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l4d2 protesters

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, there is a group of people boycotting Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2. I won’t get into all the reasons, but mainly they are upset because they feel that Valve hasn’t kept their word about free updates for the original Left 4 Dead.

In hopes of swaying these boycotters, Valve recently flew the two founding members of the boycott to Valve’s headquarters to show them the game.

To find out how the two reacted, hit the jump.

After seeing the it in action, the two boycotters reported that L4D2 “seemed balanced and ‘tight’ and did not feel like a rushed job.” They went on to say, “What we can say with confidence is that the quality of gameplay in Left 4 Dead 2 is not in question; and it will only get better.”

Despite these positive words, the two still plan on boycotting the game until their “individual concerns are addressed.”

Personally, I think this shows just how focused Valve is on pleasing their fans. The company could have just ignored the boycotters and still gone on to sell plenty of copies of L4D2, but because Valve is so focused on fan loyalty it spent its own money to fly these two guys out and hopefully sway them. The only thing that concerns me is that Valve is rewarding these two boycotters for not being loyal customers. I mean, I’ve pre-ordered every Valve game off of Steam since Half-life 2. So if anyone from Valve is reading this, how about you hook up a poor college student in Ohio… hint hint.


  1. and the award for nerdiest photo on goes to….

  2. avatar evan

    won’t be purchasing for “individual concerns” – that is to say, they don’t want to look like dopes for going back on their word. Look for them to buy it 3 weeks after release.

  3. Wait, that works? I’d like it officially start the “Let’s Boycott A.P.B.” Group. Yeah, I’ll totally be boycotting that game!

  4. avatar Ek

    Haha, that’s so awesome that they didn’t want to admit they loved the game.

  5. avatar Ferahtsu

    Come-on Valve, Help this guy out

  6. I want to boycott MGS: Rising. Kojima, will you fly me to the HQ so I can say how balanced it is and stop my whining?

  7. That golden crowbar reminds me of some of the dozens of trophies I’ve won.

    Also, why is the big guy’s shirt wet?

  8. avatar Avatar

    I think you’ve got it wrong chief.

    These guys were getting enough publicity, that flying them there to show them the game would also get publicity. And just about any result was going to be good news.

  9. The wetness may be sweat from the customary nuggies Gabe was forced to give two kids for protesting his game :)

  10. What you can’t see is the two guys in the back of the room holding up guns to the boycotters as they say how incredible L4D2 is.

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