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 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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Why disguise as scout?

I've seen quite a few videos on Youtube where spies repeatedly switch to a scout disguise after each kill. Slow scouts seem like obvious spies. Why not choose a Pyro, Engineer, Medic, or Sniper?
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Why can't I install TF2 in a non-default game library location?

I've set up 2 non-default game library locations. One in C:\Games and the other D:\Games. Steam is installed on C: so I have 2 libraries on C and one on D. When I go to install most games it lets me ...
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Can I get hats in random drops?

I think I read somewhere that with a premium account you could get hats in drops as well as weapons. I have now 50 hours of premium gameplay, and I never received one. Was I mistaken? Or are the odds ...
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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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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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How can I get the reddit hat?

I've taken part in the 2013 April fool's reddit event and now it's finally payday for this old tired mercenary. How can I disgrace my forehead by donning that ridiculous homewreck of a headgear?
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Can I enforce a time limit window on Steam games, notably Team Fortress 2?

My 10 year old loves Team Fortress 2 but spend too much time playing it. I looked for whether Steam has a parental control system allowing me to say "max X hours over the last 14 days", but could not ...
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When you kill someone, do you get his hat?

I don't know if it's just my own misinformation, but I've always believed that if you kill an enemy wearing a hat, you have a higher chance of receiving his hat in the next drop. Does this have a ring ...
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Is it faster to build a sentry in-place or build it near the resupply and then haul it?

I'm trying to understand what is the faster way to get a strong sentry to the front at the beginning of the round (the setup time). Is it better to build a sentry directly on the front? This has the ...
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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 should I do to get into competitive Team Fortress 2?

I've been playing a lot of pubs for a long time. What steps should I take if I want to give competitive TF2 a shot?
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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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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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Can I add numerical building health to the corner HUD?

I already know how to add a number to the target ID box so I can point at teammates and buildings to find out exactly how much health they have. But I can't find a way to do it for the Engineer's HUD ...
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For each class, what are efficient methods to destroy the Tank Robot?

For each class, what are efficient methods (like which weapons to use) to destroy the Tank Robot? I asked this question so that I could know how to help quickly destroy the Tank Robot regardless of ...
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What's the secret to playing Sniper?

I enjoy playing TF2, and I've been spending the past half year trying to touch up on my skills. The only problem I have is playing Sniper. A lot of professionals tell me it's an easy class, that ...
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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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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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Do you need to take damage during warmup to let your medic charge faster?

What I've seen many people do is equip the gloves of running urgently, or rocket jump, or flarejump, or sticky jump, for the only reason of letting the medic charge faster, guaranteeing a uber being ...
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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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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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What different backstabbing techniques are there?

I'm sure most people know about backstabs, where you run up to people's backs, and you....well, stab them. In the back. But I've heard about other stabs as well, and since I'm trying to be a lot ...
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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 do I defeat a Pyro being a Pyro?

I would like some tips to beat the other pyro being a pyro. What weapons should I use? Is it more favorable to use a shotgun rather than a flamethrower?
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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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As a Pyro, how can I go up against rocket-jumping Soldiers?

As a pyro, I have no idea what to do against a soldier that rocket jumps over my head and rains rockets down from above. For some reason, aiming at very high angles or nearly straight up feels ...
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How can I tell what glowy-ring buffs the enemy team currently has?

To my knowledge, all the following buffs have identical effects of glowing rings around the players' feet, as shown in this picture: Deploying a Buff Banner Deploying a Battalion's Backup ...
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Does a dispenser tether cloaked spies?

I know that, as a cloaked spy, I can recharge my watch from a dispenser. In fact, a L3 dispenser can recharge my watch faster than it drains. However, I know that dispensers display a glowing tether ...
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What counts as an “assist”?

While the TF2 Wiki does state: A kill assist is awarded to a player dealing a fair amount of damage to an enemy before another team member finishes the enemy off. It is ambiguous however. ...
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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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Where does a new Team Fortress 2 player start?

Some of my friends have told me that TF2, or Team Fortress 2, is a fun game. I figured that I would get it in Steam since it was free. However, I have no idea where to start and would like some help. ...
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What do these numbers represent in trading?

I'm really new to trading. People make offers and ask something in return. Sometimes they ask for 5.66 ref, or 1.33, or 0.66, or 0.55, or 2.66 What do they all mean? I understand it is for metal but ...
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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'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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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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Can you use the Single Player mode on Team Fortress 2 to get Achievements?

There is now the option for one player mode, which is good for people to hone skills, and whatnot, but can you get achievements/drops in One Player? If so: how?
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Which hand should I punch people with?

Heavies have the option to punch people with either their right or left hand. Does it make any difference which hand you punch with as a heavy?
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How can I get rid of Jarate?

In what ways can I get rid of Jarate? It seems to be quite annoying when I get hit by one; I end up dying very quickly because enemies do a ton of damage to me.
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How many times do I have to kill a player before I am dominating them?

I've observed that sometimes I just have to make two kills in order to dominate a certain player, sometimes thrice or is there any other factor that matters? This will be helpful to unlock certain ...
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Can one take damage from getting shot in the hat?

In TF2, I usually wear smaller hats, especially as Sniper, to reduce my visual profile, so that I'm less likely to be seen. But that leads me to another question: what if one is wearing a tall hat ...
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How does the demoman charge?

I've read some of the demoman's weapon descriptions, and some of them affect "charge rates". How do you do it? I saw some players doing what I think was a charge (running fast to perform a melee ...
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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 I change my name in TF2 without having to change it in the Steam overlay?

Apparently, they removed the command setinfo name "your name" and it doesn't do anything anymore. Is there another way to change your TF2 name while in-game?
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Is there a way to transfer a free game downloaded on one Steam account to another?

I downloaded Team Fortress 2 for free yesterday off Steam. I used my account to download it. My brother has set up his own now and would like to play TF2 on his, that way we could also have separate ...
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How much damage does fire do?

How much damage does burning do over it's lifetime? Does it differ depending on class or the pyro's weapon?
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How to change my HUD?

I have seen some videos of people with HUDs that look a ton better then the default, so my question is how do I change my HUD in TF2? Is it something I have to do manually or is there some place where ...
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Can I get a premium TF2 account that's able to trade if I receive an old gift copy?

I picked up TF2 when it became free. I want to be able to trade, and my friend got a copy of TF2 from the Potato Sack Pack. If I get that copy, will I get a premium account?
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How to quickly select other weapon for a slot in Team Fortress 2?

I often want to select a different weapon in a slot, but often I'm too lazy, or don't have time to go to the menu and do it. For example, when I play as Demoman, if I want to quickly get to the ...
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How can I more consistently pop enemies into the air as a soldier?

Now that I (finally) have The Reserve Shooter I've become interested in aerials, the ability to launch an unsuspecting player into the air and then do horrible mini-crit related things to them before ...