it's kinda sickening to see people, gamers for that matter, laugh at valve and gabe. yah gabe was a former employee of M$, he made a stupid mistake but valve > gabe. valve is not gabe alone, it's doug lombardi and many others- this is the game company that brought u that game- halflife. this is not M$. there is no reason whatsoever for anyone to hack and steal the source code. p'haps u can make some money but the hacker will surely make more if they hacked into a bank or something. for bragging rights? u'll get more bragging rights hacking into CIA. there's no logical reason i can see to hack a game company. it's sick coz it's likely too that valve got betrayed by one of their own, someone who had played their game- a gamer.
wtf it's only a game- it's there to provide u entertainment away from work/school and some people chose to 'kill' that- by stealing the source, they are killing valve.
i'm getting more sick of the gaming community each day. it used to be just a cool buncha computer folks in the early 80s, who are into games, the first pc gamers on the Commodores and whatnot. then came the first online gaming community- mostly mudders- still really cool and intelligent folks who were just discovering bbs and the internet, who knew a thing or 2 about the pc. followed by the quakers- 3d fps fragfest- still, everyone treated it as a game, no malicious intent, your opponent cheered u on when u beat him, it's still a closely-knit niche community based around computer-users, u get some swearings but people are generally friendly- it's about the Game- Quake, Quake2 and everyone just wanna have some fun. but things are about to change. now every kid and his mother owns a computer, gaming becomes commercialized- 'consolers' joined in, the griefers, cheaters, 'gamers' who claimed they love games for what they are but they're there only for the bragging rights that they were able to 'pwnz' someone else. they usually play only one game, thrash as many people as they could, got sick of it and quit any kinda gaming in half a year to a year. ok i'm ranting, enough of that.
but remember halflife? the moody railway line that brought u into Black Mesa Complex, the sound of the emergency siren screeching in the background. your first task/puzzle- how to get the damn scientist (u can tell he's scared outta his wits by 'some shit') to follow u, help u open some doors... that's some experience i won't forget. that beats hands-down the quake2 start experience- whereby u were dropped in by some ship, blasted through a building and guns ablazing, suddenly these things u were supposed to kill comes running senselessly towards u to be killed.
remember the Interplay logo? For Gamers. By Gamers. Valve truly is one of the Gamers. The hacker sadly is Not.