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Gabe Newell once wondered if Left 4 Dead really needed zombies

Left 4 Dead is one of the most famous and successful zombie games of all time. It even presaged the runaway success of The Walking Dead television show. But there was a time when the presence of zombies in the game wasn't quite a sure thing, because Valve boss Gabe Newell wasn't certain they were the best way forward... Read more.

Left 4 Dead, the game everyone played for zombies, almost didn't have them

According to ex-Valve writer Chet Faliszek, Left 4 Dead president and co-founder Gabe Newell didn't want to put zombies in the game. As initially reported by NME, Faliszek recently spoke with YouTube channel Kiwi Talkz, where he spoke about a variety of topics, including his work on Portal, The Anacrusis, and more. Most notably, host Reece Reilly asked Faliszek about the work he did on Left 4 Dead, in particular how zombie stories can often have a number of clichés and there's little room for something original sometimes. Which led to Newell pushing the team away from zombies, initially. "At the time, once I went to dinner with Gabe and he was like 'if you look at zombie movies, Night Of The Living Dead is about racism, Dawn Of The Dead is about consumerism'" said Faliszek. As part of the conversation in trying to understand the core concept of what Left 4 Dead might be, Newell asked "what is your game about?" Read more

Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

And update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2. - Fixed a long-standing issue where scripts would randomly fail to load, leading to a variety of game-breaking bugs including missing crescendo events and finales that end instantly. Thanks to the community members who helped target specific server instances for investigation.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2. - Fixed chat text scale at high resolutions. - Added a menu option to disable controller vibration. - Added the missing grenade binding for Xbox controllers. - Hid controller icons in the HUD by default.

Left 4 Dead 2 gets Steam Deck Verified, Team Fortress 2 only Playable

What's that? More Valve games will be able to run on the Steam Deck? You got that right. Both Left 4 Dead 2 and Team Fortress 2 popped up recently. Read the full article here:

Left 4 Dead 2 gets updated ready for the Steam Deck

Looks like playing Left 4 Dead 2 on the upcoming Steam Deck will be a pretty good experience, with Valve pushing out a fresh update today to be ready for it. Read the full article here:

Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2 game and Authoring Tools. - Prevent a crash when creating a depth render target texture with multiple frames - Interface and HUD updates for Steam Deck - Enabled rumble effects through Steam Input - Updated Steam API

Valve are updating Half-Life and more for Steam Deck

Valve are working to upgrade a number of their more popular games for the Steam Deck, optimising controls and interfaces to play better on their upcoming portable powerhouse, the Steam Deck. The Half-Life series, Dota 2, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive, either already have or will receive upgrades designed to make them "better experiences". Read more

Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2. - Improved dedicated server searches to return lower-ping servers closer to the lobby leader's local region.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Update

Changes in this update: - Fixed some incorrect disconnect messages. - Blocked an exploit that could be used to crash servers. - Added a Mulitplayer Option to disable sprays to prevent other players' sprays from appearing on your client. - Temp files are removed from disk after each session. Use "l4d_delete_temp_files 0" to disable this.

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