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The Left 4 Dead Thread - DEMO OUT NOW

UberEvUberEv Registered User
edited November 2008 in Games and Technology
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Left 4 Dead is a multiplayer cooperative survival horror shooter in development by Valve Corporation based on the Source engine. There are two sides, the Survivors and Infected. Four players control the four Survivors, working their way through campaigns in rural and urban areas, fighting off dozens of the AI-controlled "infected" (fast, 28 Days Later style zombies). On top of the regular zombies, there are four player-controlled "boss zombies" all with unique powers for causing chaos. This mix of the dozens of AI-controlled infected zombies and the boss zombies makes for an entirely fresh co-op experience. Release is scheduled for the PC and Xbox 360 on November 20, 2008. - Left4Dead411

Housekeeping

Left 4 Dead Demo Information and How to Get in Early (While feeling dirty)

Valve is saying that the early demo for all preorders will begin on Thursday November 6th, with a public demo appearing on November 11th. Both demos are timed to expired after November 18th 2008, which is the release date of L4D. RPS Source

Gamertag and Steam ID Collections

We will begin collecting Gamertags and SteamID's beginning on November 1st. On Nov. 1st or after send me a PM and I will add you to the respective group.


Official Steam Group

Join the Official Penny Arcade Left 4 Dead Steam Group: Armadeaddon (DEAD)


Preordering

Preorder Left 4 Dead from the Steam Store for only $44.99!

You can also preorder Left 4 Dead at Gamestop and receive it for the price of $44.99 for PC, and $54.99 for Xbox 360.

News

October 22nd, 2008 - Back of the Box for Xbox 360
Spoiler:

September 26th, 2008 - System Requirements Announced for PC
Spoiler:

September 14th, 2008 - Information Compendium (Dated, but useful)
Spoiler:

August 25th, 2008 - Release Date Delay

Spoiler:

June 25th, 2008 - Original Release Date Announcement
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Before June 25th, 2008
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Player Listing

PA Steam Group Armadeaddon

Check out the group on Steam!

Xbox Live Gamertag Group - PA L4D

Send a friend invite to PA L4D to be entered into this group. We'll use this gamertag as a central hub for the 360, just like the steam group. I doubt we'll exceed 100, but if we do we'll figure that out when we get there.

Now, Discuss how much you want those demo codes!

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!

  • Mandalorian RoosterMandalorian Rooster Registered User
    edited November 2008
    No. Griefers, as defined by dictionary.com: "Griefers differ from typical players in that they do not play the game in order to achieve objectives defined by the game world. Instead, they seek to harass other players, causing grief."

    If you're exploiting the game to stop the survivors, you're griefing. And will probably get banned from the PA L4D community. If you're playing the god damn game, you aren't griefing.

  • GreenPowerRangerGreenPowerRanger Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    jonxp wrote: »
    Mars wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Oh, I wanted to clear up this bit of information. The title has two words and two spaces. It also has a number.

    Shame on you, Jon, for perpetuating false information.

    Pfft, I'm a programmer. It's all an array of characters to me.

    one of them is an integer..
    Spoiler:

  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!

    The two spaces is the important part!

    one of them is an integer..
    Spoiler:

    It's not an int, it is in the middle of a string!

    Every time you write parallel fifths, Bach kills a kitten.
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  • GreenPowerRangerGreenPowerRanger Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    jonxp wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!

    The two spaces is the important part!

    one of them is an integer..
    Spoiler:

    It's not an int, it is in the middle of a string!

    fair play, you got me there... you wait till i get to play Tank then ill be an int, ill be the 1 that zombifies you.

  • GearedGeared Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Geared wrote: »
    Mars wrote: »
    Man, now I've got images of all the candidates in a zombie apocalypse in my head. Obama as Louis, McCain as Bill, Palin as Zoe.

    Joe Biden as Francis is probably the oddest.

    This MUST be modded in.

    Mercenaries 2 has apparently beat them to it. O_o

    Obama and Palin as DLC characters for Mercenaries 2
    http://www.g4tv.com/xplay/videos/34582/XPlay_Gaming_Update_103008.html
    http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/10/obama-palin-com.html

    edit: Still not sure if this is real.

