For those of you that played it, the Half Life series most likely remains as a fond yet distant memory. So distant in fact, that many are wondering if the series itself has lost the love of those who created it. But that is all about to change… hopefully.
In case you haven’t heard tomorrow is A Red Letter Day for the Steam community. Over 30,000 people have joined the Steam Community event “A Call for Communication.” Their goal is simple: “Your oldest and longest running fan-base would like better communication.” Instead of trolling Steam’s forums, crying and generally freaking out a ton, the community has decided to get Valve’s attention by setting aside some time on Saturday, February 4th to play Half Life 2.
This is a refreshing change of pace from the usual raging that happens when people on the internet want something. It’s almost like non-violent protest, only digital. But will it work? Valve previously responded to complaints about Left for Dead 2 that were placed on their forums. However, there is no guarantee that they will this time.
They probably should. If Valve wants to encourage this type of behavior in the future, they would be wise to respond promptly and appropriately. Discouraging this type of behavior would most likely result in a throwback to the old way of doing business; people complain and companies send their community managers to clean up the mess. If they don’t respond it might be wise to steer clear of the Steam forums for a while.
I encourage everyone to show their support by “liking” the group’s Facebook page. If you want to be part of what could be history, spend some time Saturday smashing headcrabs with a crowbar.