PC Gamer

For the past few Junes, right before one of the busiest gaming weeks of the year, we ve taken a moment to imagine the E3 press conference that PC Gamers deserve. It s become one of our tiny traditions (along with Chris questionable behavior in survival games). Mostly it s an excuse for us to publish something entirely detached from reality before we fly to Los Angeles and publish every scrap of gaming news and opinion that our bodies will allow. It s therapeutic to daydream about Gabe Newell materializing atop a unicorn through a fog of theater-grade dry ice to announce Half-Life 3.

We get valuable stories, videos, and interviews out of E3—you can imagine how handy it is to have almost every game-maker gathered under one roof for a few days. But it s no secret that the PC doesn t have a formal, organized presence during E3. Generally speaking it s the time of year when Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo jostle for position about who can create the most buzz. Despite being a mostly exciting few days of announcements, E3 has never given the biggest gaming platform in the world an equal place at the table.

That s our collective fault, not E3 s. One of our hobby s greatest strengths is the fact that there isn t a single owner. The PC has no marketing arm, no legal department, no CEO to dictate what should be announced or advertised. And thank Zeus for that. The fundamentally open nature of our hobby is what allows for GOG, Origin, Steam, and others to compete for our benefit, for the variety of technologies and experiences we have access to—everything from netbook gaming to 8K flight simulation to VR.

Everyone involved in PC gaming has shared ownership over its identity. One of the few downsides of that, though, is that there isn t really a single time and place for PC gaming to get together and hang out. We love BlizzCon, QuakeCon, DreamHack, Extra Life, The International, and the ever-increasing number of PAXes. But there s something special about the pageantry of E3 week, its over-the-top showmanship, its surprises, its proximity to Hollywood. And each June, even as we ve jokingly painted a picture of PC game developers locking arms in a musical number, we ve wanted something wholly by, for, and about PC gaming.

Well, hell, let s do it.

For the past few months we ve been organizing the first ever live event for PC gaming during E3, The PC Gaming Show. Tune into our Twitch channel on Tuesday, June 16 on 5 PM and you ll see a spectrum of PC gaming represented on stage: a showcase of conversations, announcements, hardware, trailers, and other stuff that makes PC gaming great. We ve been talking to everyone we know, big and small—if there s a game or developer you want to see—tell us! So far, Blizzard, AMD, Bohemia Interactive, Boss Key Productions, Paradox, Dean Hall, Tripwire, and more have signed up to be a part of this inaugural PC gaming potluck (Paradox has promised to bring nachos), and we ll be announcing more participants as we lead up to June 16. And hey, the endlessly friendly Day[9] is hosting. We love that guy.

We re sincerely, stupidly excited about this. The PC gaming renaissance we re all living in deserves a moment of recognition during the biggest gaming expo of the year—it s about time! Listen in on Twitter and on our Facebook page as we share more details leading up to June.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

I just thought the Spy looked like a bookie here okay.

I lost interest in Team Fortress 2 [official site] around the time that I became good enough to regularly top public servers but had neither the skill nor the interest to jump to organised competition. A little matchmaking, pitting me against other pubstar-tier fraggers, would’ve been wonderful. So huzzah! After many, many years, Valve are finally planning proper matchmaking.

Details are a little thin for now, based on memories of conversations that TF2 community folk had during a recent visit to Valve, but one thing’s clear: competitive matchmaking is coming.

… [visit site to read more]

