Valve and You: The TF2 Update

I have always thought of Valve as the "White Knight" of gaming society, always bringing out new and original games. Most recent of these is Left 4 Dead, their co-op zombie survival shooter. As with all their games it was well put together and interesting and fun to play. But I have found this strange OCDish thing that Valve almost always does. I call it SYFS, this stands for Shoot Yourself in the Foot Syndrome. So this basically means they make a near perfect game, with a near perfect formula. Then touch the game with eager updating fingers and the whole thing bursts into flames.

Now there has been a lot of information going around regarding the recent "Spy vs Sniper" update. Most of this is in relation to the new "item drop" system. After a few days of playing through this I have a couple of things to say about it. The first being it is a perfect example of SYFS, sure not everyone liked the old system but at least you knew what you were getting. Now having random drops it usually is just something that you already have. I myself have gotten 2 flare guns (I already had one), 2 backburners (again, already had one) and finally a dead ringer which is useless anyway. I originally thought that it would be awesome but then after trying it out I realised two things.

  1. It replaces your normal cloak
  2. A spy check from a Pyro or Heavy is going to kill you regardless of the supposedly neat little gadget

I remember the same sort of thing with Left 4 Dead, the melee cooldown. At least I could live with that though.

And so ends my rant at Valve and their phsycological condition.

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Posted by SL33TBL1ND

I have always thought of Valve as the "White Knight" of gaming society, always bringing out new and original games. Most recent of these is Left 4 Dead, their co-op zombie survival shooter. As with all their games it was well put together and interesting and fun to play. But I have found this strange OCDish thing that Valve almost always does. I call it SYFS, this stands for Shoot Yourself in the Foot Syndrome. So this basically means they make a near perfect game, with a near perfect formula. Then touch the game with eager updating fingers and the whole thing bursts into flames.

Now there has been a lot of information going around regarding the recent "Spy vs Sniper" update. Most of this is in relation to the new "item drop" system. After a few days of playing through this I have a couple of things to say about it. The first being it is a perfect example of SYFS, sure not everyone liked the old system but at least you knew what you were getting. Now having random drops it usually is just something that you already have. I myself have gotten 2 flare guns (I already had one), 2 backburners (again, already had one) and finally a dead ringer which is useless anyway. I originally thought that it would be awesome but then after trying it out I realised two things.

  1. It replaces your normal cloak
  2. A spy check from a Pyro or Heavy is going to kill you regardless of the supposedly neat little gadget

I remember the same sort of thing with Left 4 Dead, the melee cooldown. At least I could live with that though.

And so ends my rant at Valve and their phsycological condition.

Posted by Ferginator4k

Great to see you back on Giant Bomb SL33T,
Intresting post and i mostly agree with you except for the part about the dead ringer.

But you already know my opinions on that.

Posted by SL33TBL1ND

Yes, well you don't play on servers that have constant spy checkers. But yeah, I don't think I'll be on all that often. But I'll see what I can do.

Posted by RandomHero666

I've only played on 360.. please fill me in(not literally) on what the hell these things are: "flare gun", "back burner", and "dead ringer"

Posted by Hamz
@RandomHero666: Unlockable items for the updated classes in the game, console version of TF2 have not received any of these yet. They are mean't too at somepoint in the future.

Personally in regards to the OP's comments I agree that the random loot system is flawed and causes more grief for new and old players now than the achievement system did. As for the deadringer I haven't had the pleasure of it dropping for me yet.

I now have 6 flareguns, 2 FANs, 2 Backburners, 3 Huntsman (3 drops in a row ffs), 2 Axetinguishers, 2 Blutsaugers. Ridiculous decision to change the way items are unlocked if you ask me.