Team Fortress 2's Love and War update adds new weapons, limited-time mutant bread

Valve's free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2 is getting some new content in the Love and War Update, which ushers in a handful of new weapons and limited time bread-based variations on existing items, like fanged bread boxing gloves. As part of the imminent update, the Scout will get a new scattergun called The Back Scatter; the Sniper will get a new rifle dubbed The Classic; the Demoman will get a new ship's wheel shield, The Tide Turner; and the Soldier will get a new rocket launcher named The Air Strike. The game's two blast jumping classes, Demoman and Soldier, can also employ a parachute called The B.A.S.E. Jumper that slows their descent. Four bread-based weapons — which appear to be sentient, tumor-laden mutant bread variations of existing items — are also being added. Versions...


Watch Team Fortress 2's biggest, most elaborate short film, 'Expiration Date'

The latest Team Fortress 2 animated short is Valve's biggest, clocking in at nearly 15 minutes and telling the tale of a lovelorn Scout's attempt to strike up a romance with clerical assistant/corpse disposal expert Miss Pauling. It's also an action-packed film in which the Red team confronts a deadly new enemy: bread. The release of the short film, "Expiration Date," coincides with Valve's latest update for the free-to-play Team Fortress 2, the Love and War Update. The update will bring with it new expressions that let TF2 players dance the conga, lovingly headbutt each other, square dance and more. There's apparently more planned for the Love and War Update than just emotes and new achievements, with the full extent of Valve's plans playing out over the next few days. Valve's...


Imagine Valve's greatest characters in a Smash Bros.-style game

Calm down. This is not real. But it is a nicely done video that imagines a Super Smash Bros. Melee-type game with a roster full of fan favorites from Valve's stable of characters. The casts of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2 join Chell, Gordon Freeman and all the rest in this mash-up. As best as he could, YouTuber crazyhalo tried to match this trailer shot-for-shot with the original Super Smash Bros. Melee trailer. Not all characters have the same actions or movements but where possible, the same colors, lighting or similar backgrounds are used. You can see the side-by-side comparison below.


The hidden world of Steam trading

Ranieri was trading hats in the popular game Team Fortress 2. It was his second time trading in-game items for real-world money. He connected with a buyer, set the terms and thought he was going to get rich. Five rare hats, accumulated over years of playing the online shooter — easy money, or so he thought. It was not meant to be. Instead of cashing in, Ranieri got hoodwinked. He lost over $1,000 in the blink of an eye. He's all but given up hope of ever seeing the hats — or the money — ever again. Ranieri is not alone. He's one of many who have plunged into the deep end of Steam's item trading since it debuted in September 2011 only to lose big. Polygon sought out a few of those who've dabbled in trading — a forum detective, a scammer and a goods hustler — to learn more about...


Free Team Fortress 2 catch-up comic out today

Today is Free Comic Book Day, and to celebrate, Valve is offering an online-only Team Fortress digital comic. Valve is currently digitally publishing a free quarterly Team Fortress comic book series, which recently published its third issue. The Team Fortress 2 Catch-Up comic gives new readers a chance to catch up. Full issues of the first three Team Fortress Comics are available for free online. Team Fortress 2 is Valve's team-based first-person multiplayer shooter, first released in 2007.


Game of Thrones is the first 'free-to-play' TV show, and gaming is racing to catch up

It's also a giant "victim" of piracy. 1.5 million people reported downloading the episode "The Lion and the Rose" on its first day of availability online, with upwards of 200,000 people sharing the same copy of the episode. This is a record-breaking event in the world of media piracy, but HBO doesn't seem to care. Why does a cable channel get to sit out of the piracy discussion, and even crack jokes about the popularity of its content when the question is asked? The answer is simple: HBO has created what amounts to free-to-play television. Free-to-play television The first thing to note is that HBO hasn't exactly given up the fight against piracy. "There are numerous anti-theft tools we utilize and we have significantly shrunk the international distribution window for original...


Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-orders open on Steam, includes TF2 armor and hat

Machinegames' alternate history first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order, is now available for pre-order via Steam for $59.95. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20, but players who pre-purchase through Steam will get two exclusive Wolfenstein-themed Team Fortress 2 items. The items are the regime armor "Die Regime-Panzerung" and machinery soldier helm "Der Maschinensoldaten-Helm." Wolfenstein: The New Order is slated to release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on the same day. Pre-orders for all platforms include beta access to the new Doom. For more on the game, read our recent hands-on impressions with the title and publisher Bethesda's commissioning of an original German-language pop music soundtrack for the alternate...


Dota, Halo, Team Fortress merch headed to Toy Fair this month

A Crowded Coop is bringing video game-themed merchandise to Toy Fair 2014 this month, according to a press release from the "boutique consumer products" company. Toy Fair attendees will get the first public look at a series of three-inch Team Fortress 2 vinyl figurines "meticulously designed and detailed side-by-side with Valve's artists/designers." The Blu and Red figures will retail for $9.99 each. Fans of the Halo series can check out an ammo crate tin lunch box, which is based on the UNSC ammo crate from Halo 4. It will feature a reusable sandwich bag and retail for $29.99. A Crowded Coop, whose "product junkies, geeks, and pet lovers" have been creating consumer products since 2010, will also show items based on Dota 2 and Portal as well as non-video game properties like A...


BioShock-themed items coming to Team Fortress 2

BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders on Steam will soon receive BioShock-themed items in Team Fortress 2, developer Irrational Games announced today. The items include a Benjamin Franklin mask, a George Washington mask and the Team Fortress 2 version of the Little Sister's Big Daddy Pocket Doll. The items are exclusive to BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders and will come free in addition to all the other downloadable content that pass holders receive. The pass costs $19.99 and includes the Clash in the Clouds add-on (focuses on combat with new weapons and environments), Burial at Sea — Episode One (DLC that takes players back to Rapture), Burial at Sea — Episode Two (play as Elizabeth with a new storyline and new combat experience) and the Early Bird Special Pack (exclusive gear). ...


Valve paid $10.2M to Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 item creators

New statistics from Valve reveal the company paid a total of $10,215,796 to 661 in-game item creators over the course of 2013. The company's sponsorship of user-generated content, including Team Fortress 2's Robotic Boogaloo, has led to contributors for titles Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 receiving earnings of more than $15,000 each on average, or roughly $4,300 for each of the 2,349 items produced. Over 90 percent of items in Team Fortress 2 are now fan-made, according to Valve, with over 500 million items sold to players so far. Valve's reveal took place during this year's annual Steam Dev Days which ran from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16.

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