Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to Valve's original co-op zombie first person shooter. The game makes use of the Source Engine, and was released in 2009 as a downloadable digital version on November 19 (Japan), October 17 (North America) and October 20 (Europe). Questions should relate to strategies and ...

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How do I increase font size in L4D2 in-game chat?

On my Linux machine it’s too small and I have to move my head to be able to read anything written there.
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What were the two scavenge maps removed from left4dead 2?

When the game came out there were a couple of additional scavenge maps, which have since been removed (at least, from the PC version). Does anyone have a link to what they were or remember which ...
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Is there any reliable way to get the Dead Center - Mall stairwell second floor shortcut

On the Dead Center - Mall portion, is their any way to reliably get the shortcut to the 2nd story toy store window exit? Anything in particular that the director modifies this based on?
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In Left 4 Dead 2, how do I join a server by IP?

My friend was playing some 10v10 on L4D2 the other night, I did a search of google and found a bunch of IP addresses for these 10v10 servers, but how do I join them? There is nowhere in game to enter ...
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Can you cut a smoker's tongue after it wraps around you?

After a smoker catches you with its tongue, you have a couple of seconds before you enter the constriction phase where you're totally helpless. Is it possible to shoot the tongue/cut it with a melee ...
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Conditions for the Confederacy of Crunches achievement

Steam describes this achievement as: Finish a campaign using only melee weapons. Ok, so that obviously excludes any primary weapon, but what about throwables (pipe bombs, molotovs, bile jars) ...
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Can you play L4D in 3rd person?

I want to play 'left 4 dead 2' pc game through third person view. Can I change the view by altering any settings?
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Kite like a man achievement

I can't figure out how to get this achievement, it's very vague and can't find much online about it!
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Fastest way to kill a Tank in Left 4 Dead 2

When playing Left 4 Dead 2, my team-mates and I are struggling to kill a tank fast enough. It always seems to be able to last a long time even when we are all firing on it. This also means it has ...
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How can one enable spectator slots on Left 4 Dead 2 campaign mode?

I have a friend who likes to watch our crew play Left 4 Dead 2, even though she is overwhelmed by the game itself. Presuming I local host the server, is there a way to set it up so people can join in ...
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Where can I find the soundtracks to the Left 4 Dead games?

Where can I find Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 soundtracks? Do they officially exist?
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Is it possible to alert a witch by talking loud on microphone?

I've been hearing rumors that it's possible to provoke a witch by talking louder than a certain volume level, so me and friends always go hush-hush around witches. Is it true or is it just another ...
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What is a good tactic to kill a witch in Left 4 Dead without being hit?

When you encounter a Witch in Left 4 Dead, the best thing to do is probably to switch off the lights and leave her alone. But what to do when the AI director decides to put her straight on your way ...
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Can you get the Guardin' Gnome achievement on Easy difficulty?

If you complete the Dark Carnival campaign, and take the gnome all the way to the helicopter, on easy difficulty, do you still get the achievement?
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How Do the Melee Weapons Compare to One Another?

Something's been bothering me for a while now, even though I don't actually own the game (yet). It seems to me that different melee weapons in Left 4 Dead 2 operate differently. For example, I've ...
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Is a bile jar guaranteed to spawn before map 4's crescendo event in Dark Carnival?

In Dark Carnival, a bile jar comes in really handy at the end of map 4, the Farms, for passing the gates and going upstream the flow of zombies without taking too much damage. Of course, most noobs, ...
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AI players stop attacking infected

I just bought Left for dead 2 in the recent Steam sale and thought I'd try single player first. However trying to play the first campaign I always find my AI team mates stop defending themselves or ...
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How do I install a Left 4 Dead 2 server on debian?

I have been searching for a guide on how to set up a Left 4 Dead 2 Steam dedicated server on a clean debian install. But I haven't found one that worked. So if anyone have successfully set up a ...
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Left 4 dead 2 dedicated server - exec: couldn't exec server.cfg

I've managed to get the L4D2 dedicated server running on Linux (vanilla Debian 6), it works, but there's one major fault. The server won't read any configuration files. It always ends up with ...
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How can I make Left 4 Dead 2 stop giving me a female avatar in online Campaign play?

Playing on XBox Live. Keep dying. Lousy teammates won't revive me. But that's not even the problem... I KEEP GETTING SPAWNED AS A GIRL! It's starting to give me a complex. Please, make it stop...
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How can you make your player scream in Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2?

I remember when I played Left 4 Dead, a couple of months ago, that some players were able to let their controlled character do a scaring long scream. How did they do? Is it possible to do this also ...
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How do I talk to my team on Left 4 Dead 2?

Is there any in game voice chat system? In what app it's easier to find players that use voice communication? Teamspeak? What server?
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Button spamming as special infected

While hot seating a friend, I noticed that she button-spams while grappling a Survivor. It doesn't change the Special Infected animation at all but she swears that it does more damage. In particular ...
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How to optimise your odds to survive in expert difficulty?

I've recently went from playing normal to trying expert mode, but I fail at it. Can you guys/gals give tips explaining how I could play expert mode without dying a thousand times every game? Thanks :) ...
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How do you throw a gas can very high and/or far?

