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Free Team Fortress 2 Update Coming Thursday

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Tomorrow at 11 am PST all PC versions of Team Fortress 2, the class-based multiplayer action game named PC Game of the Year by Gamespy.com, will receive its largest update since the product was first made available on October 10, 2007, as part of Valve's best-selling Orange Box compilation. The free update includes global optimizations for networking, graphics, and player statistics, plus improvements to Source TV for tournament viewing. In addition, this update introduces the "Badlands," a new map that pushes control-point gameplay onto vertical landscapes. Click here for the full change list.

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here is the full update list:

Team Fortress 2 Update

Source Engine

* Refactored how lightmaps are downloaded to the graphics card at level load. On some hardware configurations this can lower level load times significantly
* Optimized some particle systems to improve performance on some hardware configurations
* Player stats are now sent up as they change, rather than when the player dies
* Improved playback of sub-frame sounds
* Fixed a crash caused by alt-tabs during map load
* Eliminated unnecessary temporary memory allocation in scenefilecache


Team Fortress 2

* Badlands released
Changes to Dustbowl
+ Added a new access point to the stage2 attacker gates (drop-down left from spawn), allowing attackers a way to reach the left route without being subjected to the spam and sentry gun fire
+ Fixed a gap in stage 3, cap 1 that allowed a player with to wiggle above the "ceiling" clip
+ Fixed a gap behind stage 1, cap 1 house
+ Fixed a high perch on stage1 cap1 house roof
+ Fixed a perch offering view of nodraw textures and the skybox (stage1 cap2 rock barrier)
+ Fixed a few places where rockets/demoman pipes could pass through non-solid models
+ Sealed up a gap over stage1 lower startgate
+ Clipped off tall windows in stage 3 to prevent sentry guns from behind built behind them

Changes to Capture the Flag Well
+ Fixed trains not starting on map spawn
+ Removed cap association from red spawns that were spamming console


Changes to Granary
+ Removed spawn timing advantage from the middle (from -3 to 0)
+ Fixed several model perch exploits (red, blue cp1 gate and blue cp2 gate pipe)
+ Fixed a few places where players could get stuck between containers and silos
+ Adjusted playerclips on red container that made it appear like players were floating

+ Added a small delay (200 ms) before a zoomed sniper shot can get a critical hit
+ Added server side convar mp_fadetoblack. Same functionality as Counter-Strike, used mainly during in-person tournaments and LAN events
+ Added flamethrower "sizzle" sound when the Pyro is hitting a target
+ Updated explosion debris to be a bit darker
+ Fixed idle players not being kicked from the server if mp_allowspectators was set to 0
+ Added ctf_well to the default mapcycle.txt file
+ Added ctf_well to the default motd.txt file
+ Fixed floor tile material type
+ Fixed some weapon damage info missing from TF2 game stats
+ Made some small changes to the Demoman viewmodel that were causing performance problems
+ Added exec'ing a .cfg file on the client when you select a class to play.
+ Added a new timer to the HUD to show the value of mp_timelimit. This is useful if you're playing a timed match on 2Fort, where you only set a timelimit on the server and no other win conditions.
+ Added server log entry for buildings destroyed by their owner
+ Fixed sentry gun shadows being clipped
+ Updated glass material


SourceTV
+ SourceTV now uses a hidden slot on the game server. This allows for 24 player servers to also have a SourceTV proxy connected to it
+ Fixed Pyro's flamethrower flames not showing up in SourceTV
 
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hell yeah, time for me to play some tf2
 

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Ya! Badlands sounds good.
 
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Sweet Im gonna have me some fun in TF2 after work. Probably one of the most entertaining and fun multiplayer FPSs out there.
 
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it broke a couple of the servers i play on.. the reserve slots (not just mine) were broken as well as the ablilty of > 24 man matches on the servers.

i didnt get to hear the sizzle when i set someone on fire....." I AM ON FIRE"
 
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we should get a game going later tonight