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Originally Posted by TheRealMaxey
Myself being a player from what I would call the "golden years" (prior to the Mann-Conomy update), I definitely understand the spirit of your comment. I think the commercialization of TF2 was the beginning of the end in some ways.
To that point, reality is reality and I think the evolution of TF2 has been brought to a point where the F2P crowd has irreversibly changed the feel of the game forever. In the process of that evolution, there are thousands of players that will never be playing the game "seriously".
Heck, that's been going on ever since people started achievement farming, which was probably the original Gold Rush Update. There are a lot of things wrong with the game now that weren't a few years ago, but people wasting time on achievement/idle servers instead of playing the game proper isn't one of them.