Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Leaders Flown to Valve

By Nick Breckon, Sep 09, 2009 11:52am PDT Two founding members of a group organizing the boycott of Left 4 Dead 2 were recently flown in to Valve headquarters to see the game for themselves.

The two boycotters (shown left, flanking Valve president Gabe Newell) announced their playtest on the group's Steam page, reporting that Left 4 Dead 2 "seemed balanced and 'tight' and did not feel like a rushed job."

"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," they said following the visit, while adding that they will not give up the boycott until their "individual concerns are addressed."

The group's official charter demands that Valve release ongoing DLC for the original Left 4 Dead, convert Left 4 Dead 2 to a free update or an expansion, and give discounts for the sequel to Left 4 Dead owners.

Despite the duo's assurance that the boycott is not over, some members took the largely complimentary report to mean that the group had been "corrupted" by Valve.

"The boycott points still stand and you guys seem to be brainwashed by Valve," said Steam user $paqhett!e!s. "Boycotters need another group."

Other users were impressed with Valve's gesture, or simply impressed with Valve's trophy.

"That is an awesome trophey [sic]," said user -=RAWR=- DaNNaZ. "Who was that guy in the middle?"

Thanks to Smurfy12 for the heads-up.

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  • I don't know about you guys, but i'm a massive L4D fan, and just the thought of "boycotting" the sequel to the game I play and love is horrifying to me. Not pre-ordering it and buying it the day of release is something I just couldn't do. It's more L4D, only better. They're still supporting the original, albeit charging WAY too much for the 360 DLC. Every time I see someone talk about boycotting L4D2 I think of three possibilities:

    1. You don't enjoy playing the game very much or you'd never vow to boycott the sequel.
    2. You are flat out lying to make yourself look hardcore on the internet.
    3. You feel a false sense of entitlement to the content in the 2nd game because you want to get it all as a download for free (which isn't possible).

    I've said it before, over 50% of the people who signed the petition will be playing L4D2 within a week of release.