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Left 4 Dead 2 - Easter eggs and details

There’s lots of fascinating graffiti scrawled on the walls in safe houses in the Left 4 Dead 2 demo. Unfortunately, your party will probably boot you if you spend too much time reading them during an online session. These messages tell the tales of other survivors, giving you a glimpse of what life was like during the early days of the infection outbreak. Some of them are also hilarious. Here’s the graffiti you probably passed by without a second glance in the first safe house in the demo.


Above: A theory that some people are immune to the virus, but can still spread it to others


Above: Evidence that carriers were shipped off in large numbers


Above: It looks like previous visitors to this safe house were heading to the park where the army was evacuating uninfected civilians


Above: We’re glad to see that Left 4 Dead 2 kept the original game’s sense of humor

The Jukebox

Near the beginning of the Left 4 Dead 2 demo is a diner with a Jukebox. This isn’t much of an easter egg in itself. But if you click through the tracks, you’ll find a funny song called “re: Your Brains.” It’s an existential song about friendship, fate, and eating brains.


Above: Click the jukebox a few times to hear a hilarious song about zombies


Above: A fan made music video with screens and art from our favorite zombie games and films

Now take a closer look at the jukebox. Do you see that mysterious fifth track highlighted in blue in the lower-right corner of the menu? Keep on clicking, and “Still Alive” from Portal will begin playing. Be patient. You’ll need to keep clicking through the regular four songs on the jukebox to get the Portal song to play. It’s an especially fun Easter egg since the lead designer and project lead for Portal, Kim Swift, is a level designer for Left 4 Dead 2 too.


Above: If you haven’t listened to Still Alive while beating back a horde of zombies, you haven’t truly lived

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