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Half-Life 2: Episode One Preloads

A new Steam Update announces that Half-Life 2: Episode One will begin preloading over Steam next week, reminds us that SiN Episode 1: Emergence is gold, mentions the Red Orchestra SDK that is detailed in the story that follows this one, and pimps some swag. Here's most of it:

Congratulations to Ritual! SiN Episode 1: Emergence has officially gone GOLD. The game is now available for preloading on Steam. The full game will be unlocked on May 10th at 10am Pacific Daylight Time (17:00 GMT).

Half-Life 2: Episode One will begin preloding next week, and will be available to play June 1st. With Episode One, we really feel like we've produced our best single player game to date, and we're excited for people to be able to play it.

Meanwhile, the Red Orchestra team continues to turn out updates, the latest of which is the beta SDK for their game. If you own RO and would like to try it out, click on the "Tools" tab inside Steam.

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74. Re: No subject Apr 30, 2006, 15:21 Riley Pizt
So tell me how you would run Steam. I'd like to hear this.
If you actually read my posts it would be blatantly obvious. Simply don't do the specific things I am complaining about such as make games purchased via Steam unlockable the moment they finish downloading, don't require games to be updated when launched, don't require login information to be saved for offline mode to work, make offline mode a user selectable option not just a worst case scenario choice which Steam makes only if the Steam network can't be reached at all, don't charge users to give or sell a purchased Steam game to someone else, don't require Steam to run the SDK's/development tools for Steam games, etc.

It's not as if these customer-friendly changes and many others couldn't be made. Of course they could. The problem is Valve runs Steam for its maximum profit and control first and users' concerns and needs take a distance second priority because it knows its games are popular enough that it can get away with it.

This comment was edited on Apr 30, 15:43.
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