SPOiLER ALERT: DON’T DEAD OPEN INSIDE

After Hotel Echo is overrun by junkers (survivalists) using hungries (humans infected by Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis, whose new big thing is to eat flesh, and who do so quite indiscriminately.) to batter down the fences, Sergeant Eddie Parks manages to escape with a single soldier (Kieran Gallagher, whose main motivation for enlisting was to escape the brutal overcrowding of England’s last human enclave, Beacon), two female staff members, and Test Subject Number One. At Echo, Dr. Caroline Caldwell has been studying and dissecting anomalous specimens: feral children infected by the hungry pathogen who retain higher reasoning abilities and behaviors. Helen Justineau… [Continue Reading]

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PONY ISLAND: Secretly Is Satanic

Before I say anything about PONY ISLAND, or we get to what insights Dan Mullins (the creator) had on building it, you should watch the Steam trailer: Okey-doke. From the title, you know that it’s a game about ponies… but (as you can now see) the game delights in misinforming and misleading us. “…or Treat?” Mine had been a stressful October, so when this game was recommended to me and I was told it was on sale (Steam Halloween Horror Games!), I bought it without registering more than “oh, the trailer had cool weird energy” and that it was for… [Continue Reading]

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Prof. NiceHeart’s Guide to SMG Sniper

Prof. NiceHeart was a short-lived SPUFer who got himself banned when someone realized he was an alt of Dr. EvilBrain, a prominent user who got himself banned for creating the shortest-lived itsurblog in history following the messy closure of the original. NiceHeart’s other claim to fame was being SPUF’s resident SMG-maining Sniper, and recently he set some time aside to advise others on how to improve at this oft-maligned subclass. One final note: At the time this interview was done, the Cleaner’s Carbine had these stats.  Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m Professor NiceHeart and I main Sniper for pubstomping,… [Continue Reading]

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PhlogistiCast updates: 2014 Saxxies and the fourth TF2 comic!

  Some say that one day at Valve is six years for the rest of us. Some blame this temporal distortion for the delay of certain games and DLC. Some have feared the PhlogistiCast has also defected to Valve Time. I am here to put your fears to rest. It’s not true. What proof do you need, besides two videos in one weekend?! That’s right, we’ve got two thrilling news videos up on our channel and waiting for your views! In the first I ask Nethero, esteemed SFM expert, about the 2014 Saxxy winners and his own experiences with the… [Continue Reading]

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TF2 Mods: The Next Generation

InstantMuffin recently made a buzz over on SPUF by finding evidence that an upcoming TF2 game mode may be called “Robot Destruction”. He’s also a prolific modder whose most recent claim to fame is Prop Hunt: The Next Generation, a remake of one of the most popular TF2 mods out there. Today, he took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his past work, his current happenings, and what the future may bring. 1. How did you first get into modding? I basically started writing SourceMod plugins around 2010. I usually develop desktop applications. I… [Continue Reading]

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Meet the Director

With the recent 15-minute TF2 short finally released, Source Filmmaker has been on the forefront of many SPUFers’ minds. SPUF’s preeminent videomaker, Nethero has been a longtime mainstay in the SFM community. He has a popular Youtube channel showcasing his high-quality Source Filmmaker videos, and as we learned in this interview, he’s got a lot more happening in his life than that. 1.    How did you first get into video game film-making?   Not gonna lie, it was when I saw Practical Problems by James McVee.  That video made animating looks so easy, simply for the fact that it looked just like a… [Continue Reading]

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A look at TF2 from the eyes of a new player

  Today, I chat with a close friend of mine, Dekky, who I introduced to Team Fortress 2. He’s a new player with a soft spot for shooting robots and firing rockets. We were all newbies once… How did you first hear about Team Fortress 2? Hmmm… probably from you Actually you and some other guys on the Budding Writers forum talking about it. AGES ago. Yah. That’s about all I can remember, really.. What was your first impression of the game as it loaded up and you saw the main menu? “Oooooooh, multiplayer!” Yeah. First thing I picked up on. Then… [Continue Reading]

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A Model Modeler

Chemical Alia has a long history with Team Fortress 2; one of the original winners of the Polycount Contest with her Saharan Spy set, she’s also well-known for her female TF2 models and Dota 2 item submissions. She took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us! 1. How did you first get into 3D modeling? Have you considered modeling professionally? I come from a fine art background, and I didn’t learn to model until after I graduated from college.  After that, I went to grad school to learn how to model art for video games. I’ve… [Continue Reading]

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Map Stamps and Even More Map Stamps

Today, we’ll be chatting with resident SPUFer Davjo, currently on his second account after screaming at German people. He’s been popping up on SPUF for ages and is fairly obsessed with Scouts and map stamps. In fact, Davjo is one of the few people to have worn one of the most prestigious hats around, the Philateler. Related posts: Some tips on posting successful trades on TF2 Outpost A Chat with a Fellow SPUFer How to Host Your Own SPUF Event (It’s Easy!) How to be a Model SPUFer SPUF does Competitive – 6v6 Week 1

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The Art of War

Argeon is the face of SPUF fiction and a highly visible member in the weapon balance scene. Creator of the successful “Which Weapons Need Changing?” thread and the “Write Some Moar” contests, he also takes free requests for TF2 Fiction and is one of SPUF’s most frequent posters throughout the TF2 section. Today, we got him to write a little about himself. 1. What originally got you into TF2 fiction? To be completely honest, it’s a long trip with an inspirational figure which drew me on board. It started out as a knack I had at writing stories, ever since… [Continue Reading]

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