Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2014 - 10:02 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: tf2, valve
So Valve is working on a new game mode for Team Fortress 2, called “Mannpower Mode”. It is a variation of Capture the Flag and it is currently available in the beta map pool, accessible from the Play Beta Maps checkbox in Play Multiplayer. While it will change significantly over its development period, this beta launch corresponds with their Christmas promotion.
Even though it's like Capture the Flag, there are some significant differences. First, similar to many other franchises, the objective is touch-return. Fans of Unreal Tournament, Halo, and many other franchises will know that this is different in two main ways: a dropped objective will return to base instant when it is touched by a defender, and the attacker's flag must be returned in to capture the opponent's one. Second, random critical hits are disabled.
Third, grappling hooks and power-ups? I am guessing the Valve wants TF2 to be more competitive in with the fast-paced shooter crowd, so they are finding ways to increase mobility and map control within the Team Fortress 2 ruleset. Of course, that is not a criticism about TF2's game design – quite the opposite; it is different, not worse. It is interesting to think about the relatively slow characters of TF2 being used in more of a higher-reward, lower-forgiveness game mode. The updates add mobility and incentives to use it, both rewarding flag returns as well as acquiring power-ups.
Team Fortress 2 is still free-to-play, but rarely free-toupee.
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2014 - 07:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tf2, gaming, Source Filmmaker
If you have 15 minutes to spare then feast your eyeholes on this community made video introducing Team Fortress 2's End of the Line update. As we have seen from previous contests using Valve's Source Filmmaker these movies are well worth watching, so check it out now or save it for later. This movie also heralds the release of new hats, taunts and quite possibly a pyrotechnic rubber ducky. Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN talked with the video's director, James McVinnie, about the development of this enjoyable little film which you can watch right here.
"I’ve been looking forward to Team Fortress 2’s End of the Line update for over a year, not because I’m in love with novelty virtual clothing but because it’s built around a community-made, fifteen-minute short film. It’s out now, you can watch it below, and if you do care for novelty clothes, a portion of the profits go to the creators who toiled away making the movie."
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- Marching On: The Banner Saga 2 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
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- inXile Tease Another cRPG Comeback: Bard or Baldur? @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Assassin's Creed Unity Review @ OCC
- Not-Deus Ex: First Look At New Game’s Engine @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- New No Man’s Sky Trailers Show Space Stations, Portals @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Performance and PhysX Review @HiTech Legion
- Darklands Retrospective: What RPGs Are Supposed To Be @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Call Off The Dogs: The Witcher 3 Delayed Into May 2015 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
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Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2014 - 10:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: linux, amd, radeon, CS:GO, tf2
With the new driver from AMD and a long list of cards to test, from an R9290 all the way back to an HD4650, Phoronix has put together a rather definitive list of the current performance you can expect from CS:GO and TF2. CS:GO was tested at 2560x1600 and showed many performance changes from the previous driver, including some great news for 290 owners. TF2 was tested at the same resolution and many of the GPUs were capable of providing 60FPS or higher, again with the 290 taking the lead. Phoronix also did testing on the efficiency of these cards, detailing the number of frames per second, per watt used, this may not be pertinent to many users but does offer an interesting look at the efficiency of the GPUs. If you are gaming on a Radeon on Linux now is a good time to upgrade your drivers and associated programs.
"The latest massive set of Linux test data we have to share with Linux gamers and enthusiasts is a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 when using the very newest open-source Radeon graphics driver code. The very latest open-source Radeon driver code tested with these popular Valve Linux games were the Linux 3.18 Git kernel, Mesa 10.4-devel, LLVM 3.6 SVN, and xf86-video-ati 7.5.99."
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Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2014 - 11:26 PM | Scott Michaud
TF2, the free-to-play dress-up game with a remarkably deep combat mechanic, is less than an hour away from announcing something. It, currently, is a countdown timer above a mock TV test pattern above an old-timey military control panel. That is all we know at the moment. We'll update when we find out what is going to happen. Personally, I expect that we will see a video and likely details about a large update.
