Team Fortress 2 gets major update

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Team Fortress 2, a much loved game here at Neowin, has recently had a major update. Valve have now added an in-game store where players can buy and sell items for real money. The update is officially titled as the "Man-conomy update", and has made available 17 new items created by the community. Valve is giving the creators a percentage of the profits made from selling their items. Players will also be able to slightly customize the items they purchased; offering the ability to change the name and color of their item.

Along with the store, Valve has also added a new dueling mini game:

"In any match, you can challenge any player on the enemy team to a duel. If they accept, they are highlighted in-game the way your nemesis would be, and the game keeps track of how many times you each kill each other. Medals are awarded for duels, and winning a certain number of duels gives you a free item."

PC Gamer sat down with Team Fortress 2’s lead designer Robin Walker and asked why they are selling items in the game for real money and this is what he had to say,

"We never really think about the money TF2 makes when we’re thinking about what to do.

In this case, the thing that we are trying to build is a framework for a more robust collaboration with the community on content creation. This has been one of TF2’s main drives for some time now. In other games, community creators build content after the release, and it forever remains inaccessible to most players. At the start of this year we unveiled the TF2 Contribute page, which was the first step to moving past that model, pushing community created content into the ongoing development of the game itself.

We view the Mann-conomy as the next, crucial step in the evolution of how communities interact with products. Now they’ll not only be able to contribute to the product, they will be directly compensated for their work."

Many of the games that include an in-game store are free to play and many thought this update might include an announcement that TF2 would be moving down the free-to-play road. PC Gamer concluded their interview by asking Robin why they decided not to go down that path and he said,

"We’ve considered it, and it’s something we’d love to gather data from, but our main concern is that right now the cost of purchasing TF2 again is the main cost that cheaters pay when we catch them."

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BigCheese said,
This is really retarded. I wish TF2 would go back to the way it was without extra weapons and achievements.

Get the Xbox 360 version.

StevoFC said,
I don't like the new things at all. If someone pays $30 they can no longer even be headshot. That's pretty stupid.

its a bit like real life. get a bullet proof vest and its harder to kill.

kabix said,

its a bit like real life. get a bullet proof vest and its harder to kill.

Yeah, you can still get shot in the face and die. And the game isn't even remotely close to real life. lol
I'm just saying, it's pretty stupid that you can fork out $30 and not be killed by a headshot.

StevoFC said,

Yeah, you can still get shot in the face and die. And the game isn't even remotely close to real life. lol
I'm just saying, it's pretty stupid that you can fork out $30 and not be killed by a headshot.

You're making it sound bad. It's a sniper set that you can obtain via regular means through and hour or two or trading and playing. With the whole set, however, you can't headshot others, either. Note also that you can't have an effect without being that class.

I quite like the idea of giving players the ability to customise their characters (so to speak) so they can express individuality and what not else but I'm not too keen on the idea that players who think nothing of spending a tenner or more on essentially nothing (some of the packages on there are £11.99) are given some sort of advantage in the game purely because they can afford it or think nothing of it.

Fumma said,
I quite like the idea of giving players the ability to customise their characters (so to speak) so they can express individuality and what not else but I'm not too keen on the idea that players who think nothing of spending a tenner or more on essentially nothing (some of the packages on there are £11.99) are given some sort of advantage in the game purely because they can afford it or think nothing of it.

All of the items can be found in the game (or traded for from someone who has already found it) without paying anything.

Azies said,
By the way as far as I know you can't sell items for real money in the shop.
From the FAQ. Q: Are store items priced in points, or some other weird currency?
A: No, the Steam Wallet uses the same real-world currency Steam currently supports (USD/GBP/Euros). I don't play the game anymore but I may give it a shot again.

God, I want this game (haven't played a PC game in years). Have a Core i5, but the crappy integrated graphics I'm stuck with for a few more weeks stop me from buying it since I doubt it'll run smoothly.

bangbang023 said,
God, I want this game (haven't played a PC game in years). Have a Core i5, but the crappy integrated graphics I'm stuck with for a few more weeks stop me from buying it since I doubt it'll run smoothly.

Worth a try, you never know.

If you're going to buy it in a few weeks, why not just buy it now. Plus it'll most likely run fairly smoothly with the details turned down.

bangbang023 said,
God, I want this game (haven't played a PC game in years). Have a Core i5, but the crappy integrated graphics I'm stuck with for a few more weeks stop me from buying it since I doubt it'll run smoothly.
Most IGPs can run TF2 but on VERY low graphics. I guess you'll have to do that until you upgrade your video card, but definitely buy it ASAP.

Skulltrail said,
Most IGPs can run TF2 but on VERY low graphics. I guess you'll have to do that until you upgrade your video card, but definitely buy it ASAP.

I bought and am downloading it now. I saw a video on Youtube of it running at 1680*whatever with all high settings, on a GMA HD w/ Core i3, and the guy was getting a decent 25fps. I figure with a better processor, lower res (1440*900), and slightly lower settings, I should be fine, for now.

I should be getting a 5670 at the end of the month, finally.

bangbang023 said,

I bought and am downloading it now. I saw a video on Youtube of it running at 1680*whatever with all high settings, on a GMA HD w/ Core i3, and the guy was getting a decent 25fps. I figure with a better processor, lower res (1440*900), and slightly lower settings, I should be fine, for now.

I should be getting a 5670 at the end of the month, finally.

I know this is a bit off topic, but if you are getting a 5670. Will your system support that card? You mentioned using a integrated system chip and sometimes those systems will not even support the card slot and also the power requirements.

RawGutts said,

I know this is a bit off topic, but if you are getting a 5670. Will your system support that card? You mentioned using a integrated system chip and sometimes those systems will not even support the card slot and also the power requirements.


I got a system an Asus which was built with standard parts and comes with a 400w PSU, which is the min. requirement for the 5670. I specifically chose that card because of it's low power needs.

I was in a bind and had to get a new system, ASAP, but I made sure, ahead of time, that it had everything a custom built setup would have, as well.

Already got the latest primary and secondary weapon for Soldier, and Sniper. I get a lot of people bitching at me because of using the Sydney Sleeper (Hits target with Jarate), and Blackbox (gives player +15 HP for every hit against target).

I spent the last two days just trading and absently playing TF2 as something to do between trades. I've built up an epic inventory of the best hats for each class (imho, at least), all the way from a measly 2 hats.

Given the amount of free content they've already delivered I don't have any qualms with them trying to exploit money out of people with ****ty DLC.