Oh, Valve…

Someone give Valve a dollar so they can go buy a clue.

They've announced that, at least through retail, you won't be able to buy the forthcoming Half-Life 2: Episode 1 / Team Fortress 2 / Portal bundle by itself. It will be available only as a $50 package which also includes Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1. Way to screw over your existing customers guys!

No word yet on how (or if) this impacts purchasing over their Steam online distribution system. If they pull this crap over Steam too, I'm done with Valve and HL2. I've mostly lost interest in Episode 2 after the seemingly endless series of delays, so I won't miss it if I don't buy it.

You're getting very close to joining Nintendo in the “dead to me” folder Valve…