Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 2 Oct 2009.
Indeed, where's my Half Life 2 Episode 3?
Likely to postpone HL:Ep 3 even more..... Valve still know they make the HL games right?
I dunno, I think they've stopped feeding the guy they kept in the basement working on it and forgot.
Can we ease up on the ******** 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?
Gabe Newell for Prime Minister!!
It's almost........ None? :-D
lol @ Phil.
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...
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*
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"
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....
=] also good karma for footing the bill and giving the money to charity.. sounds like a nice group of guys
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!"
Fantastic story, and nice to see them not only honouring the arrangement, but refusing the money. +rep for being generally awesome Valve!!
That would be South Australia, all the other states have been willing to implement R ratings for games for several years.
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.
(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.
Good for everyone concerned! It puts a human face on the Valve I'm prone to hate
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