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Valve boycotts L4D mod campaign

Valve boycotts L4D mod campaign

Valve has turned the tables on one modder in particular, by boycotting his campaign until they visit his house.

This is a strange one. Yesterday, it was revealed that Valve flew two of the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott ringleaders out to Valve HQ in Seattle so that they could check the game out and attest to the fact that it wasn't a rush job, which they duly did.

Obviously, the response from Left 4 Dead fans was mixed. Most people thought it was rather nice of Valve, while most boycott members continue to protest the lack of new content for Left 4 Dead 1 and are accusing both parties of bribery. One Left 4 Dead modder however had a different solution, according to RPS.

The modder in question, known only as Joe and residing in Brisbane, Australia, sent Gabe Newell a very direct question; "Why the hell haven't I been flown to Valve? You guys need to preview my campaign."

A few hours later, Newell responded with a rather unbelievable response - "We are boycotting your campaign."

With the tables suddenly turned on him, Joe wondered what exactly this meant. "Does...Does this mean I need fly YOU here?", he asked.

"Me and Erik," confirmed Newell, referring to Project Lead Erik Johnson.

Joe has now launched a campaign to raise money and awareness for his scheme, dubbed the Fly Gabe Newell Fund, with the ultimate plan being to fly Gabe and Erik over to Joe's house in Brisbane so that they can preview his game and attest that it isn't a rush job. Money will be refunded if the pair refuse to make the trip, while extra funds will be spent on buying a camera to record the event. Let us know if you donate in the forums.

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Aterius Gmork 11th September 2009, 12:07 Quote
Haha, owned.
SNIPERMikeUK 11th September 2009, 12:08 Quote
These people seriously need to get lives....
mi1ez 11th September 2009, 12:09 Quote
WTF...
Fod 11th September 2009, 12:10 Quote
bit-tech, I am boycotting your... upcoming review of the Asus MARS graphics card.
GFC 11th September 2009, 12:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fod
bit-tech, I am boycotting your... upcoming review of the Asus MARS graphics card.
I'm this group's ringleader.
CardJoe 11th September 2009, 12:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GFC
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fod
bit-tech, I am boycotting your... upcoming review of the Asus MARS graphics card.
I'm this group's ringleader.

Sorry, we're boycotting the forums. We won't post again until we too get a flight to Australia AND Seattle.
Bauul 11th September 2009, 12:28 Quote
Lol, epic. I love Vavle, it's always good to see devs with a sense of humour.

Oh and by the way I'm boycotting all of you. Especially those of you living in the West Indies...
Rkiver 11th September 2009, 12:36 Quote
Oh man that is hysterically funny. I hope he raises the money and I hope Gabe and Erik do fly over to see it (paying for it themselves and letting Joe donate the rest to charity etc). It'd be a great publicity stunt to say the least.

(Yahtzee flown to Valve HQ after his Portal review for example).
Skiddywinks 11th September 2009, 12:41 Quote
Haha, how excellent!
DragunovHUN 11th September 2009, 12:43 Quote
Hahah, good old Valve.
Abhorsen 11th September 2009, 13:00 Quote
Lol, seriously Valve +1.
steveo_mcg 11th September 2009, 13:07 Quote
:)

Got to love a dev with a sense of humour.
Grasshopper 11th September 2009, 13:17 Quote
HAHAHA $5 from me!
DraigUK 11th September 2009, 13:20 Quote
Gotta love Valve. On so many levels.
Ryu_ookami 11th September 2009, 13:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Sorry, we're boycotting the forums. We won't post again until we too get a flight to Australia AND Seattle.

Oh yeah...well.well.....well we are boycotting your boycott until we haz more lol cats on the forums so there :(

though I have to admit I love the valve response so is anyone going to be giving cash to the cause lol
Zero_UK 11th September 2009, 14:04 Quote
Ha awesome, Valve, If I sign make a boycott group can you fly me to your head quaters?!

