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Brothers Colin and Connor McGuire wanted a Left 4 Dead movie... so they made one.



The home project took them the better part of two years, including 3000 hours of editing. The final product is about the length of an "hour" long television show, clocking in around 40 minutes, and looks at least as good as several TV shows I've seen.



You can find out more about the making-of from the video listing and the McGuires' Facebook page.


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Attentive horror fans may have spotted the bilious Boomer and other Left 4 Dead monsters snuck into Joss Whedon's delightful scare 'em up movie The Cabin in the Woods, but L4D's involvement was once supposed to be far greater. Director Drew Goddard has revealed that a CitW expansion was planned for Left 4 Dead 2, but sadly got scrapped. Plainly, this post contains spoilers for the film, which you really should see if you haven't.

"We actually were going to do a downloadable L4D2 expansion pack, where you'd fight in the Cabin world, but then MGM went bankrupt so the delay squashed it," Goddard said in an 'Ask Me Anything' on Reddit. "But the people at Valve were still cool enough to let us use some of their monsters to fill the cubes in the background (I had a lot of cubes to fill.)"

He added, "By the way -- the game was gonna be amazing. You were gonna be able to play in both the upstairs 'Cabin in the Woods' world and the downstairs 'facility' world with all the monsters. Believe me, I HATE all video games based on movies, they always suck, but porting Cabin into Left For Dead felt like the right fit. It pains me that it didn't happen."

Here's the scene where the Left 4 Dead monsties appear:

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We Almost Got A Left 4 Dead Expansion Based On Cabin In The WoodsEagle-eyed gamers watching the tricksy horror flick Cabin In The Woods might have noticed a cool shout-out to Valve's Left 4 Dead in a sequence in the third act of the movie.



Talking today in a Reddit IAmA, the film's director Drew Goddard said we almost got a lot more than that: If MGM hadn't gone bankrupt, we would've gotten a downloadable Left 4 Dead expansion pack based on the movie.



Cabin In The Woods Spoilers Follow.



Here's Goddard:




We actually were going to do a downloadable L4D2 expansion pack, where you'd fight in the Cabin world, but then MGM went bankrupt so the delay squashed it. But the people at Valve were still cool enough to let us use some of their monsters to fill the cubes in the background (I had a lot of cubes to fill.)



By the way — the game was gonna be amazing. You were gonna be able to play in both the upstairs "Cabin in the Woods" world and the downstairs "facility" world with all the monsters. Believe me, I HATE all video games based on movies, they always suck, but porting Cabin into Left For Dead felt like the right fit. It pains me that it didn't happen.




I already think that Cabin in the Woods had a lot of fun playing with video game tropes, so it hurts my heart that we almost got to take a four-player run not only through the cabin but through the monster-filled facility underneath. I wonder if there would have been a merman? Or if Sigourney Weaver would have been the final girl-boss?



I guess now we'll never know. But we can always imagine.



Drew Goddard IAmA [Reddit via Tom Francis]


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The Steam Workshop is coming to Left 4 Dead 2. That'll make it even easier for players to sample user created campaigns, but Valve are planning to take things a bit further and release an "expanded scripting tool" that will let modders create "deeper and more varied experiences inside of Left 4 Dead 2." That includes new rule sets that can be integrated into new campaigns, or traded as custom mutations through the workshop.



"To compliment the new access to maps, weapons, and items, we are also creating an expanded scripting tool to allow deeper and more varied experiences inside of Left 4 Dead 2," say the Left 4 Dead team on the Left 4 Dead 2 blog, though no further details are provided. Perhaps this'll take the form of an auto-update with a community spotlighted mutation of the week, but who knows. It might integrate a Spitter into your lounge for all I can guess. I really hope it doesn't do that.



The news heralds a change in this week's official mutation to a fresh one called Follow the Liter, which will only let survivors salvage a single can at any one time. This ought to focus the action a bit on those scattershot Scavenge mode maps.



