Many people are a little miffed at Valve's recent decision to cancel
the Half Life 2 "Black box" version, which was expected to hit shelves at the same time as Episode 2. For those of you who haven't been following along, Black box was a great purchase option for those who already had the original game and Episode 1 - it contains Ep. 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.
If that sounds like the package you wanted, you're out of luck. But even worse, those who bought the recently released ATI 2900XT (also known as R600) received a coupon for the Black box version. Fortunately, Valve has now stated that the R600 Black box versions will still be available
- it's only the retail version that has been cancelled.
So, if you happen to have bought an R600 and were looking forward to some Team Fortress and Portal action, you're in luck. For the rest of us, we're relegated to buying the orange version, which contains the original Half Life 2 and Episode 1 for $10 more. It's still a great deal, but many of us own those games anyways. Ah, well.
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