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From Left 4 Dead Boycott Praise To Arkham Asylum Downloadable Content: News Roundup September 11th

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Today’s news sees Valve inviting Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters to try the game out for themselves.  Also, LucasArts reveal their new downloadable title Lucidity, Activision respond to Courtney Love’s threats of a lawsuit, and the free downloadable content for Batman: Arkham Asylum is revealed.

Valve Invite Left 4 Dead 2 Boycotters To Try Game For Themselves

From Left 4 Dead Boycott Praise To Arkham Asylum Downloadable Content: News Roundup September 11th

The early announcement of Left 4 Dead 2 not long after the original game’s release initiated a large Boycott movement, with fans claiming not enough attention was given to the first instalment, accusing Valve of looking for a quick buck.  Valve has tried to assure fans Left 4 Dead 2 will not be rushed, and will be a significant departure from the previous game.  Boycotters still remained unconvinced, so Valve decided to let a few of them try the game for themselves.  Two prominent boycott members from the Steam Community, “Walking Target” and “Agent of Chaos”, had the chance to try out the game, then give their verdict to the rest of the community.

Perhaps Valve’s invitation to play the game turned out to be no more than a simple brainwashing, as both members returned with glowing praise.  “As for L4D2, things seem balanced and 'tight' and did not feel like a rushed job. What we can say with confidence is that the quality of gameplay in Left 4 Dead 2 is not in question; and it will only get better.”  Both members then promised to stay with the boycott community in hope of Valve addressing their other concerns.  Sounds like they're just looking for another free trip.  [SteamCommunity]

LucasArts New Game Revealed As Lucidity

From Left 4 Dead Boycott Praise To Arkham Asylum Downloadable Content: News Roundup September 11th

GameTrailers TV promised to reveal LucasArts announcement of a brand-new original game by friday, and that they did.  The new game is titled Lucidity, and will be available as a downloadable title on the Xbox Live Arcade and PC.

The game will feature a girl called Sophie, who must make her way through several puzzles and obstacles throughout the colourful world.  Lucidity is set to hit Xbox Live Arcade late this month, while there’s no news of when the PC version will arrive, or if a PS3 version is also in the works.  [Kotaku]

Activision Respond To Love’s Rage Over Cobain’s Guitar Hero Appearance

From Left 4 Dead Boycott Praise To Arkham Asylum Downloadable Content: News Roundup September 11th

Following Courtney Love’s rampage against Activision for using Kurt Cobain’s likeness in Guitar Hero 5 without her permission, Activision issued a statement suggesting permission was recieved in the form of a signed contract.  “Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain's likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5,” an Activision representative said.  Love claims she never wanted Cobain to appear in the game, and has threatened to sue.  Whether or not that’s still the plan remains unclear.  [Kotaku]

Arkham Asylum Downloadable Content Revealed

From Left 4 Dead Boycott Praise To Arkham Asylum Downloadable Content: News Roundup September 11th

The previously announced free downloadable content for Batman: Arkham Asylum will in fact be two packs, both seeing release over the next two weeks.  The information comes from SCEE’s Mike Kebby on the PlayStation Blog, rather than Eidos or any other official source.  Insane Night will be the first pack available, arriving on September 17th, with Prey in the Darkness following on September 24th[JoyStiq]

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John McLaggan  Sep. 11, 2009 at 20:31

Good response from Valve rather than taking the more normal approach of simply ignoring the community.

If some of the previous claims about Courtney Love's involvement with Guitar Hero 5 are to be believed then this legal action seems strange although on the other hand I don't think he should really be in there in the first place.

Rubisco  Sep. 11, 2009 at 22:18

Too right he shouldn't be in there. Neither should his over-rated music.

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