1. When saw each other last, you were the master and I was the Bearcub. Now I am the Novice. (sounds much better in Darth's voice)
2. C'mon people, If evil motivations are behind Valve's timing, we still get to play SP DOOM3 and then move onto CS:Source...this is pure gaming, well, what Tony!!! said....
Personally, I think Valve is simply extremely disfunctional; while id runs with all its pieces in sync, Valve is still learning how to be a company. Maybe Gabe will turn out to be Valve's Romero (Though god protect us from his Diakatana!) and after the sloppy development of HL2 we will see them shape up and learn how to do a release right.
P.S. And I collect computer game boxes and jewel cases for display purposes, because they will someday be recognized as art. I hate the idea of downloading full games (unless they suck, or are shareware, that's fine).