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Team Fortress 2 Free to Play

Posted by on 14/07/2011

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This may be old news to regular steam users but as of 24th June 2011 Team Fortress 2 was changed to  free-to-play. Its absolutely free to download from here by anyone. The games income will now be supported by in-game item purchases

Team Fortress 2 is a team based first-person shooter multi-player video game developed by Valve Corporation, distributed online through the Steam system, while retail distribution was handled by Electronic Arts.

The requirements as shown below aren’t that high since Team Fortress  2  is powered by the source engine.

PC System Requirements

Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

This comes as great news since its an additional First Person Shooter  on a reliable server that you can invite all your friends to join in on the fun . In my opinion  this is a brilliant marketing idea by steam which I’m sure will bring this popular oldie back to life, generate a whole lot of income  and attract hundreds of prospective customers to the steam store. It would be nice to see some more popular online games or maybe some new releases go in this  direction.

Now if you purchased the game prior to the free-to-play decision you still get your moneys worth by being automatically upgraded to a premium account. Premium accounts have a few extra features, including access to rare and cosmetic items through random item drops, the ability to store more items in your backpack, and more powerful trading and crafting abilities. Also u get a nifty Proof of Purchase hat to wear on any character in-game.

However one of the perks of having a purchased steam game is the pleasure of playing with fellow law abiding steam users who have paid for their accounts and will not risk being banned and locked off from all their purchased games for using any hacks, obscene behavior or violating any of  the rules of steam.Now that the game is free to add to steam accounts, users can abuse the service by creating multiple steam accounts and adding the free game so they are free to cheat and violate rules and simply move to another account when banned. Steam replied to players expressing these concerns by claiming they have prepared a effective system to monitor abusive players. Lets hope  they pull through.

For now I’ll give it a few weeks to let the crowds die down, then I’ll jump in to claim my free premium account.I hope all the new comers to the steam community enjoy the experience.

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