Team Fortress 2 is my latest obsession nowadays. Yes, this first-person shooter with cartoonish graphics may have been released in 2007, but this game still gives me fresh laughs and plenty of enjoyment today. I love the wacky lines, the teamwork you can foster, the griefers, the hats, the taunts, and all the other lovely (and not-so-lovely) chaps you can play with in order to win a round.
In truth, I’ve spent the last 6 months or so accumulating around 500 hours of playtime in this game (in public servers alone). 500 hours may sound like a lot of time spent on one game, but in TF2, that’s a fraction of what it takes to be called “adept”. (1,000+ hours is the standard, or so I’ve heard.)
Still, I have learned some stuff that helped me survive in-game longer than I did starting out. These things have also helped me be a better player to help my team win more rounds and, in the process, have lots more fun with random people online. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned so far at my 500-hour game time mark.