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"Left 4 Winchester" Brings Shaun to L4D

Ever since Valve opened up "Left 4 Dead" to mod development, both game and zombie enthusiasts have scrambled to recreate their favorite scenes from famous zombie films in the game. Movies like "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead" are easy targets, but a crew of modders has assembled to work on 'Left 4 Winchester,' a custom campaign based on "Shaun of the Dead." The campaign is broken up in sequence to fit the movie, starting at Shaun's living room (above) and ending in the back room of the iconic Winchester Tavern.

"Bioshock 2" Delayed Until 2010

The buzz machine has been firing on all cylinders for the past few months over the fall release of "Bioshock 2," including shipments of records, paper dolls, and misc promotional materials to media outlets. Unfortunately, the news broke yesterday that even with such strong hype, we're going to have to wait just a bit longer to get our hands on the game, specifically the (I'm sure intentionally) vague "2010 fiscal year."

Walk a Zombie Bridge in "Undead Knights" (PSP)

Everyone and their mother is putting out a zombie game these days, and Tecmo is now jumping into the fray with "Undead Knights." Slated for an October release in Japan, it will feature pretty straightforward hack and slash gameplay as well as wacky environmental puzzles that involve using the decaying hordes to cross rivers, topple towers, etc. It's on the PSP so it looks to be about the quality of your average PS2 game, but zombie game completists will find something to love. With a trailer this enthusiastic, how could you not be just a little excited?

Channel Your Inner Lovecraft With "Scribblenauts"

Though I tend to ignore the seemingly kiddish Nintendo DS, I occasionally stumble upon a little gem that makes me long for the days where I was playing "Super Mario Land 2" on my Game Boy (the BIG one) with the volume turned down in church. Last month at E3, players got their first taste of "Scribblenauts," an upcoming puzzle action game from 5th Cell and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. While on the surface it appears to be nothing more than a kid's toy, what lies beneath the surface is the making of a really, really cool game.

Lucha Minis Drugged to Death by Hookers

In this strange world we live in, there's news of the weird and news of the "seriously? no fucking way"! Earlier in the week, the good lord took Lucha minis La Parkita and El Espectrito, but not in a way that would warrant a tearful 10-bell salute.

"Fallen Earth" Wants to be your Anti-WoW

I've avoided the world of MMORPGS's (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, but you know that you nerd) for quite some time, mostly because I barely have time to play games that don't require me to meet real-time goals. With World of Warcraft blowing up to the point of inviting a parody on South Park, it's safe to say that MMO's have reached far beyond their previous demographic, which included for lack of a better term, basement dwellers.

"AAA: El Videojuego", Best News I've Heard all Day

For whatever reason, I haven't bought a non-XBLA game in months. It could be the fact that it's the summer (yeah right), but it's more likely the fact that nothing has particularly tickled my fancy of late. Apparently, someone was listening to my fanboy longings, as the virtually unknown publisher Slang has announced and demoed "AAA: El Videojuego," a wrestling game based on the popular lucha libre promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), which houses many familiar faces from the lucha bouts on WCW Monday Nitro in the 90's, and more recently, TNA.

Burton's "Alice..." Stills are Giving me Nightmares

Even if you hadn't heard about the movie previously, would you really blink if I told you that Tim Burton is directing a re-imagination of "Alice in Wonderland" with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in starring roles? Of course you wouldn't. Although many people are getting sick of Burton's creepy power couple, it seems that he's got a couple of tricks up his sleeve to keep things fresh, mainly using CGI to augment and distort live action, a technique which has come into use recently with action films, but hasn't been stretched (no pun intended) to this level before.

"Magic: The Gathering..." (XBLA) Mini-Review

When I was in fourth grade, my parents had a treehouse built for me for my birthday. When it was finally finished, I didn't pretend it was a pirate ship or a secret clubhouse. I grabbed my four giant boxes of cards for Magic: The Gathering, hauled them up the rickety ladder, and proceeded to play with Eric and one of his friends for hours. This was a continuing trend for quite a while, until I foolishly sold my cards to my cousin for a meager $30. That was almost 15 years ago. These days I can legally drink, have sex pretty frequently, and fancy myself to be quite the fun guy.

Banned "Left 4 Dead 2" Cover Isn't Very Exciting

If "Left 4 Dead 2" is anything, it will be bloody, violent, and a hell of a lot of fun. With all of the hooplah about its "rushed" release, I would have thought that the cover of the game would be the least of everyone's concern. Apparently, I was wrong.

At Valve's booth you saw one or two instances of the hand image shown in this picture of Chet Faliszeck, and the ring and pinky fingers have been completely bitten off. That's an image Valve claims the ESRB wouldn't allow for future marketing materials.

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