon of choice does not fit the minimum system requirements? Oh. Here at the Fluffy headquarters... we took out our Macbook to the test! The only difference that we had from minimum system requirements is the 4 gb RAM. We had a 2 gb RAM but we still went on with the game. And obviously, we turned a lot of effects to the down low so we can focus on having the game actually go on rather than being stuck mid-step because it was too heavy. My first two runs of the game were met with the spinning beach ball of death. I didn't give up and was able to get through the first part with no problem. (Yes, less graphics. Less beautiful. But... you get to play). Again as have many comments have mentioned, it's still a little bit buggy but pretty much tolerable. Nobody can take us away from DOTA. No one. Nothing.

If you want to try it on your borderline-with-the-sys-minimum-requirements... Here are the 3 simple steps:

1. After the cinematics, check the upper left for a gear icon.
2. Go to Video Tab
3. Turn most of them off, or low.

There were positive reviews from other Mac users. (Yes, it came from the ones in the upper spectrum where their battle stations are a little bit on the *more* side.) From Linux users? I haven't seen any full review yet. We just have to wait and see! Another thing... Dota 2 is 3.5 gb heavy! Better set aside some time for some eye rest because by the time that you are done.. You're going to pull an all-nighter for this!

Have you tried it on your Mac and/or Linux machines? Let us know on the comments below!

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Here's a summary from the Steam announcement of the things to expect from Dota 2!

PLATFORM
Dota 2 is now available for Mac OS X and Linux.

Dota 2 Mac OS X Minimum System Requirements:
Mac OS X Lion 10.7
4GB RAM
8GB Hard drive space
nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher

Dota 2 Linux Minimum System Requirements:
Ubuntu 12.04
Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
4GB RAM
8GB Hard Drive Space,
nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
OpenAL Compatible Sound Card

UI
- Added automatic detection of GG calls in tournament and practice lobby matches, which then ends the game 10 seconds later.
- In the fantasy stats dropdown, players you have on any of your teams will be highlighted and mousing over them will list which of your fantasy teams they are on.
- Guild invitations now display who's inviting you, and how many members the guild has.
- Added a tournament drop for early roshan kills (before creeps spawn)
- Quick Cast now works on the portrait of your currently selected unit.
- Players can customize which messages appear on the Chat Wheel.
- Messages sent via the Chat Wheel appear with an arrow icon next to them.
- Calendar page now shows a list of tournament games per day.

VISUALS
- New Earthshaker model
- Updates to some Earthshaker effects
- Fixed Eclipse not always playing the missed Lucent Beam visual effects
- Made Abaddon's Borrowed Time effect and healing more clear

MATCHMAKING
- People who decline Matchmaking are temporarily restricted from searching for 45 seconds
- Parties are more likely to be matched against other similarly sized parties
- Reduced the average skill variance in games where there are 10 individual players
- When matching parties, the matchmaker now also considers the minimum experience level on both teams rather than just the average.
- Fixed a bug in the matchmaker that was causing it to insufficiently segregate players based on win count
- Fixed a bug that would cause excessive queue times, especially for large parties or high skill players

GAMEPLAY
- Abaddon: Fixed Abaddon's illusions applying Curse of Avernus
- Abaddon: Fixed Aphotic Shield being dispelled
- Abaddon: Fixed Mist Coil Heal/Damage order
- Dragon Knight: Fixed Dragon Blood's bonus armor not showing properly in the UI
- Gyrocopter: Fixed the Fountain doing no damage to Gyrocopter 's Homing Missile
- Io: Fixed Tether sharing mana regeneration when you have full mana
- Io: Fixed Spirits initially spawning 250 units away instead of 150 units
- Medusa: Fixed various spells being unable to remove the stun from Stone Gaze
- Medusa: Fixed Stone Gaze facing requirement not taking into account distance once the debuff is added
- Necrolyte: Fixed several specific heroes being unable to buyback for the rest of the game if they died to Reaper's Scythe.
- Omniknight: Fixed Guardian Angel not affecting Siege units
- Silencer: Fixed Curse of the Silent being removed by Aphotic Shield/Manta
- Slark: Fixed Pounce's Leash getting dispelled
- Visage: Fixed being able to dodge Soul Assumption
- Fixed the free courier in Mid Only not always being controllable if you selected your hero too late
- Fixed Backswing behavior for: Soul Rip, Tombstone, Cold Feet, Ice Vortex, Chilling Touch, Enfeeble, Shallow Grave, Thunder Strike, Kinetic Field, Static Storm, Malefice, Midnight Pulse, Howl, Stifling Dagger, Static Link, Shrapnel, Psionic Trap, Whirling Axes (Ranged), Storm Bolt, God's Strength, Wave of Terror, Venomous Gale, Shadow Word, Fatal Bonds, The Swarm, Time Lapse, Maledict, Overpower and Ice Shards

AUDIO
- Non-default announcers will now comment on pick/ban phases.
- Windows Mixer control for Dota2 no longer resets to full volume on start up.
- Music volume floor goes to 0.
- Updated Abaddon VO