Left 4 Dead Tops Orange Box Pre-orders by 95%, Valve Launches New Contest

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Pre-sales of Valve's zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, 360) are outperforming those of the company's hit game collection The Orange Box by nearly twofold, according to the developer.

"Pre-orders are now running 95% over those of The Orange Box, and we're getting set to launch the pre-release demo and television campaign to further fuel this momentum," said Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi in an official release.

Valve announced earlier today that customers who pre-order Left 4 Dead will receive access to the game's demo a full week prior to the November 18 release date.

Lombardi also announced the launch of a new Left 4 Dead contest, inviting fans to capture creative poses in front of Left 4 Dead outdoor advertisements. The entries will be judged by Valve's Gabe Newell, with the top 25 receiving free copies of Left 4 Dead. The grand prize winner will bag a new gaming PC assembled by AMD.

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    October 28, 2008 4:39 PM

    Really? That seems a little strange to me.

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      October 28, 2008 4:49 PM

      People love them some zombies. Especially in games where you can play co-op and split screen.

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      October 28, 2008 4:54 PM

      It's easier to pre-sell a zombie game than a colored box. And remember, nobody knew how awesome Portal would be.

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        October 28, 2008 5:04 PM

        portal still isnt awesome

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          October 28, 2008 5:40 PM

          portal will always be awesome

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          October 28, 2008 7:39 PM

          If by "isn't awesome" you mean " is the best thing since Jesus", then I support your view.