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Team Fortress 2 Punishing Item Idlers, Rewarding the Rest

| 3 Sep 2009 02:12
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Did you use an external program to help yourself earn items in Team Fortress 2? Prepare to have all of those items taken away.

Earning item drops in Team Fortress 2 hasn't always been an enjoyable experience for everyone, and I'm sure we've all heard tell of folks who have been dissatisfied to the point where they'll use an external program to help earn those drops. Though some folks might argue that the use of these programs is justified and doesn't necessarily constitute cheating, Valve has decided that it's time punish these people.

"Over the next few days we'll be removing all TF2 items that were earned using external idling applications," Valve's Erik Johnson said. "We're going to adopt a zero tolerance policy for external applications used to manipulate the persistent item system."

Everyone who has used an external program in the past will have the items they got through "cheating the system" removed. In the future, if you try to pull a fast one on the game again, you'll lose all the items you have.

"Meanwhile, everyone who took the moral high road will soon be finding a new hat in their inventory," Johnson said. "We've also significantly increased the chance of finding any of the existing hats."

The new hat is a halo. Since, according to Johnson, only 4.5% of TF2 players "cheated" in the first place, well, I'll bet you're going to be seeing a whole lot of halos in TF2 from here on out. Things might get a little weird.

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