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That's a relative term, of course, as these are video game celebrities, but still. If you've ever wanted to see Minecraft creator Marcus Persson, Valve's Robin Walker and internet superstar Freddie Wong go at it over Team Fortress 2, here's your chance.


To cut out the fluff, the actual game - which also includes other devs from Valve and Bethesda - starts at 8:18 in the video above.


Watch Notch, Freddie Wong, Valve, Bethesda, and us fight for charity, honor in Team Fortress 2 [PC Gamer]


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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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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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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.


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Dammit, Steven, will you just answer the question?! Oh, and, for your reference.



Braeheavs Books [YouTube via Reddit]


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Witness Robot Chicken's Hilarious Team Fortress 2 Hat In Real LifeRemember when Valve was teaming up with Adult Swim and I almost had a heart attack? You probably don't remember the heart attack. It was a good/bad day.


Well, it ended up being a promotional hat campaign (because, of course). If you've been prancing around the Team Fortress 2 maps in your brand new Robot Chicken hat, you might be pleased to hear that some fans have taken it upon themselves to create a real-life beanie version. And it is utterly awesome. Though I'm sure you'd get odd looks picking up groceries while wearing it.


Check out the rest of the pics down below.


I've been making custom beanies, thought TF2 players might like this one. [Reddit]



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Meet the Pyro's LEGO FantasiesTeam Fortress 2's Pyro is a...unique character. It sees things inside that mask that may be better off left unseen.


If we are going to see them, though, we may as well see them in LEGO form, courtesy of master builder Pepa Quin.


Pepa Quin's photostream [Flickr, via Brothers Brick]



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A Scene From The Professional Recreated Using Team Fortress 2 CharactersThis awesome scene from The Professional starring Jean Reno is pretty gripping. But it's even cooler when done to the theme of Team Fortress 2 using the Sniper and Spy characters. Take a look at the screengrab from the movie down below for comparison.


Professionals [deviantART via Blue Dog's eyes]



A Scene From The Professional Recreated Using Team Fortress 2 Characters


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There's An Actual Team Fortress 2 Soldier In My HouseIt feels like forever since the first piece in Gaming Heads' line of large, expensive Team Fortress 2 statues came out. Probably because it's actually been forever. But now, after over a year, we have a second one available.


And it's just as nice as the first one.


WHAT'S IN THE BOX

1x TF2 Soldier
1x Helmet
2x Weapons
1x Base
1x Authenticity/Membership Card


WHAT I LIKED

  • PERFECT FIT. This statue is made of polystone, a smooth, heavy material that can be pretty hit-and-miss on a piece where intricate detail is required. But a TF2 character? There's not much detail required, meaning that in the flesh it looks just like it does in the game.
  • QUALITY. The standard edition of this statue is $220, the "exclusive" variant $235. That's a lot of stones for a 13" statue, but Gaming Heads have at least gone to the trouble of making it seem worth it, with touches like the fact he's almost completely hand-painted, and that the piece was cast using Valve's actual game model from Team Fortress 2. So at least you know the dimensions and likeness are all spot-on.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

  • LESS BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. The Heavy, with all his bulk and detailed equipment, cost $230. The Soldier is only $10 less, and while my version (the "Exclusive") came with an alternate weapon, it's very similar to the standard one. Considering he's a smaller piece with less impressive gear, it would have been nice to see more than $10 shaved off, especially if you're getting the standard edition that doesn't with the bonus gun.

MY FINAL WORD

There's really not much to dwell on here. This is a picture-perfect, heavy-as-hell polystone recreation of a Team Fortress 2 character. It's pricey, yeah, but given the quality of the piece and how well it brings the character to life, if you're the type to still be reading this far down a toy review and be genuinely interested, it's totally worth it.


The Soldier is limited to 1050 (750 standard, 300 Exclusive) pieces worldwide, and is available from Gaming Heads' website.



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The fun people are having with Valve's new Source Filmmaker continues. Not long after the secret of the Pyro's identity is revealed do we now get some rap, some Batman and a plea to please, please stop with the remixes of Meet the Heavy.


Did Valve realise that the release of this suite would unleash a flood of kids graduating from making great Garry's Mod movies to making better movies? You bet they did.





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