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#1 Ready Up: An Appreciation in TF2 General Discussion

Bravo Dashner.. bravo Uberchain. This was well and truly wonderful.

In the wake of this documentary, I am compelled to share my appreciation for what this game means to me and I would encourage any and all of you to do the same.

I will also be touching on the past, present and future of competitive gaming.

I have come to terms with the fact that Team Fortress 2 has been a cornerstone in my life and that it may never be replaced. The impact that it has had on my life is long-standing and the memories I have are many and fond. The players and community are unrivaled in their passion, as evidenced tonight and over the past decade.

I want to talk a little bit about why, and how TF2 came to mean so much to us as a community. Game development is an ever-evolving art. It is not concrete and there is no book with all the answers. As we know, TF2 was not designed to be a competitive game and there was no way for Valve to predict the emergence of a competitive scene within their game with as much vigor and die-hard passion as ours. At the time, it wasn't a developmental standard to have a competitive mode (or queue) baked in to a game. Professional competitive gaming was only eclipsing the horizon of real-world viability and game developers approached (sometimes too) cautiously.

We forged our own competitive community and through blood, sweat and tears, we kept the smoldering embers of competitive TF2 alive. In the face of Valve who refused to acknowledge us, we soldiered on. We accomplished incredible things. Through these accomplishments, we became a brotherhood, united by a single goal-- to keep our passion alive. To anyone who partook in our passion, they quickly became a member and so our family grew. Fostering one of the most accepting and inclusive competitive gaming communities.

Gaming has since become more mainstream. Games were once primarily developed by passionate people who just wanted to play the games they made. Now, it is a massive industry. Big enough rival the struggling film industry to attract the attention of real-world investors like Kraft and Jack In The Box. If gaming is to attract the amount of eyes necessary to maintain a fiscal relationship with large corporations, it needs be streamlined. With that, comes a cold, corporate grasp.

Enter the era of KRUSHER99 ( Small communities become large. You once knew everyone's faces but now there are too many to recognize. The quaint, down-home feel of a community-driven game that should and could have been competitive fades into obscurity.

If you are here, on this site, you are not a casual gamer. You went out of your way to seek resources to become better at a game that you enjoy. Unfortunately, what we want is no longer relevant. We want a game with a high skill ceiling and no hand holding but that is no longer marketable. The market is oversaturated with casual-friendly games. Why painstakingly learn how to aim in TF2 when I can press Q on Soldier 76 and get a downloadable play of the game? Casuals pay the bills-- and where the casuals go, the money goes.

That's enough doomsaying.

TF2 changed the course of my life. I made friendships that are still maintained because of it. I moved to Canada for three years because of it. I traveled the world because of it. I'm a game designer because of it. My life has been molded by this wonderful game and one day I will pay it forward.

What we had and continue have is special. Small, ardent communities like this will not last forever. Cherish it until its flame is snuffed.

This is to you, TF2.

posted about 3 years ago
#3 Anxiety in Off Topic

Add me on steam. I can help you.

posted about 7 years ago
#16 dorito_snapped in TF2 General Discussion

it's not an april fools joke. im out of my element, im bored fuckin yolo xd kappa hahah right bape?

posted about 7 years ago
#10 Looking to Sign a TF2 Team. in TF2 General Discussion!staff/c8bg

Your founder has a low quality selfie for his bio picture. Concern.

posted about 7 years ago
#6 How many people are crashing with the ESEA client? in TF2 General Discussion

Try removing p-rec from your custom folder if you have it installed.

posted about 7 years ago
#21 EMS One Katowice 2014 in CSGO General Discussion

vox with the throws

posted about 7 years ago
#13 UGC-HL Platinum Week 1 Power Rankings and Predictions in News

thanks a lot for this argo. great write-up, great coverage.

posted about 7 years ago
#12 LETS DO IT. 22 January. 10 EST. in TF2 General Discussion

you've piqued my interest

posted about 7 years ago
#9 Vote for your MVP in Grand Finals in TF2 General Discussion

but, seagull..


posted about 7 years ago
#5 LIRIK (really popular streamer) streaming TF2 in TF2 General Discussion

what's strange is that apparently i'm in there and several other old ginyu players are as well. so he has people aliasing as high level tf2 players in his "pro tf2 match?"

i am confuse.

posted about 7 years ago
#154 huh check that out in TF2 General Discussion

i guess we can end the thread here

posted about 7 years ago
#79 Sad Music in Off Topic

posted about 7 years ago
#3 koth_airfield in Map Discussion


posted about 7 years ago
#20 Fully Charged Episode 38 in Events

Cbear had to work late this past Wednesday.

I presume we'll be back on schedule soon.

posted about 7 years ago
#41 Noona LFT Scout Mid-High Open in Recruitment (looking for team)

this guy is wicked dedicated. solid pickup for any team.

posted about 7 years ago
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