My New Favorite Video Game: Left 4 Dead 2

I know, that picture's scary. It's the rotting-hand-graced cover of Left 4 Dead 2, the second edition of a zombie-killing, first-person shooter game for Xbox 360 and PCs. The game is dark, creepy and more than a little unnerving -- and I love it. Truth: I'm not a huge gamer girl (okay, I'm not a gamer girl at all). But there's something about swinging an axe at the undead that appeals to me. Maybe it's because I'm not killing "real people" like in other games -- zombies are easier to strike down. (Check out eerie screenshots of your enemies here.) Plus, you can have three friends help you out, so the zombie-slashing is a completely social exercise. The locations (abandoned motels, rooftops, fields) are fun to race around, and the challenges (don't set off the car alarm in the parking lot or the zombies will swarm!) are totally my speed.

So while I usually love my Xbox 360 because I can watch Netflix on demand and stream my facebook page onto the flatscreen, I've got a new way to use it: For an actual game. I'm not quite ready for Halo Wars, but I'm getting there...