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Black Day for the Black Box

Black Box in a Pine Box on IGN reports on the unceremonious demise of the Black Box SKU for Half-Life 2: Episode Two, leaving the Orange Box the only edition of the upcoming shooter follow-up slated for retail. The Orange box will include the full versions of Half-Life 2 and Episode One as well as the planned content of Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2, while the Black Box was to be ten dollars cheaper with only the new content for those who already own the previously released stuff. No explanation is offered for the change, though they do quote Valve's Doug Lombardi as saying Orange Box owners will be free to gift a friend with the unused Steam codes for games in the bundle that they already own.

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18. Re: That's awesome May 19, 2007, 15:35 DrEvil
Don't buy it you fucking whiney cunt. Simple solution.

You can spin your bullshit about "FORCING you to buy HL2 and EP1" or you can accept that they are raising the price of EP2, TF2, and Portal, because that is all it is.

Consider the extra keys a bonus, and likely an attempt to simplify it for consumers and give them everything they need in one box, and not get home and realize they cant play what they bought without buying another game.

If you don't think Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Half-Life: Episode Two are worth your $50, then don't buy it. I plan on easily getting that much out of TF2 alone, I couldn't care less about the other shit. To each their own. I'm still waiting for Steam prices. Fuck retail.

This comment was edited on May 19, 15:40.
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