Valve attempts to explain its way out of New Orleans Fiasco

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Earlier this year Valve announced that Left 4 Dead 2 was going to be set in New Orleans and instantly some obscure group started screaming racism. This was quickly ignored but I did also say at the time that setting a zombie game in a city that is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina is possibly a stupid idea.

I wasn’t the only one to make such unfounded claims and Valve has been steadily trying to calm any fears that people may have about the setting, most recently they have been explaining why they chose New Orleans and apparently the Hurricane had nothing to do with it.

According to Chet Faliszek the reason they chose New Orleans is because

“We still wanted it to be on the East coast, a bunch of us are from the area”

… but wait he has some more logical reasons to follow

“It’s an interesting place that is not covered in a lot of video games. There’s not a lot of video games that go down to the deep south, through the Savanna and New Orleans. There’s a lot of cool gameplay there, there’s a lot of cool areas”

Okay that makes more sense and it’s not like I think New Orleans won’t be a great location, I just think they should have only used it for Left 4 Dead 3.. or L4D4. The trauma of hurricane Katrina is still a little fresh in the minds of New Orleans residents and I see no reason why they couldn’t have set L4D2 in Texas (Zombie cowboys), the midwest (Zombie Farmers) or up north in New York or Boston (Zombie Yuppies?).

Either way I am going to be grabbing a copy of this game as I missed the insanity that followed the first one and I don’t want to be left behind again.

Source: Incgamers

Last Updated: September 21, 2009

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