๖ۣۜFalcon Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:01pm
Do hats increase your skill?
why do only good players have unusuals. RIGGED
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Funboyfun23 Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:09pm 
Mostly people with hats or unusuals shows experience, time and skill to a player. Even though its possible that somone with a Gibus is 10x better then somone with a unusual its highly unlikely. So really having a hat doesnt increase your skill its just a hat. (even though some hats influence the loadout a player has) so when people say F2P they are basically calling that person a noob just in a TF2 fashion.
Lucifer ★ Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:10pm 
prob caz they have played for a sh*t long time

and no, hats dont = skill, time playing the game = skill
Pagan Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:14pm 
No, but vanity is human nature. If go serious, does playing TF2 increase your life quality? Just let it be.
Funboyfun23 Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:19pm 
Originally posted by Lucifer:
prob caz they have played for a sh*t long time

and no, hats dont = skill, time playing the game = skill

Not really even though hats do show experience and skill its possible for someone getting tf2 for free to get a hat the very same day of getting TF2
Lucifer ★ Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:27pm 
Originally posted by Funboyfun23:
Originally posted by Lucifer:
prob caz they have played for a sh*t long time

and no, hats dont = skill, time playing the game = skill

Not really even though hats do show experience and skill its possible for someone getting tf2 for free to get a hat the very same day of getting TF2

i think you misunderstood me. im saying hats dont mean you got skill but time played does.

a person with over 3k hrs played and no hats would (most of the time) be better then someone else that has 100hrs played and 50 hats

Sentient_Toaster Feb 27, 2013 @ 10:30pm 
They don't.

It's more that they prioritize dressing up in TF2, and are willing to spend time trading for those items (or, less likely, unboxing them). You can be damn good at TF2 and not care about dressing up; you can care a hell of a lot about the latter, and be lousy at the game. There are even people who spend time trying to profit from trading, but I suspect that the possible profit per hour of effort spent trading would be substantially less than from the same amount of effort at an actual job.
1hp super cookie with evil hats Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:00pm 
THEY JUST MAKE YOU MORE EVIL...
20 Sentry Fox Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:24pm 
The more expensive the hat, the more time must be spent to acquire it.
The more time you spend playing the game, the mor expirienced the player becomes.

However, this doesn't take into account people who are traders first and players second or those who spend real money on the game.





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UltraGamer902 Feb 27, 2013 @ 11:37pm 
Your status in the trading world will never mark your skill at playing the game itself.
DeadPixel Feb 28, 2013 @ 4:46am 
Originally posted by Lucifer:
and no, hats dont = skill, time playing the game = skill

Time spent isn't a good way to tell because I've played for a while and I am bad.
End Feb 28, 2013 @ 5:03am 
I have a few unusuals , no my skill does not go up :P .

One thing I do notice is people seem to hunt you down more when you are wearing unusuals probably because its much easier to see you .

I guess it might intimidate your enemy's .

Edit: I view hats and unusual hats more as a sort of badge of honor.

It's your time spent searching / trading for your favorite load out.

I'm not sure about everyone else but I put a lot of time into trading so I could acquire my unusuals , unlike some people that just throw money at the screen or get lucky on unboxing (congrats on either way though lol.)
Start_Running Feb 28, 2013 @ 5:05am 
Hats Like Goggles do nothing!

End of story. They are not an indication of skill, they are not an indication of even time spent. They are just vanity items.

One could say it takes a long time to get a hat but then one realizes most hats can be acquired via trade or the mann store for a few dollars. Unusual's meh, more or less the same. All they really show is that you spent a lot of money on a free game :p
Enigmantic Feb 28, 2013 @ 5:08am 
Hats make you think your skill is increased. It's a placebo effect.
Agentrock12 Feb 28, 2013 @ 5:10am 
hats are fun to wear :)
Brian Feb 28, 2013 @ 7:36am 
Hats don't increase your skill, but it makes people FEEL like they do better, and everyone around them. It's a psychological feeling. (now I might be using this term wrong, but bear with me)
For example, you're a manager looking to hire people to work. There are two people looking for a job, and are complete strangers, and at first glance, you see one who looks like he has never seen a shower in his whole life, and is wearing casual clothes, while the other man is dressed up for work, with a suit and tie, shoes, and all that. Who will you pick? Anybody who has a shred of intelligence will choose the man in the suit, why? Because he LOOKS like he actually cares about the job well enough to dress up. Now, can he actually work? We don't know, but because of how he dresses, we can assume(and I hate assuming) that he actually knows that he can work, while the other guy is just looking for a job because there is no other job out there.
This is the same with hats. Do they increase skill? Probably not, but at first glance, we can assume that the player with an unusual hat has far greater skill than the player with no hat.

Hats don't affect skill, but what they do affect is what happens in a game.
For example-medics. When you are playing as medic, at first glance, anybody right in the head will ubercharge a Demoman with an unusual and all "Hale's Own" weapons over the Demoman with nothing but stock. Why? Because he has the "better items". He is "dressed up" for the "job" while the other is not. Do you actually KNOW if the Demoman with the unusual is any better than the Demoman with nothing? No, you don't if they are complete strangers, but that's the psychological feeling everybody gets.

Another example-You are a Heavy with an unusual hat. Standing right beside you is a Heavy with a Ghastly Gibus and the Pyrovision Goggles. A medic with another unusual comes up to both of you with a full ubercharge. Who is he going to give it to? Unless he specifically knows the Gibus Heavy, he wil no doubt ubercharge you. Why? Because he is under the assumption that you MUST be good because you have an unusual. Are you actually good? Maybe, maybe not, but hats DO affect gameplay.


TL;DR Long explanation short, hats don't affect skill, but they do affect gameplay.

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