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title="Permanent Link to Valve announce 4th annual Saxxy awards, opens floor to Portal submissions">Saxxy 4







The Saxxy Awards, Valve's annual Source Filmmaker competition, is now in its fourth year, and to shake things up a bit they're encouraging players/directors to make films about something other than Team Fortress 2 - namely Portal. All of Portal 2's assets (minus, er, the portals and a few other things) can now be downloaded into SFM as free DLC, enabling that Spy vs Wheatley crossover animation that (probably) hasn't been able to exist until now. That isn't the only content pack headed to the program either: Puny Human are offering up select assets from Blade Symphony too.



The deadline for submissions this year is September 24th, giving you just under two months to create your masterpiece. You'll find the guidelines for the awards here.



If you need inspiration and/or films to compare your efforts to, be sure to check out the winners from last year. This one won best short:



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 the CTF HUD
  • Fixed the CTF HUD not updating 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 related to the CTF HUD
  • Fixed the CTF HUD not updating properly
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 case where move speeds could be exploited using player view angles
  • Fixed an exploit related to Bonk! Atomic Punch and Crit-a-Cola
  • Fixed cosmetic items not using the correct team skins when attached to ragdolls
  • Fixed a bug related to cancelling the Eureka Effect taunt and teleporting immediately
  • Fixed baseballs causing teleporter exits to detonate
  • Updated The Five-Month Shadow to fix a paint-related problem
  • Updated The Merc's Mohawk so it can be equipped by all classes
  • Updated the equip_region for the Exquisite Rack
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon
    • Redesigned the alternate window route over the choke point by stage 2 capture point 1
    • Window overlooking second stage final capture point is now a doorway
    • Removed stairs leading to back barn in stage 2 near final capture point
    • Back alley behind water tank in stage 2 is now a 1-way drop down
    • Added small health pack in the small room off the back stairwell flank near stage 1 capture point 2
    • Fixed players building in spawn rooms

  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Players must steal at least 25 points before they can leave the vault with the reactor core
      • Updated power core pick up sound
      • Updated robot death effects and sounds
      • Updated HUD layout

    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of increasing players ability to participate in creating points for their team
      • Added terrain path and cave entrance under mid bridge. Exit is located near the large row of windows. Cave contains a medium health pack
      • Widened play space near cave exit leading into large row of windows
      • Added small ammo pack to underwater flank that leads to enemy reactor vault
      • Added small health kit to staging area before the interior battlements
      • Reduced ammo pack near vault from full to medium
      • Added alcove near front door staging area
      • Robots have been rearranged

        • A robots now circle the staircase near the front door
        • B robots now roam the interior bridge above the water

      • Enabled flashing lights when a team's power reactor has been stolen
      • Fixed broken stair collision when exiting the water near the bridge. In some cases it would push players back into the water.
      • Added player blocker to ledge above exterior battlements
      • Widened glass tunnel flank doorway near C robots
      • Increased attackers spawn time by 1 second

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 case where move speeds could be exploited using player view angles
  • Fixed an exploit related to Bonk! Atomic Punch and Crit-a-Cola
  • Fixed cosmetic items not using the correct team skins when attached to ragdolls
  • Fixed a bug related to cancelling the Eureka Effect taunt and teleporting immediately
  • Fixed baseballs causing teleporter exits to detonate
  • Updated The Five-Month Shadow to fix a paint-related problem
  • Updated The Merc's Mohawk so it can be equipped by all classes
  • Updated the equip_region for the Exquisite Rack
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon

    • Redesigned the alternate window route over the choke point by stage 2 capture point 1
    • Window overlooking second stage final capture point is now a doorway
    • Removed stairs leading to back barn in stage 2 near final capture point
    • Back alley behind water tank in stage 2 is now a 1-way drop down
    • Added small health pack in the small room off the back stairwell flank near stage 1 capture point 2
    • Fixed players building in spawn rooms

