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By Christopher Dollard

Smissmas 2014 Comes to TF2

Valve's annual Christmas celebration has arrived, and it's bringing some amazing content for almost every faction of the TF2 community.

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Advantages You Can Gain Using Sprays in Team Fortress 2

Sprays are fun player-chosen pictures you can post in Team Fortress 2, but how can you make them work for you?

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Leave Impracticality 4 Dead

If you limit yourself to only the base game, you're missing out on the hundreds of amazing mods that exist to fine-tune Left 4 Dead 2 to exactly what you may be looking for.

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Upcoming TF2 Television Series?

Recent announcements of a possible TV series set in the Team Fortress 2 universe have made waves through the community. Yes, it appears to be a real thing.

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What Happens In Orange...

Why has a mostly empty dev-textured map remained the most played custom TF2 map for over 7 years?

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Being the I in Team

One of my favorite series on YouTube is Titsonabullsteam's Realism Expert Solo runs for Left 4 Dead 2, where he beats every campaign in the game without bots, allies, or exploits. Turns out there are a lot of players who solo Valve co-op titles on the hardest difficulties.

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Other Articles

CS:GO Pros – Hacking?

Counter-Strike

Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, Simon “smn” Beck, and Gordon “Sf” Giry were all slapped with VAC bans a few days ago. What does that mean for the competitive gaming scene in CS:GO?

New Team Fortress 2 Racing Mod ‘TF2Kart’ Released

Team Fortress

Did Scream Fortress’ bumper cars get you yearning for more Team Fortress karting madness?

“InstantMuffin” from GotSticed, developer of PropHunt TNG and Arena 2.0, has released a new TF2 mod, which is all about racing up to 15 other players in frantic laps around a custom track. There are pickups which allow you to drop bananas, fire rockets at your foe or give yourself a speed boost, among other powerups. I like to time my speed boost right before a huge jump and see how much air time I can clock.

XboxAhoy’s Excellent Half-Life Retrospective

Half-Life

The popular “XboxAhoy” YouTube channel, which is a member of the Machinima.com gaming network, just uploaded an excellent retrospective video analysis that explores Valve’s success with the original Half-Life.

Written by Stuart Brown, the video analysis highlights the early influences of Half-Life, such as Quake as well as the affect that Half-Life’s release had upon the FPS in genre, including the modding scene as well as Valve’s later developments with Team Fortress, Steam and the Source engine.

If you have a spare 20 minuets, it’s well worth a watch!

PlanetPhillip Announces ‘HorrorVille’ Mapping Challenge

Half-Life

As Halloween approaches, PlanetPhillip.com has today announced a new single-player mapping challenge for Half-Life 2: Episode 2 entitled “HorrorVille”.

The challenge will run from 12:00am Friday 17th October to 12:00pm (GMT) on Monday 3rd November, lasting 17 days.

The theme is obviously horror orientated and entrants are encouraged to make their maps as creatively scary as possible. The rules also require submissions to feature at least one weapon and enemy or one puzzle scenario, using only assets from the Half-Life 2 series of games.

The winner will be decided by a public vote and all maps submitted to a decent standard will have the chance to be included in a free HorrorVille mod after the challenge ends.

HorrorVille follows PlanetPhillip.com’s series of “ville” mapping challenges and competitions which compile publicly submitted single-player maps into free mods.

For more information, check out PlanetPhillip.com’s announcement post.

5 Reasons You Should Bind a Key to Suicide in TF2

Team Fortress

Dying is almost always a bad thing in Team Fortress 2 (indeed, most shooters). You aren’t helping your team while dead, you aren’t having fun while dead, and a good many unlocks are dedicated to keeping the player or his teammates alive. Trying not to die is, for the most part, a pretty good strategy and you’ll go far with it.

DreamHack Winter 2014 CS:GO Tournament

Counter-Strike

Valve today announced a $250,000 prize pool for the DreamHack CS:GO Championship at DreamHack Winter 2014.

DreamHack takes place in Jönköping, Sweden from November 27th-29th. Why this event is so special you ask? DreamHack is the largest digital festival in the world, and lays claim to holding the world’s largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.

US Propaganda – From TF2?

Team Fortress

With what’s happening in Eastern Europe now, each side claims that the other is spinning the truth. However, the most recent development is that Russian state media claims that the US has, and continues to spread propaganda.

Valve Being Chased by the ACCC

Valve

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are issuing a lawsuit against Valve.

While Valve doesn’t have physical presence in Australia, they still serve clients and customers there. This means that they are bound to Australian law. The ASCC states that Valve has not fulfilled its requirement for mandatory customer guarantees.

Half-Life Backwarding?

Half-Life

Recently, GoldSrc speedrunner “quadrazid“, previously famous for his 20 minute Half-Life 1 speedrun, uploaded a video of what he calls “Half-Life Backwarding”, which is exactly what it is.

In the short video, quadazid attempts to make his way through various Half-Life levels such as the Hazard Course as fast as he can, but this time facing backwards.

If you thought normal Half-Life speedruns are crazy enough, then this has just taken it to a whole new level.

‘Lambda’ Fan Film Trailer Released

Half-Life

We previously covered the announcement of a new Half-Life fan film called “Lambda” a few weeks ago however the director Connor Botts just put up the official trailer, which looks pretty epic.

The story is set just prior to the events of Half-Life 2 and follows a character known as Dominic Ryan, a resistance fighter who teams up with Barney Calhoun and Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2 in an attempt to rebel the Combine forces currently dominating the Earth.

If you want to find out more information about Lambda you can read our original announcement article which contains exclusive information about the film, there is also a Combine Overwiki page for it too!

You can also follow the film’s Twitter and Facebook page for future updates.

Analyzing New Steam Account Phishing

Steam

Phishing isn’t new, and certainly not for Steam accounts. While Steam Guard has been an integral defence since the last major Steam Community upgrade, it still isn’t enough. We take a look at a new method of circumventing Steam Guard and how attackers can gain access to your account.