The majority of comments were because it was said the delay was caused by the theft, when in fact delay was because content was nowhere near being finished. It's hard to feel sorry for someone who's lying to you.
Well, I've heard conflicting stories on just how far along they were. The fact is 5 years worth of work was stolen, and I would imagine it was HUGE job to rewrite major portions of the code that could be sabatoged by hackers. On top of the fact that Valve had to spend additional time and resources meeting with law enforcement. Plus, the side effect of losing 5 years of blood, sweat, and tears in an instant I would imagine was VERY demotivating to the entire team. How would you like to hear that incomplete copies of your game were being shrink wrapped and sold in places like Russia and the Ukraine, both outside of American jurisdiction? The Valve code theft was not like the Doom 3 beta leak, it was their entire fucking code base, 5 years of work. It was/is a big, huge deal and frankly I'm sure it added a great deal of time to the delay of the game. Don't believe otherwise.
Sometimes I don't know why/how gamers do it. Publishers as a whole are the most selfish, cruel, immature, thankless bunch of people around. Everything revolves around the mighty dollar, and heaven help you if you're a gamer who actually believes their interest is in your entertainment.
Great, so take it out on the publisher, not the damn developers, especially not developers like Valve who have given so much to the gaming community to be treated like shit for missing a release date. It's not the fucking end of the world, but pimply faced gamers with zero life need to bitch and moan endlessly about a missed date. So what, it's a fucking game, it's not a cure for cancer, and if it's a year late so be it. If it's two years late so be it.
On a side note, not every gamer is a selfish prick. It was actually a bunch of them who helped Valve track down the asshole responsible for the code theft. Some people do care, and do have more than their own interest at stake. I sincerely hope the fucking loser is sentenced to the maxium allowable for that type of crime. As far as I'm concerened I wouldn't care if rotted in prison for the rest of his life.
I’m positive that Valve did not lose what they say they did.
A: During E3, they said their release date was September.
B: They said that their source code was ripped in October.
C: The thief said he had everything, but he never put it out; why? Because what he had was a bunch of poo.
D: The AI did not work.
E: The textures were all whacked.
F: The gaming community was thanked because they put the smack down on Valve, and rightfully so. It was a form of an apology.
G: The reason that Valve got their shit broken into in the first place was because they had the security equivalent of having their computers on the front lawn at Valve Headquarters with a sign reading, “Please don’t steal this, it’s really valuable”.
H: If the thief did have everything, the game would have been put on the net for downloading and it would have been a Warez wet dream. As it was, the friends of mine who grabbed it said it was a bunch of poop, full of scripted sequences, lacking any semblance of AI at all, with maps of the equivalent of a small child with a crayon in hand.
I: The game simply wasn’t finished. The release date came & went, THEN the code was stolen. I have no sympathy for Valve at all. I’ll buy their game & probably love it, but it doesn’t mean that I won’t be pissed off when I’m playing it & someone makes an invisibility bot.
J: Single-player. If you use no-clipping or god-mode, you’ve just cheated yourself. But at least you are in control. This is why Doom3 will be fun. It’s why single-player HL2 will be fun. Both will be good for different reasons. But I personally guarantee you that the game will be out for a mere month before someone figures out how to ruin your multi-player experience.