Make L4D2 free to play (p.s. thanks for rendering both Left 4 Dead games worthless)
Let me just say before any trolls start spamming this thread -- this is NOT another "give me a refund" thread. This is a thread asking Valve to give this now free-to-play game out to everyone and stop selling it for the false value of £14.99.
Before I start, let me just say something: as the above title states, I'd just like to thank Valve for rendering both Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 worthless. Left 4 Dead 1 was dead enough as it was before they were giving L4D2 away -- could barely find more than 10-20 active servers after Valve ported all the L4D1 maps to L4D2. Now it's closer to 3-8 and they are either full or half dead 1-man games.
The best part is they've burned their chance of making any more money with this franchise -- anyone buying L4D2 will take one minute to check reviews/forums, see that it was given away for free and not bother buying it -- and since all the content from L4D1 was ported to L4D2, that's an even more worthless game now.
The worst part is they could've given away L4D1 as a teaser -- a demo, if you will, which would've revived both L4D1's player base and up their sales of L4D2 for people who liked it and wanted more of the same. More money for Valve, more players for a nearly-dead multiplayer game -- everyone wins. Nope -- too much sense in that, instead let's give away their most played best selling SP/MP game and put the final nail in the coffin of their classic game that started it all.
Actually, scratch that -- the very worst part is that they're still trying to mug money from this now free to play game out of people who won't know any better. Valve -- you decided to give this game away for free -- FINE. I spent a good £20 (if I remember correctly) on this game way back in 2010, and got my money's worth out of it several times over (almost 900 hours). I couldn't care less now that its free and no, I'm not going to moan at you for a refund. But don't try to scam less knowledgeable people out of their money from a soon to be free-to-play shooter (TF2 all over again). There are lots of people on my friends list (and everyone else's I'm sure) that were away during the holidays, to whom I couldn't even gift the game thanks to the limits you put in place.
Valve -- YOU decided to give this game away for free -- so give it away. Implement whatever real-world-trading, virtual-crap-buying incentive system you want, like you have with TF2. Just do it fast before you make another several thousand ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off customers that got burned for paying for YOUR game, to which YOU'VE placed false value at this moment in time. If not, at least have the decency of either
-donating the money (at least SOME of it) made from this game over the holiday period to charity -giving some sort of in-game incentive for people who payed for this game (at least last year) before you make another several angry mobs' worth of customers who will boycott anything you sell and who will keep your customer services pretty busy this year with refund demands.