Dec 31, 2010
Left 4 Dead

Flu Season, Mutation Poll, Secondary Weapon, Next Year
Team Fortress 2

The zombies are here! The zombies are here!

Earlier this month we pointed out that Left 4 Dead 2-styled Hunter and Tank plushies were joining the adorably-engorged Boomer in the Valve store, but that they wouldn't start shipping until Dec. 27.

Well, they're shipping now and we've got our hands on them, along with some wonderful Team Fortress 2 plushie sticky bombs.

Check out our little video tour and the pics we snapped. These have officially beaten out my plush Giant Microbes as my favorite plushies in the house.

Left 4 Dead

Two New Left 4 Dead Plushies Hit Valve's StoreLeft 4 Dead 2-styled Hunter and Tank plushies are now available through the Valve store, where they are 10 percent off for a limited time.

Unfortunately, they won't be delivered in time for Christmas, if you're looking for a last minute idea. They're scheduled to ship Dec. 27. Both require 3 AAA batteries and include 10 sound samples from Left 4 Dead 2. The Hunter is $26.95, the Tank is $31.45. (Those are the discounted prices).

Pre-orders Open for Two New Left 4 Dead 2 Plushes [GameSwag]

Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
Updates to Left 4 Dead 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Left 4 Dead 2
  • Community Mutation: Special Delivery
  • Added protection against servers executing restricted commands on clients
  • Fixed clients sometimes not getting disconnected from the server after getting a consistency error
  • Fixed an exploit that could cause players to fall through the elevator in No Mercy
  • Fixed the still-crownable witch in Realism Versus
Dec 17, 2010
Left 4 Dead

Special Delivery, The Walking Dead, The Next Mutation
Left 4 Dead
No Mutation or poll update today but plenty going on.

Left 4 Dead
Dec 3, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2 - the gish
Hard Eight, Do you compete? Mutation Madness, The Road Ahead<br />
<strong>Hard Eight!!</strong>
Double the specials, quadruple the fun!
Face eight Special Infected at one time, this is double the standard number! And if that wasn’t trouble enough, we also increase the spawning frequency so it is raining Specials.
Why aren’t you going to give it a try? Scared?
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<strong>Do You Compete?</strong>
We asked if you competed in Left 4 Dead 1 or 2 Tournaments. That both platforms tied with Play competitive games but not in tourneys and where am I? is a little scary. Here are the numbers by platform:<br />
Xbox 360
30% Play competitive games but not in tourneys
30% Where am I?
15% No, But I do compete in other games
13% Played in tourneys
12% Don’t play competitive modes<br />
26% Play competitive games but not in tourneys
26% Where am I?
19% Don’t play competitive modes
17% Played in tourneys
12% No, But I do compete in other games<br />
With 13-17% of you responding you do play in Tourneys – which ones? Where? Because that response rate dwarfs the numbers I see in online Tourneys. Do you have a tournament you are running or do you know about one? Let us know! We have been known to kick in prizes and who doesn't want to <a href=''>win one of these</a>?<br />
<strong>Mutation Madness!</strong>
The next Mutation will be a community created Mutation. We have been talking with Raymond Nondorf about his <a href=''>Mutation mod that he posted in the forums</a>. We are going to be pulling the next Mutation from his mod and then after that the question becomes – can you create a better Mutation? Raymond, not content with just releasing his own Mutations, has also created a tutorial for others to create their own. <a href=''>You can check it out here</a>. Nice work Raymond!<br />
As we continue to update bi-weekly, we will be incorporating some of these community Mutations. To make a Mutation, you will need to build and test your mutation on the PC but we will release them on both PC and Xbox 360. So user created content is beginning to see itself on the Xbox 360!
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<strong>The Walking Dead</strong>
This season's final episode of The Walking Dead is this Sunday. Have you been watching it? Use the in-game poll to let us know.<br />

<strong>The Road Ahead</strong>
First up, Realism Versus. While the really short respawn interval was interesting, it removed our ability to increase difficulty in other ways. Today's update includes one of those other ways, the uncrownable Witch. Not only is she deadly in Realism but now she is also uncrownable. Good luck with that. <br />

We will have more gameplay changes and bug fixes coming and not just in Realism Versus and Versus.<br />

What else can you expect? We have some longer term projects that we are working on that have been taking our time. The biggest project is working custom content back into the core game on our official dedicated servers. There are complications to how that works and how we insure against cheating, so you will not see the results instantly but we are working on it.<br />

Past that, we should have some news for you early next year (it really isn't that far away) on any new content we might have in the works.<br />
Dec 3, 2010
Left 4 Dead

Hard Eight, Do you compete? Mutation Madness, The Road Ahead

Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
Updates to Left 4 Dead 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Left 4 Dead 2
  • Encore mutation: Hard Eight
  • Fixed dedicated servers not launching if "hl2" was in the installation path
  • Allow m60s to spawn on original campaigns for mod use.
  • Fixed edge case to prevent Infected Players from cycling to survivors whose glows have nearly faded.
  • Tweaks to survivor health glow settings to make states easier to recognize.
  • Fixed a glow color transition point that was off by one.
  • Added cvars to control the behavior of survivor health glows
    • cl_glow_survivor_health_bleed_pulse
    • cl_glow_survivor_health_bleed_pulse_speed
    • cl_glow_survivor_health_bleed_pulse_amount
    • cl_glow_survivor_health_include_buffer
  • Gameplay
    • Increased spawn times slightly for special infected in Realism Versus.
    • Removed ability to crown witches in realism game modes

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