Getting Valve's big boss to fly halfway 'round the world isn't as hard as you might think. All it takes is a few thousand dollars and a handful of e-mails. Yes, Gabe Newell is going to Australia.
Newell has apparently ended his mock boycott of a Left 4 Dead modder's campaign, committing (along with Valve's Erik Johnson) to visit Brisbane, Australia and play some guy's map. That modder, feeling slighted by not being flown to Valve himself to see if Left 4 Dead 2 was any good or not, racked up $3,000 in donations to get Newell and Johnson to take a 25 hour flight down under. And, as we've confirmed with Valve, that trip does appear to be happening.