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Gabe Newell meets Aussie modder
By: | October 13th, 2009

Gabe Newell

The saga of Gabe Newell being flown out to Australia has been a popular talking point for gamers across the globe. The fantastical idea of an unknown modder catching the attention of the man who gave us Half-Life and Left 4 Dead has been a heart-warming tale indeed.

Well, now Gabe has come and gone after keeping his promise to Joe W-A. Hit the jump to check out the extended interview from the latest Good Game episode.

Left 4 Dead 2

It’s been a messy saga over the last few weeks for Valve. Their highly anticipated sequel Left 4 Dead 2 was banned in Australia thanks to a truly antiquated rating system, while the South Australian Attorney-general jumped on the Valve-hating bandwagon.

Well, now it seems that L4D2 has indeed received an Australian rating. Read on to find out what it is.

[Update]: With all of the rumours swirling around the blogosphere, Gamer Limit contacted Valve Software directly regarding the submitted version and recieved a reply from Valve’s Doug Lombardi.

Edited. Waiting for word on the appeal of the standard version. So, the game will ship in Austalia the question now is which version.

Stay tuned.

That we will Doug. More when we have it.

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Today the developer behind the popular Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients: Allstars, known only as ‘IceFrog,’ announced that he is going to be leading a team of developers at Valve.

According to IceFrog, this is “great news for DotA fans.” He stated, “I finally have all the resources needed to do some very exciting stuff that you guys will love,” notes IceFrog. “As I’ve said many times in the past and especially after today’s developments, I am very excited about DotA’s future!” Read more… »

michael-atkinson

The push for an 18+ rating in video games is looking less and less likely for Australian gamers, with the outspoken South Australian Attorney-general finally voicing his opposition to such a cause.

Gamers in Australia should, by know, be able to recognize Michael Atkinson’s name when they hear it. He is a regular fixture on current affairs programs dealing with video game issues, and was a part of a controversial interview on television program Good Game, which addressed the very issues of an 18+ rating system.

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GabeFlies

Some of you may remember the story of the Australian LFD campaign designer who felt a little left out that he wasn’t flown to Seattle along with the other L4D2 boycotters.

The story goes that he emailed Gabe (Newell), and, as a joke seemingly, Gabe agreed to meet him if he paid for them to fly out. Generally, most gamers would relish that the email was even replied to and move on. Except, well, “Joe” took him up on his offer and raised the $3000.

Did Gabe call his bluff?

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Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 get some love
By: | September 23rd, 2009

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Looking for something to hold you over until Left 4 Dead 2 is released on November 17th? Well look no further. Valve has announced that September 29th will bring the “Crash Course” DLC for Left 4 Dead. So for those of you still boycotting Left 4 Dead 2, you have something else to hold you over until the sequel inevitably pulls you in.

As previously announced, the DLC will be free on the PC but set back 360 owners 560 ($7). Read more… »

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Its no secret that the Australian video game classification system is backwards. Earlier this week ,Valves blockbuster Left 4 Dead 2 was refused classification in Australia. A recent comment from Valves own VP of marketing Doug Lombardi has told Shacknews that “everyone at Valve is pretty bummed”.

Well yeah… so are we.

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Australia’s terribly archaic classification system has claimed another victim. The news broke earlier today that Classifications Board have deemed the game “unsuitable for a minor to see or play”, which means that now none of us get to play. More post jump.

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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.

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In a recent interview, Valve’s Chet Faliszek revealed that Microsoft is behind the 560 Microsoft Point ($7) price tag on the “Crash course” Left 4 Dead DLC on the Xbox 360. Faliszek stated, “We own our platform, Steam. Microsoft owns their platform. They wanted to make sure there’s an economy of value there.”

Slated to arrive sometime this month, the “Crash Course” DLC brings a new campaign focused on, but not exclusive to, versus mode as well as new survival mode maps. Originally “Crash Course” was suppose to be free on both Xbox 360 and PC, however now only PC gamers will reap Valve’s generosity. Read more… »

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New Left 4 Dead 2 screenshots
By: | September 4th, 2009

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With only a little over two months left until Valve releases their highly-anticipated sequel Left 4 Dead 2, they have been kind enough to issue some new screenshots from the Dark Carnival campaign.

A disclaimer reading: “You must be this tall… TO DIE!” beckons you into yet another foray into the survival horror genre.

Hit the jump to check out the screens.

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