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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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?
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What are the pros and cons of the spy knives?

I really want to know what the pros and cons of the spy knives are. The normal knife gives you all your health, disguise kit, and backstabby goodness and all, but YEH (Your Eternal Reward) is perfect ...
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Pistol vs Wrangler

I was wondering which is better for different situations. I used to think that the Wrangler was easily the better choice, until I noticed that the Wrangler is useless without a sentry. Do I go with ...
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How do I avoid TF2 servers loaded with bots?

It seems like whenever I choose to play TF2 at dead-ish times (when my favorites are all empty) all the servers I join are 90-100% bots. Is there some easy way to avoid joining those servers?
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Which wrench should I use? [closed]

I have no clue, I like crits with the normal wrench, but the bleeding on the Southern Hospitality is awesome with spies. I like the faster build time with the Jag, although I think it should also add ...
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Why was a drop immediately discarded?

I failed played some more TF2 today, and reached Medic milestone 3. I thus got a ubersaw. However, it was automatically discarded for some reason. What happened? Is my backpack full? Is this item ...
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Killing a heavy-medic pair solo

So, suppose that you're starting your favorite server with a couple of friends/strangers/mortal enemies (Basically, the number of people on the server is 4 on 4 or less). Anyway, you've been doing ...
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What technique should be used to melee-kill a Level 3 Sentry?

An answer to a different question on this site just informed me that it is possible to melee kill a level 3 sentry gun in TF2. The ability to do this with any kind of consistency would make me a god ...
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Is there a way to view the last game stats?

When viewing the leader board after a team fortress game, it shows the points earned by players during the time that each player has scored since connecting to the server (unless the map is changed, ...
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How can I achieve Patent Protection?

The Engineer achievement Patent Protection is eluding me. The achievement's description is: Destroy an enemy Engineer's sentry gun with a sentry under control of your Wrangler. I've ...
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What can the Pyro return to sender using the compression blast?

What exactly can the Pyro’s compression blast affect? I’ve reflected rockets back at soldiers, but I’ve had very sketchy luck trying to bounce other things back at enemy players.
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Cloak and Dagger or normal Invisibility Watch?

What do I use for what situation? Also, could you give me some general tips for cloaking with the spy?
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Team Fortress 2 Server Supporter

Whenever you are in the process of connecting to server, there is always a small list of top server supporters, along with a number. What exactly makes someone a "supporter" of a particular server, ...
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Can anything end bleeding damage early?

In TF2, when a player is set on fire, most healing will put the player out so that she will not suffer anymore damage. I wonder if the same is true of bleeding. Is there anyway to stop bleeding ...
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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 ...