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 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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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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Are enemy models looking at what they look or at what they shoot?

In first person shooters, normally, there's no difference between "what you're looking at" and "where you're shooting." Your weaponry is "head mounted" and you're always aiming at the center of your ...
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What hats in TF2 are, or were, available for free?

What hats and miscellaneous wearables (like sunglasses and badges) in TF2 are available for free, without crafting, buying, un-crating, random drops, trading, or buying a game on Steam? Aside from ...
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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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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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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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As a Heavy, who should I prioritize my fire at?

Based on this question. I'm aware that there are certian priorities in taking down particular classes in TF2. Medics obviously are to be taken out first. Engineers and their buildings are a high ...
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Do points revert faster if defenders stand on them?

If a team starts capturing a point but fails to get it converted, it starts reverting back to the team that owns it, making the attacking team lose their progress. If you stand on your point while ...
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Why don't some demomen suffer from afterburn?

I've noticed lately (maybe the last couple of months), playing as Pyro, that sometimes I'll light a demoman on fire and he doesn't suffer any afterburn. As soon as I stop hitting him with flames, they ...
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An effective counter to spawn camping?

Occasionally when playing TF2, the other team pushes us all the way back to spawn and camps there. I am fairly experienced with the game, and have a mic to help coordinate with my team. Is there an ...
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How do you use sprays in Team Fortress 2?

I've been trying to hit the "T" key (also made sure it's the one designated as "Spray"), but nothing ever happens! What am I doing wrong? Are there some prerequisite I need to fill?
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How is my disguised loadout determined if I disguise as a class that's not in play?

Say RED has no sniper. I'm a BLU spy disguised as a RED sniper. This means my apparent nick will be determined at random. IIRC, I might even get my own nick. What about my loadout? Will I be using ...
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Can I still get the Haunted Metal Scrap?

Is Haunted Metal Scrap being awarded during the lead-up to this year's Halloween event? Is haunted scrap under the same restrictions as haunted gifts (i.e. they're only awarded during a special time ...
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Whats the difference between Team Fortress 2 and Team Fortress 2 Beta?

In Steam I haven't played TF2 for a while and when I loaded Steam there was an available game for download: Team Fortress 2 Beta. I know this sounds stupid...but what's the diff between the two? ...
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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 can I guarantee a hat drop?

How can I get a hat? I've been playing for ages, and haven't got a darn tootin' thing.
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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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Can I reset my TF2 statistics?

My "friend" (AKA me) wanted to have some fun, so he went onto an achievement idle server and murdered everyone several times. As a result of that, my "friend"'s statistics now show that he has earned ...
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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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What does “Leave a calling card on your victims” do?

The new update today removed all item set bonuses and made them slightly different. The wiki pages for each set's effect reads: Leave a calling card on your victims What exactly is this calling ...
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How much ammo will a Medic see on their HUD while healing a spy?

In a relatively recent update, Medics gained the ability to see how much ammo their heal target has for their currently selected weapon. This got me thinking about a medic healing/ubering a spy, ...
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Does adding pages to the spellbook do anything?

For the Halloween 2013 event, TF2 added spellbook and spellbook page items. The pages can be added to the spellbook, and the book shows what pages have been added to it. However, I have not noticed ...
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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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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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Should I fully charge my sniper shot?

Is it prudent to fully charge my sniper rifle in most cases? If an enemy gets up close, am I better off trying to scope-n-shoot, no-scope, or try some other weapon?
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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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How do I effectively use the Beggar's Bazooka?

In TF2, I was wondering how, as a soldier with a Beggar's Bazooka, you would you kill a scout effectively. Since it takes such a long time to load all three rockets, the scout usually has already ...
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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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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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Are there any other unique items in TF2 other than Top Notch?

Top Notch is an item currently existing as only a single copy, owned by Notch (of course). Are there any other limited or unique items in either TF2? ("Limited" meaning items which were only ever ...
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Are there separate body-part damage modifiers for Team Fortress 2?

I know headshots are a critical if you're a sniper, or if you're a spy using the Ambassador, because it's labeled in the weapon description. I can probably assume it is the same for any other weapon, ...
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Do map stamps take inventory space?

If I were to purchase the Map Stamps Collection, would I need eighteen inventory slots?
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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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Getting keys for starters

I have been trying to get a key for ages. I really want some items from crates. As a starter, what would be a recommended way for me to get keys quick?
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As Heavy, should I be aiming for the body or the head?

When playing as Heavy in TF2 and using the minigun, should I be going for body shots or head shots? Does the distance matter?
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What are the possible Mann Manor gifts spawn places?

So I've been playing on a couple 24/7 Mann Manor servers (I know!) to get some of the ghostchievements and scarechievements I missed from previous years. I got the pumpkin hat, the paper mask, the ...
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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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Why don't my spawned TF2 bots move?

I know how to spawn bots with the command tf_bot_add, but when I spawn the bots, they just stand there. How do I get them moving?
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How can I deal with Scouts as a Medic?

As a Medic, I find that Scouts are very hard to kill, as they spin around in circles and shoot me while I'm spinning around trying to keep up with them. How do I deal with them?
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Does buying the Orange Box grant you premium status in TF2?

If you are a free to play user of TF2 and you purchase the Orange Box, do you get premium status and the Proof of Purchase in TF2?
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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 does scrap banking mean?

I hear it all the time. They're looking for scrap? Crafting scrap? Trading scrap?
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What's the difference between Critical Hits and Mini-Crits?

In simple terms, what are the differences between Critical and Mini Critical Hits? Is it the damage multiplier, or is it just chance of getting one? Thanks.
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2fort: Sentry at the intel, or at the spawn?

Playing as an engineer on TF2's 2fort, what is the best location for my sentry? Hayroom spawn? One sentry can cover the grate, battlements and courtyard (every path to intel is blocked), and you can ...
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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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With proper aim can an Ambassador always one-shot a sniper?

I'm working on my Skullpluggery achievement for Spy. For a while I thought it was straight-forward -- just point, pause (for accuracy), and fire. Worked everytime, until lately, where my lucky streak ...
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Is there a way to retrieve a list of items which you have more than one copy?

The backpack examiner oddly doesn't do that. Is there any other site which offers that service, or maybe even an in-game interface I have somehow missed?
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How can I take out a Heavy using the Huo-Long Heater?

I was wondering if there was any way for a spy to stab a heavy who had the Huo-Long heater deployed without getting set on fire. The ring of fire seems to come out at intervals of flame no-flame, but ...
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How can I ensure a successful Degreaser + Axtinguisher combo?

Every intermediate Pyro knows the puff-and-sting technique: Ignite opponent (Optional) Airblast them to a wall or corner Hit them with the Axtinguisher ???? PROFIT! The Degreaser with its fast ...