, u want moar community updates.gif
You're no more right or wrong than anyone else. Your opinion on what makes for a living vs dead game differs from others', though – and that's why statements like "TF2 is dead" rub people the wrong way.
So, TF2 is dead to you because Valve has been increasingly starving the community for decent content updates? I agree, it's total balls when compared to the updates we had in the past. Personally, I miss those intense ARGs that got the whole community involved, even if towards the end it devolved into an elitist circlejerk solving the ARG on their own and closing off community participation... but I digress.
Most of the community badly wants new maps to sink their teeth into and toys to play with and game modes to shake up the meta. Community updates just don't bring that, and that stems from Valve still maintaining standards over what they think passes for quality content. The problem is a lot of their current standards differ from the community's, hence why their fans are in uproar – community wants actual gaming content, Valve thinks we just want more items to play dress-up. Maybe Valve has lost sight of what it means to have fun in a game (lack of real gaming content, excessive or unneeded nerfs, unbalanced weapons, lack of effort to rectify actual issues), maybe it's because they only run a skeleton crew for the game now, or maybe it's because their tastes in what they want out of TF2 have changed. Whatever the reason, the handling of TF2 these days certainly isn't what it used to be, and with every step they change it more to their tastes, more oldfags jump ship.
Not trying to be a downer here. Actually, I believe it's times like these that are most crucial to the health of a game and its community. It really is the perfect chance to contact Valve, protest what they're doing, and make some actual suggestions about the direction you want it to go. Whining here, on fumblr, amongst your friends.. none of that is going to do anything (although whining on reddit seemed to do the trick. RIP sticky nerf). Write Valve an email or start a poll or petition to show them the community is alive, and they want some pretty specific things. If they don't respond to that, then you can declare the game you once loved 'dead'.
I do like me some conga though. Partner taunts may be technically useless but I'll be damned if they're not some of the most fun little additions since Demo's squeaky-butt taunt