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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Blue expanding circle around players

Sometimes as I am playing TF2 I will see a player with a glowing, cyclically expanding circle around the base of the model. Does this mean anything? Unfortunately I have not been able to get a ...
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How do I copy Team Fortress 2 to other computers?

Since Team Fortress 2 is available for free, many of my friends have downloaded the game. Can I copy the game on a digital media (USB stick or external hard drive) without creating a problem with ...
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What's the point of “Smelt [slot] weapons”?

Team Fortress 2 has the following lines in Crafting Items menu: Smelt primary weapons (2 of the same primary weapon) Smelt secondary weapons (2 of the same primary weapon) Smelt melee weapons (2 of ...
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Is there a way to quickly open the loadout menu?

Is there a quick way to directly jump to the loadout menu in Team Fortress? Right now it seems you have to Press , to load the change class menu, then click EDIT LOADOUT, then select the class, and ...
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What are standard weapon builds for a Heavy?

What are the standard equipment/weapon builds for a heavy (both offensive and defensive), when combined with a Medic?
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TF2 and shared wireless connections — impossible for me and my brother to connect to the same Server?

It's the summer months, and both my brother and I are home from college for the time being. This means we're currently sharing a wireless network. We tried to play a game of Team Fortress 2 together ...
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What combination of TF2 store items totals exactly $5/5€?

Now TF2 is free to play, and until you buy something from the Mann Co. store, you'll get some amount of nagging every time you login. MMMPH-MPH-MMMMMPHMMPH-MANN CO. STORE! ...
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Do TF2 dedicated servers require special config to allow players to get item drops?

I was planning to set up a Windows dedicated Team Fortress 2 server using this configuration guide and the linked TF2 Windows Dedicated Server page from the official team fortress 2 wiki. However, I ...
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More info on TF2 free account limitations

Valve published a FAQ page to describe the differences between free and premium accounts. It is written that free account has Limited blueprints, but what does it mean? Which are the items that a ...
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What is the limit on finding items in TF2? How can I tell if I have hit this?

I believe I read that after X hours of playing Team Fortress 2 in a period of Y days, you stop finding items. How long do I have before I stop finding items? And if I hit this limit of gameplay, how ...
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Can you suppress the name change alert from strange weapons?

I find that popup pretty distracting and to be honest, I don't care much that somebody has gotten 100 kills total. Is there a way to block the message, without completely blocking other messages in ...
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What happens when you use a name tag on a strange weapon?

If I use a name tag on a strange weapon in Team Fortress 2, does it keep the kill count and name changes? So that it becomes "strange description"+"name" Or does the name tag over write the name ...
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What determines the weapon a spy disguise uses?

I'm trying to learn how to be a better spy, and I notice that my disguise seems to have different weapons at different times. My health also seems to change at times. Does the spy disguise copy the ...
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How do points work in Team Fortress 2?

I've recently gotten into Team Fortress 2, and for a while now, I've been wondering how points actually work. I've noticed some servers have custom plugins that assign points to players that seem ...
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Can a spy reach the shack outside the second spawn point in CP Granary?

While discussing sentry jumping and the ethicality thereof, Transall claims that… There's a bunch of junk to the side of [Granary's second spawn point] ledge that [spies] can use to jump ...
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How can I distinguish which gun a medic is using?

When being healed by a medic, the name of the gun the medic is using appears below the players name. This was previously useful for knowing what charge would be deployed by the medic. However, since ...
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Team Fortress 2 Item Drop Chances

Do the various items in Team Fortress 2 have an equal chance to drop? Are you just as likely to get an axtinguisher as a villain's veil?
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Where can I find an item value guide for TF2?

I have been ripped off a couple of times recently trading for hats and weapons in Team Fortress 2 - is there a price guide available anywhere that I can reference to stop this from happening? ...
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What's the secret to playing Pyro?

As the title implies, I'd like to learn how to play pyro better. I'm pretty good at most classes (aside from heavy, which I avoid on general principle), but I have trouble with pyro due to average ...
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How do you create a graffiti in Left 4 Dead 2?

I was playing Left 4 Dead 2 and I saw a player paint a graffiti on a wall (I also saw it done on Team Fortress 2) How is this done? What is it purpose? Is it different on those two games or is it ...
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Is there a way to shut up the annoying applause from the Saxxy Awards on the main screen? [closed]

Is there a way to shut up the annoying applause from the Saxxy Awards on the main screen? It is driving me insane. I don't want to turn my sound off for it, though.
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How to get rid of “Fancy vs Nasty” models/icons in Team Fortress 2?

When the "Fancy vs Nasty" update went online I downloaded and installed nearly all of the models (weapons and hats) available. Now that "Australian Christmas" update brought most of the items into the ...
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Which Demo Weapons count for the Left 4 Heads Achievement

The Left 4 Heads achievement is to behead 4 people in 10 seconds. Which of the demo melee weapons count as beheading as per the achievement? I know that obviously the Eyelander will, since it ...
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Does healing a hurt ally increase ÜberCharge rate?

Does healing a hurt ally increase the ÜberCharge rate of a medic? If so, how much does it increase it by?
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Is there a plugin for limiting classes?

