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Lara Croft's short shorts are coming to Team Fortress 2

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Last month, Valve kicked off a Tomb Raider-themed contest for Team Fortress 2, tasking item creators with making new content inspired by Lara Croft and her many adventures. One of the winning submissions — and clearly the best submission — are new Lara Croft-style short shorts that can be worn by the Heavy and Sniper in TF2.

Ironically enough, this is the one thing Valve specifically asked people not to make. "All of the Tomb Raider games are fair game," Valve said when announcing the contest, "so if you've been waiting for your chance to put the heavy in short shorts, this is it. (Please don't do this.)"

"Once we actually glimpsed the majesty of Heavy short shorts, we saw the error of our ways," Valve said today.

The short shorts — named "Jungle Booty" — are coming to Team Fortress 2's Mann Co. Store alongside the other two contest winners: some Egyptian headwear (the "Crown of the Old Kingdom") and Lara Croft's classic glasses (called "Tomb Readers"). Steam users who pre-purchase the PC version of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will get those three TF2 items before the game is released on Dec. 9.

More details on the contest and a look at the runners-up are available at the Team Fortress blog.

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