Announcer

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This article is about the generic role of voice over Announcers in the game. For the non-player character who is the main Announcer heard in the vast majority of maps, see Administrator.
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The Announcer (also Host or voice over) refers to a wide assortment of informative, often entertaining, voice cues heard by players on each team before and during gameplay. While each class character contributes class-specific event voice over cues, the general Announcer is usually an individual non-player character. The Announcer provides verbal cues of various game events meant for the entire team, including starts and ends of rounds (with countdowns), the killing of an entire team, Intelligence status, Bomb progress, and Match outcomes. While many of the verbal cues that players hear appear to be specific to their own team, rest assured that the other team is receiving an equal amount of support and criticism (a basis for the character of the Administrator).

The Announcer role was created by Helen, the Administrator of TF Industries, and it is portrayed that she monitors combat through the video cameras mounted throughout the maps. The Administrator's voice is heard on the vast majority of released maps, so much so that the names Announcer, Administrator, and Helen have been largely synonymous in discussions of Gameplay as well as in the Storyline. A deeper discussion of Helen's Announcer role in Gameplay and the related Storyline is given in her biography.

A number of other characters have been introduced to perform the Announcer role, particularly in Halloween maps, although certain of Helen's voice cues may still be heard in any case.