Train2Game News: How to create and share a weapon for Team Fortress 2

Ever wanted to create weapons for Team Fortress 2, but you’re unsure how to do it? Well, Valve has posted a piece on the TF2 blog titled ‘How a gun gets made’ and it does exactly what’s said on the tin.

The blog is by Team Fortress 2 workshop contributor Jalcober, who takes us through the development of the Scorch Shot, a weapon for the Pyro. It goes all the way from original concept art, through designing it in 3D to painting, texturing and publishing.  Read the blog here, or watch How a Gun Gets Made in the video below.

Jalcober’s community created weapon is going to feature in a future update for Team Fortress 2. As of August last year, Team Fortress 2 players had earned $2 million through their custom weapons being sold in the game’s virtual store.

Valve’s Steam Workshop now features in a variety of games including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Portal 2 and DOTA 2, allowing players to create and share their own in-game creations .

There’s more about community created items and modding – both excellent ways for Train2Game students to practice and showcases their skills – here on The Train2Game Blog.

Meanwhile, be sure to keep reading for the latest news from Valve and Team Fortress 2.

Does ‘how a gun gets made’ provide you with useful information? Have you submitted items to the Team Fortress 2 Steam Workshop?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Media Molecule to release community created LittleBigPlanet 2 campaign

Hansel & Gretelbot Train2Game blog image

It’s another example of how creating community content forLittleBigPlanet 2 could potentially help a Train2Game student find their way into the games industry.

Game Developers Media Molecule challenged a team of LittleBigPlanet 2 community modders to produce a new single player campaign, using only the creation tools in the game.  The result is a rather nice looking mini-story mode called ‘Hansel & Gretelbot’

There’s no word on how Hansel & Gretelbot will be released as of yet, but Media Molecule incidate that it’ll be free.

Train2Game blog readers can see the rather nice looking trailer below.

There’s probably plenty of Train2Game Game Developers who’d love the opportunity to have their content released to as wide an audience as the LittleBigPlanet 2 community.  A first step towards this could very well be creating their own LittleBigPlanet 2 levels, with Media Molecule previously stating they’ve employed several community developers.

There’s certainly a lot of potential to be extremely creative with LittleBigPlanet 2 as well, as seen in examples of community created levels based on Portal, Flower, Wolvenstein and Dogfight.

LittleBigPlanet 2 last released last month and took No. 1 in the UK Charts in its first week. It’s still in the top ten now, but only just, having dropped to No. 10. The game got very good reviews, with plenty of 9s and 10s from the gaming press.

Of course, LittleBigPlanet 2 isn’t the only game that allows users to create there own content. Another prominent example is Team Fortress 2, where some of the best modders seeing their content being sold by Valve, and making a profit from it too!

Meanwhile, last month saw a Starcraft II modder was offered a job at a Game Development studio.

Train2Game students may therefore find modding and community creation provides a useful step into the games industry.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Hansel & Gretelbot? Do you think it looks as good as the original game? Perhaps even better? And have you created any of your own levels for LittleBigPlanet 2?

As usual, you can leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog or on the Train2Game forum. Alternatively, you can let us know what you think via the Train2Game Twitter and Facebook pages.

[Source: PlayStation EU Blog]

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