Not to get all morbid here right before Christmas, but sometimes, I feel like the odds aren't terrible that Team Fortress 2 will outlive me. (Well, all of us, really.) Valve's eternal team-based shooter is chugging along with updates, and this week, it's the traditional holiday "Smissmas" event as you would hope and expect. Naughty, nice -- who cares! As long as you show up, you'll get a Stuffed Stocking.
This week's update isn't merely about spreading holiday cheer with cosmetic items. Now, when Casual matches end, players will roll into a new game automatically and have a vote on the next map. There's also a volunteer-based autobalance system for Casual matches and community servers in which players can gain bonus XP by switching over to the other side to balance things out as needed.... read more