Background story: some friends and I are thinking of hiring our own TF2 server. We want it to be public, and any players are welcome. One thing that really bothers us in every game in current public ...
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Is there a way to combine multiple takes in a TF2 Replay?

I had an awesome double kill when I was playing as Pyro tonight; ...
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How to counter minisentries?

Minisentries are my soldiers' nemesis. Damn tiny, dealing damage slowly but surely, inexpensive to replace, those darn things are more annoying then they're supposed to be. At point blank, the shotgun ...
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Why do my TF2 sprays look like crap?

I've toyed around trying to make useful sprays showing a bit of text or whatnot. However, they look like unreadable, blurry, low resolution crap once in game. For example, this spray: ...becomes ...
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How can I determine what weapons I'm missing?

Is there some quick and easy way to determine which TF2 weapons I'm missing?
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What is the “Set Style” button for?

What is the Set Style button for in the TF2 backpack?
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Are there any other “negative” achievements in TF2 besides Consolation Prize?

Typically an achievement is something to work for and forces you to modify your play style to get it. However, in TF2, Consolation Prize (get back-stabbed 50 times) isn't exactly something to boast ...
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Why is the Team Fortress 2 install so huge?

I notice that Team Fortress 2 is almost 10 gigs when downloaded via Steam. Why is that? Since the game's graphics are very simplistic, and I assume there's not like an hour-long 1080p movie embedded ...
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How can you earn the Specialist achievement?

Specialist - Accumulate 10000 heal points health in a single life. Thanks to the on-hud Chief of Staff achievement tracker, I can see that on a good life I'll accumulate ~1.8k-2k healing. My ...
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What use is the Conniver's Kunai and strategies used with it?

As a long time player of the Spy class, I value my knowledge of the Spy and how I can change my strategy to suit my situation. With the addition of the Conniver's Kunai, I've been trying to find when ...
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What does “W+1” mean with respect to the Pyro?

There's a more or less subtle reference I'm missing in comics 79, 87 and 131 (pictured below) of Nerf Now!. What is it about? [...] There are moments w + 1 is very effective and I dare to ...
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All the settings are at minimum. I still play at 10 FPS. What can I do?

I'm the (not so) proud owner of an nVidia 9200 M. This card I'm (not so) proud of owning is stuck into a laptop I'm (not so) proud of owning, so I can't upgrade it. I've dragged all the settings to ...
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Does the Black Box heal multiple times if it hits multiple people?

Does the Soldier's Black Box heal multiple times for +15 a piece if it hits multiple people, or is it only +15 if it hits anybody at all? Can this effect crit? (can any healing crit in TF2 or have ...
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Where's my [Classified]?

As indicated by this question I bought the Potato Sack bundle a scant few days before Portal's release. Rather than buying the Potato Sack alone, I instead bought it bundled with Portal 2, as listed ...
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Team Fortress 2 Bad Performance on Mac

I was wondering if anyone else has had bad problems with Team Fortress 2 running on a mac (not bootcamp or anything like that) for example here are some of the problems I've been having: When doing ...
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Is there any way to extract voice chat audio from TF2/Source demo recordings?

I have a bunch of demos recorded in TF2 from before the Hatless update. Any attempt to open the files in TF2 for playback causes it to toss up a few resource loading errors that I'm assuming are the ...
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Rocket Launcher vs. Black Box

I like the +15 health on hit from the Black Box as you can leach health from distance, but the higher clip from the Rocket Launcher saves my life a lot. I haven't been able to reliably identify ...
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Team Fortress 2 Sounds

So I have a folder of weapon sounds from Team Fortress 2. Is there an easy way to match between the sounds and a weapon? Some are straightforward (such as wrench_hit_world) but others aren't clear.
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What happened in the 4/5/2011 Team Fortress 2 update? [closed]

I just downloaded an update to Team Fortress 2. When I click on "details" however... Product Update - Valve 15:11 Team Fortress 2 [ restricted ] So... what does this mean?
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Plan B for spy (What spy revolver?)

Many times, I have had to go to Plan B: The Revolver. But there are 3 to choose from! The standard revolver seems to be the all rounder, however the Ambassador is like a long range assassination ...
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What is the optimal position of a sentry gun?

Often, maps feature alcoves or corners in which one can comfortably fit a sentry gun, usually with a nice inviting ammo box with it. I wonder, however: what's the optimal sentry placement? The main ...
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Are bots useful for filling a Team Fortress 2 Server?

I've started my own Team Fortress server and it's been very quiet Are bots (the official Valve bots) helpful or unhelpful in this situation? Most players don't seem to like playing with bots (even if ...
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Do teleporters make for a good early warning system?

I've been sitting on my engineer's arse for a while now carefully crafting my dispensers and sentries to the state of the art in area denial duties near mission critical top-secret intelligence ...
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Avoiding cheap deaths in TF2

Often when I play TF2 (usually as spy/scout, but sometimes as other classes), I'll find myself suddenly blasted/incinerated/pick your own favorite way to die by something I never saw coming. Many ...
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How can I tell teammates from spies?

I'm going through the painful trial and error process of determining whether or not a player on my team is a spy or not. So far what I thought was the most successful procedure was dealing some ...
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When is the Kritzkrieg preferable to the Medigun?

When I play as a medic I almost always use the medigun. In what situations is the Kritzkreig more useful?