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Left 4 Dead 2's Gnome gets his own (fictional) game trailer

Left 4 Dead 2 may be getting some new content soon-ish but a new gameplay trailer for a fictional spin-off of Valve's zombie shooter is currently getting a lot of attention on the interwebs. It shows off the game's resident garden gnome doing what he does best.

And apparently what he does best is shooting, chain sawing and otherwise going on a massive rampage. The trailer, which you can check out after the jump, comes to us from the Fine Leather Jackets group and it's one of the most entertaining short films we have seen in a while. Valve, the balls in your court on this one. We want to play this game for real.

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - March 24

The weekend is getting closer and we have far too many PC games to play. It's time to pace ourselves before we become part of our PC office chair.

Left 4 Dead 2 community campaign Cold Stream enters beta testing

A few weeks ago Valve announced that it would be releasing a new campaign for its zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2 titled Cold Stream. Today the campaign is now available for people to download in beta form.

The campaign, created by community mapper Matthew Lourdelet, will be tested out before it's officially released as part of a new Left 4 Dead 2 DLC package from Valve. As previously announced the DLC will contain Cold Stream as well as Left 4 Dead 2 versions of the three remaining campaigns from the original Left 4 Dead that have yet to be ported. There's still no word on when the DLC will be released.

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - March 11

PAX East 2011 is finished its first day. Look for reports from our editor Steven Wong in the near future:

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - February 25

Friday's here. Anyone still playing Bulletstorm? Anyone trying to sign into those Rift Head Start servers and having to wait hours and hours before finally being able to play online? It's the joys of PC gaming

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - February 23

With GDC less than a week away, the new game announcements should be coming fast and furious very soon.

Left 4 Dead 2 blog reveals future DLC plans

Left 4 Dead 2 hasn't had a new official DLC release since last October's The Sacrifice. However developer Valve revealed some early plans for the next batch of DLC for its zombie co-op shooter on the game's official blog site today. The update states that the DLC will include the three remaining Left 4 Dead 1 campaigns that have not yet been adapted into Left 4 Dead 2 levels. It will also contains a campaign called Cold Stream created by community mapper Matthew Lourdelet.

The blog site states they are looking for the community to offer up their input on the DLC pack and have started up a forum thread for anyone to give their ideas. The release date for the DLC pack is still vague with Valve saying only it will be coming out after its puzzle shooter sequel Portal 2 is released.

[Via Blue's News]

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - February 14

We hope all of you had a good Valentine's Day. Of course there's still the day after where some of you will realize that the person who you made your Valentine is just an artificial intelligence out to trick humanity. That happened to us last year; never again.

Left 4 Dead 2 gets new community mutation mode that's all about death

Left 4 Dead 2 is no stranger to death; the players have to fight off undead Infected creatures. But for the latest mutation gameplay mode for Valve's zombie co-op shooter puts the death part of the game even more on the player.

The Death's Door mode, which will be on Valve's official servers for the next two weeks, basically means that if you go down in a firefight, then that's it. No revival or first aid can help you come back to life with your buddies. Your time in the match is over. Meanwhile the game's official servers will have the community-made map One 4 Nine online for the next week.

Study claims Steam generated $970 million in revenue in 2010 [Update]

While Valve has never revealed specific revenue and sales numbers for its Steam PC/Mac download service, a organization called Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) claims in a press release today that the Steam service generated $970 million in revenue in 2010. The month of December 2010 alone saw $213 million in revenues for Steam, according to FADE's numbers.

While the press release didn't give specific sale unit number, it did say that Call of Duty: Black Ops was the number one best selling game on Steam in 2010 with $98.2 million in revenue. Assuming that number is accurate, that means the game sold about 1.6 million copies on Steam (at $59.99 a copy) in less than two months. The 2009 released shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came in second in revenue in 2010 with $39.4 million and Valve's own game Left 4 Dead 2 was third with $36 million. According to FADE's study, over 180 games on Steam had sales of at least $1 million in 2010.

Big Download contacted FADE to find out more about how it came up with its Steam revenue numbers. It's Director of Research & Analysis Benjamin Schlichter told us, "Our sales figures for Steam are estimated by incorporating a passive user survey of approximately 8 million registered Steam users. This allows us to track actual sales conversions by users, so we can offer insights into the Steam market." He declined to give more info about FADE's methodology, stating, "Our system is proprietary, which allows us to ensure our competitors can't offer the same volumes of information." We have emailed Valve to see if it wishes to comment on FADE's estimated revenue numbers on Steam. You can check out FADE's estimates of the top 10 best selling games on Steam in 2010 after the jump

Update: We have gotten a statement from Valve's Marketing Director Doug Lombardi who told us simply, "We do not release our detailed sales. We have never met with FADE."

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