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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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 are the typical nest placements of Yukon?

I've been trying to play on Yukon, but I haven't had much luck yet in joining a team that didn't get steamrolled by the other team. Large areas full of rocks and other nasty things, many small tight ...
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Should I sneak before stabbing?

The following graph is representative of my experience when playing spy in Team Fortress 2. In English, sometimes when I play spy I notice some people seem distracted (say, a demo or a heavy ...
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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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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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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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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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Can you manually change your health as a disguised spy?

I just got the Dead Ringer, and one of its effects is that you cannot cloak on demand. What I like to do to get behind enemy lines and start backstabbing my way forward is to run screaming medic, in ...
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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 to reach the area right outside BLU's final spawn point in Barnblitz as a RED spy?

I've had multiple times my teleport entrances sapped when I built them on BLU's final spawn point, but when I play spy, there's no obvious way to get there, so I have to resort to the revolvers. While ...
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What do people mean when they say “Craftable Hat”

When someone says "Trading x for a craftable hat" (generally comes in the form of "Trading one refined per craftable hat), what exactly is it that they mean?
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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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Does the Powerjack give you health when you kill enemies with the flamethrower?

Does the Powerjack give you health when you kill enemies with the flamethrower? The description isn't very clear.
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Does an ÜberCharge last longer if the patient is taking damage?

We know that there are a few rules about the rate you build an ÜberCharge at, such as: You build ÜberCharge faster if the patient isn't fully overhealed. You build ÜberCharge faster if the patient ...
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Is there a way to increase the number of items displayed in the kill feed?

So I'm getting a little tired of seeing my reflect multi-kills being quickly dequeued by other players' kills and even revenges/dominations I attain, like this revenge kill out of 4 kills in total: ...
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Does crouching improve accuracy with most ranged weapons?

In many FPSes one can crouch to improve accuracy, in TF2 it's not clear if crouching improves accuracy. Does crouching improve accuracy for any of the classes? What about a spy's pistol? What about ...
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How do I play successfully as a medic?

I keep dying as a medic. I don't run directly into the battle, I just stay behind my allies, but I'll still die before I can deploy an Übercharge. Do you have any tips for me? How should I defend ...
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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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How can I bind keys in Team Fortress 2? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to map keys in Half Life 2/Team Fortress? How can I bind keys in Team Fortress 2? I tried to Google it, but I can't find any results I can understand (because I am ...
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How can I improve my accuracy?

If I play a class, such as scout, I often have times where I was right next to an enemy medic, at point blank, but I miss completely and get killed. At times like this I feel I am not credit to team. ...
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How can I be a good combat engineer?

After reading C4Cyphers post here I've been wondering. I need some tips on how To use all my tools effectively Kill, don't die Which weapon which situation? VS Class etc. Simply put, How can I ...
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Pyro Tactics and Tips? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the secret to playing Pyro? Jump into pub. Select Pyro. Die. Die. DIE. I would like to know as many tips as possible for playing Pyro, I'm decent with every ...
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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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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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TF2 - Shotgun vs Sandvich

I was wondering which one is the better choice for certain situations. Sandvich can heal me, but Shotgun is an able backup. Which one?
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How wide is the arc which the Spy can perform a backstab?

Can anyone provide facts or stats on how wide at the back of an enemy player which a Spy can perform a successful backstab? Personally, I manage to inflict one at the side (90 deg, side-stab?).
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What does the “Enable Glow Effect” checkbox do?

I'm about to render a replay, and amongst the advanced options in the modal dialog there is a checkbox to "Enable Glow Effect". What is this, and what effects will it have on my replay if I enable ...
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How can my friend and I play TF2 against bots?

How can I setup TF2 so that two players (myself and someone inexperienced with FPS) can both play in a map against bots, but not people. I guess I need to hunt through the internet list trying to ...
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TF2 map download hanging

I'm not sure if anybody else has had this issue, but I've noticed lately that I seem to be having problems downloading custom maps while TF2 is loading. Case in point, yesterday I tried to join a ...
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How do I execute well-timed taunt kills?

I want to know if TF2 taunt kills can be done during the heat of battle. I have looked it up TF2 wiki but I cannot find anything satisfactory. The closest thing is a YT demo of a Scout stunning a ...
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How to avoid the bug when you cannot join either team - class change and team change keys not working

Sometimes during the map restart, when there are many people joining blue or red team, I usually meet the bug when I choose a team to join, but it fails (due to too uneven number of players probably), ...
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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 ...