  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Players must steal at least 25 points before they can leave the vault with the reactor core
      • Updated power core pick up sound
      • Updated robot death effects and sounds
      • Updated HUD layout

    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of increasing players ability to participate in creating points for their team
      • Added terrain path and cave entrance under mid bridge. Exit is located near the large row of windows. Cave contains a medium health pack
      • Widened play space near cave exit leading into large row of windows
      • Added small ammo pack to underwater flank that leads to enemy reactor vault
      • Added small health kit to staging area before the interior battlements
      • Reduced ammo pack near vault from full to medium
      • Added alcove near front door staging area
      • Robots have been rearranged

        • A robots now circle the staircase near the front door
        • B robots now roam the interior bridge above the water

      • Enabled flashing lights when a team's power reactor has been stolen
      • Fixed broken stair collision when exiting the water near the bridge. In some cases it would push players back into the water.
      • Added player blocker to ledge above exterior battlements
      • Widened glass tunnel flank doorway near C robots
      • Increased attackers spawn time by 1 second

TF2 Blog




The folks over at Source Filmmaker have just announced the Fourth Annual Saxxy Awards, and in the process dropped a bombshell: they've also added a Portal content pack as SFM DLC, and invited the Portal community to submit Portal videos to the Saxxy Awards for the first time. This means that this year more than ever, Team Fortress will be forced to compete on the same Saxxy Awards stage as Portal. And this could spell trouble for the Saxxy Awards janitors, since the resulting bloodbath from the absolute creative eviscerating TF2's going to give the Portal community will clog up the drainage system for weeks.




But the time for big talking is over. Now it's time for action. And that means us leaving the stage after all the fun big talking and letting you do all the actual work. Check out the Source Filmmaker blog for rules and more details on the Saxxy Awards. And remember: Portals are just holes. You know what else are just holes? Toilets. Anyway, good luck to Toilet 2.



TF2 Blog




The TF2 Retrospective event is taking place from July 23rd to July 27th at the sold-out Euskal Encounter XXII in Bilbao, Spain! Organized by the Bad Wolf team, Retrospective is a massive LAN tournament with over 150 players already signed up from Canada, Ireland, Russia, France and more. Check it out live on exTV this Thursday!



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 particle effects
  • Fixed the quickplay menu not remembering the Advanced Options settings after using the Play Beta Maps option
  • Fixed the Festive Sapper not having a skin for the Blu team
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added a Headset style for the Greased Lightning
  • Updated the Conga taunt to play sounds on the client instead of the server
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon
    • Redesign of the first half of stage 2. Blu team now pushes up the first hill
    • Removed the death pit in the first barn building of stage 1
    • Ammo increased in stage 2
    • Fixed Red building in the spawn room of stage 2
  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Power Cores and Reactor Cores now add their point value to a team's score over time
      • Reduced the rate at which points can be stolen from 15 per second to 10 per second
      • Robots now heal 5 health per second to nearby friendly players
      • The HUD has been reworked

        • Inverted the layout to better represent the layout of the level
        • Added progress bars to represent each team's score
        • Potential point gains from stolen reactor cores are now visually represented on the score progress bars
        • Thief icon now moves across the score board relative to the thief's position in the level
        • Updated thief icon to represent both the color of the power core stolen and the color of the thief's team
      • Added new strings to the win panel that explain why the team won
      • Replaced the current "points being stolen" sound with a new sound
      • Added better collision hulls to robot models
      • Reworked robot skins to reduce similarity to the Ubercharged skin
      • Sentry guns no longer target Ubercharged robots
    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of improving visibility of teammates
      • Removed spawn teleporter
      • Reduced map size by removing the front lobby and cave sections
      • Added terrain paths on the sides of the mid bridge
      • Increased width of the mid bridge
      • Removed doors that locked when A and B robots were active
      • Robots have been rearranged:

        • A robots now roam the bridge above the water
        • B robots now roam around the floor in front of the vault
        • C robots now roam around the upper deck
      • Added more line of sight blockers to the water room to provide better cover during combat engagements
      • Reduced travel time for the water flanking route under the interior bridge
      • Added a drop down to enter the water room from the front door staging area
      • Increased size of the glass room near C robots to provide flanking cover to use against sentries that are placed at the corner of the upper deck
      • Increased width of vault corridors
      • Reworked vent route that leads to the vault, no longer need to crouch jump on exit
      • Moved left spawn exit forward to reduce effectiveness of spawn camping
      • Added a resupply cabinet to the right side spawn exit
      • Re-positioned health and ammo pickup locations
      • Added ramp collision to stairs
      • Changed setup time from 60 seconds to 40 seconds
      • Changed power reactor max return time from 90 seconds to 60 seconds
      • Fixed gap in the death pit that allowed players to survive
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 particle effects
  • Fixed the quickplay menu not remembering the Advanced Options settings after using the Play Beta Maps option
  • Fixed the Festive Sapper not having a skin for the Blu team
  • Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date
  • Added a Headset style for the Greased Lightning
  • Updated the Conga taunt to play sounds on the client instead of the server
  • Updated several materials to fix issues caused by mat_picmip
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated beta map pl_cactuscanyon

    • Redesign of the first half of stage 2. Blu team now pushes up the first hill
    • Removed the death pit in the first barn building of stage 1
    • Ammo increased in stage 2
    • Fixed Red building in the spawn room of stage 2

  • Updated beta map rd_asteroid

    • Mode changes

      • Power Cores and Reactor Cores now add their point value to a team's score over time
      • Reduced the rate at which points can be stolen from 15 per second to 10 per second
      • Robots now heal 5 health per second to nearby friendly players
      • The HUD has been reworked

        • Inverted the layout to better represent the layout of the level
        • Added progress bars to represent each team's score
        • Potential point gains from stolen reactor cores are now visually represented on the score progress bars
        • Thief icon now moves across the score board relative to the thief's position in the level
        • Updated thief icon to represent both the color of the power core stolen and the color of the thief's team

      • Added new strings to the win panel that explain why the team won
      • Replaced the current "points being stolen" sound with a new sound
      • Added better collision hulls to robot models
      • Reworked robot skins to reduce similarity to the Ubercharged skin
      • Sentry guns no longer target Ubercharged robots

    • Map changes

      • Layout has been adjusted with the overall goal of improving visibility of teammates
      • Removed spawn teleporter
      • Reduced map size by removing the front lobby and cave sections
      • Added terrain paths on the sides of the mid bridge
      • Increased width of the mid bridge
      • Removed doors that locked when A and B robots were active
      • Robots have been rearranged:

        • A robots now roam the bridge above the water
        • B robots now roam around the floor in front of the vault
        • C robots now roam around the upper deck

      • Added more line of sight blockers to the water room to provide better cover during combat engagements
      • Reduced travel time for the water flanking route under the interior bridge
      • Added a drop down to enter the water room from the front door staging area
      • Increased size of the glass room near C robots to provide flanking cover to use against sentries that are placed at the corner of the upper deck
      • Increased width of vault corridors
      • Reworked vent route that leads to the vault, no longer need to crouch jump on exit
      • Moved left spawn exit forward to reduce effectiveness of spawn camping
      • Added a resupply cabinet to the right side spawn exit
      • Re-positioned health and ammo pickup locations
      • Added ramp collision to stairs
      • Changed setup time from 60 seconds to 40 seconds
      • Changed power reactor max return time from 90 seconds to 60 seconds
      • Fixed gap in the death pit that allowed players to survive

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

Early Access? For a game that’s been out since 2007? Yes, that is, in fact, a thing that can exist. Valve has decided to leave Mann Corp’s doors ever-so-slightly ajar so that fans might run around on Team Fortress 2‘s magical murder playgrounds before they officially hit live servers. So it’s a series of test servers for maps, essentially. Details below.

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