The community of dedicated Team Fortress 2 players are currently in uproar over Valve’s removal of some items.
It seems some unscrupulous players were using a external (to the game) idling program to take advantage of the games random item drop mechanic and gain better items. The games developers, Valve, discovered this and removed the items gained, and gave everyone who didn’t participate in the scheme a halo shaped hat.
Valve said that only 4.5% of players have been affected, but the community says that number includes people who bought the orange box and never play Team Fortress and players who no longer play, and so the number is actually far larger when considering only the current player base.
Some the players say that the item trading system which has yet to be implemented into the game, is part of the problem, as without a ‘official’ source players find other ways to get items. So the idling program was created to assist players, and according to the community Valve never said the program was cheating otherwise it would have been shut down.
Those who didn’t use the program are being affected, as some players are refusing to play with anyone who has a halo hat, limiting the number of players available. Valve have not commented at this time.