Video games are business, very little art is solely art...
Release dates aren't legally binding... if you treat it like it is, that's YOUR own fault.
If you buy a video card that includes a game that hasn't been released yet, you should expect to receive the game when it comes out, and if you can't handle that, perhaps you shouldn't be purchasing that particular item
If you spent 200 bucks on Halflife thats your own fault...
Valve is a business, Halflife2 is a product... first and foremost that is how Valve has to treat their reality... because they have to report to investors, financers, etc... because they have a budget... it just so happens that Valve tends to support Halflife and it's community more than most, how many years have patches been coming out REGULARLY? SDK? etc? How many other companies have supported/hired talented mod-makers in a manner such as Valve? Name another game that comes CLOSE to all of the above in regards to Halflife, and is currently still being played like mad, still supported, more than 1/2 a DECADE after it's release!!!
Privaleges and rights people. Know the difference.
And you know what, if you don't like the facts, don't like the people involved, simply don't support the product... but then if the whiners were THAT mature, we wouldn't really have to be subjected to all this childish conspiracy theories and fat jokes now would we?
Consume, don't be consumed