Rant Central #22: Boycott this!

Normally here at The Xbox Domain, profanity is something that is seldom used if it can be avoided. Unfortunately, in cases like the following that loose rule is being thrown out.

release’s content that was sorely lacking from the initial releaseaddition of Survival mode turned out to be Left 4 Dead 2

“It was just like, OK, this is big enough that this isn’t DLC, we’re not going to be able to leak it out. It’s a cohesive, single thing. It’s Left 4 Dead 2.”

"Doing a sequel in one year is new for Valve. But providing ongoing support for our titles after the initial launch isn't - it has been part of our philosophy since Half-Life was released ten and half years ago," said Valve president Gabe Newell.

"We see no reason to change that and will continue to support the over three million customers in the L4D community. Some in the community are concerned that the announcement of L4D2 implied a change in our plans for L4D1. We aren't changing our plans for L4D1."

  • Significant content for L4D1 was promised, and never delivered

  • Valve put little faith in L4D1 since they almost certainly started working on L4D2 right after release

  • The fact that L4D2 is nearly identical to L4D1 will decimate the community for both games

  • The announced date is not nearly enough time to polish content or make significant gameplay changes

  • The new character designs seem bland and unappealing so far

  • L4D2 is too bright to fit in with L4D1's visual aesthetic

  • The fiddle-based horde music is extremely disliked, though the differently orchestrated music is otherwise welcome

  • L4D2's release will result in a drop in quality and frequency for L4D1 content, even compared to before

  • The community has lost faith in Valve's former reputation for commitment to their games post-release

*updated list

-Valve is a company with financial needs and cannot be expected to survive without the release of new games.

-Judgment cannot be passed on the quality of Left 4 Dead 2 until its release.

-Left 4 Dead was, and is, a quality game which deserves the praise of the entire gaming community.


-To holding Valve to its promise of free, continual updates to Left 4 Dead in order to build and sustain the community.

-To keeping the Left 4 Dead community together in order to improve the quality of online gaming.

-To supporting the model of continual updates Valve has set forth with its staple products like Team Fortress 2.


-The release of Left 4 Dead 2 as a stand-alone sequel will split the communities and decrease the quality of multiplayer gaming.

-The announced content of Left 4 Dead 2 does not warrant a stand-alone, full-priced sequel and should instead become updates (free or otherwise) for Left 4 Dead.

-Left 4 Dead has not yet received the support and content which Valve has repeatedly stated will be delivered.

-The release of Left 4 Dead 2 will make Left 4 Dead an obsolete purchase and inferior piece of software after only one year since release.


-That Valve honor its commitment to release ongoing periodic content for Left 4 Dead.

-That Left 4 Dead 2 not be released as a stand-alone, full-priced sequel but as either a free update to Left 4 Dead or an expansion with full compatibility with basic Left 4 Dead owners.

-That Left 4 Dead owners be given discounts for Left 4 Dead 2, should it be released as premium content.

Therefore, we - the members of this Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott - promise to abstain from the purchase of Left 4 Dead 2 until our requests are addressed.

I leave you with this ridiculous list of fortune and cut this short for two reasons. Outside of a Delorean turned time machine, how the hell does anyone know what is, did, or isn’t going to happen in the future? Little faith in your product will cause you to continue work on it, huh. Do I need to say I've heard it all now? And secondly, anyone can make up a phony list that’s based on nothing but conjecture. I do it everyday I tell myself Duke Nukem Forever is still coming out. Or is that Half Life 2: Episode 3.