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"We hang together, or we fucked." Truer words have never been spoken, in or out of a co-op trailer for Dead Island.


Whenever you see a ragtag group of survivors banding together to try and survive a zombie apocalypse, comparisons to Valve's Left 4 Dead series are inevitable. So I won't make any. You folks will get around to it, I'm sure.



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Unlock Left 4 Dead's Next Map Early By Play-Testing "Dead Air"The importation of original Left 4 Dead maps into Left 4 Dead 2 rolls on, with the latest update to "Dead Air" delivering a new version of the Terminal map. Valve says the update brings matters "pretty close to being complete" but "at this stage what we really need is more testing." It's found a way to get you to do that.


Play a complete game of Versus in "Dead Air" and you will get an achievement, Valve says. When 60,000 people earn that achievement, the beta version of "Blood Harvest," the next map to be released, will be unlocked the following weekday.


"60,000 is going to be hard," L4D2's team writes on the official blog. "You can't rage quit and you need to work together."


Valve asks that gamers who get the achievement help others reach it as well, and post feedback and bugs to the Steam Forums and on the game's Facebook page. Progress toward 60,000 will be announced via Twitter.


Connecting Flights [Left 4 Dead Blog]


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Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in MinecraftPeople make all sorts of weird stuff in Minecraft that I just don't get, but playing Left 4 Dead inside of Minecraft, that's something I can get into. Mine 4 Dead: Blockhawk Down isn't just a Left 4 Dead level in Minecraft a full Left 4 Dead campaign complete with zombies, safehouses, 4-player coop and pills. Modder Bananafone31 brings even more terror to Minecraft with custom textures and sounds to skin the massive zombie-killing survival mod.


Mine 4 Dead: Blockhawk Down [via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft


Left 4 Dead's Newest Campaign is in Minecraft



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Next Week on Breaking Bad: Blow Versus Zombies In next week's episode of the AMC hit Breaking Bad, Jesse convinces two of his pals to dip into a little cocaine, spawning an insightful conversation about Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil 4, and Call of Duty: World at War.


They're not just zombies, they're Nazi zombies! Seriously, if this is the sort of conversation you get into when you use cocaine, I never have to use cocaine. This is pretty much me whenever I visit a video game store, though I sweat a little bit more than a junkie.


Thanks king_e_dawg for passing this along!



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Left 4 Dead 2's Mission to Play 'Cold Stream' is A Mission Accomplished, Classic DLC Due EarlyEarlier this week, Valve issued a challenge to the Left 4 Dead 2 community: if 20,000 players beat the in-development "Cold Stream" campaign by Sunday, they'd get the re-release of "Dead Air" early. That goal was met in about four hours.


That means Left 4 Dead 2 owners will get the tweaked Left 4 Dead campaign early. No later than July 22, Valve says—barring an outbreak of Valve Time, naturally. The developer says its testing and finalizing the "Dead Air" re-release, as it's not yet ready for prime time.


Also interesting is that the Left 4 Dead team says it's "working on and testing a new version of the 'Dark Carnival' finale and some gameplay changes for finales in general." Dark Carnival clearly has its own final quirks, but I'm interested to see what Valve has planned for other finale changes.


Link Chevron [L4D Blog]


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Valve's co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead is getting the fan film treatment.


There's some neat special effects, the cinematography is slick, and the trailer opens strong. The actors look just like their in-game counterparts. Shame about the headbanger music, though!


Thanks for the tip, Theron!


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Left 4 Dead Creators Now Working With THQTurtle Rock Studios, the group responsible for the creation and much of the development of Left 4 Dead, has "got the band back together" after shifting away from Valve's ownership and will be releasing its next game for publisher THQ.


Having worked with Valve for years, first on the Xbox version of Counter-Strike and then Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock was first acquired by Valve, renamed Valve South and then, after some staff movement, quietly just...faded away into the night as Valve's main studio worked on Left 4 Dead 2 by its lonesome.


Well, now much of the original staff is back at a revamped Turtle Rock, and THQ has picked up the publishing rights to its new, major title currently slated for a 2013 release.


It's some kind of multiplayer game, and is being shown at E3, so you won't have much longer to find out exactly what it is.


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Show Her You Love Her With a Pus-Filled Zombie Women love jewelry. Women love large, shambling, goo-filled undead creatures. Combine the two and you've got a one-way ticket to a night of messy romance, thanks to this charming Left 4 Dead Boomer necklace.


