Gabe Newell posts an apologetic letter on HalfLife2.net explaining publically for the first time that Valve was hacked and small chunks of code as well as levels from Half-Life 2 were stolen, which is why the release has to be pushed to early 2004. He fails to explain why the leaked information shows a very incomplete game, small chunks or not, or how the stellar A.I. shown in E3 video appeared to have been scripted, or even how such a theft could delay a game that was set to be released in mere weeks anyway. He also fails to explain why the password to the secure Valve network was simply “GabeN”. In any event, the break-in is so shocking and unprecedented that the gaming world simply gives Valve a pass.