Friday, 28 October 2011

Brb, TF2 Halloween Event Time.

Ok, I think it's pretty obvious to most of my gamer followers that I play a lot of Team Fortress 2. While everyone is scrambling to play Battlefield 3 or pre-ordering Call of Duty 3 I'm sitting back with a game that came out 4 years ago and is still going strong.

I'm also a hat addict. Stop judging me.

In all seriousness I still love this game. The gamemodes and maps are still fun, the addition of the new items allow for more varied gameplay and styles, the characters have unique voices and personalities. Valve (the developer, nothing to do with plumbing) also supports the community and individual modders. Paying commissions to people who either design maps that become popular, or modders who create hats and weapons that catch their attention. I like developers who give back to the community.

And it's not a measly amount either. Valve gives away 25% of the money made from these community contributions which last year was over 2 million dollars. Seriously, there was a guy who made a hat and it was so popular in a 2 weeks he had made 40 grand just like that. Just for making a virtual hat for people to wear in game.

Pretty self-explanatory.

The game is currently Free-to-Play meaning it doesn't cost anything. You start with a basic account and the only requirement to upgrade to a "premium" account is to buy something from the store. There's no pressure to, you can play just as fine with the basic account and the only ways you are disadvantaged from a premium account is superficial.

If you have some FPS experience you can charge right in and start kicking butt. If you feel uncomfortable playing in a server right away you could always play through the handy tutorial as well. The reason why I'm kind of promoting the game right now is because the much anticipated Halloween Event just came out and I'm kind of giddy with excitement.

Last year we got to fight this pumpkin guy. This year we get a flying eye.

As usual, Valve has released a silly comic on their blog and it's the kind of stuff expected from the TF2 universe. I think it's a breath of fresh air, the cartoony look that doesn't take itself seriously compared to all the gritty, dark "realistic" games that dominate the market today.

I'd give you guys my Steam ID so you could add me to your friend's lists but mine is full at the moment. :( If you have time, I seriously suggest you try TF2 out. There's no risk at all, the game is being patched and updated on average every 2 weeks. The community is USUALLY very nice and friendly despite what I said about Russian kids a few posts back.

And now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to spend some time with my girlfriend playing our favorite shooter. If you have any questions about TF2 I'd be more than happy to answer them.

This is her favorite hat in the game, I don't know what to say to her some days.

51 comments:

  1. Oh Gaben, you and your TF2...

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  2. I never got into TF2, play alot of GRAW 2 and will get COD 3 too.

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  3. What pumpkin guy?
    OH THE INJOKES

    I really should get to playing TF when I get a decent computer, though. Sounds like I'm missing out on a lot.

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  4. You're so funny! I like the games you mentioned.

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  5. Not a gamer but you make it appealing enough to just check out. I don't think I will be designing any hats any time soon ;-)

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  6. TF2 sounds like a lot of fun. I've never really got around to playing it but I've heard it's great. Have fun playing man.

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  7. I wonder how many people spend a lot of money cause of vanity?

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  8. Have fun! TF2 and Valve are awesome.

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  9. I have TF2 but I don't play it much. I enjoyed it while I did play it, but the loading times are just way too brutal. Sometimes I really can't tell if it's loading at all. Though it's very very badass for them to give that kind of money back, I didn't know that.

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  10. Wow, I didn't know Valve gave back like that! AWESOME. I'm gonna have to play Team Fortress someday. You'd think I'd have done so by now with my interest in Portal and Half Life. But no. :)

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  11. It's cool that you and your gf play it together. :)

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  12. The game is still fun, but I preferred it when it didn't have all the millions of different items and maps -- when it came out in 2007, after the initial bugs were fixed, that's when tf2 was the most fun more me. But it is cool how much support Valve gives this game, with all the changing seasons and holidays and stuff.

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  13. Oh, damn, it's TF2 halloween time already! :D Now I'll have to play the game for days on end again!

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  14. Wow I didn't know about the "model something and get paid", just imagine...

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  15. Very nice post!
    Great blog.
    +Follow

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  16. "And now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to spend some time with my girlfriend playing our favorite shooter." Don't you mean SECOND favorite shooter? ;)

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  17. when it's all about video games, all I can say is that "what?" haha..

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  18. Team Fortress 2 is a great game.

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  19. good ole tf2, one of the few games where i don't mind getting killed every 10 seconds

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  20. A 40k commission for designing a hat for a video game? Not too shabby at all. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  21. I had TF2 on Orange Box, and I just couldn't get into it. I guess it's just not my type of game.

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  22. I played that game..but it was a bit laggy on my comp so I quieted

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  23. Hey cool post! Yeah now that I've got some money and time, I'm considering which game I could by this week-end and enjoy a little break! I'm really considering on playing Team Fortress2!

    Great blog by the way! :)

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  24. It's a great game. It's been a while since I played it, I've been more busy with L4D2, but perhaps someday I'll go back to it.

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  25. I'd not hear of TF2 before but I wish I had, it sounds brilliant and I love the ethos behind. My brother just got Battlefield today but I'm not much of a gamer, but maybe I should try my hand at this and I have to agree with your girlfriend, that hat is amazing! Awesome post. xxx

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  26. nice one I xo like the games you
    mentioned.
    Bdw comethru my blog sometime +follow

    Http://chuchu-chulala.blogspot.com

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  27. You have a girlfriend who plays video games with you?!

    Marry her.

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  28. Well, it's much better than COD :)

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  29. It's pretty nice, but not really for me.

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  30. I used to love Team Fortress 1, but for whatever reason just never got into the second one. Maybe it was because I bought it as part of the Orange Box and was far to distracted by Portal!

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  31. heard so many good things about TF, yet i never tried it. Maybe I will give it a shot...

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  32. wish I had the time to play

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  33. Ah yes, also don't forget to idle!

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  34. valve makes such great games, so glad tf2 is free to play now! epic stuff

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  35. Yeah, that's some pretty good commission money. If only I knew a thing about video games, let alone graphic design...

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  36. Team Fortress 2 free to play? :O those are great news for me! i've been always curious about that game! thanks for letting me know about that!

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  37. Looks like knowing computer code (to make game mods/apps) is the new way to make money in the future.

    And the birdcage hat is pretty darn funny.

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  38. well.. good luck playing then :D

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