A couple of the internet's squeakiest wheel—the Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters—have been singled out by Valve for special attention. And not the "hobbling sticks to the legs" kind, either. The "fly to Valve HQ" kind.
Yes, in an attempt to talk their super-fans down from the ledge, Valve arranged for two of the group's users—Walking_Target and Agent of Chaos—to pop over to Valve headquarters and get some hands-on time with Left 4 Dead 2. See if they could be persuaded to write some nice things about the game.
So, did it work?
Bet your Gabe Newell it worked.
Walking_Target wrote that "things seemed balanced and 'tight' and did not feel like a rushed job", and that "we can say with confidence...that the quality of gameplay in Left 4 Dead 2 is not in question; and it will only get better".
As you could guess, the reaction of the nutcases to the traitor nutcases less than positive.
God, what a remarkable group of people.
L4D2 Boycott [Steam]