I can just see it now, shaking hands with the vortigons, playing in the ball pool with friendly headcrabs, afternoon entertainment in the TF2 arena, and of course a go on l4d 2...
proxymoron 11th September 2009, 14:07 Quote
Are you completely unaware of the concept of irony, Joe?
GravitySmacked 11th September 2009, 14:14 Quote
Brilliant, nice one Valve.
bbshammo 11th September 2009, 14:19 Quote
Touche!!

Well played Valve :)
Yemerich 11th September 2009, 14:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryu_ookami
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Sorry, we're boycotting the forums. We won't post again until we too get a flight to Australia AND Seattle.

Oh yeah...well.well.....well we are boycotting your boycott until we haz more lol cats on the forums so there :(

though I have to admit I love the valve response so is anyone going to be giving cash to the cause lol

Yo dawg, i've heard you like boycotts, so we will boycott your boycott so you can be boycotted while you boycott....
steveo_mcg 11th September 2009, 14:57 Quote
LMAO
1ad7 11th September 2009, 15:14 Quote
Im boycotting all hott Australian girls until they fly to my house and I show them its not a rush job :)
Star*Dagger 11th September 2009, 15:19 Quote
Id like an Australian GIRL on a cot...
kingred 11th September 2009, 15:34 Quote
They will need two seats for gabe.
azrael- 11th September 2009, 18:11 Quote
I've been trying to think of things to boycott. However, as of right now, there's zip. Maybe my brain's boycotting me? If so, how the f... did it get wind of this new "boycott" ploy? I let it out as little as possible...
HourBeforeDawn 11th September 2009, 18:58 Quote
OMG people its a game lol some of these boycotter people need some serious help.
WildThing 11th September 2009, 19:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by kingred
They will need two seats for gabe.

Is it bad that made me LOL!!??
Kiytan 11th September 2009, 19:45 Quote
Hehehe, excellent. Valve has a great sense of humour.

Still agree with the boycott though :P
delriogw 11th September 2009, 22:47 Quote
as has already been said, it's great to see someone so high up in a business having such a great sense of humour.

i think it's this human aspect to valve that makes them so liked in the gaming world (beyond their great games of course).

awesome.
Noob4ever 13th September 2009, 02:41 Quote
Ok, so what exactly happens now that the gentleman in question has enough to fly gabe newell and erik roundtrip to his house lol..... this ought to be interesting..... cant wait for the video of the visit, which i assume he can afford considering his donations are at $2,874.12 USD with 1211 for roundtrip for one person.. so 2422 for two.......
Ryu_ookami 13th September 2009, 03:08 Quote
yep but it doesn't cover hotels, meals, taxis etc yet or does it ?
Rkiver 13th September 2009, 10:47 Quote
They could stay at his house perhaps? Least glamorous business trip ever!
erratum1 13th September 2009, 10:55 Quote
haha that's funny. They have a good sense of humour at valve.
mikeuk2004 14th September 2009, 13:05 Quote
I cant beleive they got $3000 in 3 days. This is a greate way to get a free holiday to Oz
GravitySmacked 14th September 2009, 15:55 Quote
It will be interesting to see if they take them up on the offer.
Rkiver 14th September 2009, 16:23 Quote
So they actually are going to go down? Respect for Valve's willingness to have fun has gone up.

Of course this is also wonderful publicity for them, but still, awesome overall.
Kiytan 14th September 2009, 17:05 Quote
That is awesome
MiNiMaL_FuSS 14th September 2009, 17:40 Quote
according to the blog their going!
jon 14th September 2009, 19:21 Quote
what a waste of money ...

Can't figure out how to show off the level via some sort of virtualization, or even just shipping the code?

Good lord, folks, you're supposed to be tech savvy!!!
Rkiver 14th September 2009, 19:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jon
what a waste of money ...

Can't figure out how to show off the level via some sort of virtualization, or even just shipping the code?

Good lord, folks, you're supposed to be tech savvy!!!

You're either ripping the piss, in which case humour fail, or you're just missing the whole point of this....
boggsi 19th September 2009, 12:01 Quote
Valve++ this is awesome.
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