TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a bug that was causing intermittent lag spikes for Linux dedicated servers
  • Fixed a crash while command-tabing on Mac in fullscreen
  • Fixed not running on Mac OSX 10.5.8
Team Fortress 2
  • MERASMUS! has leveled up at WizardCon!
    • "The Skull Island Topper" now tracks the highest level of Merasmus the owner has helped defeat
    • Increased Engineer, Scout, Pyro and Heavy damage against Merasmus
    • Increased Soldier and Demoman damage against Merasmus while he is in hiding
  • Saxxy Awards submissions are now being accepted for the Replay category via the in-game YouTube™ uploader
  • Fixed the Heavy not playing the correct audio when equipping all of the Grand Duchess items
  • Fixed the Grand Duchess items not being groupped as an item set
  • Fixed a bug that allowed spells to be applied to base items
  • Added zombie character images and a new Halloween background for the main menu
  • Beta version of new item import tool, available in game in the Steam Workshop submission process
  • Fixed Mann vs. Machine robots not taunting when they level up while carrying the bomb
  • Updated the health bar for Merasmus and Monoculus
  • Added more credits to Caliginous Caper, Wave 666
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a bug that was causing intermittent lag spikes for Linux dedicated servers
  • Fixed a crash while command-tabing on Mac in fullscreen
  • Fixed not running on Mac OSX 10.5.8

Team Fortress 2
  • MERASMUS! has leveled up at WizardCon!
    • "The Skull Island Topper" now tracks the highest level of Merasmus the owner has helped defeat
    • Increased Engineer, Scout, Pyro and Heavy damage against Merasmus
    • Increased Soldier and Demoman damage against Merasmus while he is in hiding
  • Saxxy Awards submissions are now being accepted for the Replay category via the in-game YouTube™ uploader
  • Fixed the Heavy not playing the correct audio when equipping all of the Grand Duchess items
  • Fixed the Grand Duchess items not being groupped as an item set
  • Fixed a bug that allowed spells to be applied to base items
  • Added zombie character images and a new Halloween background for the main menu
  • Beta version of new item import tool, available in game in the Steam Workshop submission process
  • Fixed Mann vs. Machine robots not taunting when they level up while carrying the bomb
  • Updated the health bar for Merasmus and Monoculus
  • Added more credits to Caliginous Caper, Wave 666
Community Announcements - SZ
As of 12:00AM GMT today and for the next two weeks, we are <b>now accepting submissions</b> for the Second Annual Saxxy Awards! <a href="http://www.teamfortress.com/saxxyawards2012/#faq">Click here to find out how to submit!</a>

<a href="http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=9253">Read the blog post here</a>

TF2 Blog
Good news! Submissions are now being taken for the Second Annual Saxxy Awards! The event where we celebrate the world's best short films exclusively about ME, SAXTON HALE! No other subject will be considered for hold on, Bidwell's trying to tell me something. What is it, Bidwell. Of course I can listen to you and type at the same time. Look. Still typing. What? What do you mean they can make the films about anything? Why would they want to do that? No, it's not arrogance, Bidwell, it's just common damn sense. If you can make a film about anything, make it about me. What? Because I'm Saxton Hale, that's why. Why are we still having this conversation? You're lucky my hands are busy typing.

New paragraph! I'm going to go pull some strings with the mayor, see if I can't get the rules changed about what the films have to be about. In the meantime, feel free to upload your submissions.

This just got signed by Saxton Hale

As of 12:00AM GMT today and for the next two weeks, we are now accepting submissions for the Second Annual Saxxy Awards! Click here to find out how to submit!


(Note: Replay category submissions will be accepted starting tomorrow, via the in-game Replay Browser.)


PC Gamer
Valve offices


For Valve's employees, working at one of the most secretive development studios around constitutes a once-in-a-respawn experience. The leakage of Valve's employee handbook earlier this year colorfully outlined a flat management structure culturing a counterintuitive emphasis on peer-driven independence. Speaking to Seattle Interactive Conference attendees yesterday (as reported by GeekWire), Valve Product Designer Greg Coomer said the same free-form philosophy governing the company's work ethic also factors into firing someone.

"I wish that we had covered firing in the employee handbook," Coomer said. "It was one of the things that we left out. We tried writing it, but we didn't feel like we were capturing how Valve thinks about (firing) in a well enough way. It was almost a wording problem. We couldn't get it done in the time that we wouldn't to finish the handbook. The short answer of how we handle terminations, really, is the same as we approach all other decisions at the company: It's a peer-driven process.

