TF2 voice cast chaos now includes ABBA parody because why not

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In 2022, a group of voice actors from Team Fortress 2—Valve's game of first-person shooting and endlessly shouting "MEDDDICCC!" when I'm right behind you, like I always am—caused chaos across small-town America in a hunt for sandwiches. Well, "sandviches". They were also searching for the Medic, because some things never change.

It was a delightful series in which the actors, including Ellen McLain, who portrayed TF2's loudspeaker-dominating Administrator but is more famous as GLaDOS from the Portal games, baffled bystanders while blaring at each other in-character. The videos have peaked in their most recent chapter: the Search for Sandvich becomes Song for Sandvich (opens in new tab), with the voice actors performing a version of Mamma Mia by ABBA only with the lyrics changed to reference The Heavy's edible device.

They're joined in this banjo rendition of the 1975 pop classic by actor Liz McCarthy, after a series of bizarre Twin Peaks references throughout the saga climaxed in her appearance as a mystery woman lurking in the Seattle Public Library (opens in new tab). (In Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, McCarthy played a character listed in the credits as "Giggling Secretary".) Honestly, it's not just the bystanders who've been a bit baffled by these videos, though that's no bad thing. 

It's wonderful seeing the actors have such a good time, and makes me wish Valve would sling some more work their way. I don't need a Team Fortress 3, but the Meet the Team videos were as important as the good times I had in 2Fort and Badlands. More animated adventures, maybe adapted from the surprisingly good TF2 comics (opens in new tab), would make me a happy man. We never did find out what would happen in the never-published issue seven, a cliffhanger that genuinely bothers me more than the absence of Half-Life 3 at this point. 

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.