Valve's class-based toon-shaded multiplayer hat simulation with an FPS minigame around it. Announced in 1998, it was released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box.

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Latency issues in Team Fortress 2, but only after joining a game

I've just tried to play Team Fortress 2 for the first time for quite a while, and I am afraid I am plagued with a very annoying issue. When browsing for servers, I consistently see very good pings on ...
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Fastest way to kill a sentry gun with a sniper rifle?

Say I spot a sentry in the distance, and I take out the engineer. What's the fastest way to destroy the sentry? Shoot a series of slow, fully-charged shots? Shoot a series of fast, ...
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Is the Amputator taunt useful?

I recently crafted the Amputator, mainly for the set bonus. I've tested the taunt and it certainly seems to heal people, but is it really useful when you have unlimited healing with the medi-gun?
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What is the most effective way to counter a Sniper?

What are good strategies for countering a dominating sniper? What classes, class combinations, and weapons are effective against snipers?
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Are there any links to data on Offense vs Defense win/loss ratio for various maps?

I am curious to see which maps in Team Fortress 2 favor Offense or Defense. I know that Steam collects massive amounts of data on player statistics so they probably have the data somewhere. Does ...
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Does the Jag's build bonus apply to moving allies' buildings?

In Team Fortress 2, the Engineer weapon the Jag provides a "30% faster construction rate". When you move a built building it builds at twice the normal speed. I wonder how far this goes, thus: Does ...
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What's this castle all about?

I just joined a game of TF2 to find myself on some sort of castle map, with no guns allowed. What are the rules here, and what weapons are usable?
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Does bleeding damage stack?

If a player hits an enemy twice with the same bleeding weapon in TF2 will they take damage from both hits or simply the last hit? Does the multiple sources of bleeding damage add together, or is it ...
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What does the server tag 'nodmgspread' mean in Team Fortress 2

When you search for TF2 games there are a variety of server tags, many of them simply announcing the name of the server. One I see that I can't figure out is 'nodmgspread' I assume that ...
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What use is the shotgun for the heavy?

Typically my loadout for the heavy is: Minigun Sandvich Gloves of Running Urgently However, some of the players I play with (a 32-player server, but I have a reasonably close knit group of people ...
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In Team Fortress 2, which melee weapons have the longest attack range? shortest?

While it's easy to find damage data for melee weapons in TF2 (this question for example), it's difficult to find the range of melee weapons. The eyelander is described as being longer than the ...
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What are some popular TF2 maps that suit a low number of players?

I run a TF2 server, and I've noticed a problem in that there is maybe only one map I have in rotation that is suitable when only a few people are on the server. It's a dodgeball map, and I'd rather ...
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What are some suggestions for improving TF2 CPU performance?

A TF2 performance question: Do you guys have any ideas for how to improve TF2 performance? I'm running on a native 1900x1200 monitor and find that the game is really CPU limited. I'm running on a ...
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Is the Rocket Jumper droppable?

Does the Rocket Jumper weapon drop randomly as other weapons? Or is it only obtainable trough crafting and buying?
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How can I disable the critboost visual effect?

All crit boost effects (kritzkrieg, crit-a-cola, frontier justice) in TF2 generate a very fancy particle effect applied on the weapon that's getting the boost. If you don't know what I'm talking ...
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Cloak and Dagger, what's the catch?

Cloak and dagger has 100% generation rate, besides you remain half-invisible even if the cloak is depleted. This looks like it has lots of advantages over Invisibility Watch but not any shortcomings. ...
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Is it possible to set item “loadouts” to a hotkey in TF2?

With all the new items that have been added recently to Team Fortress 2, I find myself spending a lot more time at the item screen than I ever used to. Some of my weapon slots now have 5 choices ...
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What are the vintage items?

In playing Team Fortress 2 after the most recent update I've noticed a lot of "Vintage" items. What's different about these items? How can I acquire more?
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What happens if I remove paint from a hat?

With the October 6th 2010 patch, Team Fortress 2 added the possibility to remove paint from painted hats. But if I remove the paint from a hat, is it simply washed out and lost, or will I get my ...
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TF2 dedicated server on really old PC?

I have an old PC that I recently re-upped with Debian (forget which one, the most recent version). Here are the specs: P3 1.2 GHz 768 MB DDR2 80 GB 7200RPM HDD Gigabit LAN Is this sufficient for a ...
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Can objects unboxed in crates be traded or crafted?

If I found a crate in Team Fortress 2 and open it with a key, can I trade or craft the item stored inside?
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What are unusual items?

I just saw that some players have in their backpack so called Unusual Items. The description says that the item has special attached particle effect? What does it mean and how can I create an item ...
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Does the item level in Team Fortress 2 affect the particular item?

I notice that most weapons other than the original weapons have a level above 1. Can this number be different from player to player (or even item to item in the backpack of one player) for the same ...
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How do I open a Mann-Co Supply Crate?

I just received a Mann-Co Supply Crate from the TF2 random drop system -- but it says it's locked. I see that a key is available for purchase in the TF2 Store (for $2.50), but I have no interest in ...
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What was “cloak blink time”?

An old item set for the Spy, the Saharan Spy, was added to Team Fortress 2. The set bonus said: Reduced decloak sound volume 0.5 sec longer cloak blink time What does "cloak blink time" mean? ...
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Blutsauger without any Medic achievements?

