Half Life 2 beta leaked?

By on October 7, 2003, 10:23 AM
According to this Neowin post, not only part of the game's source code was stolen from Valve but now a beta version of the game (who knows if it's playable) has also been leaked:

[COLOR=royalblue]Today the Half Life 2 Beta leaked across the world onto the internet via IRC channels. The release by "anon" shows it's obvious that the hackers who managed to sucessfully steal source code of the game itself also stole the game itself and who knows what else.[/COLOR]

And with this also come the news that the game might be delayed until next year, couldn't be getting worse for Valve IMO, it's too bad really.




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Per Hansson said:
Uhh, wait a minute, was that a second hack or was it stolen in the first hack?
Per Hansson said:
Just another note here.If you post snippets of code, screenshots, instructions/links that explain how to download this game or anything else from this stolen software here at Techspot you will get banned and also we will report you to Valve.
acidosmosis said:
I still dont believe this. I think it is rubbish. Just a sad excuse for Valve to delay HL2.
Nic said:
According to another thread, that HL2 Beta code is in fact a 1 GB Keylogger in disguise :+). hehe ...
acidosmosis said:
The question is, what did they pack into that file to make it 1GB? :)
Per Hansson said:
Just for the sake of discussion I can confirm that it is the real thing...Jamie from halflife2.net confirmed it for me...
---agissi--- said:
impressive hackers could do this but why put it to bad use? Why do this to delay HL2...dang
acidosmosis said:
Well, Per, if it was BS in the first place and you got the "confirmation" from someone speaking for Valve, then they would obviously tell you the same BS. I still don't believe it is all true.
Per Hansson said:
acidosmosis: So, you are saying Valve leaked it?
acidosmosis said:
Not exactly, but I am definately saying they are twisting the facts around. I mean, Valve, especially the CEO, isn't going to be stupid enough to leave a computer out in the open with a multi million dollars source code sitting on it. That tell's you someone is lying or really stupid. Either way things don't add up and someone is twisting facts somewhere.
Phantasm66 said:
As far as I am concerned, there's been something fishy about the whole story since it started.
unknown (leaker said:
Here is the bittorrent file so you can downlopad HL2 BETA its 1.4 gig and you will need shareaza to download it. The more people how have the bittorrent file the faster it will download?[i][COLOR=red]URL removed[/COLOR][/i]
acidosmosis said:
"unknown (leaker" aye? Yea sure and if you are, we have your IP. Have a nice day friend.We will be reporting you to Valve now. Thanks! Whether you are really this non-existant hacker or not. Your being reported and I'm sure Valve won't have anything good to say about your idiocy.Await a call pal.
CS_junkie said:
Well.. isnt this a dandy... Yes .. it does exist.. the beta is real.. i just finished playin it... humm kinda sucks.. much rather valve go ahead and just release it to those of us with a free coupon for the game. I mean soo what.. ya they stole it.. soo what.. its no fun to play unless its the real thing.. soo just release the game already.:evil: I wouldnt care if was a complete version they stole.. i still want my free copy! lol Oh yea, no no dont lock the hacking thiefs up.. just send over to my house... as p.i.s.s.e.d as I am about all this i will hide their body`s dont worry! Hackers are worse than Venereal Diseases and those little flying things at pic-nics.. GNATS.. i hope somebody SWAT them!
unknown (leaker said:
in reply to acidosmosis>..My name unknown (leaker) dosnt mean im a HACKER as you think i am. the smartest thing i have ever HACKED is a diablo 2 character. My name means that the HACKERS that defiled the game may not even have one + i dont no the names anyways and about my IP i dont think they are going to do mutch there are so meany threads on the hl2 leaks on this forum and others there are 1000's of threads with links. so if ha want to get me you moses well get the others on this forum as well could even wast some time.and i may have said this but IM NOT A HACHER! and im not on any1's side ether im just some1 who want 2 play the game earlierand not wait.not trying 2 start a fight Regards-----------------------------------------------------
------------------------------"unknown (leaker" aye? Yea sure and if you are, we have your IP. Have a nice day friend. We will be reporting you to Valve now. Thanks! Whether you are really this non-existant hacker or not. Your being reported and I'm sure Valve won't have anything good to say about your idiocy. Await a call pal.:grinthumb
FingleDobe said:
Hey everyone, I have played to leaked version and it runs well, Its just that the whole "AI" E3 video (the 30 min one) was almost completely fake. The whole thing was scripted... :(
VladamirTOM said:
Say someone downloaded this leak. How might they go about playing it. A person I know can't get it to work? He untared the files but now it won't play. What should this person do?
mike_hawk said:
Hey I think that this thing was not a cover up, they have been working on this for 5 friggin years ever since hl 1 was game of the year...they took all their funds they made from hl and funded hl2 and they took a risk...the videos are not scripted you're playing a beta remember could be missing the ai source code so dont think down of the game and also they can't put the game out cuz they have to re-do the source ( 1/3 of it ) that was stolen so that ppl will want to license it and not just download it thank you people and dont support these gay hackers...
acidosmosis said:
*shakes mike_hawk's hand* :-)You made a few good points. Good job :-P
bob123 said:
[decided to remove my post]
Per Hansson said:
Bob123: Now you have realized the reason why this should never have been released to the public...This is unfinished software that in no way will represent the final build of the game when it ships....And "Unknown Leaker", did you fail to see my comment at the very top of this thread?
bob123 said:
[decided to remove my post]
mike_hawk said:
Hey Bob123 like I said its a BETA meaning it doesnt have the full live up to as the full version will, so don't expect it to be the same...and if it is then oh well I dont think the whole game is AI unscripted because that would cost a ton of money, a ton of friggin smart ass professors and time like 2 more years to do it...I still do think that most or parts like the video shown part are not scripted because why would they basically make 4 or so videos and stuff and waste there money on the game that when ppl figure out is scripted will just return the friggin thing and thanks acidosmosis I only state either facts that are almost 100% true or my own opinions.
Ry_an said:
could someone please tell me where to get the beta. im dying here ppl.cheersryan
Th3M1ghtyD8 said:
[quote]If you post snippets of code, screenshots, instructions/links that explain how to download this game or anything else from this stolen software here at Techspot you will get banned and also we will report you to Valve.[/quote]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?
Ry_an said:
sry, i never read the diclaimer. darn!
acidosmosis said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Th3M1ghtyD8 [/i]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.[/quote] 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.
Th3M1ghtyD8 said:
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 :)
StormBringer said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by acidosmosis [/i]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. [/quote] 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".
bob123 said:
[decided to remove my post]
Cheekio said:
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
bob123 said:
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.
Commander_Thor said:
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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