In Scavenge multiplayer mode (and its variants), I've witnessed players throw gas cans much farther and higher than I ever could. I've wasted prescious time running, jumping and left-clicking to throw ...
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Display instructions for infected on every respawn

I understand that you can enable the instruction mode in the multiplayer menu (not sure how it's called in English, in German it's "Spielanleitung"), which shows the attacks of the infected after the ...
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Left 4 Dead 2 Crashes PC

Left 4 Dead 2 Crashes PC After a recent video card installation, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) has been crashing my PC after loading a level. This is not a crash to desktop, rather a complete system crash: ...
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How can I avoid being detected as an infected in left 4 dead 2?

I always get caught playing as an infected no matter how good I hide (because the infected make noises). What would be a good tactic to minimize detection?
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Do the characters in Left 4 Dead have different attributes?

In Left 4 Dead, and also Left 4 Dead 2, does it make any difference which character you pick? Do they have different speed, toughness, accuracy, etc, or are they identical? In single player, do they ...
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Split-screen in Left 4 Dead 2

Is it possible to play the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 in split-screen, where one player uses the mouse/keyboard and the other uses a gamepad?
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How can I get the 'Moustachio' achievements in Left 4 Dead 2?

There are two achievements related to 'Moustachio' in Left 4 Dead 2. These are the descriptions: Gong Show - Prove you are stronger than Moustachio. Stache Whacker - Prove you are faster than ...
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High FPS config for Left 4 Dead 2

A friend of mine is having a little trouble running Left 4 Dead 2 because of a weak graphics card. He consistently gets around 10 FPS. I've been looking around for a high FPS config for this game, but ...
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Official mutations on left 4 dead 2

I just bought Left 4 Dead 2, and I noticed there's a "mutation" (mod) to play, but only one per week (I think it's per week). Is there a way to play past official mutations, or is it intended for ...
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Cannot connect to my dedicated, steam-group L4D2 server

I have successfully setup a dedicated L4D2 server on my Linux box. I can manually connect to it with connect <myip>, so I believe I have all the basics setup correctly. I'm trying to get the ...
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Is there a strategy when playing as a tank in a versus match?

I'm a big fan of L4D2. The one thing I can't wrap my head around is playing the Tank during Vs. I'm rubbish at it (for the most part). Any strategies for playing a good Tank?
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How do the melee weapons compare to each other in terms of swing arc and reach?

Another question already asked about weapon damage per second (DPS; damage per hit and 'reload time'). The accepted answer basically states that "they are different in terms of reload time, however, ...
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Is it possible to disable a dedicated server's welcome page?

I've had some issues with unofficial dedicated servers when creating Left 4 Dead 2 games. Over the weekend when creating a game my friends and I would keep getting the same dedicated server which is ...
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How do I load Left 4 Dead 2 splitscreen savegame?

We reached the first safe room. During the next area we quit the game. Coming back, there is no option to access the saved campaign. Where is it?
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Can a AI-controlled companion be ordered to take an action?

In L4D2, can companions be ordered to take actions? Me and a friend have been playing. That means 2 of our slots are human and 2 are AI-controlled. We are primarily interested in giving 2 orders: ...
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How to optimize your chances to catch a survivor with your special infected?

Everyone knows how glitchy hitboxes can be with the Source engine. Its a problem for Left4dead just as it is any other Source game (TF2, CSS, etc). But some friends and I have the feeling that it ...
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How can I rename my player?

In Left 4 Dead 2, is it possible to rename my player? Addendum: the name in-game as seen in the HUD. eg. as others see your name http://i.imgur.com/0dc9W.jpg Sebitar, future-trance, Chrsyalid..
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Left 4 Dead 2 Official Dedicated Bugging Going Black Screen

Error! Variable "$blendframes" is multiply defined in material "particle/smoke1/smoke1_add_nearcull"! Left 4 Dead 2 Official Dedicated Bugging Going Black Screen As the keywords suggest, when ...
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Left For Dead 2 - Unlock Australian Censorship

I have purchased a copy from Steam and it has all of the visual gore taken out. I'd rather play the game as it was intended and not be at the whims of some politician who thinks all Australians ...
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How do you create a graffiti in Left 4 Dead 2?

I was playing Left 4 Dead 2 and I saw a player paint a graffiti on a wall (I also saw it done on Team Fortress 2) How is this done? What is it purpose? Is it different on those two games or is it ...
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Varied NPC AI in left 4 dead?

Do the different characters have different AI behaviors? While playing left-4-dead with two of my friends we endless joke and complain about Coach's sniper shotgun. He seems to last hit special ...
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Left 4 dead's AI director and player karma

I had heard that the AI director rewards teamwork on campaign maps. Specifically, your karma increases if you use health packs to heal teammates instead of everyone just healing themselves. It seems ...
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How exactly does adrenaline affect melee weapons' effect?

It is well known that an adrenaline shot will allow you to strike faster (hence shortens the strike speed). But does it also increase the weapon's damages ? Since combining adrenaline and a melee ...
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How can my friends and I improve our tactics in Left 4 Dead 2?

I occasionally play Left 4 Dead 2 with some friends for a couple of hours every month or so. Since we don't play particularly often, we don't have much chance to really get better at the game through ...
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When should I kill my friends?

On expert realism mode, if a survivor is incapacitated in the safe room at the end of a level, how much health do they spawn with on the next level? Are they still incapacitated? I usually kill ...
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What is a good strategy for getting the “Level a charge” achievement?

Is there an easy way to get the Level a Charge achievement? The thing is to kill a Charger with melee it has to be done with exceptional coordination. I saw a video that 2 guys played a Versus ...