Team Fortress is an online action game that features a wide variety of character classes -- from Medic to Spy to Demolition Man -- enlisted in a unique style of online team warfare.

Originally released in 1996 by Austrailian based Team Fortress Software, TF has been downloaded by millions of people as it has evolved and become one of the most popular online action games of all time.

The latest incarnation of this multiplayer phenomenon, Team Fortress 1.5, is now available as a free add-on for Half-Life and adds an advanced user-interface system (V-GUI), new networking and server technologies, new scenarios, and spectator modes.

Team Fortress 1.5 also serves as a point of reference for those who are interested in what Valve has in store for the upcoming Team Fortress 2: Brotherhood of Arms.

Players can upgrade to Team Fortress 1.5 via Half-Life's in game update tool or by downloading the latest Half-Life update available from Sierra.com.

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10 Years of Half-Life

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November 19th, 2008 is the 10th anniversary of Half-Life. It's been ten years since Valve released its first game which went on to take the modding community by storm and spawn a number of completely new experiences that have forever influenced the first-person genre. The game itself was both a critical and commercial darling but for many people, Gordon Freeman's debut adventure was only the beginning of their Half-Life experience. After so many years, the game still tops the popular charts on ModDB for good reason. Valve has drawn strength from its boundless community of modders—almost half of their original IPs have been formed from the ideas of students and amateur developers that Valve have brought into their fold. The following is a list of mods that managed to make it into the big leagues courtesy of Half-Life:

Team Fortress Classic

Team Fortress Classic

Originally a mod for Quake, Team Fortress Classic transitioned to the GoldSource engine after Valve recruited the designers behind it. Robin Walker and John Cook led development on the mod which incorporated nine different classes and a variety of gamemodes that have since become the standard multiplayer fare. Second to only Counter-Strike in popularity, TFC encouraged teamwork having players work together to take advantage of the strengths of each class.

Counter-Strike v1.6

Counter-Strike

The mod that really took over the online community and harbored the title of being the 'most played online game' for years after its inception. Helmed by developers Minh Le and Jess Cliffe, Counter-Strike aimed for a realistic shooter experience. It put players into the roles of terrorist and counter-terrorist dealing with hostage rescues and bomb defusal within urban settings. With only one life to live each round, you needed to display cat-like reflexes and wits of steel to compete with the best.

Day of Defeat

Day of Defeat

Back in 2000, when the WWII genre churn was still in its infancy, Day of Defeat started development. It soon gathered a loyal following and quickly grew into a multiplayer experience that many favored over other commercial WWII-era games. The mod featured many landmark areas from the European theatre of war with multiple objectives needed to obtain victory. Two years after development had started, the core team was recruited by Valve for a retail version.

The Ship

The Ship

Mystery and murder on the high seas! Find out who your target is and assassinate them before you get whacked yourself. The Ship was a prototype created for Half-Life and eventually released as a commercial game on the Source engine. Unlike the other mods listed, The Ship is not developed under Valve but a company called Outerlight which is already at work on a sequel.

Not to discount all the other mods, Henley has put together a video covering the top 5 mods of all time for Half-Life (top). A lot of these mods still have active communities to boot, so don't hesitate to jump in! It's a quite a lovely roundup that will take you back. Enjoy!

UPDATE:
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Team Fortress Classic Contest Winners

Team Fortress Classic Contest Winners

Multiplayer Map 0 comments

I found this map pack on my Opposing Force CD. Apparently it included three maps that won a TFC mapping contest in 2000. The included maps are alpine.bsp...

Snickers Nail Gun

Snickers Nail Gun

Weapons Skin 1 comment

This Nail gun shoots Snickers "balls"!! For install it,extract the .mdl file and put it in ur TFC models file ;) Enjoy it!

Turkeyburgers

Turkeyburgers

Multiplayer Map 0 comments

A nice Half-Life/Team Fortress Classic multiplayer map, similar to Rats. I have included the Half-Life version (turkeyburgers.bsp) and the Team Fortress...

Team Fortress Classic: Flamethrower For Gluon Gun

Team Fortress Classic: Flamethrower For Gluon Gun

Weapons Model 0 comments

I used the mdl's as seen in Team Fortress Classic And modify the gluon gun with the triangles in the TFC to make it as TFC'ish as possible.

Team Fortress Classic 1.5

Team Fortress Classic 1.5

Full Version 9 comments

This is the old Team Fortress Classic 1.5 release for Half-Life WON. Can't be used with Steam.

Old Wrench Model

Old Wrench Model

Weapons Model 0 comments

This is the old Team Fortress Classic wrench model. It was replaced by a newer model in the Steam version of the game and it can't be found in the game...

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kaneli2000
kaneli2000

I play both, TFC and TF2. If asking me, i would say they are both great, but if there would be a hl2 mod that adds everything together, like spys feings from classic and graffics from tf2 etc. etc. etc. then it would be the best.

Fortress Forever is close, but still not.

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bdvqwerty
bdvqwerty

if u ask me, tfc is better than tf2. my computer can't play tf2, but i play it at my local cyber cafe or at a friend's house. Sure tfc doesn't have that '60s spy movie feel or the hilarious sayings and taunts, but it has it where it counts. And less 3 yr. olds play it.

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Midcode
Midcode

I agree, I find that TF2 isn't as fast paced as TFC (on most servers you have to wait before respawning) and there are too many serious players on TF2.

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NinjaDuck
NinjaDuck

This came out 1999, because that's what I saw on steam when I bought this. Not many people are playing it now, everybody is playing TF2. I play both and I think both are great.

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fireprowler
fireprowler

big question who still plays this because many servers are dissapearing
maybe a mod db server is a good idea and how do i get bots working i've the steam version an dno idea how i need to do it

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SurfWaxAlex
SurfWaxAlex

TFC Came out in 2000 i think, right? or was it 1999?

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ImNoobA1
ImNoobA1

i think 1999 is sven coop

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ImNoobA1
ImNoobA1

TEAM FORTRESS 2!!
i want team fortress 2 skins to be in tfc T_T
Only one skin that looks like tf2
T_T
butterfly knife

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Spriter-San
Spriter-San

Not going to happen.
And yes, you are a Noob.

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf

Best multiplayer game ive played i think except for grenade spammers and the vast amount of CS nerds who think this game is gay.

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AltTabber
AltTabber

So many memories....which one to dwell on?

Of course the ones of temporary server domination as the denoman....

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Spanner
Spanner

HELL YEAH ShortCutMan...its almost a everyday task for me..

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