Left 4 Dead…

… and then saved by Laura. Or Libi. Or Barry.

Just never, ever, ask what Tiq was doing to me.

Not so long ago, I took Left 4 Dead online for the first time. I’d dabbled on the single player a few times and enjoyed the fact that, as Kat pointed out, the AI is crap and that if there’s a witch to be scared they’ll scare it. Apart from the one time I set it on fire, and the other time when I tried for the one-shot kill achievement. They did not end well.


Anyway, I played online with a bunch of Ready-Uppers. I haven’t been asked back since. I think I know the reason. I was actually worse than the single player AI. No kidding. Much, much worse. Worse squared. The only way I could have been any more useless, and levelled up to worse cubed, is if I’d constantly tried to give away pain pills.

Luckily I wasn’t alive long enough to do that!

While playing I made a mental list of everything I did well, and could be proud of. This is it:-

I healed Libi.

Yup, that was it. Two or three hours of play and the best thing I did was heal Libi. And, to be fair, she had to tell me to do that in a really quite stern voice which, I suspect, was her in “mother mode”.

What I did badly is too numerous to list. Basically everything else, is the answer. I remember someone, I think it was Barry, saying “Geo, no, there’s a witch. Geo, there’s a witch, Geo… oh”. Which is my second best thing I’ve heard on Xbox Live, only topped by the time I entered a Splinter Cell game and everyone was French and they went “Geofortean, ou est vous?” and I could only remember  the French for train station and swimming pool, neither of which were on the map I was playing.

So, I suck at Left 4 Dead. Apparently, I’m not too bad as the infected – I dealt most damage, don’t you know. But it took me three rounds to work out how to get my Hunter to work, so one can only imagine that to be a fluke.

Having said that, it was one of the most fun nights I have had in ages. Xbox Live is great for drawing people together and letting them have a great time, playing a great game.

On the Monday following the World Record (we’ve mentioned that, haven’t we?) I had the day off due to extreme tiredness (train lag) and decided to banish those sleephead feelings with a dabble on Burnout. I joined Tony, Mark and Libi online and we cracked off a few challenges. On the way to one challenge, I changed my indestructo-toy car from something nippy and orange to a indestructo-toy monster truck.


I arrived at the challenge, only to find that it required each of us to jump over the team. And I was in the tallest car I could find. I could not hide my shame as, one by one, my team mates slammed into the lights on top of my truck and the challenge was failed. When we redid the challenge, I returned in a toy F1 racer – the flattest car I could find.

Recounting these tales, I worry that maybe I’m a liabilty. That maybe I shouldn’t be allowed on Live because I’m, you know, crap. But then that’s what it’s all about. Incidents like these let you get a group of friends together to have a laugh, and enjoy the game in a way that you haven’t experienced on your own.

And it rocks.







6 responses to “Left 4 Dead…”

  1. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    I wouldn’t say crap exactly, I mean, have you seen your gamerscore. 😀

    And it’s not whether you win or lose but how many times you take down Libi, no err, enjoy the fun. And if you’re gonna play these games multiplayer then it’s definitely better to get a game filled with friends. Whether you’re good or bad, you’re having a laugh, so it’s worth it.

  2. Barry avatar

    You will be asked back Jake 🙂

    There may be a L4D session later tonight, if your on Live an invite will be heading your way 😀

  3. Kat avatar

    Oi! You suck!


    Like Barry said you’ll have to come and join us for L4D again. You haven’t been online when I have played recently or you’d be Spam invited within an inch of your life.

    Ignore Rook though. Nobody takes down Libi, NOBODY ;P

  4. Jake avatar

    Woohoo! *does happy dance*

  5. Tony avatar

    Ready Up’s very own Kirsten summed up the online gaming phenomena for me with this quote:

    “If I wanted to know I was sh*t, I’d play online”

  6. Michael avatar

    I am INCREDIBLY crap but had the best game EVAR of it last night (though not with you lot, sadly). Two people, two AI and a lot of jumping around from one of us while yelling “TANK!!!” “WHERE?!” etc. Oh, and me being nearly dead for much of one part of the second campaign. So tense but that made it much better! 😀 😀

    AI Francis is kinda crap but Zoey is pretty good though.

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