Team Fortress 2
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed not being able to apply the Civilian Stat Clock to Civilian-grade weapons
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed not being able to apply the Civilian Stat Clock to Civilian-grade weapons
Team Fortress 2
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed Festivize Woodsy Widowmaker not drawing the lights
  • Fixed the main menu being muted if clients disconnect from a server while in freezecam
  • Updated festivized items to use "Festivized" in the name instead of "Festive"
    • This will help disinguish the original Festive weapons from weapons that have had a Festivizer applied to them
  • Updated Strangifiers so they can no longer be applied to War Paint items
  • Updated the equip_regions for the The Koala Compact, Pocket Saxton, and Pocket Yeti
Missed note from the Smissmas update:
  • Australium weapons can now be Festivized
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed Festivize Woodsy Widowmaker not drawing the lights
  • Fixed the main menu being muted if clients disconnect from a server while in freezecam
  • Updated festivized items to use "Festivized" in the name instead of "Festive"
    • This will help disinguish the original Festive weapons from weapons that have had a Festivizer applied to them
  • Updated Strangifiers so they can no longer be applied to War Paint items
  • Updated the equip_regions for the The Koala Compact, Pocket Saxton, and Pocket Yeti
Missed note from the Smissmas update:
  • Australium weapons can now be Festivized
Team Fortress 2
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed missing War Paint icons in the Steam Community Market and Steam Inventory
  • Fixed The Hot Hand not displaying the item level in its description
  • Fixed Steam Workshop file uploads applying filesize limits before compression, rather than after
  • Updated materials for the Dovetailed War Paint to fix a problem with the alpha channel
  • Updated materials/models for The Snowmann and The Nuke
  • Updated the localization files
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Fixed missing War Paint icons in the Steam Community Market and Steam Inventory
  • Fixed The Hot Hand not displaying the item level in its description
  • Fixed Steam Workshop file uploads applying filesize limits before compression, rather than after
  • Updated materials for the Dovetailed War Paint to fix a problem with the alpha channel
  • Updated materials/models for The Snowmann and The Nuke
  • Updated the localization files
Team Fortress 2


Prepare yourself, the UGC League Winter Season is about to start! Come join the thousands of players that played last season for some competitive TF2 action! The first week of matches starts January 19th for 4v4, January 22nd for Highlander and January 24th for 6v6.


UGC has divisions across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. Players from any of these regions are encouraged to sign-up and join the fun! (Remember, February 1st is the last day that teams can sign up.) Visit the UGC website for more information.


Team Fortress 2

Update: So it seems that the report below was incorrect. I initially wrote that Valve was banning Linux users with Linux usernames that included the word 'catbot', but Valve has said those claims were a "tactic employed by cheaters to try and sow discord and distrust among anticheat systems".

It's a bit confusing because a Valve moderator on GitHub, as you'll see below, initially seemed to confirm the story by saying that the banning of users was "deliberate". But another Valve employee has since clarified the matter in a Reddit post.

"VAC will not ban you for simply having catbot in your user name (either your Steam profile or on one or more of your Linux accounts). The bug report—and I suspect many of the posts in this thread—are a tactic employed by cheaters to try and sow discord and distrust among anticheat systems.

"VAC has many different types of detections and we cannot discuss what they do publicly because doing so makes them less effective. However, one thing I can disclose is that all detections require that the detection occur while a user is actively cheating and connected to a VAC-secured server.

"Linux historically hasn't been a problem for cheating--the base rate of cheating is significantly lower on Linux than it is on Windows. Unfortunately, a 'healthy' community of cheaters grew up around catbot on linux and their impact on TF became large enough that they simply could no longer be ignored. Those banned users are very annoyed that VAC has dropped the hammer on them."

Original story:

Catbots, if you're not familiar with the term, are player-created bots that flood TF2 servers, lining up headshots on everything in sight. They're all called things like 'catbot 1574', and they're a nuisance. But in an attempt to stamp them out, some players are claiming that Valve has crossed a line. Anybody with 'catbot' in their Linux username (yes, not their Steam username), will now find themselves with an automatic VAC ban, regardless of whether they've actually booted up TF2 or not.

Now, I don't know how many Linux users have 'catbot' in their username, but there is at least the potential for friendly fire here. On the GitHub thread where the issue was uncovered, one user said that their Steam account was VAC-banned despite claiming to never have cheated. Another said: "I installed Ubuntu on a virtual machine and named the computer catbot-918 and installed Steam, within an hour of not playing anything I received a VAC ban."

A GitHub moderator for Valve confirmed that the policy was in fact a deliberate attempt to combat bots, adding that it was "not open for discussion on Github" (which, on my reading, doesn't mean that the issue is not open for discussion at all, just not on GitHub).

Valve does have a responsibility, and a right, to stop cheaters playing its games. But as a lot of people on this Reddit thread discussing the issue have said, it does seem a bit ham-fisted to ban someone simply because of their choice of Linux username. And besides, it looks like catbot setups have already switched to a different username, which was inevitable. It's probably not the last we'll hear of it.

Portal - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alyse Stanley)

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The Orange Box turned 10 years old this year, and by extension Portal celebrated its anniversary too. Sitting alongside continuations of well-loved games, the short puzzle adventure could have been quickly forgotten. Tacked on to bulk up the box. It was, however, a surprise hit, winning over players with its smart spatial puzzles and writing that fans continue to quote. And while I can list lines off with the best of them (don t even get me started on that cake), this classic s hold on my heart comes from a person who never speaks one.

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Team Fortress 2
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:
  • Fixed missing sounds for the new taunts
  • Fixed a bug that prevented already-Festivized weapons from drawing their lights
  • Updated materials/model for the Blast Blocker
  • Updated the Heals for Reals medals so they can be painted
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