TF2's "Replay Update" Adds Video Recording, Movie-Making Contest

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TF2's "Replay Update" Adds Video Recording, Movie-Making Contest

Valve's latest TF2 update adds replay recording and editing to the wildly popular multiplayer FPS, and Mann Co. wants to make you a star.

TF2 has many features that make it a great game, like clever map design and an obsession with hats not seen this side of Touhou Project, but one thing it didn't have was an auto-save replay feature or built-in clip editor, like those seen in games like StarCraft and Uncharted 2.

The "Replay Update," as one might imagine, changes that. According to the update page, the game will record every moment of every match you play, and you will be able to edit them afterwards by changing camera angles and adding things like motion blur. You can also upload the videos directly to YouTube, as in Noby Noby Boy.

As with most major TF2 updates, there's a tie-in comic called "Meet the Director," and it may well contain hints at the long-awaited "Meet the Medic" class video - which along with "Meet the Pyro" is almost what, four years overdue at this point? The real purpose of "Meet the Director," though, is to give in-universe justification for the Saxxy Awards.

The Saxxy Awards show is a filmmaking competition similar to The Escapist's own annual film festival. Valve has asked for user submissions in twenty categories ranging from "Most Inventive Kill" and "Most Heroic" to "Best Editing," "Most Extreme Stunt," and the coveted "Best Overall Replay." The rules and regulations can all be found at the Saxxy Awards site.

I'm not sure what winners will get other than praise and a virtual statuette of a naked fictional Australian man, but hey, better that than nothing, right?

Also, the TF2 Replay Update will add more hats to the game. Of course it will.

(TF2 Blog)

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So, its like halo's theater mode?

Don't forget the best part, it makes nearly every server running nearly unplayable.

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

sheic99:
Don't forget the best part, it makes nearly every server running nearly unplayable.

That's just due to the bandwidth throttling. Should be fixed soon.

By the way,
Added are 10 New Hats, Including M. Bisons,
a new taunt: The Director's Vision,
8 New Achievements based on the editing and showing on YouTube.

You'll also need QuickTime installed, but I guess most people have that due to iTunes.

From guesswork made by the fans, the Saxxy will be a GoldAustralium statue in the style of the Golden Wrench.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Someone's a little mad

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Way to be a caustic jerkass. He didn't state it was from Halo, he just compared it to Halo's.

The_root_of_all_evil:

sheic99:
Don't forget the best part, it makes nearly every server running nearly unplayable.

That's just due to the bandwidth throttling. Should be fixed soon.

They're not getting any points with me though.

you are right....

Then what do we need Garrys Mod for now? xD

Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode. In a popular sense.

Just the source record command linked with youtube

Onyx Oblivion:
Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

The_root_of_all_evil:

sheic99:
Don't forget the best part, it makes nearly every server running nearly unplayable.

That's just due to the bandwidth throttling. Should be fixed soon.

Yeap, made me drop out of the Escapist server an hour or 2 back. Damn shame that they've released the update like this.

Anyway, this all looks fun and all, but I ain't seeing any ingame additions, which I'd like to see. Except for the all important hats of course.

TitanAtlas:

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...[/quote]

I know Halo didn't do it FIRST.

"The masses" implies that Halo is part of the reason it took off and is now in basically every major MP shooter franchise.

TitanAtlas:

Onyx Oblivion:
Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

TitanAtlas:

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

Replays were in StarCraft 1. 1998. Just saying.

Popularizing the concept does not equal creating it.

John Funk:

Replays were in StarCraft 1. 1998. Just saying.

Popularizing the concept does not equal creating it.

Starcraft which has a maximum of 8 players, versus 32 fully 3D objects?

And Doom had replays before that.

The_root_of_all_evil:

John Funk:

Replays were in StarCraft 1. 1998. Just saying.

Popularizing the concept does not equal creating it.

Starcraft which has a maximum of 8 players, versus 32 fully 3D objects?

And Doom had replays before that.

Right, I'm just saying, quibbling over where replays came from is an extremely dumb argument.

TitanAtlas:

Onyx Oblivion:
Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

TitanAtlas:

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

When did they "claim it as their own"? Just about every game, in the history of ever, liberally borrows concepts and features from games before it. Half life totally ripped off doom by your logic. And the original poster was just making a comparison to one of the more popular uses of it for clarity, namechecking the original isn't necessary in the slightest.

Say a game featured a portal gun, and someone said "oh like Portal?", would I come on and say "No, not like portal, Narbacular drop did it first. Valve just took the idea and claimed it as their own." No, I wouldn't, because that makes me sound like a combatitive ass. In fact, that's exactly what Valve did, since they hired the original members of that project. But Portal is the most famous example of a portal gun people can use as a point of reference.

Basically, my point is this: Don't be so unnecessarily hostile just because you have some beef with Halo.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

what a douchebag, using a game you don't like as a frame of reference. I'm with ya buddy! where does he get off, trying to compare a game element similar to another game element, the nerve...

OT: so yeah, it's pretty much theater mode. i can handle that.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Don't be such an asshole man, Jabberwock was actually complimenting it by relating it to Halo's Theater mode. Halo probably didn't do it first but it made it famous (like how God of War is the generic hacky-slasher) and now everyone knows what people are talking about when you say "its like Theater mode in Halo". If you can't accept the fact that Halo actually did something undeniably good then do not troll the forums just to put down a game you don't like.

OT: Oh man, I can't wait to see the award winners. Stuff like this always catches my interest.

