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Valve fix Team Fortress 2's most powerful exploit: items_game.txt

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Valve fix Team Fortress 2's most powerful exploit: items_game.txt

items_games.txt is the bank vault of Team Fortress 2 files - the place where the names, stats and limitations of the hats and weapons in one of the best PC first-person shooters are stored. It was cracked months ago by users on the TF2 subreddit, and Valve have patched up resulting exploits as they’ve emerged. But it's only with this week’s update that the dev team finally appear to have plugged the source of the problem.

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Valve announce the 2014 Saxxy Award winners (they're all TF2 shorts)

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Valve announce the 2014 Saxxy Award winners (they're all TF2 shorts)

The fourth annual Saxxy Awards promised a more varied line-up than we’ve been used to, thanks to the release of Left 4 Dead and Portal assets to Source Filmmakers. Which makes it all the more surprising to see TF2 creations claim every top spot in the competition. We’ll be waiting til next year to see the fruits of that change.

There’s no faulting the victors for quality, though. The creator of this year’s winning short did a canny thing - made a film that said something about the lives of Valve animators. Take a look.

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The 2014 Saxxy Awards are live; will be the "biggest Saxxys yet"

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The 2014 Saxxy Awards are live; will be the "biggest Saxxys yet"

It’s that time of year again. The time where players of Team Fortress 2 put aside their arbitrary differences for some creative filmmaking brilliance. There are categories for short, action, comedy and drama this year. Videos are already being submitted to the competition, and we’ll have the nominees on Tuesday next week.

For the time being, lets take a look at last year’s best overall winner. The bar is set extremely high.

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Team Fortress 2's first community-made merchandise goes on sale

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Team Fortress 2's first community-made merchandise goes on sale

Less than a month ago, Valve dissolved the boundaries of the Team Fortress 2 Workshop. Formerly the preserve of intangible weapons and menswear for the discerning in-game avatar, the Workshop now hosts designs for physical merchandise - the best of which have already been cherry-picked for production by Valve’s partners in their new venture, WeLoveFine.

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Valve launch new Team Fortress maps and Robot Destruction mode in 'Early Access'

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Valve launch new Team Fortress maps and Robot Destruction mode in 'Early Access'

There were no Heavy-humour comics or cartoons to trumpet its arrival, but yesterday’s Team Fortress 2 update was its most important in quite some time. Though the TF2 community long ago became accustomed to helping in the development of their favourite game, this patch was the first in which Valve were comfortable releasing unfinished maps and modes.

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Mystery Team Fortress 2 update incoming, initiate SUSPENSE

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Mystery Team Fortress 2 update incoming, initiate SUSPENSE

If there's one thing Valve are good at, and they are good at a great many things, it's big-ass countdown clocks. Giant-butt timers that wind down to a mysterious and unknowable finale. They've whacked a fresh clock up on the Team Fortress 2 website, one that at the time of discovery had less than 24 hours left on it, that suggests a new update to Valve's free-to-play shooter is incoming.

An ARG we were supposed to have picked up on a few weeks ago, perhaps? Did we miss a clue somewhere along the line? So mysterious, so imminent.

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Valve are still pushing updates for Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

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Valve are still pushing updates for Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch

We can sit here until Half-Life 3 is released talking about why PC gaming is great, but one of its winning qualities is almost certainly long-term support. Games that have long been forgotten in the mainstream are still being tweaked and perfected by developers in service of these games’ still notable communities. 

Valve is, naturally, at the forefront of this kind of activity. This week it has patched the Source Engine to provide tweaks to games like Counter-Strike: Source, a game that first game out when dinosaurs still ruled the earth. 

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Team Fortress 2 update renders Quickplay more reliably quick and play-full

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Team Fortress 2 update renders Quickplay more reliably quick and play-full

Team Fortress 2, the competitive, multiplayer first-person shooter from Valve Software, has been updated - or ‘patched’. Users of Valve’s storefront and games house, Steam, will find that new files will seep unsolicited into their version of the game - changing it in scores of small and surprising ways.

