Hey there, If you are reading this guide you must have wondered as how you can view the textures or models from TF2 yourself right?
Well since May the first 2013 Team Fortress 2 has switched to a new method of loading and storing files called "Steampipe". Now files are stored wihin ".vpk's", these ".vpk" files are also the files we'll be opening to search and extract our files from the game.
So, within this guide I'll show you exactly how you open up the vpks, navigate them to find what you need and extract files from them.
But why would I even want to extract files from the game!?
Well theres numerous answers for that, one of them is to customize items already ingame.
Lets say you really like your Sentry but you think it would look better if instead of Red and Blue it was Black and White.
Well then, its possible to extract the current files from the game, modify their colours and put them back in! Wonderful right?
Or you're having troubles creating your own item, maybe that wood texture just doesnt look right. Closely paying attention to textures already in the game could be that secret to find out what is wrong with your texture and help improve it!
And if youre not really into modding it's still exciting to see what TF2 is made out of, like a big treasure hunt of mold, dust and hats.