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Gabe Newell is going to Australia

Gabe Newell is going to Australia

Valve's Gabe Newell has announced that he will honour plans to visit an Australian Left 4 Dead modder.

Valve has confirmed today that Gabe Newell and Erik Johnson will honour plans to visit a Left 4 Dead modder in order to preview his new campaign after the fan raised $3,000 USD to pay for the trip.

The plan for the trip arose from a joke between the modder, Joe W-A, and Gabe Newell when Joe complained that he hadn't been flown to Seattle to preview Left 4 Dead 2 like some boycotters had been. Joe W-A said he should be flown to Valve HQ in order to show the Valve team his new Left 4 Dead mod. Newell replied however saying that Valve had decided to boycott the mod, with Joe asking if this meant he had to fly Gabe out to visit his house.

No, said Newell. You've got to fly project lead Erik Johnson out as well.

Since then Joe W-A has raised the required $3,000 USD to pay for the flights and record the event, with surplus funds being donated to the Child's Play charity which provides computer games and toys for children in hospitals across the world.

Valve's announcement indicates that Gabe and Erik will honour the agreement, even though it arose out of nothing but playfulness. While the official press release doesn't indicate this, it's also being reported that Valve has refused the $3,000 and decided to pay for itself so that the full amount can be donated to charity.

"The power of the gaming community and their ability to rally around a cause - be it serious or fun in nature - is amazing," Newell said.

"In 2003, the community helped the FBI and European law enforcement officials find the people who stole the Half-Life 2 source code. This year, the community is putting me on a plane to the other side of the world to meet Joe W-A and see his mod. It's going to be a fun trip."

Valve will be blogging about the trip and posting their impressions on the mod via the official Left 4 Dead blog, but you can let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Krikkit 2nd October 2009, 12:12 Quote
That's pretty awesome; not only that they raised $3000, but because Gabe/Erik will take time from what will inevitably be a seriously busy schedule atm just to fulfill a bit of a joke... :)
AshT 2nd October 2009, 12:14 Quote
Sweet story to brighten my morning, cheers!
500mph 2nd October 2009, 12:17 Quote
Go Valve!
proxess 2nd October 2009, 12:27 Quote
Go go gaming community! Tururururu Inspector Gadget!
Rkiver 2nd October 2009, 12:36 Quote
News like that just makes me smile. It's great PR for Vavle (plus if the $3k is all going to charity even better).
Jack_Pepsi 2nd October 2009, 12:45 Quote
YES!

Nicely done Joe W-A!

:D
logan'srun 2nd October 2009, 12:46 Quote
this story is full of win
GFC 2nd October 2009, 12:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
this story is full of win
Gabe is made out of win too!
Yemerich 2nd October 2009, 13:12 Quote
That's why we all love valve. They take jokes very seriously!
infi 2nd October 2009, 13:12 Quote
yep, gabe is a pretty funny guy :D
DXR_13KE 2nd October 2009, 13:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yemerich
That's why we all love valve. They take jokes very seriously!

indeed
DeathAwaitsU 2nd October 2009, 13:16 Quote
lol niiice
mi1ez 2nd October 2009, 13:25 Quote
Hmmmm. This wouldn't have anything to do with the L4D2 release issues?
mikeuk2004 2nd October 2009, 13:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Hmmmm. This wouldn't have anything to do with the L4D2 release issues?

lol yea maybe, kill 2 birds with one stone :)
ChaosDefinesOrder 2nd October 2009, 14:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
Hmmmm. This wouldn't have anything to do with the L4D2 release issues?

lol yea maybe, kill 2 birds with one stone :)

now now, we can't be killing things with stones, that could constitute melee and that would be 18+ so can't be "released" in Australia... ;-)
Grasshopper 2nd October 2009, 14:08 Quote
I love developers who care about their fans. All game studios should learn from them.
Hugo 2nd October 2009, 14:48 Quote
This is an awesome example of PR done right.

Following this example, I plan to boycott future episodes of The Guild unless I'm taken to see Felicia Day....

... what? it might work
docodine 2nd October 2009, 14:48 Quote
This is becoming BS, Valve still shouldn't have released L4D2 as a standalone game. All of these distractions lately don't change that fact..
pizan 2nd October 2009, 15:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
That's pretty awesome; not only that they raised $3000, but because Gabe/Erik will take time from what will inevitably be a seriously busy schedule atm just to fulfill a bit of a joke... :)

Wasn't a lot of the original money donated by valve workers who wanted to get rid of them for a while?
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Originally Posted by docodine
This is becoming BS, Valve still shouldn't have released L4D2 as a standalone game. All of these distractions lately don't change that fact..

Whats your problem? The game is basically a new game, They added so much that you couldn't install this as an add-on to L4D and still play that the original way. Just be happy valve released this sequel to game withing 5 years.
Rkiver 2nd October 2009, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by pizan
Just be happy valve released this sequel to game withing 5 years.

