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It's Hollywood legend that a young Steven Spielberg broke into the Universal lot to start his movie career. Less well known is that Francis Ford Coppola poisoned the head of development at Paramount with bleach, or that George Lucas knifed six guards in a prison riot to get Star Wars made.




There are two takeaways from this. One: America's filmmakers are degenerate thugs. Two: Security was a lot more relaxed in the Seventies. We wouldn't advise aspiring young filmmakers trying anything like that in 2014.




Luckily, you don't have to. Introducing the nominees for the 2014 Saxxy Awards, who were able to be incredibly creative without being the prime suspect in a string of brutal unsolved murders in 1974 (John Carpenter).



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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 dedicated server crash during changelevel
  • Fixed a case where Mann vs. Machine badge levels weren't being displayed correctly
  • Added missing sound for rd_asteroid
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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 bug that was causing item descriptions to not display properly
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 caused by using custom HUD 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:


  • Added Limited Late Summer Crate Key to the Mann Co. Store. Available until October 13, 2014.
  • Fixed the Limited label not being displayed for items on the Steam Community Market or in the Steam backpack
  • Fixed colorization of item level description line for Limited items
  • Added tournament medals for BETA LAN 2014
  • Added a NEW! label to new items in your backpack until you mouse over them
  • Fixed a case where cosmetic items would be orphaned in the world

    • R.I.P. Captain Canteen

  • Fixed not being able to open the Taunt menu during the bonus time on an Arena map
  • Fixed a dedicated server crash related to bot Spies
  • Fixed item level not displaying correctly in the Mann vs. Machine lobby
  • Updated the auto-balance code to immediately respawn players that are automatically switched, or that voluntarily switch, during a balancing period

    • Not supported in Mann vs. Machine, Medieval mode, Arena mode, Tournament Mode, or Training

  • Updated the removeid command to support Steam2 and Steam3 ID formats
  • Updated the materials for The Atomic Accolade
  • Updated the equip_region for The Special Eyes
  • Updated rd_asteroid

    • Added a 45 second overtime when a team reaches max points
    • Added placeholder pickup ship and robot worker to indicate a team has reached max points
    • Added a sound to captured and returned points as they fill the progress bar
    • Captured and returned points now fill the progress bar faster
    • Progress bar escrow indicator now stays in place as points are added
    • Touching the reactor core no longer fully resets the return timer. Every second the reactor core is held will add a second to the return timer.

  • Virtual Reality Mode

    • Fixed selecting the wrong refresh rate when running on a display that does not use the desktop refresh rate

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The summer blockbuster season is over, which means we're heading into Oscar season, which means a lot fewer movies with talking raccoons breaking out of space jail and Captain Americas Legolassing fighter jets and a lot more movies with Colin Firth being sad.




But just because theater movies won't get fun again for six months doesn't mean there isn't anything good to watch. Why? Because voting has started on the Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards! With Portal and Left 4 Dead assets now in the mix, this promises to be the biggest Saxxys yet.




Voting ends 11:59PM PDT on Monday, September 29th, so if you want your upvotes and downvotes to get counted, get in there and start watching! (Also, if you could help us out, don't forget to downvote entries that violate the Saxxy Awards rules: No ads, and the short must link to any music/assets that weren t created by the submitter.) Head over to Source Filmmaker for more information and contest rules.



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Arena: Respawn is an Arena mode server mod created by awk and seven from Win/Lose/Continue, with a creative twist: capturing a point respawns of all the dead players on your team, and capping or standing on a point you already own marks you for death.




It's become incredibly popular, and is definitely worth playing if you haven't given it a try yet. Plus, if you're worried your TF2 skills might be getting a little rusty, Win/Lose/Continue has also helpfully created Training Wheels, for players who'd like to learn how to get better in a low-pressure environment.




For more information, players can subscribe to eXtv for upcoming Arena: Respawn videos and announcements.




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:


  • Added Alien: Isolation promo items and enabled Full Moon holiday for one week
  • Added Limited Quantity Item attribute on items that can no longer be crafted or purchased through the Mann Co. Store

    • Limited Quantity Items can be placed on the Steam Community Market

  • Removed Audition Reel from crate drop list
  • Added Director's Cut Reel to crate drop list
  • Added Limited Late Summer Crate to crate drop list
  • Fixed the Festive Bat using the lowest LOD for the first person view
  • Fixed the Scorch Shot taunt attack not firing a projectile
  • Fixed incorrect bumpmap setting for the Frenchman's Beret
  • Updated the equip_region for the Mustachioed Mann
  • Updated sounds for the Boston Basher
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 server crash related to the vote kick system
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 the robot destruction HUD
  • Fixed an exploit where players could circumvent successful kick votes
  • Demoman can no longer detonate sticky bombs while taunting
  • Strange Ranks are no longer displayed on the web (Trade, Steam backpack, Market) and only show 'Strange' as a prefix
  • Default value for convar sv_vote_issue_scramble_teams_cooldown has been increased to 20 minutes
  • Fixed sound clipping issue for the Demoman's Spent Well Spirits taunt
  • Added Jarate lightwarp preset to the Steam Workshop importer
  • Updated the model/materials for the Neckwear Headwear to fix a lighting issue
  • Updated pl_cactuscanyon

    • Increased amount of time the middle gates remain open before and after a train passes in stage 2
    • Adjusted spawn times at end of stage 2

  • Updated rd_asteroid

    • Removed env_sun from the skybox
    • Optimized skybox performance
    • Lowered Scout/Sniper damage against robots
    • Fixed doubled-up health kits on the bridge
    • Added area portals to the base interiors to improve performance
    • Continued art-pass process
    • Fixed zebra-style art on static props on systems that used lower texture quality

  • Added experimental cpu_frequency_monitoring convar to detect thermal throttling. If you have TF2 performance problems on Windows, add "+cpu_frequency_monitoring 2" to the TF2 command line to see if CPU thermal throttling is an issue. If the displayed CPU frequency percentage drops below about 80-85% then you may have a problem with your CPU slowing down due to overheating. If it drops below 50-55% then you may have a serious problem. CPU overheating can be caused by overclocking, insufficient cooling, insufficient airflow, failing or dirty fans, or other causes. The CPU frequency results are displayed with cl_showfps or net_graph. For more detail see https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=2715-YIPD-6873
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