a grumpy and gruff war monger who, as the post states, was taken away from the latest issue of Punishment Monthly and a carton of cigarettes to deal with cheaters.... or an admin working for Valve who decided to add a bit of levity to the announcement that some cheaters were caught?
I play quite a bit of TF2, I don't cheat, and I was still unhappy being on the receiving ends of those words.
For the "Fail" blog post it was accusing players of 'illegitimately' farming achievements by using an external program. In case anyone was wondering, you need achievements to unlock additional weaponry to use in game. Now this seems fine in principle, but practically it makes no sense. Anyone can start their own server by clicking on the "Create Server" button and farm a ton of those achievements. For example, in the last scout update there was a handful that dealt with capturing points and intelligence. It's easy enough to run in an empty server to capture points and intelligence and start to get unlockable weaponry. And if you're lucky enough to be part of a clan with a private server, it takes all of 15 minutes to 'farm' the other achievements out with clan mates. Is this any more 'illegitimate' than using an external program? Achievements are supposed to be personal gratification, something you can aspire to, not something that's required to get something more out of your game. I play FPS's to avoid the grind. Why should it feel like I'm playing WOW suddenly everytime there's an unlockable update?