They said that their source code was ripped in October.
From what I read Valve said the code was stolen in September, towards the end of the month.
The thief said he had everything, but he never put it out; why? Because what he had was a bunch of poo.
He did put it out, everywhere. If you go to Russia you will find copies of the game based off the source code.
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”.
Yes, their security sucked. Still, I'm not going to hate them because their sysadmin didn't know what he was doing. Just because Valve is a big time dev doesn't mean they are immune to small time mistakes. Multi-billion dollar corporations have their shit stolen all the time, both internally and externally.
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'll take your word for it. I had no desire to download something stolen from Valve in the first place, but I know many were curious about it. I heard the game was playable from start to finish, so I guess I heard wrong.
The game simply wasn’t finished. The release date came & went, THEN the code was stolen.
No it wasn't. Valve announced the theft after the Septemeber 30th release date passed, but it was stolen mid September. If you can prove me wrong do so, I don't mind being proven wrong if I am.