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 dedicated server crash related to the dispenser
  • Fixed a client crash related to the material system
  • Fixed a client crash related to ragdolls
  • Fixed a client crash related to demo playback and skipping ticks
  • Fixed not being able to launch the game in fullscreen on Windows 10 Preview
  • Fixed sentries not being able to hit players who are ducking while airborne. This was most noticeable when used in conjunction with the B.A.S.E. Jumper.
  • Fixed not being able to preview paint changes in the backpack, Mann Co. Store, and Workshop import tool
  • Fixed the Strange Dalokohs Bar incorrectly counting food eaten
  • Fixed missing ambient sounds in some maps
  • Fixed the Festive Targe not using the correct Blue team material
  • Fixed the Ap-Sap causing stuttering on dedicated servers
  • Added ETF2L 6v6 Season 20, ETF2L Highlander Season 8, and ETF2L Ultiduo 5 medals
  • Added the Tip of the Hats community medal
  • Added a "no hat" style for the Batter's Helmet
  • 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 dedicated server crash related to the dispenser
  • Fixed a client crash related to the material system
  • Fixed a client crash related to ragdolls
  • Fixed a client crash related to demo playback and skipping ticks
  • Fixed not being able to launch the game in fullscreen on Windows 10 Preview
  • Fixed sentries not being able to hit players who are ducking while airborne. This was most noticeable when used in conjunction with the B.A.S.E. Jumper.
  • Fixed not being able to preview paint changes in the backpack, Mann Co. Store, and Workshop import tool
  • Fixed the Strange Dalokohs Bar incorrectly counting food eaten
  • Fixed missing ambient sounds in some maps
  • Fixed the Festive Targe not using the correct Blue team material
  • Fixed the Ap-Sap causing stuttering on dedicated servers
  • Added ETF2L 6v6 Season 20, ETF2L Highlander Season 8, and ETF2L Ultiduo 5 medals
  • Added the Tip of the Hats community medal
  • Added a "no hat" style for the Batter's Helmet
  • Updated the localization files
PC Gamer

Valve is bringing matchmaking to Team Fortress 2 as a 'high priority', a feature that has been rumoured for a while and craved by the competitive community for even longer.

Details are thin on the ground right now, mainly because Valve apparently hasn't got very far into implementing its system, but the team does have plenty of other, successful competitive online titles to draw from.

You can watch the video where the matchmaking elements - and a few other things - are talked about right... here:

The folks at TeamFortress.tv will be offering up more details of what they learned on their trip to Valve on Friday, so you'll have to wait until then to get a clearer picture of what's going on. But for now, the competitive community can probably afford to smile a bit, right?

TF2 Blog



The European Team Fortress 2 League are about to kick off their 21st 6v6 season, with applications open to all skill levels. To sign up, join a team or simply find out more about competitive TF2, head over to http://etf2l.org.

To further whet your appetite, check out the best frags from Season 20 in this video made by Premiership Medic Beater!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Would you pay 33p for this?

It used to be that the only way to make money from a mod was a) make a standalone sequel or remake b) use it as a portfolio to get hired by a studio or c) back in the pre-broadband days, shovel it onto a dodgy CD-ROM (and even then, it almost certainly wasn’t the devs who profited). As of last night, that changed. Mod-makers can now charge for their work, via Steam.

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PC Gamer

Team Fortress 2 would probably work as a musical, but, unless Valve has something spectacular planned for the game's ninth year, we'll have to make do with this mod. Created by 'Vincentor', it replaces every piece of dialogue in the game with exactly the same piece of dialogue, only auto-tuned.

The mod covers all vocals—including every class, NPC and the announcer. To install, just download the mod and extract it into "tf/custom" folder inside your Team Fortress 2 root directory. You'll have to supply the house backing track yourself.

TF2 Blog



Florida LAN is bringing Highlander to the competitive LAN scene this May 16th with the Highlander Tournament, hosted by Apocalyptic Gaming Center in Winter Park, Florida. Registration is still open enter now for a full day of fragging, raffles and cash prizes.


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 the Strange Dalokohs Bar not counting food eaten
  • Fixed a client crash related to the material system
  • Fixed a client crash related to the control point HUD
  • Fixed a server crash related to the Robot Destruction game mode
  • Fixed name changes not being applied to all panels
  • Fixed a bug with tournaments ending early if the previous round ended in a stalemate
  • Fixed the Australium Scattergun using the fire material
  • Fixed not seeing the particle effects for weapons and cosmetic items in the player model panels
  • Added Gamers Assembly 2015 medals
  • Added a "no hat" style for the Batter's Helmet
  • Updated more sound files to use .mp3 format instead of .wav
  • Updated nav_check_stairs to be marked as a cheat
  • Updated Mann Co. Store prices for foreign currencies to current USD equivalents
  • Updated the localization files
  • Mannpower update
    • Updated grapple model and player animations
    • Fixed not hearing some of the powerup sounds
    • Removed ctf_foundry from the default map cycle to focus on gathering information on the remaining maps
    • Knockout: reduced melee damage multiplier
    • Knockout: max health buff has been reduced for the Heavy and for the Demoman with a shield or decapitating sword equipped
    • Grapple: increased base damage for attaching to a player and increased bleed damage while attached
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