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Valve's Gabe Newell in: Journey to Oz!

Talking about gamers getting ripped off, here's another interesting story going around lately.

If you haven't been keeping up with the situation, I'll keep it short and simple:

Valve started working on Left 4 Dead 2 less than a year after Left 4 Dead got out the door. This made the L4D community unhappy and they formed a boycott against the title. The boycott leaders were eventually flown to Valve's HQ to see the game in person, and came away pleased, and allegedly brainwashed, but said they would not drop the boycott until their respective demands were met. Some people have actually resigned from the boycott group on Steam, though- about at least 20 000 people since this happened. Result!

Jumping on the bandwagon, another guy from Australia wanted Gabe to see his modding effort for Left 4 Dead, but Gabe jokingly said to this guy, Joe W-A, that they were boycotting the project. So Bruce decided to raise the money to have his fat @$$ flown over to Oz to see it.

The guy raised about $ 3000 in less than 3 days, by getting donations from readers of his blog, "FlyGabeNewell".

So, Gabe Newell and Erik Johnson are now expected to fly over there and see his little project. In fact, a lot of people expect Gabe to pay for the trip himself, instead of stealing gamers' money. Some don't even know if he'll be able to fit through the airplane door, let alone his seat.

Didn't I say before that this guy was greedy?

Apparently Newell's words were as follows, “The English language lacks the words to express the level of excitement Erik and I feel that you and your friends have pulled this off."

I bet in reality it was something like: "Oh for f***'s sake!"

I wonder if someone had to say, "So Gabe, how much do we have to pay you to halt development on L4D2 and release it maybe a few years from now along with Half-Life 2: Episode 3," what his response would be?

"Uh, $ 2 000 000 and a box of twinkies," or something.

Anyway, it's all good fun, and I think this story is getting very twisted now. It'll likely be remembered for years to come. lol


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Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters still campaigning despite Valve visit


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