Do you want to play Left 4 Dead without the pesky fun, graphics and excitement? Then you’d best be on the look-out for this fan-made, 8-bit, NES-style Left 4 Dead game, supposedly coming available on PC in early January. I don’t want to knock the guy for his work — if this is his dream, then go for it — but the thing Left 4 Dead has most going for it is the pure number of zombies that are attacking at any given time. Here, only a couple of zombies are even on screen at the same time in this version, and, well, it’s boring. Look, 8-bit doesn’t need to mean “easy” — Contra and Ghosts n’ Goblins are clear examples of that. This looks like a game you’d find at the dentist’s waiting room, except you’re shooting a gun at zombies instead of toothpaste and cavities. (Via GorillaMask)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.