"If it turns out that we made a bad hiring decision, or that somebody is just not working out, there’s a method we use to get the people who are involved in the same room and to walk through the decision about what should really happen as a result of this person not functioning very well. Some of the details are kind of boring, but the main answer is that it's peer-driven, just like we evaluate each other as peers.”

I wonder what a caricaturized "Termination and You" chapter in the handbook would look like—probably the Pyro immolating an office chair or something. Still, Coomer attributed Valve's higher rate of self-fulfillment to the significant flexibility it bestows upon its workers, saying, “There are attributes that other companies have quoted about themselves that they allow their (employees) to spend some fraction of their time actually deciding on their own what to work on, but at Valve that percentage of your time is 100 percent. Every single person is responsible for deciding what they do every day."
TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Fixed a regression in the Mac's minimum system check
Team Fortress 2
  • Added new audio lines for Merasmus to use when he attacks
  • Fixed a Linux dedicated server crash related to Mann vs. Machine mode
Oct 26, 2012
Community Announcements - SZ
<a href="http://www.teamfortress.com/blizzbobarrabas/"><img src="http://www.teamfortress.com/images/posts/screamfortressfourisherenowx.jpg" width="100%" border="0"></a>

In much the same way that most of the characters in the 1983 haunted elevator movie “The Lift” were warned – repeatedly - to take the stairs, we warned you that the frankly terrifying <a href="http://www.teamfortress.com/blizzbobarrabas/">Scream Fortress Halloween event</a> was coming. And now it’s here, and you’re scared, and you don’t have anyone to blame but yourself. This year, you’ll experience the tear-squirting terror of being trapped in a living nightmare with a vindictive ghost, just like everyone in M. Night Shyamalan’s epic of elevator haunting, “Devil”. Before we get to the horror proper, though, we’d like to thank everyone in the community who contributed such terrific items on short notice. Alright, enough talking. As female reporter Jennifer says just before the final elevator battle in “The Shaft”: It’s going DOWN!
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:


Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Added mat_viewportupscale and mat_viewportscale to enable rendering the world at a reduced resolution. ("mat_viewportupscale 1" and "mat_viewportscale 0.5" will downscale world rendering by 50%.)
  • Added a new convar mp_mapcycle_empty_timeout_seconds to trigger a changelevel when the server is empty
  • Added positional audio support for Mumble clients
  • Fixed a bug that prevented consecutive clicks on scrollbar buttons
  • Performance and stability improvements

Team Fortress 2
  • Scream Fortress Event 2012
  • Fixed a bug where buildings would be invisible during their setup time
  • Mann vs. Machine
    • Added the map Mvm_coaltown_event with a special Halloween mission
    • Fixed a bug where players money would not be set properly when restoring a checkpoint
    • Fixed server crash on vote to restart mission
TF2 Blog
Updates to Team Fortress 2, Day of Defeat: Source and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:
Source Engine Changes (TF2, DoD:S, HL2:DM)
  • Added mat_viewportupscale and mat_viewportscale to enable rendering the world at a reduced resolution. ("mat_viewportupscale 1" and "mat_viewportscale 0.5" will downscale world rendering by 50%.)
  • Added a new convar mp_mapcycle_empty_timeout_seconds to trigger a changelevel when the server is empty
  • Added positional audio support for Mumble clients
  • Fixed a bug that prevented consecutive clicks on scrollbar buttons
  • Performance and stability improvements
Team Fortress 2
  • Scream Fortress Event 2012
  • Fixed a bug where buildings would be invisible during their setup time
  • Mann vs. Machine
    • Added the map Mvm_coaltown_event with a special Halloween mission
    • Fixed a bug where players money would not be set properly when restoring a checkpoint
    • Fixed server crash on vote to restart mission
Oct 26, 2012
TF2 Blog


In much the same way that most of the characters in the 1983 haunted elevator movie “The Lift” were warned – repeatedly - to take the stairs, we warned you that the frankly terrifying Scream Fortress Halloween event was coming. And now it’s here, and you’re scared, and you don’t have anyone to blame but yourself. This year, you’ll experience the tear-squirting terror of being trapped in a living nightmare with a vindictive ghost, just like everyone in M. Night Shyamalan’s epic of elevator haunting, “Devil”. Before we get to the horror proper, though, we’d like to thank everyone in the community who contributed such terrific items on short notice. Alright, enough talking. As female reporter Jennifer says just before the final elevator battle in “The Shaft”: It’s going DOWN!

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