Months before the game became F2P, a friend let me use his account to try out the game and see if I wanted to buy it. I played as Medic and sucked since I’d never played a FPS before, and soon after I got motion sick and had to take it slow. I don’t remember who were the guys I was playing with, but they were all super nice and understanding of my situation, giving me tips and thanks and telling me to rest if I got worse.
After that time, I tried to keep playing, but couldn’t last more than 20 minutes before nausea hit me (and I one time I was so stubborn I almost threw up). Later I found that when I play FPS I have what is called simulator sickness. I tried to mitigate it with ginger, changing the settings of games, dimming the screen and playing for short periods, but my tolerance has barely improved, so I stopped trying.
Yet, despite my circumstances, I keep up with all of TF2’s supplemental material, check the fandom very often and consider myself a fan. When I tell people why I don’t play the game, they all understand. My “cred” as a fan has never been questioned. I never had to prove that I am a legit fan.
And that means a lot to me. Thank you, TF2.’