Team Fortress 2 gets $100 in-game engagement ring

Valve introduces giftable "Something Special for Someone Special" diamond ring, calls it "basically useless."

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Money can't buy love, but it can buy a $100 in-game engagement ring in Team Fortress 2, Valve has announced.

To mark Valentine's Day, the studio has made available a $100 "Something Special for Someone Special" in-game engagement ring. According to Valve, "it's basically useless."

The Engineer finds the diamonds, you buy them.

After purchasing the ring, players can gift it to whomever they wish. The ring will appear in that person's backpack, and that lucky gamer will be prompted to accept the proposal. When the proposal is accepted, the entire Team Fortress 2 community will receive a message including both person's names and whatever the buyer decided to title the ring.

After that, Valve said the gift becomes two identical diamond bands, which players can don as they play Team Fortress 2. The ring is untradeable, and Valve did not say what would happen if the proposal was rejected.

Discussion

162 comments
gbrading
gbrading moderator

Words fail me somewhat. You have to question who in their right mind would by such a thing. At least they admit it's useless.

PetJel
PetJel

If children were not starving in Africa in I had the money on the side I'd buy it for a friend just for the lulz.

 

But yeah..

koospetoors
koospetoors

Do they also announce it when the proposal is rejected?

 

 

sortajan
sortajan

Valve outright told us that it's "basically useless," so I don't see how anyone could be annoyed by it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I didn't even know there was that big of a community still playing this game. 5 year old shooter? I found it medeocre and gave up after like 2 weeks, years ago. If this story is true, good for Valve - some people just have too much money. Blizzard has had useless vanity items in game for years now - I imagine they've made millions off them.

megakick
megakick

Fake? What happens if the person says no? April Fools Leaked?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

First thing that came to mi mind was "whoever pays for this actually deserves to pay for it"

Ultimate39
Ultimate39

@dRuGGeRnaUt I think its partly a spoof of this once Free-to-Play racing game I saw (NFS?) where the developers said they added a 100$ car, and they were completely serious about the price.

Chrono_Shift
Chrono_Shift

It's tempting... I mean come on, wouldn't it be hilarious to be able to say you've been a part of this? Let alone in a game where it happens? How the hell would everyone react(I picture confetti flying everywhere, everyone just stops what they're doing and they start jumping while spinning shouting obligatory congrats phrases...this needs to be on Youtube)?

caffiend7
caffiend7

welp time to make a new tf2 meme. instead of hats it'll be rings

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Any other company did this, it would be blasphemous, but blizzard/valve do it, and its "oh valve you hopeless romantic". I think its fine they sell things like this, dont like it dont buy it, but to come up with justifications why its okay that VALVE does this is ignorant. Blizz/valve have the most extremely dedicated defensive fanbase, and usually are incapable of admiting even the slightest faults.

Verenti
Verenti

Geeze. Valve gives an interesting way to propose to your girlfriend, Gamespot community poo-poos it because it doesn't give enough ingame benefit and/or is too expensive. How does everyone here feel about paying someone to write your proposal in the sky or other silly gestures?

fabz_95
fabz_95

Haha wow, I bet some people will buy this.

supertom221
supertom221

I can't believe people are taknig this seriously.... Even the dumba$$es calling this a milking by Valve.... are you guys mentally challenged?? THIS IS A JOKE. A jest Valve made for Valentine's Day. They even wrote in it's description--- BASICALLY USELESS. Any moron who takes this seriously should probably steer clear of TF2, or any Valve game for that matter, and anyone who is stupid enough to buy this is either a major love sicknerd or is just an idiot, and deserves to have that money taken away from him. Well played, Valve, well played....

Nzilla
Nzilla

wow, trying to milk money out of lovesick nerds. shame on you valve... shame...

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

Ffs please just use the money to buy a real ring....

GBASWFan
GBASWFan

What would suck is if she said no because you are a money wasting dumb@$$. *frowny face*

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

I'm waiting for DLC cars to sale for retail price.

klgisme2
klgisme2

does p.t barnum's ghost run valve cause this proves theres a sucker born every minute

Lincvattic
Lincvattic

this is so ironic. Valve is like the hipster of gaming devs.

nedrith
nedrith

Unless your girlfriend is that much into gaming and you really want to marry her, $100 on a fricken valentine's gift for something that can be used only in a single game......get her something better for that amount of money. though if you are spending $100 in a in-game engagement ring hate to see how much you are spending on the real one.

Driscoal
Driscoal

"it's basically useless" Oh, Valve, you hopeless romantic fool, you...

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

in a few months i bet valve will reward the ppl who bought these and make it tradeable and it will end up be worth more then 100$

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

I dont need to buy this. *forever alone*

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

well thats sweet, considering the multitude of female gamers playing TF2...definitely useless alright...

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

I'm gonna buy two just to flaunt my wealth. It's good to have land.

thedemon44
thedemon44

Don't buy it if you don't want it.

kris9031998
kris9031998

@decebal Thats because they KNOW its worthless, thats the point. Its not like they flaunt it to be an actually USEFUL item. They even say its useless. its for sentimental value only, and couples who both play tf2 might get it anyway.

decebal
decebal

When EA added a $75 super car that you can actually use, everybody ate them for breakfast. $100 ring it's all great, because it's Valve, and we should all suck up to them.

decebal
decebal

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dav2693
dav2693

@Gelugon_baat "Activision and EA won't tell the potential customer that they are wasting their money with a purchase." haha true.

RIIIIKU
RIIIIKU

....the Ultimate Rip-Off.....but i dont know why that made me Love Valve even More :D

Shadowsnake
Shadowsnake

While it does seem an bit stupid to add a useless Engagement Ring the Unusual Hats go for quite a bit more than $100 sometimes and people still buy them they don't seem to care if its a virtual hat. I hear the next update will release a $200 virtual C**kring. Non-tradable of course. =P

npkgardens
npkgardens

There are people that need new ways to dispose of their excess money, and Valve is willing to accommodate them. Why not? As long as the game is making money, it will survive. It is hard not to be a little peeved by this if you are scraping to make ends meet, but those folks need to dispose of that $100 somewhere, and perhaps it's better for us that they do so in TF2 than a real jewelers shop. This is the world we actually live in, like it or not. "Fairness" only exists in games and fairy tales. Now Valve needs to escalate this strategy, IMO. How about a $10,000 necktie, or a $100,000 pair of sunglasses? That could go a long way toward keeping servers up and running for a while. Heck, throw down $1,000,000 and they can make an island and name it after you.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

Believe it or not, there is someone somewhere that wants this. Guaranteed.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Valve are hilarious. Can I buy one of these and marry GlaDos please?

adam270391
adam270391

The last game I played that added a $100 cash-shop item started an irl protest (albeit small) outside the company's European office, the game shut down about 2 months later due to lack of profits.

starduke
starduke

$100...FOR A DIGITAL RING?! You have got to be kidding me. At least Valve admits it's "Basically Useless".

mutley89
mutley89

Is this a joke? people who buy this don't deserve to have money.

Masoodahmedkk
Masoodahmedkk

I calmed down when I saw the part where it said "basically useless". Valve is great.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

There's a saying about fools and there money being soon parted and this is just another example of how true that is.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @Sevenizz It's consistently one of the most popular games being played on Steam.