Tuesday, 23 March 2004, 19:07:42 EST
Something occured to me today when reading the games section on Slashdot. There is a lot of talk about the, supposed, upcoming release of Half-Life 2 by Valve Software. Some time around 1996 Valve picked up the rights to a very, very, popular QuakeWorld modification called Team Fortress. They stipulated that the current mod could continue as is but any other mod that copied it feature for feature, in any other game, would be met with harsh legal action. They did this because they wanted to release Team Fortress 2. Well, here it is 2004 and the last news update on the official TF2 web site was made on January 23, 2001. Did everyone just forget that they were making a game based on the most popular Quake mod ever? Why is everyone surprised that Valve is not meeting their release dates with HL2? Seems to me that they have a clear history of missing release dates. Hell, if you pick up an original Half-Life CD you can view a video promoting the "soon to be released" Team Fortress 2. Vivendi Universal (Sierra's parent company - long gone are the days of Roberta Williams *sigh*) will even provides a link to buy the game. Just something to ponder next time Valve misses their release date.
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