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Friday, October 1, 2010

Valve introduces “Mann-conomy” to Team Fortress 2, opens in-game item shop


Valve Software’s absurdly fun team-based multiplayer shooter, Team Fortress 2 has now added yet another surprising feature onto its ever expanding core: micro-transactions.

That’s right. You know those new weapons, defensive items and wearable accessories Valve’s been adding to Team Fortress 2 for the last couple years. You don’t have to earn them anymore: you can pony up real-world cash for them thanks to the new Steam Wallet.

The store is called “Mann Co.” and sells community-created item sets, adding as of writing seventeen new items for five of the game’s classes. Each item ranges from 49 cents to $4.99, with Valve promising to split the proceeds with “community contributors.”

As is Valve’s wont to do, there is — of course — a hysterical press release that extrapolates upon the new “Mann-conomy’s” place in the Team Fortress 2 lore. Giggle at it below.

Press Release

September 30, 2010 – Badlands, New Mexico. Mann Co., the industry leader in selling products and getting in fights, today announced the deployment of the Mann-Conomy initiative to the warring mercenary factions in the ongoing global war between Builders League United (BLU) and Reliable Excavation Demolition (RED). The Mann-Conomy initiative represents the largest introduction of new items in the company’s history, available for immediate trading, use, and sale.

“This brutal, endless war between BLU and RED is, of course, lamentable,” said C.P. Bidwell, assistant to Mann Co. CEO Saxton Hale. “So if letting mercenaries buy, trade and sell Mann Co. products helps make this ongoing tragedy more enjoyable for both sides, then we’ve done our part. The Mann-Conomy initiative is, at the end of the day, a humanitarian effort.”

The first update in this ongoing initiative will involve 65 new items overall-including the introduction of five new Class Weapon Kits, 18 new hats, and an all-new way to get in an additional fight during an existing one: dueling pistols.

The Mann-Conomy initiative will allow BLU and RED mercenaries to finally trade items with each other, escalating hostilities further through emotionally wrenching haggling sessions over hats.

Mercenaries who purchase items through the Mann Co. Store will not have an advantage over their rivals. “We want to make sure that our customers still have a terrific experience on the battlefield whether they buy anything or not,” says Bidwell. “All the existing ways they were able to get their hands on weaponry still exist without them having to spend any money.”

“Steam”, a revolutionary Mann Co. technology developed in cooperation with Newell & Sons (a small Bellevue, WA based company specializing in hat-themed war simulation), utilizes a global network of pneumatic tubes that will allow mercenaries to equip themselves instantly without leaving the heat of battle. Mann Co. is currently accepting Euros, United States Dollars, and British Pounds, as all of these currencies will fit in the tubes.

For more information about the Mann-Conomy, please visit http://www.teamfortress.com/

About Mann Co. Mann Co. is a global weapons manufacturer that makes square, unsafe products for men and gets in fights. Founded in Australia and based in America, Mann Co. CEO Saxton Hale prides himself on his hands-on customer relations: “If you have a problem with any Mann Co. product, you can take it up with me!”

26 comments:

imalright said...

team fortress is awesome I didn't think i'd like it but then it got me hooked first time i played it

Ratch said...

great game!

kaizoku_Dude said...

looking foward for this game

BastardTrap said...

I lost it when I heard man-conomy...

vibe said...

what is this man?

TheCoolIgloo said...

Been waiting to hear this for a long time

Andrew Charlwood said...
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commander cool said...

so many new items, it's hard to keep track
dunno how I feel about paying for them though.

EdwardPrinceofWales said...

always love valve

Jay Sean said...

i love the stuff valve comes up with man

Politically Challenged. said...

god damn i love Valve XD

MBronze said...

awesome looking

Style said...

Nice.

Much Poopies! said...

oh hello kind sir, have me met yet? =)

smoochies n' poopies! :*

Brandon B. said...

they're going the farmville route and selling small add-ons, eh? brilliant. they'll probably make a decent amount.

Travie said...

Hey, like the new blog bro!

funkotron77 said...

Lol, Valve, what a bunch of crazies.

Allen said...

Are these just basically avatar items then? I mean if they don't help you out in game, what's the point?

JSDean said...

As long as they dont affect gameplay, hate games that subsitute skill for cash

thecatzpajamas said...

you should check out teamfortress dancing on youtube. pretty funny :P

Max Steel said...

I support our new Mann-conomy

Nailgun said...

I still haven't loaded up TF2 since I bought it when the orange box came out... might have to do that

Crammarc said...

sweet game

Randy Weezner said...

thats a howls character

Brizzled Toejam said...

I just crafted a Blackbox, it's awesome. I also like how the store items are still available as random drops and craftable items.

Randy Weezner said...

i love the base game really..others not so much

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