    Back on topic: I'm sure a variety of celebrity and political "replacement models" for the infected will come out, if it is possible.

    Dear god... THEY'RE IN MY BRAIN!

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  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So if I pre ordered the 360 version at Game Stop, I wont get the early demo for L4D?

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  • MarsMars Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    No. Griefers, as defined by dictionary.com: "Griefers differ from typical players in that they do not play the game in order to achieve objectives defined by the game world. Instead, they seek to harass other players, causing grief."

    If you're exploiting the game to stop the survivors, you're griefing. And will probably get banned from the PA L4D community. If you're playing the god damn game, you aren't griefing.

    I couldn't really figure out how to respond to a post so...silly. The best I can say is that we're not arguing about what the technical definition of a word is according to dictionary.com. We're discussing what a certain group of people who enjoy an activity commonly referred to as "griefing" will do in this game.

  • expendableexpendable Silly Goose Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    jonxp wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!

    The two spaces is the important part!

    one of them is an integer..
    Spoiler:

    It's not an int, it is in the middle of a string!

    You know what? I'm a physicist/mathematician, thus it's: 4*e^2*LftDad

    Spoiler:
    Steam
  • HitsuraptorHitsuraptor Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Old article but talks about match making

    match_making.jpg
    Image of matchmaking in Left 4 Dead
    Steam is quickly shifting from being just a distribution system to becoming an actual platform that’s single handedly making PC gaming what it needs to be. In an interview with CVG.com, Robin Walker (Valve Programmer/Designer) revealed that Valve is currently working on including matchmaking/lobby functionality for Counter-Strike: Source, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, as well as the Steamworks development tools. So expect AAA and indie titles alike to feature current and upcoming Steamworks features.

    When asked about specific feature sets, Robin Walker replied, “We’ve no firm plans in terms of being able to say what exact feature-set you’ll get, but there’s absolutely some matchmaking systems going in. In terms of more generalized matchmaking, not so much on the individual level, but on team and clan levels, that’s something we’d really like to get into Steam at a basic level, so that it supports any product.”

  • GreenPowerRangerGreenPowerRanger Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    expendable wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!

    The two spaces is the important part!

    one of them is an integer..
    Spoiler:

    It's not an int, it is in the middle of a string!

    You know what? I'm a physicist/mathematician, thus it's: 4*e^2*LftDad

    and this just goes to show why maths/physics are overly complicated

  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Hitsu for president.

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  • darklite_xdarklite_x I can't find Turner and HoochRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!
    Tycho, this has been bugging the shit out of me, but every time I see your avatar I read it as "Sex Palin-Too tight?"

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  • FreddyDFreddyD Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Proper matchmaking might even make CS fun for me again. I'm pretty bad at PC shooters (or everyone else is pretty good). It's going to be hard deciding between the XBox 360 and PC versions, because the PC version won't have matchmaking out the gate. On the other hand, it should run at 60fps/max settings on my PC, and the controls will be better. Choices....

  • HitsuraptorHitsuraptor Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    FreddyD wrote: »
    Proper matchmaking might even make CS fun for me again. I'm pretty bad at PC shooters (or everyone else is pretty good). It's going to be hard deciding between the XBox 360 and PC versions, because the PC version won't have matchmaking out the gate. On the other hand, it should run at 60fps/max settings on my PC, and the controls will be better. Choices....

    I don't know about that, since I'm pretty sure they're turning on the match making stuff from tomorrow when the demo hits.

    IGN Hands on Versus Mode from bout a month ago
    Some choice bits
    When you're playing as infected and are killed by the survivors, you enter a respawn cycle that takes about 20 seconds before the game redeploys you. It's then up to you to determine where you actually spawn; the primary restriction being you can't select a location right next to the survivors. You'll be in communication with the rest of your team through your Xbox Live headsets or the PC version's built-in voice chat, so it's possible to coordinate different types of strikes. For instance, you can set it up so a boomer pukes on a survivor and when the infected horde rushes, a smoker can lasso whoever's furthest removed from the ground and drag them into the shadows. Ideally, the rest of the group is so distracted with the horde they don't notice their missing teammate, letting the smoker claw its victim to death.