This looks actually really cool, I think this will help a lot of people who would like to make movies but don't have the know how to do it. Like me

C'mon with Meet the Medic already! =D

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

You mad? He didn't say Halo created it, he just asked if it was like Halo's theater mode, and it's a pretty accurate comparison. Also, Halo 3 did play a pretty big part in popularizing these sorts of theater modes, especially among console gamers, and it's very user friendly interface was a welcome feature considering most console gamers would have little to no experience with this sort of thing. Then again, someone else has already said basically this, and you misinterpreted it pretty hard, but I still hope you understand.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

I never mentioned It was from halo (though it was the first console game I played with the feature.

I am offended by the fact that YOU automatically assume that halo's fans are like this.

I have spent the past week taking time out of MY day to answer people's questions about Halo and it's fanbase, removing these types of stereotypes.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.280915-Ask-a-Halo-fanboy-anything-Removing-common-misconceptions?page=1

Perhaps you should pay that thread a visit so we can clear this up, and have more understanding with each other?

I really would enjoy trying to give somone like yourself a fresh perspective on this issue, so far the only people who have commented are either already fans, or neutral.

Thank you:

Grey_Focks:
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Coldster:
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cthulhumythos:
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Onyx Oblivion:
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And anybody else who wasn't assuming everything.

cthulhumythos gets bonus points for the Majora's mask avatar though.

TitanAtlas:

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

Nice, mods ship with games now? Cool.

I just went on TF2 for the first time in months, after I noticed it updating. I thought "Why not?" and went on it, and just ignored the update, thinking it was one of the many I'd missed.

Didn't know I must have seen it within a few minutes of it going up.

Still... not interested. Massively popular competitions like that always seem pointless to me.

So can I do this using the game demos I already recorded?

No, it's not from Halo. If anything, the Driver series came out before that. Dunno if it originates from there. Then Halo had it, then GTAIV and then Black Ops. It's nice to have it as a feature in TF2 too, but I can't help the feel that it's either a very simple demo editor, or a completely stripped down version of what was once known as Source Filmmaker.

I wish they'd still release the Filmmaker.

I'm quite impressed that they'd try to implement something as large scale as this now. It may even give me a reason to play TF2 again.

TitanAtlas:

Jabberwock xeno:
So, its like halo's theater mode?

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Wow, you're a bit of an idiot aren't you?

John Funk:

TF2 has many features that make it a great game, like clever map design and an obsession with hats not seen this side of Touhou Project, but one thing it didn't have was an auto-save replay feature or built-in clip editor, like those seen in games like StarCraft and Uncharted 2.

Actually, the Source Engine had come with a built in-clip editor since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2's release called Source Recorder. But it is non-user friendly, has to be accessed through the developer console, CPU draining, and buggy. That's why most videos online are recorded with FRAPs or video capture cards.

The Replay Feature is the continuation of that.

Hope they can match the quality of Halo's theatre mode.

TitanAtlas:

Onyx Oblivion:
Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

TitanAtlas:

Yes because every single idea and concept came from Halo.... i still remember the first game in the world Halo.... it was a revolutionary FPS in wich you played has a tottaly non-generic "Space Super-Soldier", to fight hoards of tottaly non-generic Aliens fighting the same Aliens trough every single game......

Dont know if i should laugh at you, or simply /facepalm.... i decided to do both...

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

You're the one looking for any opportunity to bash Bungie and a Halo fanb you dick.

Besides show me an in-game theatre type mode that matches the quality and polish and accessibility of Halo's. There are none. Bungie's the best at it so far.

Outright Villainy:

TitanAtlas:

Onyx Oblivion:
Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

When did they "claim it as their own"? Just about every game, in the history of ever, liberally borrows concepts and features from games before it. Half life totally ripped off doom by your logic. And the original poster was just making a comparison to one of the more popular uses of it for clarity, namechecking the original isn't necessary in the slightest.

Say a game featured a portal gun, and someone said "oh like Portal?", would I come on and say "No, not like portal, Narbacular drop did it first. Valve just took the idea and claimed it as their own." No, I wouldn't, because that makes me sound like a combatitive ass. In fact, that's exactly what Valve did, since they hired the original members of that project. But Portal is the most famous example of a portal gun people can use as a point of reference.

Basically, my point is this: Don't be so unnecessarily hostile just because you have some beef with Halo.

This. I hate when people bash about Halo or COD (basicly any popular series) just because they are popular. Some times people reference them because since they are popular a lot of people will understand what they are trying to say.

Referencing a game doesnt make me a fan of that game.

You can see that I referenced Halo and COD but although I like Halo and liked COD until MW2 I still wouldnt call myself a fanboy.

Awexsome:
Hope they can match the quality of Halo's theatre mode.

TitanAtlas:

Onyx Oblivion:
Took 'em long enough. But still, plenty of TF2 vids were made without it. Now there will just be more of them.

I mean, crap...Consoles have even managed this type of feature for quite a few games.

Don't laugh or /facepalm.

Try being less of a dick, instead!

Halo 3 really introduced the concept to the masses, and basically did start this type of mode.

Acctually it came from a Mod for Half Life a couple of time before Halo time..... Bungie just grabbed a good idea and claimed has theyre own, and you all considered "if Bungie did it, then the idea was from them and only them"...

You're the one looking for any opportunity to bash Bungie and a Halo fanb you dick.

Besides show me an in-game theatre type mode that matches the quality and polish and accessibility of Halo's. There are none. Bungie's the best at it so far.

Lol what's so special about Bungie's theater mode? It's just recording demos and watching them.

Fixed Full screen crashes....broke windowed mode for me.
Joy.

You stupid bitch!

You killed him before he could interview the Medic & Pyro!

I BLAME YOU, MISS PAULING.

I BLAME YOU.

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