Left 4 Dead

Although it's a little difficult for me to work up excitement about a fan film based on a game that's based on nearly every zombie film under the sun, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this teaser. It's not often that the terms "fan made" and "high production values" fall into the same sentence, but you may be surprised.

One of the major laments of "Left 4 Dead 2" (mostly before its release) that was that besides a very far-away cameo, the survivors from the original game were absent from the sequel. Come the spring, that problem will be taken care of as Valve has announced that the first DLC for the critically acclaimed sequel to the critically acclaimed first person Zombie shootout will include the original iconic survivors and some other goodies as well:

“Left 4 Dead 2” is just under three weeks away from hitting stores and so far all the signs are pointing to the sequel being even better than the original. So as the calendar gets closer to November 14th we’re sure to see more and more media surrounding the game popping up. The first of which you can view below. It’s the new TV spot for the game and I can only imagine it will be running during the World Series. Or as my fellow Met fans and I like to call it, the first sign of the Apocalypse. It’s a sports reference on a horror site, we’re making it happen today! Batter up kids!

Presumably to muffle the cries of their colicky fanbase over the abrupt announcement and impending release of "Left 4 Dead 2", Valve will be releasing a new campaign for the original game in September. However, unlike the last pack of DLC that included new multiplayer maps and an entirely new online mode, XBOX360 users are going to have to pony up the dough for the new "Crash Course" campaign.

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.

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.

For days, I've been reading various posts about the apparent 'boycott' of "Left 4 Dead 2," the recently announced sequel to Valve's popular zombie blasting FPS. Although I was positive about the news, throngs of angry fans voiced their opinions to the contrary. Primarily, they were angry about the fact that Valve had promised to continually provide additional content for the original "Left 4 Dead," something that they are known for as a publisher.

This week is the kick off of E3, the mecca of the video game industry. Microsoft kicked off the event with their press conference filled with their new game announcements. The biggest for horror fans is the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2 due Nov. 17th 2009, and the new full trailer, which you can check out below.

After much chatter about the subject, Valve has finally unveiled the beta version of Left 4 Dead's authoring tools, that will allow you to create character skins, maps, models, props, and more.

Today we are opening the beta of the Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools to the public. It is available as a free download for all owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead, and can be found under the "Tools" tab in Steam.

The L4D Authoring Tools include modified versions of the same tools we used to produce Left 4 Dead.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being a gamer that hasn't played "Left 4 Dead" yet, you probably should take care of that. Luckily, Valve will be putting it up on Steam for FREE this Friday. Yes, there's a catch, but it's still pretty cool:

Yes, instead of spending $40 on the game, you can spend $0. The catch? The offer's only good for a 24-hour period, and once that 24 hours is up, the "free" game will be locked, and you'll need to pay up to play up.