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Half Life 2 beta leaked?

By Julio Franco
Oct 7, 2003
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  1. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    I think this thread should be locked before we get even more people asking "where can I get it?", after all nobody seems to read disclaimers before posting.

    It doesn't matter what the leaked version is like, given that the code is still subject to change, it could well be that this was simply a publicity stunt just to get people to play-test HL2, noone other than Valve would know, and they are not likely to admit it.

    The simple answer as always is, it will be done when its done.

    I personally couldn't care whether there is a leaked version or not, it will inevitably be a disappointment, but then again what is to stop the final release of HL2 being a disappointment?
  2. Ry_an

    Ry_an Newcomer, in training

    sry, i never read the diclaimer. darn!
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Lock a thread because people dont read the disclaimer? I surely hope not. Then this forum will be on it's way to being the crap forum that most others are. No one reads the TOS or the disclaimer. Not many of us have. That doesn't mean we should close the Forum down completely. Locking a thread is stupid. If someone asks for something don't give it to them it is as simple as that.
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    Yes but surely having a topic of Half Life 2 Beta Leaked? is surely just asking for people to post links, ask where to find illegal files etc.

    I was just trying to make a point before this forum turns into some kind of pro-warez type place and then gets shut down.

    Correct me if I am wrong (I am not a legal expert by any means) but are Techspot liable for any content posted in these forums?
    If so surely it would just be easier for a moderator to lock a thread that is likely to turn into a warez thread rather than spending type editing out links, and deleting posts etc.

    Just my opinion, I didn't want to start a flame war :)
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Not reading the TOS or a disclaimer is not an excuse. When you joined TS you should have read the TOS. TOS violations are the leading cause of banishment. Also, if you read the TOS, you would already know that posting illegal material is in direct violation. I believe that a stolen game beta would come under "illegal".
  6. bob123

    bob123 Newcomer, in training

    [decided to remove my post]
  7. Cheekio

    Cheekio Newcomer, in training

    1/3, pros/cons, hackers exploiting us all, guide, & your life wasted.

    So the beta's out there, and from experience, it's got a lot of things going for it. I'd like to hear someone who knows anything about programming's take on the '1/3 source code' deal. As far as I know, if you leave out 2/3 of a program, wouldn't it not work at all?

    On top of that, it's a huge plus for Valve that this got out, because everyone can see the incredible physics involved. I mean, they're godly. Find the techdemo that has the physgun- that's amazing. But it's a huge minus because it has the specific maps that Valve put into the e3 movies with their explicit "this is not scripted" crap, when it obviously was, as we can see the actions get triggered by time, not by the players movements. So it looks to me like it did more harm than good, although it's a very strong testament that it runs very well on my computer, with a very decent framerate at a 1080x7something resolution, which the doom iii alpha really didn't at times. HL2 seems like it's optomized code already. It's already less buggy than CS.

    Also an important thing to remember is that the source code was stolen- not the executable files that are all over the net, along with the billions of data files which go along with it. Makes you wonder, if some random hacker stole it, and then compiled it for us, he did a neat job of compiling it along with all those map, texture, etc. files, and what else could he have arbitrarily put into the code? If some keylogger or such is buried in the source code, then no virus protection software would pick it up, as far as I know. And if you're such a good hacker that you could steal it in the first place, could you pass up that kind of opportunity? back door to half the half-life players in the world's computers. Even if I didn't exploit it, I would definately code something simple in there so I could if I wanted to.

    And finally I'd also like to bring your attention to doomiii.tv. This is a pro doom III website that yes, admits there is a leak out there, no, does not povide links to the alpha, but yes, does help those foolish enough to test the game themselves with making it work through some compiled texts on how to tweak your doom iii alpha to work right. Is there anything anyone has yet found like thta for hl2? I'm looking or a guide, but have found nothing. No, I'm not looking for a site that has the leak. If you can't find the leak, you don't deserve to access the internet. I am, however, looking for guides from people who know more about half life than I do (modders, even casual cs players who know how to read the configuration files better than I do) on the beta that has slipped into the open.

    I think that's enough of your time wasted. No, you can't have it back.

    ...cheekiness
  8. bob123

    bob123 Newcomer, in training

    I know how to use half life 2 (or atleast the half life 2 i have, it sounds to me like their are different version, i dont know though), and i can also set up the worldcraft editor, nothing more. Im not sure if there are too many guides out there for it though.
  9. Commander_Thor

    Commander_Thor Newcomer, in training

    There seems to be alot of confusion about what was stolen and what is actually floating around on the net, After reading almost every web page I could find on the matter I will try to clear things up.

    Firstly Valve has been very careless by losing a CD at a LAN party containing a limited beta version of halflife, from what i can tell this is the pre scripted version that has people up in arms at Valve for trying to blag them.

    Then there all of there current projects are stolen from Valve through there own network, Source code and levels of HL2 and many other programs such as CS:CZ that from what i can tell just needed to be compiled to make a pre gold version.

    Now all this stuff is around 10 gigs worth of data yes 10 gigs. now call me stupid but but i find it hard to belive somone downloaded 10 gigs of data through a secure system without anyone spotting it or even tracing it?

    Im guessing that the compile tools etc.. were stole along with the source code and this is where it gets interesting because it seems who ever stole the code got pretty much everything there was to get and now the thief is saying that there was no way HL2 was even close to ready and that Valve was lying.

    I find the whole situation both confusing and dubious, especially the timing of the whole thing.

    I personally believe that somone inside valve is in on this and Valve are taking advatage of the situation to delay a game that was never ready in the first place.

    Just remember one thing, almost all leaked Games & Movies are leaked by people who work within the company.

    Only bad things will come from this theft, im sure new laws will be passed which will make the internet a more inhospitable place to be.
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