Meet the Sniper

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Meet the Sniper
Meet the Sniper Titlecard
Video Info
Released: June 7, 2008
Run time: 1:40

Video transcript

Notes

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  • The title card displays 'COPYRIGHT LOLOLOL' on the bottom right corner, a recurring joke throughout the Meet the Team videos.
  • The area seen before the title card appears resembles the one seen in the beginning of Expiration Date.
  • The billboard in the opening shot and behind the Sniper in the pay phone scenes reads 'FOAD: Camping Fun, All year round!' This is both a reference to the "camping" style of gameplay Snipers employ and the acronym FOAD (Fuck Off And Die).
  • The sign that appears at the beginning of the video displays the Sniper Rifle's old headshot kill icon.
  • The Sniper drives a 1965 Land Rover Series I Camper Van, a hint to his game style. The van appears to be painted in "Sahara Dust", a green-grey tone.
  • The Sniper's van bears the Team Fortress series logo on the roof.
  • One of the bumper stickers on the camper reads 'MY OTHER CAMPER IS A SWORD VAN!', a reference to one of KC Green's Custom Comix.[1]
  • A note taped to the windscreen of the camper reads 'TAX IN POST', a reference to the popular British comedy Only Fools and Horses.
  • The Sniper's camper van was eventually turned into a model by Valve for map and machinima makers, and also appears in Thunder Mountain in the very back of the map, by a water tower on a cliff near the RED side, and Mannhattan, by the ramp leading up, away from the robot entryway.
  • The bobblehead on the Sniper's dash is a caricature of the Civilian as he appears in the original Team Fortress Classic series of games.
    • Originally, the Civilian bobblehead on the dashboard of the camper van at the beginning of the video was a bobblehead of the "Old Geezer" from the "Old Geezer Draft Beer" poster found in-game. It was later replaced because the intended Sniper reference was too obscure for people to understand.[2]
  • The phrase "Boom. Headshot.", popularized by the character FPS Doug in the online comedy series Pure Pwnage, is common in the first-person shooter genre.
  • The music in the video is a homage to the "Magnum Force" theme by Lalo Schifrin.
    • The music in this video is one of two pieces of music featured in a Meet the Team video that has yet to be released as a main menu theme.
  • In the scene where the Sniper brushes his teeth, his signature Sniper Rifle is reflected in the mirror. It appears correctly right-handed in the mirror, so out of the mirror, it would appear to be designed for use by a left-handed person.
  • The jars of urine are the very first glimpse of Jarate, which may also be an explanation for Jarate being referred to in the game files as "urinejar".
  • In the timelapse scene, the Sniper drinks a brown liquid (most likely coffee) out of a mug with the words "#1 Sniper". This is a reference to the RED team always beating the BLU team in the Meet The Team videos. It is also a reference to the "#1 DAD" and "#1 MOM" mugs that are often found in novelty stores.
  • The Sniper's "standards" are very similar to the rules that James Mattis gave to the United States Marine Corps as quoted in Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (2006) by Thomas E. Ricks: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."[3]
  • All three of the Sniper's "standards" were later turned into achievements (There are a total of four, as "Have a plan to kill everyone you meet" is broken into two), and the first two correspond to what the Sniper does in the clips (doffing his hat, and killing three enemies without missing). When he is speaking to his father on the phone, he says that he is "not a crazed gunman, Dad", which is another Sniper achievement [kill 3 enemies achieving an objective in a single life].
    • The phrase "Professionals Have Standards" is a StarCraft II achievement, in reference to Team Fortress 2. The achievement in StarCraft is to kill a certain amount of enemies with Sniper rounds in one game, and is the only phrase of the Sniper's standard speech not used as an achievement in Team Fortress 2.
  • The Sniper's Sniper Rifle is leaning against the wall during the enactment of the achievement Be Polite (at 1:12). In the shot directly preceding it, where the Spy is stabbed with the Kukri (at 1:05), the Sniper Rifle is missing.
  • The Pyro is wielding the Flare Gun, an unlockable weapon which had not been publicly revealed at the time of the video's release.

Related merchandise

References

  1. KC Green's Custom Comix
  2. TF2 Official Website blog post
  3. “Fiasco”, Armed Forces Journal, August 2006

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