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Op Ed

Kotaku - Did Valve Just Take Everyone For A Ride? Thanks nin.
This "game", though, violates that neutrality. A selection of games have sold through the roof this week (Portal 2 was #1 on Steam's charts, followed by the "The Potato Sack", the collection of indie games containing Portal 2 promotions, at #2), and sold purely because people wanted to play a Valve game early. While the indie developers involved are getting a nice bonus, proceeds from each sale are still going to, yes, Valve. To promote a game Valve developed. At the expense of other third-party games.

So people were sold games believing that purchasing them would let them get at Portal 2 early. And for all their trouble got the game...a few hours early. Making matters worse is the fact the console versions of the game, shipping on physical discs, are already finding their ways into people's homes one way or another (I've already got a copy on 360, for example, while my PC version sits at "pre-load"), and those people didn't have to spend an extra cent.

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22. Re: Op Ed Apr 19, 2011, 17:19 Tumbler
 
Well, 6 of the Popular Threads on the left of this article are about Portal 2......I think Valve did EXACTLY what they wanted to do.

You think Valve wanted people defending their honor from angry gamers about a stupid marketing gimmick at the release of portal 2? I would have expected them to want people talking about the game... I don't see a lot of that at this point, seems to be a bunch of Valve boys holding the line and losing ground all the time in arguments about what constitutes a douchebag.

But Indie developers benefited!

But no on forced you to play those games!

But you got something for your money!

But Valve makes really good games so it's ok!

But you didn't spend any money so you can't be mad!

But...but but, Portal 2 is here, so everything is ok now, see?
 
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