Thanks to FatCat for posting this in the BPN. After an influx of Half life 2 going gold rumour articles, Gamespot has walked into the euphoria and said the same thing. Is this bascially a confirmation? As long as it's out out of Gamespot's Rumor Control, that can't be officially said.
As Quoted from Gamespot:
RUMOR #1: Half-Life 2 is gold. Really. No foolin'. Honest.
Source: If we told you, we'd have to kill you.
The official story: Both VU Games and Valve declined comment.
What we heard: Ever since the release candidate for Half-Life 2 was submitted to VU Games in mid-September, a pi๑ata has hung in the lobby of Valve's headquarters. The plan: to bust the sucker open when the game achieved gold status. Earlier today, GameSpot learned from an informed sourced that "the pi๑ata has been broken" and the game has gone gold. Further evidence of the game's completion was a press release issued this afternoon touting the first review of "the entire game." Though nothing official has been announced yet, it appears the fat lady is at last clearing her throat.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus.
View: Gamespot's Rumor Control
News source: In-House