Surprising, that is, unless you have the patch notes. Which we do.

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Dota 2 works on Steam controller but pro play is “not really the goal”

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Dota 2 works on Steam controller but pro play is “not really the goal”

Valve’s Steam controller is still in development but the team are hard at work finetuning it to their biggest game, Dota 2. The MOBA “is a really complex game that uses a good half of the keyboard," Valve's Jeff Bellinghausen told Polygon. "And it's a real challenge, but would also be really exciting. To be able to play Dota from the couch is a really neat opportunity."

Even when it’s up to scratch, though, Valve don’t expect it to be used by the pro players. “We're thinking we'll get 90 percent of the way there."

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Necromedic: healing transcends death in Team Fortress 2's Mann vs Machine Two Cities update

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Necromedic: healing transcends death in Team Fortress 2's Mann vs Machine Two Cities update

The Heavy and Medic have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for as long as anybody can remember - but as their opponents well know, once one half fails, the other is left sudden vulnerable.

Like all other threats to their marriage though, even death has now been overcome, for the purposes of Valve’s trying Mann vs Machine co-operative mode. The medic can now reassemble the pieces of his fallen teammates and bring them back to life, in the grandest of ancient Egyptian traditions. Observe.

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Cast your vote for the Saxxy Awards

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Cast your vote for the Saxxy Awards

It’s time for the biggest, glitziest, most glamorous awards ceremony of the year. The Third Annual Saxxy Awards only offers out hunky gold statues to the very best collection of moving images, as judged by a demanding panel of film critics and movie connoisseurs. Are you one of those? Then you’d best start voting.

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The Mannhattan Project: Team Fortress 2 Two Cities update relocates Mann vs Machine to New York

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The Mannhattan Project: Team Fortress 2 Two Cities update relocates Mann vs Machine to New York

Here’s your bi-annual update on where TF2’s Mann vs Machine mode’s at: it goes on. The menn cannot be reconciled with their better-bolted counterparts, and so one continues to shoot waves of the other until death comes, and all parties are sent back to the start.

So it will go on, but in different neighbourhoods. In the first half of Valve’s Two Cities update, the mercs will be shipped from the familiar brown gravel pits of the Badlands to Mannhattan, where they’ll defend the manufacturing arm of Saxton Hale's boutique Mhankö line.

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"We do not agree with the Attorney General’s account of the Bitcoin incident" - ESEA

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"We do not agree with the Attorney General’s account of the Bitcoin incident" - ESEA

The ESEA have spent the last decade hosting eSports tournaments and selling their server client - an anti-cheating measure used in games of Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2 and Team Fortress 2. But the state of New Jersey fined the company this week for launching an ill-advised, clandestine side business in commandeering their users’ graphics cards to farm bitcoins.

The ESEA, however, have been in contact to tell us that the press release issued by the state yesterday represented a “deep misunderstanding" of what went on in April.

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Valve concoct Collector's Items, several new chemistry sets for Team Fortress 2

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Valve concoct Collector's Items, several new chemistry sets for Team Fortress 2

After umpteen seasons of Breaking Bad and a couple of years of schooling you might erroneously think you know chemistry. But step back from the periodic table and you’ll realise it’s the shape of a dirty great red herring - a labyrinthine maze of colour-coded lies designed to ward off all but True Chemists. In their first A-Level chemistry lesson pupils are sworn to secrecy, before they're taught of the existence of special chemistry sets - simple paradigms for the creation of highly-powered or visually-striking objects.

It’s these formulae, more akin to magic than anything laypeople understand to be science, that freedom of information activists Valve attempt to smuggle into Team Fortress 2. They’ve secreted a new series of sets into the game this week, and enlightened the world at large as to the existence of what master chemists call ‘Collector’s items’.

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