Robotic Boogaloo Is TF2's First Community-Created Update

Robotic Boogaloo Is TF2's First Community-Created Update

The update drops all pretense of TF2 having been an FPS at some point in its life, and simply adds 57 new hats to the popular war-themed hat simulator.

"Help, we forgot how to do our jobs! Please make a new update or else the giant iguana posing as Gabe Newell will fire us and have us escorted out by security in that order," the staff of Valve's war-themed hat simulator Team Fortress 2 reportedly begged its community members. "Fear not, incompetent Valve employees," replied a modest community member, "the community is here to save the day once again. We have but one stipulation: we will not make robot hats under any circumstances and that's final. Unless you pay us lots of money." Robotic Boogaloo, the latest free update for TF2, is 100% created by the TF2 community, and contains 57 robot hats.

"And when we say everything [is created by the community], we mean everything-the in-game content, the update hub website, the animated short, the comic, even the splash images in the Steam store," said Valve in a blog post accompanying the announcement. The 39 hats and 15 miscellaneous items are "roboticized" versions of regular TF2 hats and misc items, that will be available through a new series of "RoboCrates," only unlock-able with "RoboKeys". Robo.

Along with this, 10 new robot-related Unusual effects (which are exclusive to the new RoboCrates), 3 new action items - the Pallet of Crates (which gifts a crate to up to 23 players on a server), Random RoboKey Gift (which gifts a RoboKey to a random player on a server) and Pile of RoboKey Gifts (which gifts a RoboKey to up to 23 players on a server)- and one tool - the RoboCrate Key - were added to the game.

A new comic detailing the exploits of the 9 stupidest mercenaries in the world was also released with the update, and it's pretty good for a chuckle. "Plus, in a first for the Team Fortress economy," said Valve, "all the creators of the Robotic Boogaloo Update have decided to share the revenue earned from the sale of RoboCrate Keys. That means that everyone involved will be profiting from this update, not just the people making hats."

"This doesn't mark the end of Valve-produced TF2 updates, by the way," assured Valve, "As far as we're concerned, there's plenty of room for both to happily co-exist. We're in uncharted territory here, and it's exciting to be exploring it with you." The update is live right now, so you can go ahead and play it. Team Fortress 2 is free-to-play on PC, Linux and Mac.

Valve previously released a neat Baloonicorn plushie via its Valve store, that comes with a code to unlock the item in-game.

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Fans have been making it perfectly clear for years that they'll happily contribute to whatever fandom they're into. Valve is just smart enough to actually incorporate that into their business model, e.g. embracing modding, buying popular ideas and turning it into full games, and integrating the Steam Workshop with their games, etc, then making sure everyone gets a share of the profit. More companies should learn how to do this.

Infernal Lawyer:
Fans have been making it perfectly clear for years that they'll happily contribute to whatever fandom they're into. Valve is just smart enough to actually incorporate that into their business model, e.g. embracing modding, buying popular ideas and turning it into full games, and integrating the Steam Workshop with their games, etc, then making sure everyone gets a share of the profit. More companies should learn how to do this.

I think it would be great if they did.

That said, my money would be on people accusing that company (especially if it was EA) of just lazily using work from its customers. Valve has a sort of permanent good-will relationship with enough PC gamers for it to work for them.

I think it's been a couple months since I've played TF2 and after reading all about this new update, I still find myself with no desire to play. Do feel bad about all the awesome gear I have collecting dust in my backpack. Posted in the escapist TF group that I'd be willing to trade my TF2 items for games, especially from my Wishlist. Have like 20 Unusuals to choose from too.

This is one 57 I can't wait to get my Heinz on.

I'm downloading the update now.

Compatriot Block:
I think it would be great if they did.

That said, my money would be on people accusing that company (especially if it was EA) of just lazily using work from its customers. Valve has a sort of permanent good-will relationship with enough PC gamers for it to work for them.

I had a feeling that would be brought up, and it's a valid point. Then again, it already happens outside of actual game content: People play games and talk about them, post videos on YouTube, make fan websites with fan art/fiction, etc, which is all free advertising; people go onto user forums when they need technical support rather than busying the companies dedicated customer support.

It's like you said though, people would get mad at EA and similar companies: it would be seen as EA being happy to dick around their customers when it suits them, e.g. DRM,lying about fucking EVERYTHING in SimShitty and A:CL (made by different guys, I know, shut up) and taking down anything on the web that 'might' be breaching copyright, yet acting all nice and accommodating when they try to make their fans to all the hard work for them.

Anyway, most probably think that modding "takes the game away from the producers vision" or some other rot is enough of an excuse not to embrace the community's contribution. But that's just me demonizing the big players :P

Hate Valve all you want, but they definitely know how to keep their community engaged with such an old (and fun) game, unlike a certain company that all it wants is to keep churning out sequel after sequel.

