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Portal 2: 5 Down, 8 to Go

According to GLaDOS@Home, computations are now also complete for Cogs, Rush, and AaAaA, so the contributions of five of the 13 games in the potato sack towards an early release of Portal 2 are now done. As Dr. Rumack once (or twice) said: "We're all counting on you."

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60. Re: Portal 2: 5 Down, 8 to Go Apr 18, 2011, 04:32 Asmo
 
Kajetan wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 04:03:
Asmo wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 03:52:
This is just another opportunity to whinge and moan about anything.
No. It's just an opportunity to call a marketing campaign a marketing campaign, because that's what it is. Marketing to hype up people, who want to be hyped up about a video game release. And the "moaning" refers to people, who are naive enough to fell for this campaign, who think they can actually achieve something.

But where's the harm? A bunch of people played some indie games as part of a marketing jig, did any of them catch cancer or get irritable bowels because of it? (referring to the ridiculous pharmaceutical Godwin earlier in the thread)

In the end, a bunch of indie games got more exposure in 4 days than they probably did since release. It's a bleeding travesty, small producers with almost no advertising power shouldn't be allowed to be part of gimmicky mass marketing campaigns, obviously... /endsarcasm

Jerykk wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 04:09:
This is just another opportunity to whinge and moan about anything.

No, it's an opportunity to criticize misleading claims from Valve. Look, as has been mentioned, nobody is criticizing the marketing campaign as a whole. It has undoubtedly drawn attention to a bunch of indie games and given them sales. That's great, it really is. However, it has absolutely no bearing on the fact that Valve has made misleading claims in regards to this countdown. Valve is not the first company to allow player participation to affect the release of content. However, in all those other cases, the requirements to unlock said content were very clear and player participation had meaningful impact on the content's release. Conversely, in this Portal 2 countdown farce, players were misled into believing they could unlock the game days in advance when Valve never had any intention of letting that happen.

Let's be realistic here. The only reason many people bought or played these indie games was because of this countdown. You can call them morons, you can argue that the games were worth buying anyway, etc, but none of that changes the fact that people believed they could make a meaningful difference in regards to Portal 2's unlock date. If Valve had openly stated that the game wouldn't be unlocked any earlier than Tuesday, I guarantee you that many people would not have bought the Potato Sack. You may not care about that fact but that doesn't give you sufficient basis to dismiss criticisms as unfounded whining.

A good example of a similar situation was when GOG misled people into thinking they were shutting down. Did they explicitly lie about it? No, they just used clever wording to imply it. Did it get them extra media attention? Yes, it did. Were there valid reasons to criticize the stunt? Yes, there were. Personally, I didn't really care that much about the ordeal. I still think GOG is the best digital distribution service and I continue to support them. However, I didn't go out of my way to insult or make light of people's criticisms just because I wasn't as passionate about them.

The people I'm calling morons are those that specifically went out of their way to buy and/or play the games hoping, without any verifiable evidence to back them up, that the game would land days early.

So Valve didn't lay out everything in black and white, bad bad Valve, cancel your pre-order and know that you've really hit them where it hurts...

Otherwise, where's the bleeding harm here? This isn't like popping a heart pill and getting liver cancer...
 
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