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Save Target As Episode 1 – “That’s So Pringles” January 1, 2010

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Where's your swoopy moustache?

Well, here it is: what none of you have been waiting for. We’ve finally hopped on the podcast bandwagon with our new show, “Save Target As,” your source for weird sound effects and maybe some video games.

In our first (and possibly last episode), we discuss Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Assassin’s Creed 2, Left 4 Dead 2, STALKER, Dragon Age: Origins and Borderlands, and reveal our mysterious origins.

You’ve been warned.

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L4D and L4D2 Cast To Meet in “The Passing” DLC December 14, 2009

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Basically, this.

Today, Valve announced what will surely be the most anticipated crossover since the Jetsons met the Flintstones in the first of Left 4 Dead 2’s add-ons, “The Passing,” which is set to release in early 2010.

“The Passing” promises to have the original Left 4 Dead cast of Bill, Francis, Zoey and Louis meet up with their L4D2 counterparts. Madcap antics are sure to ensue.

Set after the “Dead Center” campaign of L4D2, the new DLC takes place in a rural Georgian town which is apparently a hot-spot for survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

In addition to the  story update, “The Passing” will also include new maps for the Survival, Scavenge and Versus modes, as well as “new co-operative challenge mode,” along with a couple new weapons and an “uncommon common.”

I wonder how adding four more survivors into the mix will change gameplay, as the current formula seems to work so well. Maybe the “new co-operative challenge mode” will add some awesome 8-player co-op action, but until we hear more, we can’t be sure.

I’m sure looking forward to having the old gang back, at least for a campaign. There’s just something warm and familiar about the way that Louis says “pills” that the new voice actors just can’t capture.

Valve brings lag-free servers to Xbox Live November 26, 2009

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Laaaaaaaaaag...

Laaaaaaaag!

Xbox 360 users witnessed  a Thanksgiving miracle today as Valve updated their Left 4 Dead 2 network infrastructure for Xbox Live. The developer promises “lag-free” servers for 360 users.

I’ve been waiting for this news ever since the launch of L4D2. The game is hard enough as it is without debilitating lag, and I can’t wait to get back to the silky-smooth zombie goodness.

The only good carrier is a dead carrier; Impressions of the Left 4 Dead 2 demo November 4, 2009

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THIS USED TO BE A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD

In the latest trailer for Left 4 Dead 2, the game promises “More zombies, more friends, better apocalypse.”

The L4D2 demo was released for Xbox LIVE Gold members yesterday and co-editor David Sydionco and our friend Bryan McClaren and I were able to play together. Does the game re-ignite the signature sense of murderous camaraderie the first brought about? Or is there reason to post angry threads on Valve’s message board demanding the game for free?

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L4D2 boycott group hopes to be “largely successful” June 19, 2009

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Imagine this, but with zombies.

Imagine this, but with zombies

Last week, we reported on the Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott group which sprung out of Valve’s latest announcement.

This week, I conducted an exclusive interview with Mr. Pancakes (not his real name, obviously), the PR representative for the boycott group which has now grown to over 30,000 members.

See what has thousands of gamers angry after the break.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group 18,000 strong June 9, 2009

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A picture of said protesters (But not really)

A picture of said protesters (But not really)

Many were pleased with last week’s announcement that Valve’s popular zombie holocaust simulator Left 4 Dead would be getting a sequel on November 17th of this year.

Some people: not so much.

A Steam group has been assembled, with membership over 18,000 (at the time of publication), to boycott the release. Calling Left 4 Dead 2 “Valve’s new money grab,” the protest group has outlined a series of complaints, and nailed them, Martin-Luther style, on Valve’s figurative (and virtual) church doors.

Check out the full story for the complete list of complaints.

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A hurricane of zombies to hit New Orleans in Left 4 Dead 2 June 2, 2009

Posted by David Sydiongco in Action, E3 2009, FPS, News, PC, Xbox 360.
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We apologize for the headline. (Sort of.)

Yesterday, EA and Valve announced they would be releasing a sequel to 2008’s awarding-winning zombie co-op shooter.

With the second wave of the infection set to drop on November 17th, Left 4 Dead 2 will take gamers on the misadventures of an all new group of four survivors through the American South.

Two of the new survivors will be featured on the August issue of PC Gamer. Rochelle (left) is an aspiring news anchor, while Coach (right) is a heavy set P.E. instructor.

Beside added environmental effects, a major addition to gameplay will be the addition of melee weapons. Hinted towards in the trailer are a chainsaw, fire axe, and frying pan.

A new type of special infected will be included as well; known as “The Charger.”

IGN reports that all campaigns will take place during the daytime. They will also have  much stronger narrative connections than the last game, including one that may take place in an area that has yet to be hit by the infection.

What do you guys think? Are you hungry for another zombie apocalypse?

Teaser trailer after the  jump.

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