Valve and NECA recently revealed two all-new "Team Fortress 2" action figures modeled after Demoman and Pyro. Both figures are available now from several retailers, including Valve's own online store. Details and more photos after the break! Read More...

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Members of SteamRep -- "a non-profit site that partners with community administrators to improve the safety of game-related trading" -- have uncovered what they believe to be organized fraud in "Team Fortress 2", Valve Software's massively popular, team-based FPS.

After conducting lengthy and detailed research, user base64 alleges that a group of Russian gamers are using stolen credit card numbers to buy and trade in-game items, and then selling those virtual items for real-world cash, often at a loss.
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On August 15 (that’s tomorrow!), Valve will be introducing a new cooperative mode to Team Fortress 2: Mann vs. Machine, a Horde variant that pits six players against waves of robotic doppelgangers intent on bombing Mann Co. facilities to smithereens.

Dubbed the Gray Horde, the robot menace mostly consists of regular robot foot soldiers that carry regular weaponry dragging around huge bombs designed to level munitions warehouses. Your job is pretty straightforward, according to Valve’s TF2 blog: “It’s up to you to stop them. And it’s up to a small cadre of Special Robots to stop you from stopping the regular robots.”

By and large, Mann vs. Machine doesn’t seem to stray too far from the Horde mechanics popularized by games like Gears of War 2: players earn cash by destroying robots, which can be used to upgrade weapons and equipment between rounds. Survive every round for even more loot.

For a somewhat absurdist account of Mann Co.’s backstory, Valve has helpfully provided some comic strips to get you squared away. And if you simply cannot wait another 24 hours to figure what our merry mercenaries are up against, here’s a rundown of the rather prosaically named Special Robots.

It’s worth noting that this marks the first time Valve has had to write enemy AI for a Team Fortress game. More importantly, there may be some sweet metallic hats in the offering.

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If you believe in magic, you should watch this new trailer. Plus, what are Valve and Adult Swim cooking up together.
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Valve's countdown to their "Meet the Pyro" video goes gun crazy with hot new weapons for four of the game's classes.
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As Valve prepares to release their final Meet the Team short for Team Fortress 2 on Wednesday, "Meet the Pyro," they're unleashing a set of updates to the free-to-play shooter featuring all-new content. Dubbed "Pyromania," the first update went live yesterday.

More details about Doomsday, the latest TF2 update after the jump.
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The cross-over has long been a staple of prime time TV programming. The Jetsons went back in time to visit The Flintstones, Jay Sherman came to Springfield for a film festival and there was probably some episode where "Gray's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" came together that I never saw. Cross-overs in video games are more rare, usually just existing in two games from the same company. Valve has done this a bunch with Black Mesa references in "Portal," but they're also willing to bring other companies into the fold, thanks to "Team Fortress 2." The game's many updates have added items from games like "Skyrim" and "Monday Night Combat."

The latest non-Valve cross-over is promoting "Deus Ex: Human Revolution," which releases next week. The update adds eight new items, including some new guns and cosmetic options. Diligent "TF2" fans can access these guns for free through standard drops and trading, but the less patient can pre-order "Deus Ex" on Steam for instant access to them.

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When Valve announced that team-based shooter "Team Fortress 2" was going the free-to-play route, it opened the game up to a flood of new players. If you never purchased the retail version of the game, this sounded like a pretty darn good deal, but for some veteran "TF2" players, they consider it a real headache. In an attempt to stop less-experienced newcomers from flooding their matches, some server hosts have turned to a new mod that actually kicks out those who received the game gratis.

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It seems like everything is going free-to-play these days. Earlier this week, Valve hinted that they were working on a free-to-play title, and I was convinced it was "Defense of the Ancients 2." While I'm still not ruling that game out as "freemium," it looks like Valve had something else up their sleeve all along. The developer had already announced a free week, allowing everyone to check out "Team Fortress 2." Now, the company has announced that the team-based shooter will stay free, forever.

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The tsunami in Japan is one of the worst natural disasters that most of us have seen in our lifetimes. As is often the case with a highly publicized tragedy such as this, there is a silver lining to be found in the mass outpouring of sympathy and support that have followed in the wake of the disaster. We saw it in evidence last week with an "EVE Online" donations campaign and we're seeing it again today with another charity-raising move from the fine folks at Valve Corporation.

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