    Edit : might as well throw this up here as well

    Old article but talks about match making

    match_making.jpg
    Image of matchmaking in Left 4 Dead
    Steam is quickly shifting from being just a distribution system to becoming an actual platform that’s single handedly making PC gaming what it needs to be. In an interview with CVG.com, Robin Walker (Valve Programmer/Designer) revealed that Valve is currently working on including matchmaking/lobby functionality for Counter-Strike: Source, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, as well as the Steamworks development tools. So expect AAA and indie titles alike to feature current and upcoming Steamworks features.

    When asked about specific feature sets, Robin Walker replied, “We’ve no firm plans in terms of being able to say what exact feature-set you’ll get, but there’s absolutely some matchmaking systems going in. In terms of more generalized matchmaking, not so much on the individual level, but on team and clan levels, that’s something we’d really like to get into Steam at a basic level, so that it supports any product.”

  • TerrendosTerrendos Decorative Monocle Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Well, I'm excited for this. Pre-ordered the game, so I can't wait for the demo tomorrow.

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  • ZandraconZandracon Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Hitsu:

    Hunh? 6 vs 6?

    Or that just because the article/image is old?

  • jonxpjonxp [E] Alumnus Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Zandracon wrote: »
    Hitsu:

    Hunh? 6 vs 6?

    Or that just because the article/image is old?

    The image is just a demo of the UI.

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  • IcemopperIcemopper Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So as others have mentioned previously...

    it is Left 4 Dead... there are actually spaces there.

    It would be aesthetically pleasing to change this in the thread title.

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  • darklite_xdarklite_x I can't find Turner and HoochRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    God, every time more info comes out about what they're doing with Steam it always impresses me. I recall being a skeptic back when HL2 came out, but I can hardly imagine PC gaming w/o Steam anymore.

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  • expendableexpendable Silly Goose Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    expendable wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    jonxp wrote: »
    So, I hear the title of Left 4 Dead has three words and two spaces.

    Two words, one number!

    The two spaces is the important part!

    one of them is an integer..
    Spoiler:

    It's not an int, it is in the middle of a string!

    You know what? I'm a physicist/mathematician, thus it's: 4*e^2*LftDad

    and this just goes to show why maths/physics are overly complicated

    Nonsense. It only looks more complicated because I need to use the * and ^ to differentiate between the exponential and the rest of the expression. I could drop all three symbols if I could make the 2 a superscript.

    It's actually better because there aren't two e's floating around in there. It's more clear this way. :winky:

    Spoiler:
    Steam
  • StragintStragint Do Not Gift Always DeclinesRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So I don't know if anyone knows or not, I have not been able to find out but by pre ordering the 360 version at Game Stop, will I still get pre demo?

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  • LemmingLemming Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Man I watched the intro, why did I do that, I can't play any multiplayer Steam games while I'm at college :(

  • HitsuraptorHitsuraptor Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Stragint wrote: »
    So I don't know if anyone knows or not, I have not been able to find out but by pre ordering the 360 version at Game Stop, will I still get pre demo?

    L4D pre-order info
    Doesn't really say much though

    But then again looks like you can go here Transaction ID redemption page and pump in the code so it should still work but don't hold me to it

  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    This game is coming out?

  • IcemopperIcemopper Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    MrDelish wrote: »
    This game is coming out?

    Nope, actually. Somebody stole the source code and it is now delayed for a year.

    Sorry :(

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Icemopper wrote: »
    MrDelish wrote: »
    This game is coming out?

    Nope, actually. Somebody stole the source code and it is now delayed for a year.

    Sorry :(

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  • HitsuraptorHitsuraptor Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Icemopper wrote: »
    MrDelish wrote: »
    This game is coming out?

    Nope, actually. Somebody stole the source code and it is now delayed for a year.

    Sorry :(

    Yea he's right nothing to see here move along folks
    Spoiler:

  • VoroVoro Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ugh, Steam still sucks for stability. Ran into an "unexpected error" while purchasing. Apparently my money isn't good enough for them. Heads will roll if I don't get into the demo on time.