Indeed, where's my Half Life 2 Episode 3?
freedom810 2nd October 2009, 15:11 Quote
Likely to postpone HL:Ep 3 even more..... Valve still know they make the HL games right?
smc8788 2nd October 2009, 15:16 Quote
I dunno, I think they've stopped feeding the guy they kept in the basement working on it and forgot.
Phil Rhodes 2nd October 2009, 16:45 Quote
Can we ease up on the fellatio a bit?

Valve is a profitmaking company - they're doing this for the publicity, and nothing else.
DarkLord7854 2nd October 2009, 17:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Can we ease up on the fellatio a bit?

Valve is a profitmaking company - they're doing this for the publicity, and nothing else.

Of course, but how many other companies do that, even if it's for publicity reasons?
B1GBUD 2nd October 2009, 17:24 Quote
Gabe Newell for Prime Minister!!
Chocobollz 2nd October 2009, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Can we ease up on the fellatio a bit?

Valve is a profitmaking company - they're doing this for the publicity, and nothing else.

Of course, but how many other companies do that, even if it's for publicity reasons?

It's almost........ None? :-D
airchie 2nd October 2009, 17:43 Quote
lol @ Phil. :D

I'm sure we all realise that most companies are out to make a profit.
Its just not often you find a company that you don't resent for doing it...
aggies11 2nd October 2009, 18:12 Quote
Brilliant spin masters. This is just great PR. Talk about taking a bad PR issue (30K+ people stating that they will "vote with their wallet", which is a revenue figure of around ~$1.5million dollars) and turning it into something positive. Flying out members of the boycott group, getting them to say good things, then doing this. Free PR and re-affirms people's idea that Valve is still all "about the community". $3000 for flights is actually dirt cheap to remove this PR blemish.

Now everyone can feel "good" about buying L4D2, despite their previous hesistence, because it's obvious that "Valve still cares".

*Note: Not taking an opinion either way on if this is a good or bad thing, just trying to objectively comment on the mastery PR maneuvering going on*
Star*Dagger 2nd October 2009, 18:59 Quote
This is why Gabe Newell is one of the very few that I call a Gaming God. There is Meier, Carmack, CCP... running out of names already, oh yeah the Total annihilation guy.

I love the idea that Dev celebrities goto modders home countries and homes to take a look at what they are making, I hope it is fully documented, video and all.

Maybe Gabe can speak to the Parliament of Australia and tell them to pass some reasonable laws regarding gaming content and labeling.

Do not be surprised if the next Left for Dead is based in Australia and the Parliament is the first set of blokes to be turned into zombies, oh wait, they already are!!!

"How can I tell who will be the first to be turned into zombies?!?!"
"Easily son, they are the ones with nooses around their necks!"
"oooooh, i though those were part of their suits"

LOL,
Star*Dagger
HourBeforeDawn 2nd October 2009, 21:02 Quote
watch they get there they see it and the words out of their mouth is... wow this mod sucks ~_~ well thanks for trying, have a nice day and oh dont quit your day job....
thehippoz 2nd October 2009, 21:23 Quote
=] also good karma for footing the bill and giving the money to charity.. sounds like a nice group of guys
crazyceo 2nd October 2009, 22:48 Quote
Gabe, don't forget when you get there and the customs guy asks if you have a criminal record. Just say "I thought you didn't need one anymore!"
tripwired 2nd October 2009, 23:02 Quote
Fantastic story, and nice to see them not only honouring the arrangement, but refusing the money. +rep for being generally awesome Valve!!
desertstalker 4th October 2009, 03:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger

Maybe Gabe can speak to the Parliament of Australia and tell them to pass some reasonable laws regarding gaming content and labeling.

That would be South Australia, all the other states have been willing to implement R ratings for games for several years.
SimoomiZ 4th October 2009, 05:28 Quote
The way they've made everyone scour the net for any tidbit of info on HL2 Ep3, with a near blackout from Valve itself, needs answering. They say fans will totally understand why this has been the case when they reveal. Anything short of it becoming Half Life 3, with a new engine will seem like a letdown tbh.
DarkLord7854 4th October 2009, 05:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by SimoomiZ
The way they've made everyone scour the net for any tidbit of info on HL2 Ep3, with a near blackout from Valve itself, needs answering. They say fans will totally understand why this has been the case when they reveal. Anything short of it becoming Half Life 3, with a new engine will seem like a letdown tbh.

And then they announce it'll take until 2013 for release. :p

(Providing the source code doesn't leak like HL2 :))
SimoomiZ 4th October 2009, 05:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
And then they announce it'll take until 2013 for release. :p

(Providing the source code doesn't leak like HL2 :))

Well the length of time with literally nothing (screenshots, trailers etc.) is odd. Maybe this Aussie guy could threaten to burn Gabe's passport or something unless he fesses up.
Otto69 5th October 2009, 05:04 Quote
Good for everyone concerned! It puts a human face on the Valve I'm prone to hate :)
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