The Meet the Team videos are a series of of the Heavy, the Sniper, and the rest of the characters in the game. What the videos do is give ways for people who don't even have Team Fortress 2 yet to. This is the main setting for the in-game events of Team Fortress 2. When the RED Demoman and BLU Soldier meet and become friends at an so he sends a video message to the remaining RED and BLU mercenaries informing them that. TF2 started with nine mercenaries, each with his own distinct personality. Enter the Meet the Team shorts, showcasing the mercs in their off-hours—arguing with their parents, barking orders at their head collections, Meet the Demoman.
That nightthe ghosts of Redmond and Blutarch argue over who outlived the other. After fighting for a while, they settle on contacting a lawyerwho turns out to be the Soldier, to decide who is the victor. He tells them that the true winner would be decided when the other's spirit passes on. With one team winning, the opposing brother drags both teams to Hell with them.
One team manages to beat the other to a spellbook and escape back to the surface, presumably leaving the other behind. Robot War Main articles: Machine update After years of signs and rumorsGray makes his move against Mann Co. Saxton Hale was too busy wrestling a Yeti to deal with the crisis himself, so he sends a video message to the remaining RED and BLU mercenaries informing them that with Redmond and Blutarch dead, the Gravel War has finally ended and they no longer have jobs.
He then immediately re-hires the team to defend Mann Co. Shadow Boxers The Robot War continues for about a year, with the cooperating mercenaries successfully defending hundreds of Mann Co. Soldier emerges as an erstwhile "tactical mastermind"; devising decoy facilities and infiltrating Gray's island base. After continuous defeats, Gray Mann develops a more intelligent Mecha-Engineerbut never-the-less fails in the following assault on Mann Co.
Early Main article: He goes directly to Saxton Hale at Mann Co. But then he says he is there for the Mann Co. Challenge, offering a fight with Hale for the ownership of the company, a policy Hale made himself. After Hale grabs and punches Gray with ease, Gray declares that he is not the one who will be fighting, but instead Gray's daughter named Oliviaan underage girl, will fight Hale.
Hale refuses to fight her, ultimately granting Mann Co. Gray proceeds to fire the mercenaries, and the Administrator orders Miss Pauling, her assistant, to hide. The mercenaries scatter, but Scout and Spy are arrested before they escape Teufort. Late Main article: Ring of Fired Six months after the loss of Mann Co.Meet the Sniper FR
Three mercenaries remained in the Southwest; Soldier gives guided tours to homes of the stars, Pyro is an engineering company CEO, and Demoman is a drunkard living with his mother.
Sniper has "gone bush" in Australia. Heavy has returned to his family home in Siberia. Medic has some important position and is unreachable. The whereabouts of Engineer Dell are unknown to the rest of the team. She easily entices Pyro and Demoman from their current situations, and drives the three to Teufort to save Scout and Spy. Trial at Teufort Main articles: Miss Pauling takes Pyro with her on her tasks.
Pauling first meets in an alley with the "Administrator" a very aged woman who keeps her actual appearance hidden from Pauling. The woman claims to have collected 89, tons of Australium and gives Pauling instructions to get the "one last cache of Australium".
Miss Pauling and Pyro then go to the Teufort library to locate and destroy genealogy records. They burn the paper copies, learning that the microfiche copies had been destroyed a year earlier. Demoman and Soldier go to the courthouse to locate Scout and Spy, but they reveal themselves to the court and are arrested.
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The four mercenaries are tried at court, convicted of municipal misfeasance, and sentenced to hang. Miss Pauling arrives just in time to save the four by clearing up questions of mayoral duties. Close on their heels, Gray Mann is looking for the same records as Pauling, but only finds a burnt scrap of a birth record showing the name "Helen". Heavy's and Sniper's families Main articles: She located their families and had photographs taken and sent to Sniper and Heavy as threats against talking to anyone about their jobs.
Heavy and Sniper vowed to kill whoever threatened their families. After the loss of Mann Co. After the Teufort trial, Miss Pauling's team splits up again. They learn what has happened to the respective families: Heavy's sisters dealt harshly with the attackers, killing them all.
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Their death was convenient, since Sniper then discovered that he was adopted and so is willing to go to New Zealand with Miss Pauling to locate his birth parents, who just happen to have the Australium cache that Miss Pauling was sent to acquire.
Saxton Hale and Maggie Joining the fight against the robots! But on who's side? However, Hale was so incensed by Darling's zoo that he burned most of it down. For this crime, he spent months in jail. Upon his release, Saxton is met by his ex-girlfriend, Maggie, who now works for Darling.
Charles Darling The Darling family has been connected with the Mann family since the beginning; so, Charles is well-aware of the properties of Australium. Darling recruits Saxton Hale for his own plan to collect a cache of Australium with the promise of helping Hale get Mann Co.
Neither Heavy nor Saxton tells the full truth to the other. Saxton and Maggie do not disclose that they are working for Darling. Heavy is misleading in his statement that they were sent by "the old woman".
We felt the movie had justified and created a way for us to have a 'Sandvich' in the game and have that action [of eating it] make any kind of sense in our game world".
Another item to be introduced after its appearance in the series was Jarate which was added after its debut in Meet the Sniper. The series also assisted in the development of game technology. Valve used Meet the Heavy to test the facial animation system the studio was developing for Team Fortress 2.
According to Walker, the new system "allowed our characters to have a much greater range of expressions than we were able to do in Half-Life We wanted a test case for that". The resulting technology produced in the creation of the Meet the Team series now appears in the game when played on the highest graphical settings.
Walker recalled that team's pleasure about "the expression on the Heavy at the end when he's shooting and screaming" was not fake, and was not just "this thing that the coolest bit in [the movie] was something that would happen in the game. The short was also shown to a user from the Steam Users' Forum upon his visit to Valve 's head offices in Bellevue, Washington.
Source Filmmaker Main article: Source Filmmaker Source Filmmaker is a video creation tool that manipulates the Source Engine to animate and record various scenes in game environments. The tool has been used by Valve to create promotion videos of their video games, the Meet the Team series in Team Fortress 2 and the introductory videos for both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2.
Source Filmmaker is capable of producing a wide range of cinematographic effects and techniques, such as motion blur and depth of field, and enables the use of significantly-higher quality textures for in-game models as depicted in the Meet the Team series.
The tool was made available via Steam on July 11, Download it on Steam.