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  • MarsMars Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    It's been doing that today. Check your games list, it should be there anyway.

  • VoroVoro Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Hmm, alright, I'll see if the confirmation email comes tomorrow. Please not another headache of RB RMA proportions D:

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  • Mandalorian RoosterMandalorian Rooster Registered User
    edited November 2008
    Mars wrote: »
    I couldn't really figure out how to respond to a post so...silly. The best I can say is that we're not arguing about what the technical definition of a word is according to dictionary.com. We're discussing what a certain group of people who enjoy an activity commonly referred to as "griefing" will do in this game.

    When you said you saw where he was coming from, I thought you were agreeing that zombies would be zombies for the sole purpose of ruining fun. I thought it was silly to call a group of players against another group of players griefing, just because their goal was to stop the other.

    But anyway. Misunderstanding on my part.

  • tofutofu Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    One week for a demo. :(

  • No Great NameNo Great Name FRAUD DETECTED Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Two weeks

    Two glorious weeks.

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  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Old article but talks about match making

    match_making.jpg
    Image of matchmaking in Left 4 Dead
    Spoiler:


    I think I know where that image comes from

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  • CohsaeCohsae Registered User
    edited November 2008
    God dammit NO the demo can't come out now I have 2 exams next week. The night of the 14th is when it can release and not a moment before.

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  • PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    FOR THE LAST TIME PEOPLE WE NEED TO BAND TOGETHER AND MAKE UP A SWEET, KICK ASS NAME FOR PA L4D PLAYERS TO TEABAG ZOMBIES AND TAKE NAMES.

    Naturally, I'd go with... The Zombie Roomate:
    Spoiler:

    :D Yaye/naye?

    We already have that. It's called Armadeaddon.

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  • HitsuraptorHitsuraptor Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Left4Dead411.com preview
    Another last minute preview before we get to zombie killing (with an hour of video apparently) goes through the whole Blood harvest campaign
    First, a word on difficulty: Expert mode plays differently than the other modes. It's much more defensive than the other modes. You'll never find yourself surrounded by zombies and still alive like you see happen in many previous videos. When each individual Infected does 20 damage per melee hit, it only takes a second to get knocked down to zero health. What this means in terms of gameplay and strategy, and what you'll certainly see in the videos, is that as a team we're constantly shooting Infected from far distances. The higher the difficulty mode, the more paranoid you need to be about zombies getting anywhere near you. We apologize if this makes watching the videos a little less exciting than the lower difficulty modes, but that's the only way to survive. Onto the videos!
    • The tooltip popup things are awesome. They show up less and less as you play more, and if you didn't have them first-time players including experienced gamers would get lost in the chaos.
    • They made the change where closing a door locks it automatically. This is very handy.
    • Unlimited pistol ammo is absolutely necessary. I ran out of ammo so many times, if I ended up running out of pistol it'd just be ridiculous. You're punished enough from running out of main weapon ammo.
    • The pipe bomb is amazing. It's a great tool for bad situations.
    • As you've seen from the opening cinematic, the new Survivor designs work out really great. They have a lot of personality and I am perfectly happy with them, even if Zoey is less attractive.
    • There are no voice wheels at all in the Xbox 360 version, and the wheel that alerted teammates to Boomer/Hunter/boss infected has been taken out of the PC version (it's all automatic now). You still have the other two wheels which I use quite often in the videos.
    • Propane tanks, oxygen tanks and gas cans are awesome pickup weapons that are distributed randomly throughout the maps
    • Boomer vomit is green. Our second design had green Boomer vomit even when it was actually red. We called it.
    • As mentioned, closer proximity to an enemy means you do more damage with the weapon. Very useful fact to know vs. the Tank and Witch.
    • Headshot gibs are awesome.

  • WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Man I was disaapointed that the title last time wasn't 'Left 4 Thread' and you guys have fucked me over yet again.

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  • Eric_ResEric_Res Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I desperately require an Armadeaddon invite.

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/ericres

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