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 tell if there is a spy on my head?

Without looking up, how can I tell if there is a spy on my head?
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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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What is the purpose of disguising yourself as your own team?

In Team Fortress 2 as the spy, when you change to your Disguise Kit, you are presented with an option to change the team you are disguised as. Why would you ever want to disguise yourself as someone ...
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What is the splash range for Jarate and Mad Milk?

The wiki doesn't seem to have much on the two splash weapons in game, Mad Milk and Jarate, in terms of splash radius. What's the splash radius on these two weapons in terms of units? Is the splash ...
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What is a good strategy to deal with lots of engineers turtling on the other team?

Now that the Engineer update has come, there will be lots of Engineers building up everywhere. How should this best be handled?
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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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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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How do I determine what my TF2 items are worth?

As someone who doesn't play Team Fortress 2, I occasionally get people asking me to trade, but I have no idea what's a "fair" price for these items. I don't really get this whole trading thing (I've ...
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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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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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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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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 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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When is it a good idea to punch people?

As a Heavy, I have in my posession what is arguably the most powerful close-range weapon in the game. One that can shred through an enemy in fractions of a second. I am also in posession of the ...
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What is it about TF2 and hats?

I see in a lot of posts talk about Team Fortress 2 and hats, what is that about? What is so special about hats in that game?
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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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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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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 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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How do you avoid bumping into players as a spy?

Every now and then when playing TF2, I see a spy who seems to be able to stand right in the middle of a small group of enemies, whether in disguise or in stealth, and doesn't seem to have any problems ...
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Of what use is the Heavy dropping a sandwich?

Recently I've accidentally discovered that you can Right-Click to drop a sandwich (Heavy's 2nd weapon), but then I can't pick it up again. Anyone know what's the point of dropping the sandwich apart ...
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What are the vintage items?

In playing Team Fortress 2 after the most recent update I've noticed a lot of "Vintage" items. What's different about these items? How can I acquire more?
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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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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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Bonus points (specifically) and how to get them

Is there a comprehensive list of ways to earn bonus points in TF2? I have seen here and there one way to do it with this class or the other, but there seems to be no complete list that I've found. ...
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What is the technique for effective rocket jumping?

Rocket jumping seems to be one of the most important techniques in the Soldier's arsenal. How is a "good" rocket jump performed?
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When does the weekly drop count reset?

Ever since the weekly drop limits went into place, I only get a few items a week. What is the exact time each week the drop count resets?
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How to restore TF2 item server connection?

Occasionally I will get a message from TF2 about being unable to connect to the item server, and I will be stuck with a pure stock loadout. What is strange is everyone else on the same server will ...
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What are the advantages of using the Huntsman?

I have recently acquired the Huntsman when playing as a sniper and I have been wondering why should I use it in Team Fortress 2, other than completing some Achievements.
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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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What is Mann-Up Mode?

The Mann vs. Machine update for Team Fortress 2 has revealed something called "Mann-Up" mode, which plays the new maps on official Valve servers, and requires a "Tour of Duty" ticket. However, the ...
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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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Which classes and what moves allow for higher jumping than normal?

For Team Fortress 2, which classes and what moves/weapon loadouts/ allow for higher jumping? I know of the most basic, rocket jumping, but can other classes do something similar?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 is the appropriate ratio of medics?

What is the appropriate ratio of Medics to team size for most non-pro games? I'm fairly sure one medic in twelve players isn't effective.
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What are effective roles for each class in Mann vs Machine?

Having played a few rounds of MvM with a Heavy, I decided to try out some of the other classes. Reading that Snipers can charge up the headshot and take out the bigger guys, I think - what the heck, ...
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Do AFK players earn items?

In game, I see a lot of AFK (away from keyboard) players. Does being AFK allow you to get items from the item drop system?
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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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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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Instant weapon change

When I play Team Fortress 2 and want to switch weapons I have to select one using my the keyboard's number keys (1, 2, 3, ...) and press fire button on the mouse to switch to that weapon. ...
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Are there disadvantages to activating auto-reload in TF2?

In Team Fortress 2, there is an option to automatically reload your weapon as soon as you stop firing. Furthermore, reloading can be interrupted by firing, and (except for the Force-a-Nature) ...
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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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How do you properly sticky jump?

I've taken a sticky jumper for a test run from the store as I have to admit I'm not really good at sticky jumping. (It also makes a great combo with the pain train for back capping purposes.) What I ...
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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?