Update: Oh yes, these bonus features are planned "also for Linux users as well starting in the middle of next month and rolling out from there." Woot!
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The Steam Workshop website will allow you to browse, rate, and discuss thousands of community created add-ons and even install them directly to your game with just one click of the mouse. We are also going to try an experiment with the L4D2 Workshop that will allow content to appear in the L4D2 world even more seamlessly based on the community’s response.


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Yesterday, you probably read the first part of my chat with Valve’s Erik Wolpaw and Double Fine’s Anna Kipnis. If not, it’s right here- but FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. By which I mean until the Internet ceases to exist, which, you know, could happen someday. Anyway, in today’s installment, we branch out a bit from yesterday’s story-centric beat. Valve’s newfound love of wearable computing, virtual reality, heaps behind-the-scenes info on Portal, crowd-sourcing, and more are all on the docket. OK, there wasn’t actually any sort of docket involved. I’m not entirely sure why I said that.>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

By Ernest Hemingway.

It all began one sunny, seemingly inauspicious afternoon in a Starbucks. It also ended there – but, you know, later. Ragged and bone-weary from three days of wading through PAX’s diseased hordes, Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Double Fine’s Anna Kipnis, and I huddled around one last vestige of civilized humanity: a table. Then we spent nearly an hour talking about this year’s sudden upsurge in crazy-interesting videogame stories, because it seemed like the thing to do at the time. It isn’t anymore, but – if you’ll believe it – it was considered cool back then. Those were the days. Anyway, here’s part one. If you behave yourself, you might get part two tomorrow. And maybe a cookie. But probably not.>

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You might have to wait for part 2 to see what this animator's vision on who would win this fight is, but I'm leaning towards the witch. Everyone knows once the witch has you down, there's no getting back up. You can't even fight from under her!
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Now You Can Play With Left 4 Dead And Gears of Wars Characters In Minecraft for Xbox



Skin Pack #2 is out for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft today. It'll run you 160 Microsoft Points and come with the following skins, via Microsoft:




1. Enderman Man – Minecraft

2. Pig Man – Minecraft

3. Sheep Man – Minecraft

4. Naked Sheep Man – Minecraft

5. Spider Man – Minecraft

6. General Akamoto – Skulls of the Shogun

7. Otus – Owlboy

8. Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy

9. Agent Cobalt- Cobalt

10. Zapp – Gamma Bros

11. Buzz – Gamma Bros

12. Glorg – Glorg

13. The Player – Retro City Rampage

14. Spelunky Guy – Spelunky

15. Green Knight – Castle Crashers

16. Orange Knight – Castle Crashers

17. Blue Knight – Castle Crashers

18. Red Knight – Castle Crashers

19. Marcus Fenix – Gears of War 3

20. Skorge – Gears of War

21. Anya Stroud – Gears of War

22. Damon Baird – Gears of War: Judgment

23. Joanna Dark – Perfect Dark

24. Joanna Dark (dress) – Perfect Dark

25. Joanna Dark – Perfect Dark Zero

26. Elvis – Perfect Dark

27. Juno – Jet Force Gemini

28. Vela – Jet Force Gemini

29. Lupus – Jet Force Gemini

30. Horstachio – Viva Piñata

31. Pretztail – Viva Piñata

32. Fizzlybear – Viva Piñata

33. Bill – Left4Dead

34. Louis – Left4Dead

35. Francis – Left4Dead

36. Zoey – Left4Dead

37. Hunter – Left4Dead

38. Boomer – Left4Dead

39. Witch – Left4Dead

40. Agent Level 5 – Crackdown 2

41. Pilot

42. Sailor

43. Pirate

44. Ninja

45. Elf




I like the sound of Meat Boy. And Elf.



Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Skin Pack 2 Now Available! [PlayXBLA]


Product Update - Valve
Updates to Left 4 Dead have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- Fixed a crash when attempting to play Single Player
- Fixed a possible buffer overflow in localized strings
- Fixed a networkID exploit that allowed players to avoid getting banned
- Fixed some images not rendering correctly on the dedicated server welcome screen
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