I just started playing TF2 and the only Medic-related achievement I have is Play Doctor. Yet, after only 2 hours of play, not all of which were as the Medic, I've already received the Blutsauger. The ...
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How can I tell if I have the Team Fortress 2 update that supports Snow Leopard 10.6.4?

I recently saw that TF2 has updated its code so it doesn't run slow for the Mac OS X 10.6.4 update (which I was holding off on doing since I wanted to play TF2). I just saw that I need to restart ...
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In Team Fortress 2, what is “telefragging”, and how is it done?

On my server stats page, there's a kill category that is called "telefrag". I don't have any. What is this, and how is it done?
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Recreation of murderball in TF2?

Has anybody seen or played in any murderball style maps in TF2? I remember this quite fondly from the TFC days, but for some reason it never really seemed to catch on with the community. I always ...
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Tips for playing Spy in low player count matches

In trying to get practice for the upcoming 9v9 TF2 competition, I'm interested in seeing if there's any insight on how to play a spy against a lower number of players. Spies tend to work better the ...
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Instant weapon change

When I play Team Fortress 2 and want to switch weapons I have to select one using my the keyboard's number keys (1, 2, 3, ...) and press fire button on the mouse to switch to that weapon. ...
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What does “Suicide after choosing a player class” mean?

In Options -> Multiplayer -> Advanced there's an option called "Suicide after choosing a player class". What does it do? Is it a good idea to check/uncheck?
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Map a key to switch between my favorite weapons for each class?

Is there some way to map a key so that it switches between my favorite weapons for each class? I haven't played much Team Fortress 2 yet, but for most of the classes I use one or two weapons. I often ...
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Under what circumstances should I be using the Ambassador in Team Fortress 2?

When I play spy, it always seems that when I have to go to my gun, it's always a desperate situation. I have a real hard time getting head-shots under pressure, and I can't imagine willingly trading ...
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What should I be doing as a scout in the opening seconds of an arena match in Team Fortress 2?

I absolutely love playing arena. One class that I don't end up playing very much is the scout. Since arena maps are smaller, running to the front lines once the round starts and finding all twelve ...
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How can I effectively “sentry jump” with the wrangler?

Now that the wrangler has been introduced to the engineer, the engineer can get to places previously unreachable. Is it possible to get propelled upward with just the gun from the sentry to take less ...
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How can pyros actually rocket jump?

I've heard people talk about Pyros being able to rocket-jump in TF2. Since they obviously don't have a rocket launcher, how is this possible?
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What is the timing to reliably reflect rockets, arrows, and grenades?

I seem to have terrible timing when trying to reflect rockets, pipes, and arrows. What is the timing that I need to use to reliably reflect these? Is it right before they hit me, or is it further ...
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How do I change my Field of View?

I know that I can kind of adjust my field of view by switching from a 4:3 resolution to a 16:10 or 16:9 resolution. Is there any way that I can just set the field of view to the maximum allowable ...
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What is it about TF2 and hats?

I see in a lot of posts talk about Team Fortress 2 and hats, what is that about? What is so special about hats in that game?
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What is an effective way to use the Sandman?

I recently unlocked the Sandman for the Scout and have been using it but I don't really see the advantages. The -15 health does not seem to make up for the fact that I am just able to stun a player ...
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The Dalokohs Bar - HP Buff calculation and mechanics

I just FINALLY received this item last night and seeing as I'm a fairly frequent Heavy player, I'm curious as to the mechanics of the HP boost. Does the HP boost stack with the medic-gun, giving you ...
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Is there a way to measure distance between points in Source engine games?

When practicing jumps in Team Fortress 2, I'd really like to be able to measure both the height and length of my jumps, as well as the distance between two points on the map. Is there a way in the ...
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How do you avoid bumping into players as a spy?

Every now and then when playing TF2, I see a spy who seems to be able to stand right in the middle of a small group of enemies, whether in disguise or in stealth, and doesn't seem to have any problems ...
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How can I improve my melee skills in TF2?

I have real trouble trying to use the melee weapons in Team Fortress 2. I always seem to miss. Are there any tips for making good use of the melee weapons, or what can I do to train this skill?
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What is weapon spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

"Weapon Spread" seems to be a term used ofter in regards to "vanilla" servers in Team Fortress 2. What does this term mean, and how does it relate to server settings and gameplay?
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What is damage spread as it relates to Team Fortress 2?

The term "Damage Spread" is thrown around, specifically in regards to "vanilla" servers in Team Fortress 2. What does this term mean, and how does it relate to server settings and gameplay?
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Is the range and damage of all melee weapons the same in Team Fortress 2?

It seems that most weapons have the similar ranges and damage spreads. Are a majority of these weapons exactly the same, or are each classes default melee and upgrades totally different?
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Team Fortress 2: Crafting Recipes

I'm looking for some good crafting recipes for TF2. I know the ones that give you stock, which isn't much, and I've looked in the TF2 wiki, but I wondered if anyone has found some good recipes and ...
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How can I create server-wide aliases for console commands in Source games?

I'm an administrator on a couple TF2 servers, and I've installed a couple Sourcemod plugins (MeleeMode, ClassChooser, etc.). However, to get these to work the way I want, I have to set variables ...