Valve Celebrates One-Year “Manniversary”

He's bursting out of a bear.
Needless to say, they’re celebrating with a big old hat-infrastructure update to Team Fortress 2. The ability for people create and submit and submit items has apparently now earned the community creators $2m, and Valve obviously want that trend to continue, as the update is a big ‘un in that direction. They explain: “The Manniversary Update includes several new features, including Steam Workshop, an improved item submission system that allows community item-creators to test, share and track the status of their creations. The entire TF2 community will also be allowed to participate by browsing, rating and offering feedback on all submitted items. The Steam Workshop will be fully integrated with the Steam community. In addition to the Workshop, the Manniversary Update will also ship 30 new hats and cosmetic items, an item decal system, weeklong “try before you buy” item tryouts, loadout presets, multiple miscellaneous items slots, improved game performance, and a new taunt.”

Everything will be on sale until Monday, too. The details, they are here.


  1. Legionary says:

    I wonder how much the implementation of microtransactions has made for Valve.

    • Mehall says:

      $2 million for the community, whose share is 30%, so around 4.5million USD from items they got from the community, more for promo stuff like Deus Ex and keys.

      In the regions of 8million probably.

    • Carra says:

      Impressive. Certainly considering the fact that the games wasn’t even having micro-transactions at the start. They just added it as an afterthought.

  2. Pathetic Phallacy says:

    Fuck, that’s an awesome illustration.

  3. noclip says:

    Oh my god, new hats in TF2!? Stop the presses, call the president!

    • Nick says:

      this is spam, fyi.

      I said this before noticing the others that make it obvious ¬_¬

  4. airtekh says:

    Gah, Steam servers must be taking a hammering. Update is stuck on 50% for me. :(

    • noclip says:

      If you’re in the UK it could be the remnants of the iPhone update, the traffic almost took down a major internet peering exchange.

    • Zak T Duck says:

      It’s currently telling me download updates for 4 games will take nearly 36 hours. I hope they’re kidding.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I can’t even log in.

  5. edwardoka says:

    I will never ever understand this fascination with TF2 hats. Awesome drawing though!

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      Agree. You can’t even see yourself wearing them except in emotes. I wish there were new maps instead of hats.

    • LionsPhil says:

      I love the caption on the full thing.

      Also, for those of us not prone to microtransactioning, the last page of that does seem to indicate that there’s a new map in here. And hopefully loadout slots won’t be something you have to pay for, so finally I can swap between offensive/defensive Engineer without having to spend five minutes switching out everything.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      There is a new map in the update: Gullywash. Community made—see more of it here if you haven’t downloaded the update yet: link to

    • LionsPhil says:

      All the screenshots linked there seem to be domain-camped.

    • oatmeal says:

      People are simple.

    • Mitthrawn says:

      I have every hat in the game. It’s fun to collect them, the trading becomes addictive.

      link to

      They are organized by class, starting at page 4-12.

  6. Inigo says:

    When we started, the game followed an idealized 1950’s-60’s Americana look. Nothing too modern, hyper-realistic or overly “cartoony”. Clearly the art style has evolved over the years


    • Stupoider says:

      RIP TF2’s art style.

      You will be fondly missed. :(

    • Kollega says:

      Really? I mean, seriously?! The art style was the best thing about TF2. I loved this game when it still looked good. Loved it.

      Fuck you, Valve. I’m off to Bastion.

    • zeroskill says:

      “The art style was the best thing about TF2.”

      If you thought the art style was the best thing about Team Fortress 2 you obviously are not all that much into competitive online shooters with heavy focus on team play and are definitely better off playing something else.

    • Froibo says:

      Gee, here I am playing it like an idiot because it’s fun.

    • Leonard Hatred says:

      Easy mistake to make.

      I logged onto one of the rps tf2 events that pop upon steam once, was spawn camped and told to fuck off and learn2play within 10 seconds of loading the map by the group of rps-ers on the server. Never bothered going back.

  7. zeroskill says:

    Will they ever get tired of inventing new hats for the fashionable gamer of today? I certainly hope not! On a side note, I hope “improved game performance” means they got rid of the micro stuttering that struck me out of nowhere some 2 month ago and stopped me from playing anything but the Engi since then.

    Also: Kick ass illustration. Good Stuff.

    Steam Workshop sounds absolutely fantastic, hopefully this will also be part of upcoming Valve games.

    EDIT: Oh look, im surrounded by spam. *points one comment up and one down*

  8. GonarTrvig says:

    Well, congratulations for the anniversary. But it is a change than I don’t like it. Where can I noticed that or give my opinion? Here or in other link? Thanks.

  9. Outright Villainy says:

    I’m likin’ it so far. The reserve shooter for pyro is a lot of fun, and Widowmaker buff makes combat engie a lot more viable. Hats I can take or leave, but I’m pretty much behind the balancing.

  10. Shadram says:

    A hat workshop is only any good if you can press a button at the end and have said hat delivered to your door. I respectfully demand this feature be added in the next update.

  11. Sigh says:

    Remember when TF2 was a First Person Shooter?

  12. Wooly Wugga Wugga says:

    I can’t believe RPS is promoting cruelty to animals :(

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      They should totally add the clown outfits from the pic at the top of that thread. :)

  13. Njordsk says:

    That picture is…. disturbing to say the least.

  14. Hideous says:

    The Western Wear is on sale in the Mann Co. store for 2.5€. I made that hat. You should buy it.

  15. Snords says:

    That catalogue is the funniest thing I’ve read in ages. Great start to the day.
    I wish I could get into TF2 but I cant. Sigh.

  16. Real Horrorshow says:

    I have to admit, begrudgingly, that I don’t care one bit. TF2 has ran its course for me. See you in TF3.

  17. Tom Walker says:

    The writing and artwork that goes along with TF2 updates is always a joy to behold.

    However, this basically just marks the one year anniversary of my deciding TF2 was no longer worth bothering with.

    • hypercrisis says:

      I don’t get this attitude

      “its more than popular, now it sucks”

      Or do hats really bother you that much that you fly into a seething rage?