Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Yahtzee Reviews Orange Box

For weeks now I've been watching this commercial for the Orange Box. I'm not a gamer. I'm not even very good at using chop sticks but I'm also not oblivious to the fact that millions of 12-30 year-old's out there are the equivalent to Mr. Miyagi catching flies when it comes to video games. So I thought it was an interesting promotion. 5 games. 1 box. Hell of a deal. But that's not all, Steam,a subsiterary of Valve, the distribution company behind the Orange Box, offers users who previously purchased Half-Life 2 or Half-Life 2: Episode One and then purchased The Orange Box to receive gift subscriptions for their duplicate titles that they may give to another person added on a Steam Friends list. Brilliant! Essentially what they've done is forgone short term profits in an effort to build a consumer community.
However, the gaming community is a fickle one, where the reviews of the community far outweigh any teaser ad. This one comes from Yahtzee, a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer who takes a stab at the Orange Box only to find the contents a little unsatisfying. Full review below...