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Left 4 Dead 2 Server Launcher

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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”

Overview

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)

launcher

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.

Links

Left 4 Dead 2 Server Launcher
Rev-Emu

[How To] Play Left 4 Dead 2 LAN Online Using Tunngle (Garena, or Hamachi)

Easy to remember URL = http://www.tinyurl.com/l4dguide2

Garena username = versatileninja, Tunngle username = versatile

Foreword:  As we all know, L4D2 right now is an awesome game.  Similar to last year, I was involved with writing Hamachi and Garena guides for L4D1.  It was good for awhile, but in retrospect it was a pain and almost a mistake to talk about questionable practices.  The tutorials got so popular that WordPress caught on and we had a 9 day suspension which turns out because we had links to so called “cracks” and the articles were removed to keep the blog alive. If you want to continue with L4D 1, see the unofficial L4D site here.

Now that L4D 2 is here, I am going to take a different approach. WordPress staff or other questionable readers I have this statement for you.  No way does this tutorial indirectly or directly facilitate illicit methods or devious acts of behavior (also known as piracy).  This tutorial shows legitimate gamers how to play Left 4 Dead 2 online without having to succumb to Steam and be forced to use it for their gaming pleasure.  This tutorial shows users how to host and connect to LAN games online without having to resort to Steam. If you believe this is a mistake, search google and see how many gamers are resorting to other needs to play games without Steam.  Now the tutorial has become more valuable.  Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game. Support Valve.  Support “innovation”.  – Versatile


Revisions:

11-30-09: Initial release.

12-1-09: Added information on name changing method.  Added some Garena items because honestly, they need help bad.

12-2-09: Did additional testing and simplified the hosting process instructions.  Determined sv_allow_lobby_connect 0 and sv_lan 1 not required.

12-3-09: Added master patch to 2003.  Rewrote the whole tutorial guide to make it even easier to follow and adding personal zing.

12-4-09: Added Hamachi 1.0.3.0 instructions.

12-5-09: Added stryder 2003 patch. Added 2004 incremental patch (tried a new one). Added subtitle/ammo files and more to the troubleshooting section.

12-6-09: Made note about revloader. Please get rid of it!  Made all download links dropbox.

12-7-09: New links in download section for 2004 patch.  The previous 2004 patch per online scan has a virus in it, and my local AV did not detect it. :(

12-9-09: Added 2005 patch and stryder dec 8th update.

12-11-09: The master patch 2005 wasn’t working right. Fixed the download section and changed instructions. Added new stand alone.  Added Tunngle instructions.

12-12-09: Added master patch 2006.  Deleted name changing tutorial as it is now obsolete thanks to new standalone or stryder patch.

12-13-09: Added more links in download section and redone the instructions.  Added misc. footage section, courtesy of Tunnglers.

12-14-09: Added different fix for the rzr-init file.

12-19-09: Added 2.0.0.6 to 2.0.0.7 patch file.

12-20-09: Added master patch to 2007.

12-28-09: Added my youtube video.

12-30-09: Added new links for 2.0.0.7 and standalone.

1-7-10: Fixed link for standalone. New update for standalone.

1-14-10: Added link for 2.0.0.8.

1-16-10: New standalone version T9.

1-18-10: Fixed link for standalone version T9 rev 3.

1-20-10: Standalone was updated. Fixed link.

2-9-10: 2.0.0.9 files and standalone links updated.

2-17-10: Fixed link for standalone patch.

2-23:10: Added new links for 2.0.1.0.

2-26-10: Added new links for 2.0.1.1.

4-15-10: Fixed a command for hosting error.

4-27-10: Added 2.0.1.4 links!

5-13-10: Added 2.0.1.6 links!

5-24-10: Added 2.0.1.7 and 2.0.1.8 incremental links!

6-5-10: Redid the whole download section.

6-26-10:  Added L4D2 tunngle download section.


Note:  This is a warm hello to all gamers who are looking how to play L4D 2 LAN online.  Props goes first of all to the Tunngle team and the community there.  Garena and Hamachi get no brotherly love. Read the rant below to understand why.  Nonetheless, I decided to put up a quick Garena setup guide because they need help irregardless what the VPN program is and I am a nice guy. :)

Read the rest of this entry

Left 4 Dead 2 So soon? Has Valve Sold Out?

