Recently I have talked quite a bit about Valve’s Free to Play First person shooter, Team Fortress 2, (see Be MOP #245 and #248) and how I do not like Valve’s introduction of creating, collecting and trading hats and other cosmetic goods into Tf2’s meta game. In my opinion it breaks the game’s immersion seeing someone wearing a hat that goes against the original artistic design of an American west battleground in the 60’s and 70’s. Financially I understand why Valve chose this path, ever since TF2 went free to play the game needed another source of income to keep the servers going.
Rather than kicking up a fit on the message boards and forums about my opinion about TF2’s hats and boycotting this amazing game I am sticking to the man by making a personal vow to never to buy the Supply Crate Keys or wear any cosmetic hat or weapon skins.
I’ve been holding true to my own personal protest with the ONLY exception being the Heavy weapon, the Iron Curtain, that I won from the Heavy in Poker Night at the Inventory, and I justify that because during that time in history America was in some of the best years of the Cold War and it is fitting for a mercenary that is right off the boat from the USSR.
Besides that I held true to never wear a hat on any of the nine classes when I am on the battlefield but then I stumbled upon the Halloween holiday-event hat Ghastly Gibus and the Pyrovision Goggles from the Meet the Pryo event. After a little research I found out that these items can only be obtained by dominating an enemy player that has the hat equipped.
Here’s the problem, on one hand I do not want to wear the hats so that I can keep to my one-man protest against the hat trading business but on the other hand I grew up with Spock’s mantra “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
But I want to know what you think about this issue, should I hold true to my vow of refusing to equip any sort of hat in-game or should I violate my rule and wear these hat to give other players (who might value Valve’s hats more than me) a chance to get these two hats at my expense? And what would you do if you were in my shoes?