Video game jewelry artist DeadlyPretty is a big fan of Valve's Left 4 Dead series, and as it happens she creates charms, rings, and necklaces for big fans of Valve's Left 4 Dead, along with Resident Evil, Kirby, Ghostbusters, and more. This particular piece caught our attention because who wouldn't want a ticking time bomb of virulent pus hanging about their neck? As DeadlyPretty herself puts it, "He's kinda lovable and who wouldn't want to give him a big squish."


If you're seeing the sort of woman (or man) that would appreciate this sort of thing then congratulations, you've won. I have no idea what you've won, but you've definitely won.


Link Chevron Left 4 Dead Boomer Necklace [Etsy via Girl Gamers UK]


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If the actual Left 4 Dead is a little too frantic for your tastes, why not try this "choose your own adventure" version of the game by web comedy troupe Game Station.


It's nice and slow, giving you ample time to consider your choices, then decide on what seems the most logical course of action.


Being a "choose your own adventure" game, logic of course plays no part - it's all cruel chance - we're just letting you know there's time for logic if you feel like sorting it out that way regardless.


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Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignEarlier this week, Valve released the beta version of "Cold Stream," the community-made campaign coming to the PC, Mac and Xbox 360 in the next big Left 4 Dead 2 update. Let's see what it looks like, shall we?


Cold Stream is a mix of things old and new. There's no real story to speak of in this four chapter campaign, but it does offer a mostly fresh-feeling outdoor setting. You'll face Uncommon Common infected types like Mudmen and Riot Police Zombie throughout the campaign, plus you'll see a few new tricks, like the opportunity to be washed away by strong currents.


The campaign is currently in public beta. Valve is accepting bug reports from PC and Mac users. Cold Stream is planned to ship alongside three campaigns (Dead Air, Blood Harvest, Death Toll) from the original Left 4 Dead at some unspecified date, hopefully sometime this year.


If you haven't already played the beta version—which is very clearly in beta, due to its sometimes funky textures, geometry and other quirks—see it in 32 screen shots and one video in the gallery above. (Click on "expand" in the bottom right of each image to see full size.)


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignThis is your opening view at the beginning of Cold Stream. You're going to want to follow the path of that creek ahead of you.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignA short bridge in the opening chapter, Alpine Creek.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignYou'll need to make your way through this small, two story house.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAnd come out on the other side, through this window.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAnother bridge? Yes, a makeshift one, a felled tree.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignYou'll walk across that tree at half speed and can easily be pulled off the thing.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignThat's a safe house dead ahead. Don't let that left pointing arrow sign fool you. Break through those planks to reach safety.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAfter leaving the safe house in the second chapter, South Pine Stream, you'll be temporarily blinded by the sun.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignSoon your eyes will adjust...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAfter walking downstream for a few hundred yards you'll find this ladder... oh shit! Taaaaank!!!! (He seems to like to spawn here.)


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignHead down this road...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignBut avoid flaming helicopters, something of a recurring problem in Cold Stream.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAfter traveling by road for a few feet, it's back into the stream. Watch out for Mudmen.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignWhere do you suppose these stairs go? They go up.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignShoot the barrels and they'll (spoiler alert) explode, opening up your pathway and alerting some zombies to your presence.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignDon't cross the stream.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignThat water continues to flow into the stairway here. Your molotovs are useless here.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAfter emerging from your sewer safehouse, this is how chapter 3, Memorial Bridge, starts—with the Survivors surrounded. Walk up those stairs.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAnd you'll see a familiar looking bridge. This plays a lot like The Passing.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAll that stands between you and rescue is this burning fuel tanker. Blow it up to clear a path...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignYes, you're going to have to walk across that...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignThen you'll need to drop down here by shimmying down the mast of a sailboat. This is a very, very easy way to die, as zombies will climb it and knock you off, sending you to your death. Not a fan.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignBut at least the boat's name is amusing...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignA familiar looking parking lot... again, reminds me of The Passing. The safehouse lies just beyond here.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignAs you start the fourth chapter, Cutthroat Creek, you'll call for rescue from the safehouse. I've had zombies spawn in here with the door closed, something I hope is a bug. Anyway, that's your rescue vehicle. Just kidding. It crashes.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignBack into the woods...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignBack onto the stream...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignNo turning back here...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignFinally, the rescue vehicle. Just past these confusing woods, designed to scatter your team.


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie CampaignJust climb this ladder...


Let's Play Left 4 Dead 2 'Cold Stream,' The New, Outdoorsy Zombie Campaign...but don't look down.


Here's a not-so-great playthrough of the first two chapters of Cold Stream, just a taste.


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