Except its not that simple. They lied AND COST ME MONEY. I bought a 9800pro the week before, thanks to that dickhead Lombardi. Thanks for leaving me with carrying what was then a VERY expensive card, which now to all intents and purposes, is nearly reaching budget prices. And no, I don't play a lot of games, so I didn't get much value out of it at all in the last year.
Bro I hear you. I understand being mad about that, and especially because you based an expensive hardware purchase off of a false release date. I really wish we could find out how far back the code theft set them. A better question would be, if the code was never stolen how far past the September 30th release date would Valve have been?
Valve made a mistake by misstating the release date for sure. But cut those guys some slack, they've given a lot to the gaming community and I'm sure they would have released the game on the 30th if they could have. It's not like Valve were intentionally trying to screw gamers over, it was a mistake. Hopefully some of the people who made early hardware purchases and whatnot can forgive and move on, I'm sure Half Life 2 is going to kick major ass when it hits shelves in a month. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.