Team Fortress 2 continues to have a bot problem but Valve are actually fighting back and the latest update takes another blunt approach to dealing with them.
After a few updates recently aimed at bots, Valve took away a few features from newer accounts like text chat, taking away name changing during games, new in-game options for players to actually turn off text and voice chat and so on. A few days ago another update released that removes all types of voice chat from accounts that cannot use text chat.
It's a very blunt and harsh approach, that has also limited voice commands for newer accounts, presumably to also stop voice commands like calling for a medic from being spammed into games. The knock-on effect is that legitimate players won't be able to use any of these systems either, until they get a TF2 Premium account status by buying something so it's become a free to play game that heavily reduces what people can actually do until they pay something. It's a shame but hopefully Valve will come up with a better solution eventually.
The update also fixes a few bugs, adds a matchmaking badge and time connected to the Report Player dialog, updates the vote kick process to automatically vote Yes for anyone who hasn't already voted if the target for the vote leaves the server and updates the Mute Player dialog to have the same information as the Report Player dialog.
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In related news: do you miss the classic Team Fortress 2 experience? There's a huge overhaul mod named Team Fortress 2 Classic that's had a massive set of updates to overhaul it. What is it? In their own words:
Team Fortress 2 Classic is a re-imagining of the 2008-2009 era of the original Team Fortress 2, of which is what we consider the "Classic Era", featuring old features that were scrapped and worked upon, or new content such as new weapons and gamemodes. Such gamemodes consist of original core TF2 gamemodes ranging from Capture the Flag to Special Delivery, our own additions such as VIP and Domination, or even the addition for two new teams in several existing modes.
Actually installing takes a while as you need to download Source SDK Base 2013 Multiplayer, then the actual mod from their official website. Working with it on Linux needs a fix additional fixes to get sound working too, it's suggested to look in their Discord until they solve it officially. Download TF2 Classic here.