4-30-11: Initial Release.
Since the release of Portal 2, there has been a lot of good work being done in the community. With so many gamers playing Portal 2 in LAN networks across the Internet, it is no surprise that several people have started work on their own special co-op launchers to make life easier instead of typing cumbersome commands through the console.
Dekart8111 made a special launcher of his own (see above screenshot) that he developed that is released as CS.RIN.RU. How it works is pretty simple. If you are the client, type in the ip of the host and click connect. If you are the host, then select the map in question and just host it after the client is connecting to you.
Pretty simple stuff.
To download the client, and read more about how to use it, see the link below:
If you’ve already read Versatile’s Tutorial on [How To] Play Left 4 Dead 2 LAN Online Using Tunngle (Garena, or Hamachi) (btw awesome post) and you already have due to it being the top post. I bet your right now searching for a quicker way of launching your multiplayer game instead of typing “map whatyouwant” in the console
“The Left 4 Dead 2 Server launcher is your answer”
Well the Left 4 Dead 2 Launcher is a program written C++ “yawn” I’ll skip the technical. What the software does basically, is that it creates your online or lan game before you even think about the console. (Yes it also does work for those who bought it)
As you can see from the image above, it has the same interface as Steam (nice touch). Down below in the left hand corner is an option where you can select what character you want to play. Sorry only the server hoster can choose who wants to be. There is also a password option for those want to host private games. Another benefit of this is that you can host your game on a selected port. Good for running games on special routers.
For those with Non-Legit Versions
Now before you go ahead and scroll down to the download link, I reccomend you download the Revolution-Emulator rev-emu for short (download link below) Once it’s done click on it and instead of installing it in your Left 4 Dead 2 root directory ie C:\Program Files\Left 4 Dead 2 where it says, just install it into a folder somewhere like the desktop. Once it’s done go into the bin folder and copy the “config” folder and paste it into your \Left 4 Dead 2\Bin\ folder. Once done open Config folder right click the MasterServers.vdf file and click properties and make it read only. This will make the Server apear on the Steam Group Server option in Game, instead of you going to the Left 4 Dead 2 Server Launcher and typing the hosts ip. To install the launcher extract the archive copy the file to your install directory, create a shortcut and enjoy.
*Note if your running rev-emu “MasterServers.vdf” ignore the above paragraph!
For those with Legit Versions
Simply extract files from the archive and copy to your install directory for the game (install directory, root directory same thing) create a shortcut and enjoy.
Thanks, goes to Nick and Versatile for reminding me.
Ok, ok, we here at the Underground know that long titles are scary, boring, and all of the above.
Hey, read this about Launchy: It’s probably one of the best things you will download (for free might I add, no strings whatsoever) this year and next year.
What is Launchy?
“Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!” ~http://www.launchy.net/
In simple terms: Press your two hotkeys, start typing what you want, and when launchy has found it, hit enter. Oh yea, you don’t have to type a lot depending on what programs you have and what you let launchy index. Simply typing in “F” and hitting enter can get firefox
Here a few more perks:
1) You can access the web straight through launchy! Once you have your web browser selected, hit tab, type in the website, and hit enter
2) You can search google. no joke. Select google, hit tab, and type in your search. I’ve done it, it is flawlessly amazing!
3) You can mod launchy, by changing skins, add extras. You can even use it to do math!
4) Launchy is sleek, uses few resources, and can be booted off of a USB drive, so you can carry it with you.
So, go to http://www.launchy.net to start launching!
(btw, just to prove the prowess of launchy: i can open xfire, MS word, firefox, google talk, fraps, itunes, and steam all within 10-30 sec)
or click here