Valve Gifts Complete Collection to Portal 2 ARG Completists

Tom Goldman

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Valve Gifts Complete Collection to Portal 2 ARG Completists



Players that earned a golden potato from the Portal 2 ARG also earned every game Valve has ever made.

Valve's Valve Complete Pack [http://www.amazon.com/Portal-2-Playstation-3/dp/B003O6E3C8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303325492&sr=8-1].

The Valve Complete Pack is a Steam bundle that includes every game Valve has ever released. Some of these titles include Ricochet [http://www.amazon.com/Half-Life-Game-Year-Pc/dp/B00001KUII/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1303324014&sr=8-6].

Destructoid confirmed that the Valve Complete Pack was awarded for holding a golden potato, a special spud earned in the ARG by acquiring all 36 possible potatoes. Some of these were much tougher to get than others. For example, in Cogs [http://www.amazon.com/Super-Meat-Boy-Ultra-Pc/dp/B004NS77OM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1303324883&sr=1-1], players had to figure out a strange puzzle involving glyphs that seemed impossible unless you'd been following the mysteries of the ARG.

To anyone complaining that Valve was trying to drain fans of money with the ARG and the Potato Sack, what do you think now? This is an amazing reward, and just icing on the cake for fans that probably had a ton of fun discovering the secrets of GLaDOS and Portal 2. Not to spoil it, but the whole potato thing is eventually explained in Portal 2, just in case you thought Valve lost its mind.

Source: Destructoid [http://www.destructoid.com/valve-complete-pack-given-to-golden-potato-owners-199181.phtml]

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LavaLampBamboo

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The weird thing is, I just bought the pack cause it was a good deal. Then suddenly GLaDOS started messing with all my games. I was not happy. Well, maybe a little =D
 

Zedar0

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I would definitely note that any duplicates, including Portal 2, have become gift copies now, as quite a few golden potato owners already had at least 90% of the Valve Pack and as a result were just a bit upset over this (especially when they suddenly received a useless free copy of a game they had already paid for). All's well now, though.
 

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LavaLampBamboo said:
The weird thing is, I just bought the pack cause it was a good deal. Then suddenly GLaDOS started messing with all my games. I was not happy. Well, maybe a little =D
I bought it BECAUSE GLaDOS started messing with all the games... And also because 13 games for $38 is a huge steal and there's no way I could turn that down, espescially since I had been considering buying several of them anway
 

Skizle

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I hate Valve, but even I think this is generous. $35 to get a pack that's valued over $80 is indeed a good deal.
 

Tom Goldman

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Skizle said:
I hate Valve, but even I think this is generous. $35 to get a pack that's valued over $80 is indeed a good deal.

buying the pack in itself is nearly $100 USD, buying each game individually is somewhere around $180 usd, so............ yea, huge discount if you were brave/stupid enough to go through the ARG.


And yet....... all I can think of is............ If the golden potato became a weapon in TF2...........
 

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Kalezian said:
Skizle said:
I hate Valve, but even I think this is generous. $35 to get a pack that's valued over $80 is indeed a good deal.

buying the pack in itself is nearly $100 USD, buying each game individually is somewhere around $180 usd, so............ yea, huge discount if you were brave/stupid enough to go through the ARG.


And yet....... all I can think of is............ If the golden potato became a weapon in TF2...........
A Golden potato gun!
 
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IS this all still going on?

I plan to buy the potato sack and I haven't so far due to severe lack of funds... it'd be nice to have the complete Valve pack as a nice extra if I get round to completing extra challenges.

However I won't be too upset if not, I'll be too busy playing Killing Floor to care.
 

Tom Goldman

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Yeah I got this, kind of a late news though :p
I had all games from the "Potato Sack" but 3 before the ARG started and I started collecting potatoes, some time down the line I also bought the rest cause it was fun to get them (in most games, Cogs sucked donkey balls and I pretty much hate it now even though I liked it before... even had to "help" a little).

The best were "The Ball" (which offered a narrated 7 mission test-chamber campaign with great puzzles, most I found to be even better than in the actual Portal 2 and GLaDOS narration)... kinda brilliant if you have the game or just love Portal very much get it xD

"BIT.TRIP" was also fun on Easy, "Wonderful End of the World" is a Katamari clone and the two exclusive levels were also fun to play, Defense Grid had a mission co-narrated by GLaDOS and interaction with the resident friendly AI etc.

To be more exact, everyone with the "Golden Potato" got a Valve Complete Pack and if they already had some of the games they were given as "Gift Passes": http://www.imagebam.com/image/a22329128692110

And we also got Portal 2 for free (or gifted), in my case I had it Pre-Ordered from Amazon but they just sent it out yesterday so that was a nice surprise to be able to play the game early, I'm going to give the boxed Key to a friend xD
 

josemlopes

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Serves well those assholes that said that they were tricked on buying the Potato Sack just to get the game earlier.
 

Rukishou

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Is it still possible to collect the potatoes and if so can you still get the complete pack? I already have most if not all Valve games available on Steam (which I assume covers all of them) but I'd like to have those potatoes.

I don't have the potato sack yet but, unless the offer expires tonight, I'm planning to buy it because it's a pretty damn good deal. :p
 

ultimateownage

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This really pissed me off, because I missed the deadline by 8 potatoes. Because it was released early, it was released in the middle of the night in the UK where it would have been released midday and given me plenty of time to get them all.
I did have all the games, but missing out on an extra 24 games to add to by gifting list is really frustrating.

I should sent a package to Valve with 35 potatoes and one painted gold, just for lulz.
 

ultimateownage

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Rukishou said:
Is it still possible to collect the potatoes and if so can you still get the complete pack? I already have most if not all Valve games available on Steam (which I assume covers all of them) but I'd like to have those potatoes.

I don't have the potato sack yet but, unless the offer expires tonight, I'm planning to buy it because it's a pretty damn good deal. :p
Nope. I tried getting the rest after the deadline but even if you get the page that gives you them, the amount on your profile doesn't change. If Valve were giving out all of their games for free for doing something you could still achieve they would be really bad with money.
 

Reynaerdinjo

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"Not to spoil it, but the whole potato thing is eventually explained in Portal 2, just in case you thought Valve lost its mind."

I didn't want to know this. :(
 

dryg

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At first I went crazy since I already owned every valve game and heard that it included Portal 2. I preordered it at a retail store and activated it the day before release. I was considering to never preorder a valve game again when there is a arg going on since I could have gotten it for free. Then after about 14 hours I got giftcopies of them and I was happy again :D
 

Shadow-Phoenix

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"To anyone complaining that Valve was trying to drain fans of money with the ARG and the Potato Sack, what do you think now?".

Well considering a lot fo the games required those potatoes i wouldn't be suprised if those players already owned all those games in the complete pack and find it was just a waste of a prize.
 

Retodon8

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I wonder how many got all the potatoes (I got 11 with some effort spread across a couple of days).
Some were pretty hard to get, unless you were familiar with the game beforehand, and/or had unlocked a bunch of levels already.
Simply being really good at games would also suffice.
I didn't even attempt some because it would mean I would have to rush through the game, and I prefer to play the games at my own pace, and enjoy them.
Also I have a lack of hard disk space at the moment.

However many you are, congrats on winning the gold potato and games!

In case anyone is actually complaining as suggested in a few place: Buying the Potato Sack wasn't obligatory.