In their seemingly unending quest to give us free Team Fortress 2 stuff (those dastards!), Valve is releasing the Mann vs Machine update on August 15th. The titular co-op mode will see Red and Blu joining forces (I know, it’s like matter and anti-matter, it just feels wrong…and potentially explosive, at that) to hold off an invasion of robotic doppelgangers. For all the flak they get about hats and Half Life, there’s no denying Valve’s been very, very good to us*.
* If ‘us’ = ‘PC gamers’, that is.
Harry Callaghan started work on what he imagined would be a “very quick visual test”. I think that all of us are quite happy that it snowballed into so much more, as you can see above. What makes ‘Meet the Cores’ so impressive is the attention to detail, the effort to replicate the original voice actors’ delivery, and the fact that it wasn’t made using the recently-released Source Filmmaker. I do wish the Space Core had gotten more screen-time, but *NIT-PICKING DETECTED. OFFENDER WILL BE VAPORIZED*
After introducing the Pyro last week, Valve clearly felt that the obvious course of action was to make…that thing up there available for purchase on the Valve Store. It’s called the Balloonicorn and those are all the words I have to say on this subject because Balloonicorn is not a word I ever thought I’d say on any subject in the realms of God and man and I think I need to go lie down now.
If you met the Pyro yesterday and lived to tell the tale (and if you’ve got a head full of eyeballs) you might have spotted a Source Filmmaker logo at the end of the video. So yeah, that’s a thing now. You can sign up for a beta key at that link; and, if you’re lucky enough to get one, you’ll be given access to the very same software that Valve used to make ‘Meet the Pyro’ – and indeed, all their other Source-based videos. Given the particular nature of the people who get through, we could either get wondrous feats of creativity, or penis levels for everyone.
Those are Vegas odds; and the house is on the side of the penises. (there’s a sentence that can’t come up too often)