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The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter KönigPeter König is a concept art legend. Over the past quarter of a century his creature designs, sculptures and animation work have been featured in blockbuster hits like Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers and Cloverfield.


Which is all well and good, but he's also spent the last four years working as a concept artist, modeller and texture artist at Valve, where he's lent his talents to the Left 4 Dead series, Portal 2 and DOTA 2.


While there sadly aren't any images from Portal, and only one from DOTA 2, König's Left 4 Dead stuff is a treasure trove of the walking dead, rotting flesh and rejected designs for special infected that involved shooting rats out of a zombie's stomach.


You can see a nice collection of König's body of work, both in games and cinema, at his personal site.


Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists. If you're in the business and have some concept, environment or character art you'd like to share, drop us a line!

The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König
The Half-Eaten Valve Art of Peter König


L4D Blog


Gib Fest
Blast the infected to shreds with M60s.

Swords can slice up some fun. Chainsaws can tear apart the infected. But you need to get close for both and well… chainsaws are really loud! Time to go with the ultimate gun, you and three friends armed with M60s and unlimited ammo. This is going to get messy.

Cold Stream
As we recently posted on our blog, we are busy working on the full Cold Stream DLC which will include Cold Stream, Blood Harvest, Crash Course, Dead Air, Death Toll, and No Mercy. We will be updating Campaigns on Steam with bug fixes as we get ready to ship the DLC.

Check the release notes as the list of fixes is extensive. The Xbox 360 will get Campaigns with the bug fixes at a future date.

Jan 6, 2012
L4D Blog
With the team back from the holidays, we have been hard at work on the Cold Stream DLC and wanted to let you know what is going on.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

She's a bit young, isn't she?

Dear me, I wasn’t paying attention yesterday. Remember that we told you about the excellent trailer for a Left 4 Dead fan-made film, that to my eyes at least look Hollywood scale? The full 10 minute version is now there for you to see. And by “there”, I mean, “just below these words”. It really is remarkably good.

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PC Gamer



This is the full length version of the Left 4 Dead fan film that was teased two weeks ago. With Bill's tragic demise, the Left 4 Dead crew are a member short. On the way to a safe room three blocks away they find a replacement. And then another one. And then another, until everything's gone a bit mad. Which one would you pick to become the crew's new fourth member?
Kotaku

Last week, a very slick-looking trailer for a Left 4 Dead fan flick appeared online. It set a very sombre, serious tone.


Over the weekend, the actual short film was released. It is not what you'll have been expecting.


If you're at all interested in seeing how it was made, you can check out a behind-the-scenes clip here.



Kotaku

Last week, a very slick-looking trailer for a Left 4 Dead fan flick appeared online. It set a very sombre, serious tone.


Over the weekend, the actual short film was released. It is not what you'll have been expecting.


If you're at all interested in seeing how it was made, you can check out a behind-the-scenes clip here.



Dec 16, 2011
L4D Blog

If you have been playing Left 4 Dead 2 for a bit, you probably have your own lists of who is naughty and who is nice. We already make it easy for you to track who is being nice – we have the Steam Friends list. But we know people can rage, players can grief, and some people… well some people you just don’t want to play another game with.

For those special people, we have the blocked list. Think of it as your own personal naughty list. Not only will those people not be getting gifts from you this holiday season, they also won’t be joining you in any games, reindeer or otherwise.

Once you add someone to your blocked list, they will not be able to join your game. This means they are blocked through the lobby interface, the server browser, the recently played list, and even direct connecting. They are gone from your life.

Kotaku

Your First Proper Look at a Valve Action FigureValve action figures. Based on Half-life, Team Fortress, Portal and Left 4 Dead. It was amazing news back in June, but since then, all we've seen is teases. Nothing final. That changes today.


Figure maker NECA took the wraps off the first Left 4 Dead action figure, the Boomer, which isn't due until well into 2012. NECA's figures can be pretty hit-and-miss when it comes to things like proportions and joints, so it's good to see him looking spot-on.




In addition to the Boomer shots, NECA also showed off a prototype image of a Smoker zombie, which is looking just as good.


Valve's Left 4 Dead Boomer – 1st Full-Color Pic Out! [NECA, thanks John!]


Kotaku

Left 4 Dead isn't exactly the most romantic game. It's not romantic at all. But that doesn't mean it isn't a wonderful place to ask for a lady's hand in marriage.


That's exactly what one gamer did. In the above video, things start out normal enough, then the level is ripped apart, and then things get sweet.


The mod was created by RT Frisk for the young man who asked for Jessica's hand. And according to him, she did say "yes"—only after asking him if he was kidding.


Left 4 Dead 2 Proposal [YouTube via Dtoid]


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