Steven Bogos:
The update drops all pretense of TF2 having been an FPS at some point in its life, and simply adds 57 new hats to the popular war-themed hat simulator.

TF2 reintroduced me to the FPS genre after not playing any since the original DOOM. So when TF2, the most entertaining and spectacularly well-balanced FPS I've ever played, turned into a hat storefront, I was left angry and bitter and sad that I'd never again be able to play the game that I'd fallen in love with. That sentence, however, made me burst out laughing and, I think, helped me let go of all that baggage. So thank you, Mr. Bogos.

Also, that video's actually kind of cute. The game's probably still unplayable, but... such good character design.

bravetoaster:
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Hats broke the game? It's still pretty balanced as far as I can tell. Some of the newer weapons can be a pain in the ass but overall it's still the same game.

Yeah, I was rather disappointed when it turned out all this update adds is hats (and not even original ones, they're just reskins of hats already in the game)

No new weapons? nothing? This doesn't even deserve to be called a contribution, let alone an update.

DugMachine:

bravetoaster:
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Hats broke the game? It's still pretty balanced as far as I can tell. Some of the newer weapons can be a pain in the ass but overall it's still the same game.

Hats, themselves, did not break the game, no. I was excited when the first couple of updates for the game were released and new content was added. Then hats started appearing. Then more hats. And more items and hats. By the time they made it free to play and opened their hat storefront, it seemed, from my final attempts to play the game, that they'd added enough other items and weapons that anything resembling the original balance was completely gone. If you like it or still like it--I'm glad for you.

I'm glad that this update was 100% community made but I was pretty disappointed that all we got were reskins of hats that already existed. I felt there were a lot of people in the community who have made new and original ideas for the game that should have had their creations finaly get placed in the game.

Compatriot Block:
my money would be on people accusing that company (especially if it was EA) of just lazily using work from its customers. Valve has a sort of permanent good-will relationship with enough PC gamers for it to work for them.

Considering that not only is this update free, but that TF2 is also free to play, AND in cases where the content isn't free, Valve actually pays the content creators.. it would be a stretch for someone to make that claim.

I could see EA doing something like this and totally botching it.

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Electronic Arts: "NEW Player Created Battlefield 3 (TM) maps, $14.99, only on ORIGIN (TM)!"

Modder: "Excuse me, Mr. Arts? I can't help but notice that you're making an awful lot of money on the map I created that you used without my permission..."

Electronic Arts Random Customer "Service" Representative: "Hello Modder, thank you for your feedback, however we unfortunately have to remind you that all content of the Frostbyte graphics engine, all sound effects, music and game models are intellectual property of DICE and Electronic Arts. While we appreciate your enthusiasm for Battlefield 3 (TM) we cannot compensate you as you are not an employee nor an owner of any of the content used. Your account has now been permanently banned. Thank you for playing!

Have more questions/concerns? It costs only $2.00 to continue chatting with our customer help line!

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Admit it, that's pretty realistic.

More hats? and now Valve is too lazy to even make their own overpriced cosmetic DLC? hooo boy this is why I quit TF2. I think the final straw was getting votekicked from a server purely because I had no hat, because obviously anyone with out a hat is a horribad F2P scrub.

Yeah I'd be more thrilled about this if the update was more than just hats. Some new Maps for PVP maybe new tour for MVM, something new to actually play or play with. you know like weapons or gear...but no they make a big deal over... hats, which are mostly just reskins of existing hats.

This was just disappointing.

major_chaos:
More hats? and now Valve is too lazy to even make their own overpriced cosmetic DLC? hooo boy this is why I quit TF2. I think the final straw was getting votekicked from a server purely because I had no hat, because obviously anyone with out a hat is a horribad F2P scrub.

thats probably because players without hats are horribad f2-

oh.

It depends on the server, sometimes you get fun ones that dont loop 2Fort 24/7, where the Admins have just as much fun [or troll the hell out of] as the other players, and no one complains about the legit backburner.

Then you get the shit 11 year old admin servers where you cant use any other weapons than what they think is balanced [note: no weapons are 100% balanced], and are more than happy to have an entire team filled with snipers but ban you when you play defense engi.

To me, TF2 is all about the community, so what if the unwashed masses of peons dont have the glory that is the special hat you only get if you paid for the game before it went F2P [which I proudly wear with pride on all classes], if you get kicked for any reason, it should be because you are a feeding spy that cant figure out what the cloak and dagger does.

The first few hats where funny, but the it spiraled out of control with all the updates and more content.

Half the weapons are promo-weapons you get for pre-ordering a game, it's just.. too much. All the worthless crates that you got to pay for.

I stopped playing shortly after the Engineer update and I haven't really gone back since. I liked the game most just before the Engi update.

 

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