Left 4 Dead 2: Love it or Hate it?

Left 4 Dead 2: Love it or Hate it?

Shout out in the Comments people, tell us at the Underground what you think of Left 4 Dead 2 ‘s early release date.  Do you Love it or Hate it?

Left 4 Dead has been positively one of my favorite PC games of the past year.  So why wasn’t I so thrilled about hearing at E3 that Left 4 Dead 2 was being released this upcoming November?  First and foremost L4D1 is still just an infant in my Pc gaming library, meaning that I am still playing it regularly and it feels as if Valve is just abandoning a child they just had.  What happened to all the  downloadable content that we were promised? Just a survival map pack with only 1 “new” level (lighthouse) and vs mode for 2 campaigns that should have been released with the game in the first place, seriously Valve!!

It feels to me as if the fan favorite Valve is just cashing in on a franchise, something they have never really done before.  For example Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike 1- 2, Half-Life 1-2 all had significant times in between sequels and received tons of fan based material and new DLC.  It took Valve supposedly 4-5 years to make Left 4 Dead and they pump out a sequel that’s supposed to get us excited in 1 year?  I doubt it but I sure hope I’m wrong.

Certainly I’m not the only person to feel as if I’ve been abandoned for liking l4d.  This announcement has caused all kinds of controversy over the net along with the fact that the sequel will have daytime environments, ugh!  Right now I’m not sure what to think about all of this, perhaps this is the game Valve intended on releasing all along.  I loved l4d but it always did seem short to me and without the release of the SDK until 2 months ago now the community is finally getting maps out to us but still no definitive campaigns.  Honestly I’ve been waiting for at least 8 months for the release of the Dead before Dawn map and it just received a July 1st release date*crossed fingers*.  Still no news from Valve for any new campaigns like we were promised.  Guess we’ll just have to shell out the 50 bucks this November for them huh?

I could continue this post forever probably just stating my disgust about this upcoming November.  But honesty I want to hear what you the reader has to say on this subject.   Shout out in the comments below about whether you welcome the sequel so soon or if you hate it’s early release and the new daytime direction that Valve is taking this franchise.

It’s Announced! Left 4 Dead 2 – Coming November 17th

You knew it was going to happen.  L4D 1 was such a success that Valve is going to kill it off early by making a new sequel so soon?  Oh well, whatever!

Check out this news tidbit below:

June 1, 2009 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2), the sequel to the best-selling and critically-acclaimed co-operative multiplayer thriller.

Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 and PC, L4D2 promises to set a new benchmark for co-operative action games and become one of 2009’s marquee titles.

“A large part of how Left 4 Dead became 2008’s top-selling new IP on Xbox 360 and the PC was the custom-tailored gameplay made possible by the AI Director,” said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. “With the knowledge gained from creating the original, new technology, and a passionate team, L4D2 will set a new benchmark for cooperative action games.”

Set for release on November 17, the title adds melee combat to enable deeper co-operative gameplay, with items such as a chainsaw, frying pan, axe, baseball bat, and more.

Introducing the AI Director 2.0, L4D’s dynamic gameplay is taken to the next level by giving the Director the ability to procedurally change weather effects, world objects, and pathways in addition to tailoring the enemy population, effects, and sounds to match the players’ performance. The result is a unique game session custom fitted to provide a satisfying and uniquely challenging experience each time the game is played.

Featuring new Survivors, boss zombies, weapons, and items, Left 4 Dead 2 offers a much larger game than the original with more co-operative campaigns, more Versus campaigns, and maps for Survival mode available at launch.

Supported by a $10+ million marketing campaign, Left 4 Dead has sold over 2.5 million retail copies since it was released in November of 2008. Left 4 Dead 2 is targeted for release on Xbox 360 and the PC on November 17, 2009, and will be launched worldwide with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign across TV, Outdoor, and Online.

“Left 4 Dead was backed by our most aggressive advertising campaign to date, and resulted in a top 5 showing on two platforms during holiday 2008,” said Doug Lombardi, VP of marketing at Valve. “Left 4 Dead 2 is a larger game and will be supported with even more consumer and retail advertising programs than the original.”

Left 4 Dead 2 will be featured as the cover story on PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazines this month. For more information, please visit http://www.l4d.com

Garena is going to get popular I suspect. ;0

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