Team Fortress 2: What Valve cut from the “Meet the Medic” short

It’s always fascinating to see what gets left on the cutting room floor - the concepts, ideas and visual gags that just weren’t quite good enough to make it into the final version of a game, a movie, or even a trailer. That’s why we’re fans of Valve, a company that has a knack for striking a balance between exciting announcements and special behind-the-scenes details for its community. A great example of the latter can be seen on the Team Fortress 2 Blog, which includes outtakes from the recently released “Meet the Medic” cinematic. Check it out for some insight into the creative process behind the uber awesome portrayal of the sinister surgeon’s characterizing short film – and see what never made it into the final version.

Above: Visit the Team Fortress 2 Blog for more

Above: The final version of the "Meet the Medic" video

Valve's extensive rundown of the thinking behind each clip – and its exclusion – offers a look at how a character's introduction is built: if you're interested in smart folks musing on how games tell stories, you could do far worse than to take a look. And if you're not, well, there's also footage of a guy getting hit by a train and a hilarious running joke about a severed head! What do you think of the diary?

Team Fortress 2 has just gone free-to-play and can be downloaded via Steam or from the official site.

Jul 12, 2011 


  • NullG7 - July 14, 2011 1:49 a.m.

    AWSOME AWSOMW AWSOME AWSOMWE SO COOL I CAN SPELL Wtf my recaptia was in chinesse charaters?
  • jackthemenace - July 13, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    @Darron- Think about how much you love Team Fortress 2. And then remember how Far Cry turned out. I love the 'Meet the Team' trailers, and I'm starting wish the older ones, like the Sniper or the Soldier, had been as long as this
  • 435 - July 13, 2011 2:52 p.m.

    @lilbuddha: There's a fanmod doing just that. And almost all the hats work with 'em. :o
  • darron13 - July 13, 2011 2:42 p.m.

  • JMAN1156 - July 13, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    @Redeater The people that complain about TF2 being free aren't as stupid as you think. They aren't complaining that they wasted their money, they are complaining because a huge flood of n00bs, and not just regular n00bs, free to play n00bs (way worse) has filled every server, and made every game painfully easy if you know what you are doing. And if you are stuck on a team will all these people, against a team that is good, that is one of the most frustrating things you can do.
  • SecretGingerWizard - July 13, 2011 2 a.m.

    I love the placeholder voices for the medic clips.
  • lilbuddha - July 13, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    I'm thinking meet the pyro will have some kind of childhood flashback What i'd love to see is a female player models pack, with all the characters the same size, Heavy is a big fat helga looking chick, medic a sexy nurse, etc etc
  • Headstandz - July 13, 2011 12:37 a.m.

    Meet the Pyro. NOW I SAY NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Redeater - July 13, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    I'm sure somebody will complain about this. You know, the same people who are complaining about TF2 being free.

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