Team Fortress 2 Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me

Posted by ThatFrood (3360 posts) -

 And I don't even play TF2.
 
So for those of you who don't know (I don't know how you wouldn't but regardless), within the game Team Fortress 2 there is an intricate hat and item trading system. It was deployed several updates ago, it was called the "Mann-conomy" update.
What this allowed players to do was trade items that they had gained while playing TF2, or items they had crafted, or items that they had gained via special means. I'm told that hats are a big deal in TF2, and I believe it. Rarely, it seems, these days that a major game is released on Steam without some sort of TF2 items tied into its preorder. Homefront, Rift, Poker Night...
 
and Shogun 2.
 
With a preorder of Shogun 2 came 4 hats and 4 items. And some sort of noise maker thing. The game itself cost 50 dollars.


However, in reality, it only cost 30 dollars.
 
Yes, you are reading that correctly, 30 dollars. For a game that released yesterday.
How is this possible?
Team Fortress 2, my friends. The Team Fortress 2 community pretty much actively subsidizes pc gamers and their developers.
Yes, if you've done the math already, I sold those hats. I sold them for 20 dollars.
 
It wasn't hard either! It wasn't sleazy. I literally just launched tf2 and put my items up for sale. I don't play TF2, so what the fuck do I care? I sold all of it. I sold it for 20 dollars.
The developer gets 50 dollars, the consumer pays 30, and the TF2 community foots the rest of the bill. Supply Demand. TF2 hats are some of the most mystical, incomprehensible objects known to man.
 
In fairness, the game was bought as a gift, and if you're reading this brevman, thank you again! I was sure to send that 20 bucks to him, so really he's the one that benefited from this. But still, this revelation is pretty shocking to me. I play a lot of games that others don't. Games like Shogun 2. And now, as long as the fish are biting, I have a pretty fair chance of paying a lot less for them. Thank you, Team Fortress 2, truly, you are the greatest hat trading simulator known to man.
#1 Edited by ThatFrood (3360 posts) -

 And I don't even play TF2.
 
So for those of you who don't know (I don't know how you wouldn't but regardless), within the game Team Fortress 2 there is an intricate hat and item trading system. It was deployed several updates ago, it was called the "Mann-conomy" update.
What this allowed players to do was trade items that they had gained while playing TF2, or items they had crafted, or items that they had gained via special means. I'm told that hats are a big deal in TF2, and I believe it. Rarely, it seems, these days that a major game is released on Steam without some sort of TF2 items tied into its preorder. Homefront, Rift, Poker Night...
 
and Shogun 2.
 
With a preorder of Shogun 2 came 4 hats and 4 items. And some sort of noise maker thing. The game itself cost 50 dollars.


However, in reality, it only cost 30 dollars.
 
Yes, you are reading that correctly, 30 dollars. For a game that released yesterday.
How is this possible?
Team Fortress 2, my friends. The Team Fortress 2 community pretty much actively subsidizes pc gamers and their developers.
Yes, if you've done the math already, I sold those hats. I sold them for 20 dollars.
 
It wasn't hard either! It wasn't sleazy. I literally just launched tf2 and put my items up for sale. I don't play TF2, so what the fuck do I care? I sold all of it. I sold it for 20 dollars.
The developer gets 50 dollars, the consumer pays 30, and the TF2 community foots the rest of the bill. Supply Demand. TF2 hats are some of the most mystical, incomprehensible objects known to man.
 
In fairness, the game was bought as a gift, and if you're reading this brevman, thank you again! I was sure to send that 20 bucks to him, so really he's the one that benefited from this. But still, this revelation is pretty shocking to me. I play a lot of games that others don't. Games like Shogun 2. And now, as long as the fish are biting, I have a pretty fair chance of paying a lot less for them. Thank you, Team Fortress 2, truly, you are the greatest hat trading simulator known to man.
#2 Posted by Zithe (1045 posts) -

Wow, really? I haven't played TF2 in a long while and I had no idea you could sell items to other players for real cash. Is that built in to the game UI or did you have to exchange information yourselves?

#3 Edited by ThatFrood (3360 posts) -
@Zithe said:

" Wow, really? I haven't played TF2 in a long while and I had no idea you could sell items to other players for real cash. Is that built in to the game UI or did you have to exchange information yourselves? "

Bang!
The actual trading is in game.
that's just one of the many sites, it's the one whose user interface I liked most.
#4 Posted by AURON570 (1666 posts) -

the prices for hats are ridiculous, i don't understand it. 1 piece of in-game equipment which does nothing other than change the appearance slightly for ~$10? ugh...

#5 Posted by JoyfullOFrockets (1175 posts) -

You swindler you.

#6 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

This game costs $25 over here. It was sold out when I was gonna pick it up though :< 
 
You paid $25 for virtual cosmetic items that you sold for 20. How does this make you feel?

#7 Posted by Mikemcn (6875 posts) -

WHAT?! THATS INSANE!  
 
I should try this... I kinda want to keep the samurai sword though. 

#8 Edited by ThatFrood (3360 posts) -
@Jack268 said:

" This game costs $25 over here. It was sold out when I was gonna pick it up though :<  You paid $25 for virtual cosmetic items that you sold for 20. How does this make you feel? "

Really? Daaaamn, where do you live?
It stills makes me feel pretty good, all said though.
 
And I don't mean to suggest that you'll get something as ridiculous as 40% off every pc game that comes with tf2 items every time, I get the feeling that the sheer quantity and uniqueness of the Shogun items played a part in their pricing, and I got a bit lucky in finding a buyer, but still, if 20 dollars didn't work I have no doubt I could have sold them for 10. 
 
So basically, don't care a wink about tf2 items? Think of them as a... rebate for your purchase. Courtesy of the TF2 community.
#9 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -
@ThatFrood said:
" @Jack268 said:

" This game costs $25 over here. It was sold out when I was gonna pick it up though :<  You paid $25 for virtual cosmetic items that you sold for 20. How does this make you feel? "

Really? Daaaamn, where do you live? It stills makes me feel pretty good, all said though.  And I don't mean to suggest that you'll get something as ridiculous as 40% off every pc game that comes with tf2 items every time, I get the feeling that the sheer quantity and uniqueness of the Shogun items played a part in their pricing, and I got a bit lucky in finding a buyer, but still, if 20 dollars didn't work I have no doubt I could have sold them for 10.   So basically, don't care a wink about tf2 items? Think of them as a... rebate for your purchase. Courtesy of the TF2 community. "
I'm in Sweden, and I was pretty surprised by the price too. And yeah, TF2 items are serious shit. I've seen unusuals sold for over $500. It's crazy.
#10 Posted by audiosnag (1604 posts) -

You so crafty

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