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L4D2 NPC’s and Infected Rejected Out Of Hand

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Oil Derrick Worker
You never see them, because, well, they’re kinda isolated, but you hear reports about them, and they sound terrifying.

Tai Chi Master
If you ever swing that ax faster than an heavily sedated sea sponge, he goes down immediately. But should you go slower, HOO EEEEE!.

Hipsters
You only ever encounter their corpses, they go first.

Vegan
He can be found dumpster diving, looking smug and eating rats.Organic rats.

Flautist
A jazz flautist.

Driver
Sits in his car, a well-notated map of Toledo in his lap, a cold cup of coffee on the dash, and him, crying softly.

Concierge
He stands, looking from the door to his front desk, torn behind a hunger for human flesh and a sense of duty.

Gymnast
Stands below the double rings, arms still on the rings, him looking up, moaning.

Foodie
Fusses and pats you down, emits a low ‘humming’ noise as he considers, invariably leaves you alone.

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Full Glass Empty Wallet: Portal 2 Edition!

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Well, hell, it’s been a long time. I’m sorry for the disruption in service. To make up for it, I’m giving away 2 copies of Portal 2. You might have heard of Portal, it helped launch the Orange box, made TF2 a household name (at least in my circle of friends) So, here is the deal, I am giving away 2 copies of portal 2 all you have to do is leave a comment below.
I may need some help distributing the copies, but we can discuss that when you win. Start typing below and let’s get on with it. The contest will run through February 24th, I will announce winners on the 25th.

I will be giving away 2 (two) Steam copies of portal 2, randomly selected from all comments between now and the 24th.

Ooh, pretty flowers.
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Levels Of Detail Podcast: An Auspicious Start (11.18.10)

Games and Gaming, News

Hello, Levels Of Detail readers! We’ve received a literal trickle of emails complaining about the lack of sensory stimulation that our humble blog provides. Here’s an example letter:

“Dear Levels Of Detail: Your website is wondrous to behold, a treat for the eyes, both in design and the uniformly high quality of the writing, but I was wondering, could you stimulate my other senses as well? Smell, hearing, touch, even taste would be acceptable.”

Well, you’re in luck, dear readers, for we have discovered Podcasting! Yes, now your ears can be filled with the melodious sounds of my voice and that of my cohort, Ben Hatcher, whispering the new developments of the gaming industry into your deserving ears, and deliver trenchant and incisive commentary on current events. Eventually. Right now, you have to deal with my sniffling ass as I try to breathe through half a nostril as we two half-drunk fools stumble our way through the news and ramble on about things that we are almost completely unqualified to discuss.

Don’t let that stop you from listening, however! We’ve got some good bits of information on Activision’s latest escapades in dickery, our first blush impressions on the new Games for Windows online marketplace, information on upcoming games you might have missed, the return of the Child’s Play charity, whether or not gamers can grow up to be racing drivers and if OnLive can grow up to be a real console, and much more.

LOD Podcast Episode 1 (11/18/10)

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Full Glass Empty Wallet:Poker Night at the Inventory Edition

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New lines from our favorite videogame/webcomic characters. Free TF2 items. POKER!
What isn’t there to love about the new Telltale Games Poker Night at the Inventory?
The Lack of multi-player you say? DID YOU NOT HEAR ABOUT THE FREE HATS?
Anyway, this week I am giving away five (5) YES 5 copies of the Steam version of Poker Night at the Inventory.
To win, leave a comment below, between now and 8 P.M. Eastern time November 18th. The five (5) Winners will be randomly selected.
You type, I give.

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Full Glass Empty Wallet: Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition

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Wow, I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted a giveaway. I will try to do better in the future.

For this edition of Full Glass Empty Wallet, I will be giving away one (1) copy of Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition on steam.

Leave a comment below, and I will choose one winner (randomly of course).

Then contest will run until Wednesday November 3rd 8:00 P.M. Eastern.

GET TO TYPING!

Thanks to darkf666 for the Old One. (http://darkf666.deviantart.com/)
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Lovecraft Wallows In A Starcraft II Loss

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It is harrowing to have the veil ripped away from ones eyes, the infinite horror of that nameless alien weakness.  I go to the study, go to my office, throw dinner parties, with never the glimmer of suspicion as to what eldritch terror will grab me from the dark, pull me into an mute stupour as your sixteen carriers run ragged over my full complement of siege tanks and level 3 upgraded marines (weapons and armour!).

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StarCraft II : The Eldritch Mystery of Custom Maps Part II

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Part I to this aimless ramble is here.

By not allowing users to distribute their custom maps and requiring  authentication to get a map hosted on their servers, Blizzard make themselves the middleman. They want to control the types of games you can play. Censoring out ones they don’t like so much, you know, with the iron-not-quite-gentle-fist-of-oh-watch-out-almost-Godwinned-this-post of corporate control.

But it’s really, I suspect, a way to monetize content. To take advantage of novel games that might get far more popular than one could reasonably expect; and even more harrowing, free.

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Full Glass Empty Wallet: CIV V Edition

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Welcome back to the feature formerly known as Do You Like Free Stuff. This time around, I am offering up one pre-order Direct2Drive copy of Civilization V.

The contest will run til 8:00 P.M. Eastern Thursday September 2nd.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment below. I will randomly choose one winner this week and announce it Thursday night.

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Has John Carmack Joined The Dark Side (In There) Or Lost The Plot (On That)? Part I

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John Carmack is, perhaps, the nearest thing to a demigod the gaming world can claim to have. Half man, half deity, touched by the hand of the eternal, wandering the earth, solving really hard math problems, Sisyphean, DOOMed forever like Leonardo (or any of the other ninja turtles) to eternally strive for a goal that can never be reached — to capture reality.

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Full Glass Empty Wallet: Week 4

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Since last week’s giveaway was so popular, I decided that another contest was in order.

The only catch this week? The contest ends at 10 P.M. Eastern on Wednesday August 11th (because the game is released the next day).

Up for grabs this week
:

One Steam copy of Puzzle Quest 2!

How do you enter? Just leave a comment below. I will randomly choose one winner this week and announce it Wednesday night.

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Quake Live Has A Bad Idea

Games and Gaming, News

Quake Live is out of beta, and to ‘celebrate’, id software has rolled out two subscription plans to try and suck some money out of people still keen to play a 10-year old game. It’s a little bit ludicrous, I reckon. You can read on for some discussion of why I think so, beyond my usual crankiness and inveterate cheapness, and also for the details on the new subscriptions that will supplement the ‘Standard’ free version, which has been the only version until now. I might end up swearing a little bit, so there’s that to look forward to.

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