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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? Should I download the Beta version when I already have a ton of achievements on the other? Or is this just some legacy stuff that people still go back to playing to?

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The Team Fortress 2 Beta game is where the devs test changes to the game prior to rolling them out officially. It isn't intended to replace the "real" game for normal play; the rules for acquiring items are very different, for example, to facilitate testing.

More detailed information is available from the official wiki.

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As said above,

The Team Fortress 2 Beta game is where the devs test changes to the game prior to rolling them out officially. It isn't intended to replace the "real" game for normal play; the rules for acquiring items are very different, for example, to facilitate testing.

People sometimes use it as a fun mode because servers can hand out test items, or for more fair play. The last change to the beta was long, long ago.

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