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Maybe next time

Posted by tofu on December 17th, 2009 @ 22:46

Well, it’s all over. We didn’t place, but I think we did a top job — if I do say so myself. Can’t say I’m not disappointed, but they certainly picked 3 fine entries.

The best part is, I can now reveal the epic final submissions from our very own snappers…

Dr Zorr Wants You

There’s something hauntingly beautiful about being fingered by a Demo (also about Zorr’s entry).

Spiii’s Spy Inspires Mayhem

Machiavellian in it’s construction, Spiii’s comic outline’s his plan to take over the world (by picking on poor Demos everywhere).

Demolishous Demo

I wanted the slogan for this poster to be a ‘call to action’, but I should have gone with frag_spawn’s suggested ‘motto’ instead, it was much funnier.

Unleash The Monster

I lost the plot a bit here, but had fun with it, and managed to slip in a not-so-veiled reference to the Demo’s bagpipe if ya know what I mean. Initially there were two references — quite by accident I assure you, that was a soldier’s foot people!

Roll Credits

Thank you to everyone for your contributions, peer review and support, especially Spiii, Dr Zorr, Annwn, Ali, frag_spawn, Shmitee, Nakor and Fumbles.

I Need You!

Posted by tofu on December 13th, 2009 @ 19:07

I’ve decided to enter the TF2 propaganda contest. I have completed the artwork, but I need help with the slogan (slogans are hard!).

Unfortunately, the submission form is extremely limiting. We don’t seem to be able to enter as a group, and if I win, I don’t think I’ll be able to share the prize. That said, if they contact me for details, I’ll be sure to credit all contributions. Also, I’ve added a reference at the bottom so we can share the glory.

Two versions of the poster are available from the Members Only section. Please let me know which slogan you think is best. Or, if you have ideas for a different slogan that you’d like to contribute, please let me know. (Of course, I encourage you to enter separately if you wish, in which case, you should probably keep your awesome slogan 🙂 ).

I will need to finalise the entry and upload Tuesday evening to be safe. Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated!

Joy to the world!

Posted by tofu on October 8th, 2009 @ 21:50

Valve have saved Christmas yet again this year by sliding a modified version of L4D2 past the Australian OFLC board!

Apparently the new version no longer contains depictions of decapitations, dismemberment, wound detail, or piles of bodies lying about the environment, which I believe is a fair compromise for awesome new maps, specials (apparently there will be a female Boomer) and gameplay (see Scavenge Mode).

The early histeria around this game was hilarious, but I have always been firmly in the Valve-usually-treat-us-right-plus-L4D2-represents-a-legitimate-full-new-game-so-I’m-more-than-happy-to-pay-for-it camp.

I think it’s fair to say I’m excited, and that No(one-left-behind)vember will be a good month!

PS Thanks to Spiii for passing on the good news (and the comic)!

Left 2 Die

Posted by tofu on July 26th, 2009 @ 18:28

Left 2 Die would be a better name than Left 4 Dead 2, amirite?

If you’ve been reading your Steam News updates you’ve probably seen most of this already, but I thought it was worth a repost…

Nice new footage of Left 4 Dead 2 available, showing decisive consequences to team mistakes (via Shacknews):

And while I’m posting about Valve, I’d like to point out this extended Good Game interview with Valve CEO Gabe Newell. I found it quite interesting, I especially liked his explanation of why draconian DRM on games is teh sux0rz and why DRM promotes piracy. As noted elsewhere, it was also interesting to hear his suggestion that gamers could fund game development rather than publishers.

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