> I just think you're reading too much into the situation
> to suit your view of the events. I don't see any reason
> to believe that Valve is being dishonest or underhanded
> in this matter. They got screwed pretty bad. If I had
> worked on HL2 I sure wouldn't want that beta out there
> because it's not representative of the final product. No
> one wants their unfinished work to be seen by
> the "general public," i.e. people who may not understand
> the circumstances, how far along the game is, what to
> expect, etc. I might look at the beta and realize how
> cool it is and that it means the final game will be even
> cooler, but some might see it and say "What the hell is
> this, I'm not buying it now..." It's just a bad situation
> for Valve.
True, I'm biased. I have had an axe to grind with Valve for a long time, for killing TF2 for years, for preventing us from checking for cheaters while providing VAC (which is useless for anyone but CS/DoD servers), for making our list of thousands of cheaters useless totally unncessarily, and now for insulting us by telling us they need five more months to clean up after these hackers.
BUT, that's beside the point. Yeah, Valve got screwed, but I still see no reason this should delay the game. If they are worried about someone modifying the source, fire up VSS and do a diff on the whole tree with the last known clean date. If they have some security stuff that needs to be "rewritten", do it. If it's truly secure all they'll have to do is regenerate their private keys. And FFS, change all your passwords, people!
Bottom line, nothing they should have to do as result of a break-in should take five months. Shit, you could bring in a college intern to do those things in a day, tops.
If Valve isn't lying to us, Vivendi is, and Valve is towing the line.