Two members of the Steam L4D2 boycott group, Walking_Target and Agent of Chaos, were recently invited down to Valve’s offices to get some hands-on experience with Left 4 Dead 2.
For weeks, Walking_Target was making constant contact with Valve, emailing them regularly for details about any upcoming DLC updates and bug fixes for L4D1.
Rather than trying to explain themselves via email, Valve decided to invite both Walking_Target and Agent of Chaos down to their offices just to let them see what was going on with L4D2, and to answer their queries about L4D1 personally.
Guess what was their response after their visit?
Walking_Target, in an announcement posted on his boycott group’s page, said “.. we can definitely say that support for L4D is NOT being dropped by Valve and that they are actively pursuing bug fixes for Left 4 Dead”.
“As for L4D2, things seemed balanced and ‘tight’ and did not feel like a rushed job,” Walking_Target said. “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”.
As expected, the reaction of the rest of the boycott group to Walking_Target’s announcement was less than stellar, with members labelling them as “traitors” and for “selling out” to Valve.
“L4D2 can be good I still don’t care,” said group member Keshiro84. “You two sellouts are just the last PR stunt of Valve for their next game and you ate it all up. Hook line and sinker.”
Keshiro84’s quote does raise an interesting point. Is this a shrewd PR strategy on Valve’s part, or are members of the boycott group just a bunch of sore losers?