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VALVe, You Are a Bunch of Fucking Assholes!

September 11, 2007

How in the world is there any excuse for this?

Gabe Newell’s recent claims to the contrary notwithstanding, Valve has bumped The Orange Box from its projected October 9 release date to October 10. However, PC gamers may not be too terribly broken up about the minor delay, given that the developer revealed today that those who prepurchase The Orange Box through Steam–Valve’s downloadable game service–will receive exclusive access to the Team Fortress 2 beta on September 17.

I am a loyal Half-Life player. I’ve bought pretty much every Half-Life related game there is. Half-Life, Opposing Force, Blue Shift, TFC, C-strike (both the original and Source versions), Day of Defeat, Half-Life 2, and Episode One. If there’s another game made by VALVe, I haven’t heard of it. I am exactly the kind of customer companies want. Hell, I wasn’t even that upset by the whole Half-Life 2 source release debacle. Yeah I was annoyed at the delay it created, but I never felt that mysterious sense of betrayal that some people seemed to get from realizing that the demo movie was rigged. I always figured that it was just a demonstration of what they were trying to go for, not a claim that they were already there.

And I know I’m not the only gamer like this. I want to like VALVe, I really do. They have introduced so many great things to video game culture and have provided me with many enjoyable hours of play, and even the opportunity to make a few new friends.

But this is just bullshit. VALVe knows that many of its hardcore fans would give their left foot to be in on the TF2 beta, and they are exploiting this by requiring that we buy the whole kit-and-kaboodle to be allowed to participate. Of course the problem with that is that these hardcore fans already own Half-Life 2 and Episode One, which means they will have buy it again as part of the Orange Box package to participate. There is no attempt to accomodate loyal fans who already own Half-Life 2 and its expansion, just a sneering concession that would allow us to “gift” the redundant software to a friend. Like anyone who would be interested in receiving a copy of Half-Life 2 doesn’t already have one. It’s a cheap and cynical ploy on the part of VALVe for some easy cash, and unfortunately it’s almost certain to work.

Go to Hell, VALVe. Go to Hell.