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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)

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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

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.