Apparently it is called "Love & War". It is a 15 minute video with an actual plotline. It seems to align with an update for between-team actions, like conga lines and square dancing. Also, there are few interesting achievements for doing those actions.
The real highlight has to be the video though. I've embedded it above. Take a quarter of an hour out of your time. It seems pretty hilarious.
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2014 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hack, valve, glados, tf2, kick ass
Hack a Day have been accepting entries to their Sci-Fi contest for long enough that they have a few worth showing off before the entry deadline of April 29th, specifically the Valve themed ones. A table top sized level 1 sentry gun from TF2 is being entered, perhaps not as heavy duty as the one currently guarding Valve HQ but destined to be able to fire paint balls if all goes to plan. There is a French team who are modifying some personal assistant software called RORI into a replica of GLaDOS, hopefully a version at least slightly less murderous than the original while another team is going about creating a physical version of the homicidal AI complete with a camera to allow face tracking. Check these entrants and other in the full Hack a Day post.
"While most of the entries to our Sci-Fi contest come from movies and TV shows, a select few are based on the Valve universe, including a few builds based on Portal and Team Fortress 2."
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Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2012 - 05:28 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, tf2
The last of the Team Fortress 2 Meet the Team videos has been released. Is the Pyro a male or a female? Who knows, I wrote this article the morning before it aired. And let us be honest -- we probably did not get that question answered anyway… or the gender is revealed as “Pyro” or there are two videos or something like that. We also get new items but that is common these days.
Update: For the machinima fans -- the Source Filmmaker has also been announced with sign-ups available to their Beta. You can use the same tools that Valve has used for all over their Meet the Team videos for your own stories.
Forget the Spy: the Pyro is a mystery wrapped in an enigma.
Who is the -- man? -- who can rock the old propane tank, car muffler, and gas pump nozzle fashion all year round? Who is not satisfied with an axe until it is wrapped in barb wire? The answer is of course that we do not know. What we do is that they might just be more of a handy”man” than the Engineer.
Agent 00 Leet.
The Pyromania update introduces a new map and game mode. Each team fights to deliver rocket fuel so that Poopy Joe the space chimp can deliver a recalled Australium suitcase nuke to the Soviets. Apparently Australium was always radioactive -- who knew. Eleven new achievements accompany this new game mode.
A half dozen new items will also be made available including a speed booster for the scout that charges with successful hits and discharges completely when you jump. Also available is a multirocket launcher for the Soldier which should be familiar to Unreal Tournament fans.
There will be cauterized wounds.
And the reason why you are all here… apart for indepth and reliable computer hardware news… is that Meet the Pyro is now available. Enjoy.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2011 - 03:13 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: valve, tf2, free to play
All week long Valve has been teasing about their largest content update to date with 8 of the 9 classes getting one to three items each and a new map for the expanded mayhem to rage on. Their tease wrapped up today with the release of a 4 minute cinematic trailer for the game, “Meet the Medic”, which is the first released in over two years. Meet the Medic displays the gruesome and dark nature of the character and shows the historical inception of the Ubercharge to the Team Fortress universe. If you wish to experience the new content but do not own Team Fortress 2 you can simply fire up Steam and get it, forever; Valve has decided to release it for free.
Yes, it is. While Steam sales of days past have placed the price of the game as close to the free territory that a game could reasonably be, Valve has decided to outright waive the entry cost for the game in lieu of optional item micro-transactions. Last September during the Mann-Conomy Update, Valve inserted a system where users can purchase official and community-created content (the creators of each mod receive commission from said transactions) as an alternative of earning it through achievements or receiving them randomly in “drops” as an incentive to play the game. Valve decided that for the length of the game being on the market and for the volume of sales from the item purchase system that it would be no longer necessary to collect money from the game itself.
But… shouldn’t he be holding two pistols?
So with the update today: load up your Steam, even if you never had purchased Team Fortress 2 before, and go practice medicine. Do go harm.