The Spitter 'invented' by L4D2 boycotter, matter of "convergence"
Posted: 27.07.2009 13:05 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Valve unveiled a new special infected unit for Left 4 Dead 2 at Comic-Con, which coincidentally is near identical to a fans concept idea of The Spitter.

That same fan also happens to be a part of the L4D2 Boycott group, and would rather see this product of creative convergence added as DLC to the original game. Valve didn't steal.

"The concept behind convergence is that similar problems require similar solutions," posted Walking_Target, the fan who posted his concept for The Spitter.

"Take a dozen people and one problem, wait a week and you’ll have at least 3 ideas that are extremely similar, sometimes so much so that they are indistinguishable from each other. This happens more frequently when there is a limited variety of tools or materials to work with."

"The first reaction of these folks, including myself, is to think 'Hey, they ripped me off". This is not really the case though," they continued. While defending Valve and dismissing any notion of theft, the "big issue" is that it should be added to Left 4 Dead, "not to be used in L4D2."

Left 4 Dead 2 is being released on Xbox 360 and PC this November 17th. See the clip below for some sporadic gameplay footage.

Source: Eurogamer


By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 27, 2009
It should be DLC for L4D as well as a core component of L4D2. This would surely prove Valave's claim for continued support for the original (which I think is just lip service to the community).
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jul 28, 2009
It starts to look real ugly - but Valve should hopefully know better then to burn their fan base with something like this. If they release L4D 2 without supporting the original - I guess that Valve will loose a lot of of their pre-orders and people will start waiting before buying games to see if they will survive or not - and that may lead to slow moving game sales on STEAM. Something I think that Valve is not too interested in. Hopefully they will work as much as possible to be able to merge the two games for the ones who owns both. At least that is what I would like to see.