Hydro Servers are back!

Valve has added Hydro servers back into Quickplay! You can find them under the new “Alternative” tab, where it shares space with Special Delivery and Player Destruction. tc_hydro has always been the least-loved of the original 6 maps, completely ignored by everybody everywhere, even on console where there are ONLY 6 maps to choose from! Whenever I play (indeed, when I went on and played it today) I found myself turning my brain off and just farming defensive Kritzkrieg Ubers because any serious attempt to end the round is going to be met with frustrating and repetitive failure. I would LOVE if… [Continue Reading]

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What’s the point of Quick Play?

What’s the point of Quick Play? It’s stupid. It’s ruined community servers, it’s strangled community content and it DOESN’T EVEN WORK CORRECTLY. It’s simply not worth using. And I’m going to give you a bunch more reasons why you shouldn’t bother touching Quickplay. use the Server Browser. It’s way better. Here’s why. VS 1. More options. The Server Browser has way more options than Quickplay. Quickplay’s options are all hidden behind a little button, that you have to click. The Server Browser though displays all the settings that a server currently has: number of players, map, server tags (which tells you… [Continue Reading]

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First Look at Recent Changes to QuickPlay

Perhaps one of the smallest and yet most influential changes that Valve has made to the game was not too recently ago, summed up by one small note at the top of the patch notes: – Add quickplay option to only connect to official Valve servers This change was subject to much heated controversy, spawning several rapid threads about the topic on SPUF, Reddit, the HLDS mailing list, and other such communities. It also reflected growing divisions between important parts of the community, as server owners protested a change that would deprive them of a major source of traffic and… [Continue Reading]

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A Change To Quickplay

So, in the Team Fortress 2 update on the 23rd of January, something changed. Quickplay changed. Other stuff changed too, of course, because that’s what happens in updates. But this Quickplay change was important. It goes to show that Valve might actually be listening. I’m talking about the Official Servers checkbox. And other stuff. Related posts: No related posts.

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