Left 4 Dead Dilemma

I've been somewhat skeptical about Valve's multiplayer support on Xbox360 since they released TF2 with the Orange Box last year. I have seen plenty of updates on the PC, but they have yet to produce an update for consoles. Don't get me wrong, I love TF2, but there's only so many times you can play CP on Dustbowl before you start to wonder where the new maps / game modes are. Now with the release of Left 4 Dead, and Valve's statement that they will be focusing on support for that game exclusively, we won't see another update for TF2 (at least on PC) until next year.

As for Left 4 Dead, my PC rig can't handle it and I don't have the cash to upgrade any time soon. So that kind of leaves me in a bind. I absolutly dig the concept of a zombie apocalypse survival game. I've watched the gameplay videos on this site, and the intro movie on Xbox Live, and I've been completely blown away. The game looks great, and I'm sure it will be lots of fun to play. However, I can't help but look back at TF2, another great online MP game that I had fun with for a long time, but has been collecting dust b/c of the limited number of maps / game types.

I can't help but look at Left 4 Dead and ask, "Will there ever be any new content released for it on consoles in the future? Or will it get left behind in the wake of Valve's next big game?"

Only time will tell I guess. For now. . . . . .BRING ON THE ZOMBIES!


The Walking Dead

I know this is a video game website and all, but I want to talk comics for a sec. Let me give a quick shout out to the makers of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.

The Walking Dead TPB #1
The Walking Dead TPB #1

Kirkman's writing has continued to captivate me with the complexity of his characters, who struggle to retain their last shred of humanity while surviving the zombie apocalypse. He continues to pile bigger and tougher challanges on them, and by the time I got to the end of his latest trade (TPB #7), I had no idea how these people were going to survive.

As for the book's art, Adlard's style has really grown on me. It was a noticible change from Tony Moore's more defined style of the first trade, but I have come to appreciate his take on the book. He also draws zombies with insane detail. Adlard's style reminds me of Dillon's work on Preacher, and that's about the best compliment I can give it.

Anyway, if you like stories about all the fucked up shit that can happen during a zombie outbreak, pick up the first book and see what you think.