Announcement - Valve
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TF2 Blog


TF2Maps.net is hosting an exhibition game to show off the content created in the 2016 Winter 72hr TF2Jam! The game starts at 8pm GMT on February 6th. Watch the game on Crash's stream, or check out the showcase to see some awesome entries.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

We live in complex times. When I was a youngster, it was perfectly reasonable to buy a game simply because it had more monsters than the other games. Playing through shooters, RPGs and platformers alike, I’d be tempted to give up when I reached the point where no new enemy types were appearing. The very idea of a game with only one type of enemy, no matter how intelligent and believable, was poison. Give me all of your mutants, demons and aliens>, I cried, give them to me now>.

Here are a few of my favourites, ranging from the first-person shooters of my teenage years to the surreal horrors of my childhood.

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Product Update - 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 a security issue related to the file system (thanks to Simon Pinfold for this report)
  • Fixed a client crash related to the material system
  • Fixed a crash when using medium or low texture quality on maps with static prop lighting
  • Fixed not seeing team names when using custom scoreboards
  • Fixed leaderboards occasionally not displaying when changing map
  • Improved bspzip tool stability when packing maps with large amounts of custom assets
  • Updated the contents of the Gargoyle Case, the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate, the Love And War Cosmetics Bundle, the Mann Co. Strongbox, and the Mann Co. Stockpile Crate
  • Updated the model/materials for the Crusader's Getup and Arthropod's Aspect
  • Updated The HazMat Headcase so it can be equipped by the Sniper
  • Updated The Mustachioed Mann so it can be equipped by all classes and added a second style
  • Updated The Special Eyes so it can be equipped by the Pyro and added a second style
  • Updated The Frenchman's Formals to hide the Scout's dog-tags
  • Updated the equip_region for the Cheater's Lament and added a new style
  • Updated the Backburner to add the pilot light
  • Updated the Rainblower to remove the pilot light
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_borneo
    • Fixed an exploit where players could get outside the map
  • Updated ctf_landfall
    • Fixed some material issues
  • Updated cp_vanguard
    • Added new path to the last point
    • New geometry to reduce sightlines on the middle point
    • Reorganized spawn points to better exit final spawns
    • Fixed Red forward spawn door blocking when held open
    • Fixed some material issues
TF2 Blog
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 a security issue related to the file system (thanks to Simon Pinfold for this report)
  • Fixed a client crash related to the material system
  • Fixed a crash when using medium or low texture quality on maps with static prop lighting
  • Fixed not seeing team names when using custom scoreboards
  • Fixed leaderboards occasionally not displaying when changing map
  • Improved bspzip tool stability when packing maps with large amounts of custom assets
  • Updated the contents of the Gargoyle Case, the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate, the Love And War Cosmetics Bundle, the Mann Co. Strongbox, and the Mann Co. Stockpile Crate
  • Updated the model/materials for the Crusader's Getup and Arthropod's Aspect
  • Updated The HazMat Headcase so it can be equipped by the Sniper
  • Updated The Mustachioed Mann so it can be equipped by all classes and added a second style
  • Updated The Special Eyes so it can be equipped by the Pyro and added a second style
  • Updated The Frenchman's Formals to hide the Scout's dog-tags
  • Updated the equip_region for the Cheater's Lament and added a new style
  • Updated the Backburner to add the pilot light
  • Updated the Rainblower to remove the pilot light
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_borneo
    • Fixed an exploit where players could get outside the map
  • Updated ctf_landfall
    • Fixed some material issues
  • Updated cp_vanguard
    • Added new path to the last point
    • New geometry to reduce sightlines on the middle point
    • Reorganized spawn points to better exit final spawns
    • Fixed Red forward spawn door blocking when held open
    • Fixed some material issues
PC Gamer

The longevity of Team Fortress 2 continues to astound me. It became free in 2011, but still Valve is grinding out updates (494 patches as of May 2015), reaping the benefits of the virtual hat trade. The coming months will be huge for Team Fortress: the long-rumoured competitive matchmaking has been confirmed, and a Steam group has been set up to coordinate beta invites.

Matchmaking was brought up in a visit to Valve HQ by the community at teamfortress.tv in April last year. To their surprise, Valve was right onboard with the idea, but this is the first official confirmation of impending change.

As to the group, Valve says it'll "be using this group to send out announcements related to the competitive beta as well as seed beta invites for the expansion of the closed beta". Get on in there.

Product Update - 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 a client crash related to multicore rendering
  • Fixed the material for the Golden Wrench
  • Updated the model/materials for the Arthropod's Aspect and the Crusader's Getup
  • Updated the localization files
TF2 Blog
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 a client crash related to multicore rendering
  • Fixed the material for the Golden Wrench
  • Updated the model/materials for the Arthropod's Aspect and the Crusader's Getup
  • Updated the localization files
Product Update - 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 seeing team names in the scoreboard on dedicated servers using tournament mode
  • Fixed the Nostromo Napalmer drawing the flamethrower pilot light by mistake
  • Fixed the Engineer's Wrangler contract updating points while the player is not an Engineer
  • Updated the campaign stamp images in the scoreboard and win panel
  • Updated the model/materials for The Federal Casemaker
  • Updated the model/materials for The Dictator, which can now be equipped by all classes
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated the Phlogistinator
    • No longer restores player to max health on MMMPH activate
    • Increased amount of damage required to fill MMMPH meter to 300 from 225
  • Updated koth_highpass
    • Removed unnecessary detail props
    • Revised fade-distances
    • Turned some brushwork into props
    • Revised hints and skips
    • Added nobuild entity on the ramps in front of spawn
    • Improved cliff displacements
    • Revised some details and textures
TF2 Blog
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 seeing team names in the scoreboard on dedicated servers using tournament mode
  • Fixed the Nostromo Napalmer drawing the flamethrower pilot light by mistake
  • Fixed the Engineer's Wrangler contract updating points while the player is not an Engineer
  • Updated the campaign stamp images in the scoreboard and win panel
  • Updated the model/materials for The Federal Casemaker
  • Updated the model/materials for The Dictator, which can now be equipped by all classes
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated the Phlogistinator
    • No longer restores player to max health on MMMPH activate
    • Increased amount of damage required to fill MMMPH meter to 300 from 225
  • Updated koth_highpass
    • Removed unnecessary detail props
    • Revised fade-distances
    • Turned some brushwork into props
    • Revised hints and skips
    • Added nobuild entity on the ramps in front of spawn
    • Improved cliff displacements
    • Revised some details and textures
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