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Team Fortress 2 gets major Medic upgrade with Two Cities update

The second half of Team Fortress 2's Two Cities update is giving the Medic class some new tricks in co-op, including the godlike ability to bring the dead back to life and, when ubercharged, erect a protective shield for his teammates. New for the Medic class is the Reanimator, a device that lets players piece their exploded comrades back together after they've been killed by Gray Mann's robots. The Medic will also have access to new upgrades called Mad Milk syringes that provide a heal-on-hit effect for teammates and a projectile shield that can comfortably protect his entire team. These upgrades appear to be limited to the Mann vs. Machine co-op mode, according to Team Fortress 2's latest change log. While the Medic is getting some across the board perks to make him more appealing...

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Fan recreates Star Fox 64's multiplayer in a Team Fortress 2 mod

A new video courtsey of game modder Gray Mann Gaming shows what is unmistakably Star Fox 64's multiplayer mode running inside Team Fortress 2. The pre-alpha video focuses on the traditional Star Fox Arwing-to-Arwing combat, though one can also see foot soldiers fighting it out on the ground; players could unlock both a Landmaster tank and foot combat in the Nintendo 64 title. Creator Gray Mann says that the mod is coming "eventually."

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Team Fortress 2 with Oculus Rift and VR treadmill looks immersive, exhausting

Playing Team Fortress 2 with the Oculus Rift is said to be potentially nauseating, but it looks like it could also be exhausting if you add the Virtuix Omni treadmill, as seen on Road to VR. The Virtuix Omni is an omnidirectional virtual reality treadmill that allows users to walk or run in any direction and have their movements translated to controlling a character in a game. Virtuix already has videos of the treadmill working with Crysis Warhead and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and yesterday the company posted footage of what it calls "true VR" — Team Fortress 2 being played with the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Omni treadmill. The Omni currently uses Kinect for motion tracking, and actual running speed isn't tied to movement yet, but Virtuix is working on native solutions for...

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Watch a scene from The Secret of Monkey Island recreated in Source Filmmaker

An adept animator has recreated a classic scene from The Secret of Monkey Island in Source Filmmaker and published it on YouTube. Callegos Yavolitak used the voice work from 2010's The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and characters from Team Fortress 2 as stand-ins for wannabe mighty pirate Guybrush Threepwood and a trio of high-ranking pirates. The video recreates the scene in which Threepwood (who you might know as "Thriftweed" or "Peepwood") learns of the the Three Trials he must complete before becoming a pirate. Check out the video above to see The Secret of Monkey Island as interpreted by the Source Engine and get a refresher on the bizarre ingredients in grog, a real pirate's drink of choice. Released as an open beta in July 2012, Source Filmmaker is the software...

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed set for Jan. 31 PC release with Team Fortress 2 characters

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is set for a downloadable release on Windows PC Jan. 31 and will bring characters from Team Fortress 2 to the starting block, according to a post on developer Sega's blog. Team Fortress 2's Pyro, Heavy, and Spy will join fellow kart racers like Sonic, Tails and Danica Patrick. Shogun from the Total War series and Manager Man from the Football Manager series have also secured their places exclusively on the PC version's racetracks. You can watch the trailer above to showcase the $29.99 PC version and its new racers. You can also check out our review of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a game that allowed us to revisit our "fond memories without any of the overwhelming disappointment of actually revisiting them." Sonic & All-Stars Racing...

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Valve's Gabe Newell gets a 50th birthday present from 4chan

Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell celebrated his 50th birthday last week, and users of the video game board on the website 4chan, /v/, visited the company's offices to present him with a card and gift. The poster-size card, an annual tradition, featured messages from thousands of /v/ users. Their gift wasn't as simple as opening the package they gave him — Newell had to pay $2.50 for a key. Once he did, he gained access to the present inside: a hat of sorts, a helmet resembling the one worn by the Soldier class in Team Fortress 2. (The gag gift was a reference to the free-to-play title's virtual economy for cosmetic in-game items.) You can watch a video of the ceremony above, and some photos are available here.

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Video: The evolution of PC games

From the earliest text-based adventures to the latest modern shooters, Reverse Enginears has created a stunning musical composition featuring only sounds and music from PC games. Reverse Enginears is a digital creative agency that specializes in A/V re-sequencing. AKA "remixes." Their remixes have been featured in advertising campaigns for Disney, Marvel and GM, and have been watched millions of times on YouTube and elsewhere. You may also enjoy A brief history of video games. Complete list of games referenced: ZorkMULEDam BustersFlight SimulatorKings Quest: Quest For The CrownDOS NinjaHard Hat MackChessDonkeyLode RunnerSid Meier's PiratesBurger TimeGalactixWhere In The World Is Carmen San DiegoAlley CatPool of RadianceWizardryOregon TrailLeisure Suit Larry in The Land of The...

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  • Steam
    • Released 10/10/2007
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
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    • Released 04/08/2008
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Valve
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    • Released 06/10/2010
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
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