As the release of Left for Dead 2 ebbs ever closer, with the game shaping up to be something truly special, the tirade of whingeing and whining from owners of the first Left for Dead still continues. To be honest it’s left a lot of people, including myself, half dead from boredom. ‘Valve ripped us off’ they groan, ‘where’s the downloadable content they promised?’.
Not content with a full on sequel, dubbed to be bigger and better in every way, over a few trickles of downloadable extra content, those moaning misers now expect the rest of us to boycott L4D2. But if you’ve seen the previews and are ready to pre-order your copy, then check out this deal on the hut. You can pre-order L4D2 for £33.96 when entering the code HUT10 for 10% off. Then, like me, prepare to wave goodbye as those boycotting L4D1 owners disappear into the dust (haha suckers!).
But what is different about it? Well for a start it’s got a cool new front cover, and you know that Valve must have had one intense brainstorming session when they came up with that. The marketing team, well aware that the zombie hand – minus one chewed off thumb – had become L4D’s iconic logo needed some way to spice it up.
So, after breaking out the bean bags, dimming the lights and brewing some herbal tea (or whatever gets those creative types going) one of them had a flash of pure genius. ‘Instead of one chewed off finger’ they suddenly announced ‘why don’t we have three!’. Unanimous nods of enthusiasm filled the room. Shouts of ‘I am feeling it!’ and ‘Lets do this!’ soon followed. Next they started clapping and finally – carried away in the moment – they all came together for a group hug (God bless them).
But in a cruel twist of fate, all was undone. While it is ok to depict a hand with one finger chewed off, any sane person should surely know that it’s just unacceptable to show a hand with three fingers chewed off. The ERSB came down on the marketing team like a ton of bricks. They had overstepped the mark. They were told that it wouldn't do and, heads hung in shame, they must return to their bean bags and try again. After much debate they finally arrived at a compromise; the two extra fingers would not be chewed off, but simply obscured because they were bent down. Genius.