Product Update - Valve
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Added sv_namechange_cooldown_seconds, to throttle clients from changing their name too rapidly. (Defaults to 20 seconds)
  • Added sv_netspike_on_reliable_snapshot_overflow to selectively enable the automatic dumping of netspike file if a client drops due to "reliable snapshot overflow" (defaults to 0, which disables the debugging)
  • Added check to prevent player names from containing color codes
  • setinfo console command will now reject attempts to set / change convars with any unusual characters

Team Fortress 2
  • Fix a bug that caused gameservers to not properly receive client inventory updates. (Frequent cause of the "The server you are playing on has lost connection to the item server" error message.)
  • Fixed not being able to equip all-class items properly
  • Fixed the DX8 water effect
  • Fixed the Beggar's Bazooka misfiring with 100% crits after firing a crit rocket
  • Fixed the Strange Sandman not accepting the Posthumous Kills strange part
TF2 Blog
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Added sv_namechange_cooldown_seconds, to throttle clients from changing their name too rapidly. (Defaults to 20 seconds)
  • Added sv_netspike_on_reliable_snapshot_overflow to selectively enable the automatic dumping of netspike file if a client drops due to "reliable snapshot overflow" (defaults to 0, which disables the debugging)
  • Added check to prevent player names from containing color codes
  • setinfo console command will now reject attempts to set / change convars with any unusual characters


Team Fortress 2

  • Fix a bug that caused gameservers to not properly receive client inventory updates. (Frequent cause of the "The server you are playing on has lost connection to the item server" error message.)
  • Fixed not being able to equip all-class items properly
  • Fixed the DX8 water effect
  • Fixed the Beggar's Bazooka misfiring with 100% crits after firing a crit rocket
  • Fixed the Strange Sandman not accepting the Posthumous Kills strange part
TF2 Blog
eXtelevision has been putting together a fundraiser to help send two North American teams to the European Team Fortress 2 tournament at Multiplay i46! VanillaTV has been covering the events and will be hosting a night of exhibition matches over the next two weekends between the top two winning teams in North America.



Classic Mixup took first place in the eXtv-hosted i46 qualifier and the ESEA LAN champions, Leviathan Gaming, were runners up. These two teams are hoping to both be destined to i46, but need additional funds to make the trip happen. Visit eXtv and Vanilla TF2 for more details.

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Hero Academy, Robot Entertainment's tactical, turn-based team battle game is coming to Steam on August 8th, and it's bringing some PC gaming all-stars with it. The entire Team Fortress 2 crew we know and love (and sometimes hate...I'm looking at you, Spy) will be playable. Read on to see how they fit into Hero Academy, and check out the TF2 hats you can get by playing it.



From the press release:



Team Bonus: Relentless Action - Stomping enemies grants an action point.



Spy – A cloaked unit who cannot be targeted at range. The Spy deals massive damage when attacking an enemy from behind.

Scout – A fast-moving recon hero; Players gain an AP when deploying the Scout. The Scout automatically hops backwards when hit by an opponent.

Sniper – The Sniper can target enemies anywhere in his row. At the end of your turn, the Sniper crouches. If he remains unscathed until your next turn, the Sniper gains increased power on his next shot.

Medic – The Medic heals and revives allies; He can link to a full-health ally to increase their power.

Engineer – A defensive hero with a basic ranged attack. The Engineer can upgrade allies' weapons.

Heavy – The Heavy does AOE attack at range. Every successive attack deals more damage as his minigun spins up.

Pyro - He does full damage to two enemies in a row; The Pyro’s attack can hit cloaked Spies.

Demoman – The Demoman lobs grenades that do AOE damage. He does bonus damage when attacking crystals.

Soldier – The Soldier is a ranged hero. He uses powerful rockets to knock enemy units back.



And here's a look at the new, Hero Academy-inspired headwear for TF2:















Kotaku

What if Team Fortress 2 Was Made Out of...Glass?Weird question, I know, but it's one you now have an answer for regardless, as 3D artist Mariah Combs has used 3D Max to render a bunch of characters and weapons from Valve's Team Fortress 2 as though they were...exquisite pieces of glasswork.



Like I said, weird, but hey, it's late, let's just roll with it and enjoy the awesome art. Oh, and the bonus Half-Life Striders.



You can see way more examples, including sniper rifles and Portal robots, at Mariah's site.





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Kotaku

Great Pics of New Team Fortress, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2 FiguresWhile we've shown the Gordon Freeman and Left 4 Dead figures before, this gallery of images from Comic-Con give us a good look at some other video game figures coming from toy company NECA, including their Borderlands 2 line and some awesome Team Fortress 2 pieces.



Also, those Portal turrets? Wonderful.



There are way more images at the link below.



NECA at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con [Cool Toy Review, via Super Punch]





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Product Update - Valve
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a client crash on exit (after connecting to a server using sv_pure)
TF2 Blog
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)

  • Fixed a client crash on exit (after connecting to a server using sv_pure)
Kotaku





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To date, most people have been using Valve's Source Filmmaker for comedic purposes, but let's remember, comedy is but one genre. So it's nice seeing this clip that's reminding us the tools can be used for more serious stuff as well.



This is amazing. The effects here rival those of all but the finest in professional pre-rendered trailers, so it's almost intimidating to think what people will be able to come up with when they really get a handle on the software.


Jul 12, 2012
Community Announcements - SZ


To celebrate the Steam Summer Sale, we’re having our own Mann Co. Store Sale on some of this year’s Workshop items, along with other goodies such as name tags, description tags, and various paints, weapons and hats. We’ve also added new summer bundles, featuring new items from the Pyromania update in various packaging flavors. The sale runs today through July 22.

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