You can't blame Valve for wanting to avoid a potentially ugly and costly lawsuit. And anyone who's ever been in retail, knows that the split second they recieve something they put it on the shelf. ESPECIALLY if it has a, "display only after X date", label on it. Why? Because if their competition ignores the the display date, they could lose possible sales. So, you can't really blame the retailers either. Are people really angry? Of course. We've only been waiting for this game forever. Are they so angry that they're going to boycott the game in protest. LOL, ya right... Let's be realistic guys. the game is going to be unlocked in two, COUNT'EM, two measly days. My suggestion to you is to go play Farcry or Doom 3 or CoH or whatever the hell it is that you really like playing these days. Completly get HL2 out of your minds. And before you know it, HL2 will be here. And there will be great rejoicing. The angels will sing, the clouds will part, and a great big beam of sunlight will smack you and your computer. Oh, BTW, you might want to take these two days to get your Christmas shopping done. Cause lets face it, once THIS baby is out your butts are gonna be glued to that chair till, I'm guessing, May or June. I'm gonna go play some CoH now. I hate Xmas shopping. Everybody gets a gift certificate from my lazy no good %@#. Peace out.