According to this Vivendi Universal Games press release, Valve Software's Half-Life 2 has gone gold and should be in stores on November 16th. For those wondering when Steam users will be able to play all of their downloaded content, Shacknews reports that they'll have to wait until November 16th too. Bummer.
If you haven't watched any of the video for this game, take a few moments to peruse the Half-Life 2 media at Gamespot. In particular, the 23-minute Movie 10 shows some pretty impressive graphics and physics models. Personally, I think Valve's Source engine looks more capable than id's Doom 3 engine. Of course, it may be because you can actually see the graphics in Valve's game without using a flashlight. :-)
For those who have been following my blog, you'll know that I've put off ordering a new computer until the release of this game. The NVIDIA video card that I selected is supposed to be available this Wednesday, the 20th. Otherwise, GamePC reports that they're already burning-in my system (with another video card, I'm sure), and when the new card arrives, I should have my machine shortly after that...hopefully before November 16th. I can hardly wait.