Polycount, an online resource for video game artists, has been running a Team Fortress 2 competition, asking users to submit their ideas for new weapons and items for the game. Valve, I hope you're taking notes.
Because while some of them are a little odd, look stupid or would wreck the balance of the game, others are simply amazing, both in terms of how they're presented as well as their gameplay implications.
The "Arbiter", for example, paints a target, giving everyone who hits him bonus damage. It's down as a Soldier upgrade, but would be more at home with the Engineer, we think, especially if rocket turrets could home in on the target. The Sniper's Croc-O-Style kit also looks great, as does the Tank Buster, which not only looks like an actual update, but even has the same dry humour as well.
In a nice touch, Valve has also given all entrants a custom Polycount badge they can wear in-game, meaning even if the rest of the stuff is pure fantasy, at least one item on the page below will make it into Team Fortress 2.
TF2: Polycount Pack, Week 5 Check-in [Polycount]