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Counter-Strike: Source/Half-Life 2 Preloads

Gabe Newell made a couple of posts to the Half-Life 2 Fallout Forums about plans for Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 data preloads on Steam in preparation for the release of each. Regarding Counter-Strike: Source, he says this in one post: "Just got out of a review meeting. 8/11 the Cafe's turn on (tomorrow). 8/16 CZ/ATI users pre-load. 8/18 CZ/ATI turns on," and in a subsequent post: "The engine test (CS:Source plus de_dust) for cyber-cafe's started pre-loading at 6." There are also posts on the Steam Users Forums indicating that Valve has started to pre-load Counter-Strike for some end-users (thanks Stoo). The first post also has word from Gabe on plans to start preloading art and sound assets for Half-Life 2: "8/17, HL-2 pre-load starts (textures, audio and other stuff that doesn't change)."

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35. More power to the developer Aug 11, 2004, 14:14 Belly Flop
Publishers are evil. They get paid way too much for their contribution to the gaming industry. Steam is an attempt for the developers to empower themselves. Good for them.
Now i don't have to get on my bike and cycle to a store that only gets my fav game weeks after it is released in the US of A. Also my games are kept up to date automatically and I dont have to search for fast ftp sites or subscribe to Fileplanet.

I have had almost no problems with steam and have been using it since it started.

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