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Left 4 Dead 2 Screenshots Star Zombie Clown

With PAX 09 in full swing, Valve has issued new screenshots and artwork from Left 4 Dead 2, showing off more of the zombie shooter sequel's "Dark Carnival" campaign. Also provided was our first look at the new "Jockey" Boss monster, with Valve explaining that it "lets you attack lone Survivors and wrestle control of their movement away from them-into fire, off ledges, or straight into the middle of a zombie horde." Packing "20-plus new items" and five new campaigns, Left 4 Dead 2 hits PC and Xbox 360 on November 17. In keeping with recent retail trends, Valve noted that some of those new items are "being offered as a pre-sell exclusive with select retailers" and listed the "electric guitar, machete, and the American baseball bat" as examples.

Wii tops console reliability study

A study by independent warranty provider SquareTrade has found that Nintendo's Wii is the most reliable of the current generation home consoles, followed by Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

For its newly released report, titled Game Console Failure Rates, SquareTrade analysed failure rates for over 16,000 new game consoles covered under its warranties.

The company found the Wii to be nine times more reliable than the Xbox 360 and four times more reliable than the PS3.

Sony Planning PS3 Reality Show, Winner Becomes Game Tester

Sony has begun casting for a new reality show series to air exclusively on the PlayStation 3. Contestants on the show will compete to earn a job as a Sony game tester. You can't make this stuff up. Dubbed "The Tester," the show will see a group of gamers competing in "a series of elimination challenges designed to test their mental prowess, dexterity, and video game knowledge and compete to win a gamer's ultimate dream job--an official PlayStation game tester." The series, developed by "Rock of Love" and "Flavor of Love" producer 51 Minds, will air this winter. The official website is now accepting applications. But first, you may want to watch the follow video, and ask yourself: "Are you a gamer? Are you the BEST?"

World of Warcraft Launches Paid Faction Changes

No longer will the choice between Horde and Alliance be so daunting, as Blizzard today launched a service to let World of Warcraft players change their character's faction. "Each Faction Change costs $30.00 USD (not including applicable taxes)," the company explained in an FAQ.

Want to play the full game? Shop at GameStop

With the fall lineup of games looming on the horizon, players might be wondering where they should buy the titles they're looking forward to. GameStop, it seems, is set up to make a killing thanks to a huge amount of exclusive in-game content.

Hans Zimmer Composing Modern Warfare 2 Score

Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer has been tapped to provide the score for Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2, Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Zimmer is known for his work on such films as The Dark Knight, Gladiator, The Rock, and Cool Runnings. Since that news is fairly low-key, let's spice this post up with some leaked Modern Warfare 2 footage from a recent GameCrazy conference:

Steam Weekend Deal Slashes THQ Collector's Pack

This week's Steam weekend sale sees the THQ Collector's pack discounted, while being simultaneously bolstered by the addition of Dawn of War II. The pack, which includes 13 THQ games, is on sale for 25% off the usual $100--in other words, $75 total. For just over the price of a console game--or Modern Warfare 2, that is--you'll be playing Company of Heroes, Titan Quest, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Full Spectrum Warrior, and plenty of Warhammer RTS goodness.

Blizzard Plans Region Edits for Diablo 3

Anyone that's seen Diablo III footage knows that Blizzard's putting a little blood in the action-RPG sequel. All of that viscera will likely lead Blizzard to edit the game for certain international regions, according to lead designer Jay Wilson. "Definitely for regions like Germany and Australia, we will have to change blood if we're going to sell there," said Wilson to Wired. "And that's fine.

Mass Effect DLC Arrives on PC

The new "Pinnacle Station" DLC for Mass Effect is now available for owners of the PC version. Interested parties can head to the EA Store, which is selling the DLC for $5. Players must achieve Spectre status in order to play through the 13 missions of combat.

Wolfenstein Review

Most modern first-person shooters are so very serious. They feature a whole lot of brown environments and gruff characters, but never have enough archways into alternate universes. Well, if you're in the mood for an FPS with a glint in its figurative eye, Wolfenstein is a good way to stave off the forces of evil without the in-game grumpiness that usually accompanies such endeavors. This sequel to 2001's Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a worthy addition to the series and a fun romp in its own right.

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