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Meet the Pyro – The Countdown Begins

Meet the Pyro – The Countdown Begins

At long, long, long last we are days away from the release of the final Meet the Team machinima. As is tradition, it is accompanied by a game update to Team Fortress 2 which will be described incrementally, day by day, over the next 50 hours. The first briefcase full of intelligence reveals to us a new game type, a new level in that type and the names of eleven new achievements. Plus, there is a page of period faux-vertising! Yes, it’s a word.

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Team Fortress 2: Mann at Work(shop)

Team Fortress 2: Mann at Work(shop)

It’s been a whole year since Team Fortress 2 opened up the Mann Co. store, dividing the player base into those that felt Valve were were placing too much emphasis on superfluous gubbins that had no impact on the game whatsoever and those that look awesome in a bowlerhatandohmygodIMUSTHAVEIT. Whatever you think of the store, it’s been an incredibly successful experiment, for both Valve and the model makers whose items now adorn the majority of games. To celebrate the one year ‘Manniversary’, Valve have launched the Steam Workshop, making it easier for more people to get in on the hat making action – and perhaps earn themselves some real money to buy themselves a fez. Because fezzes are cool.

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Valve Shut Up and Take Our Money

Valve Shut Up and Take Our Money

I once entertained the idea that in the grand scheme of geekery, my abstinence from comic books and action figures meant that I still retained some shred of credibility. It inevitably turned out the world merely hadn’t manufactured colourful pieces of paper and plastic on subjects I’d fork over money for. See, games companies have only just realised that we all have more money than sense.

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Meet the Meet the Medic

Meet the Meet the Medic

Valve have lifted the lid on the process of making their hilarious Meet the Medic video in a blog post on the Team Fortress 2 website. In it, they describe the different concepts they went for before finally deciding on the finished product, including ideas of the Medic on a train, how they almost made the video Meet the Medigun and exactly where the Blu Spy head in the fridge came from, including some work-in-progress footage of the short.

It’s fascinating stuff for anyone interested into the thought processes of these shorts, and you can read it all on the official Team Fortress blog.