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Orange Box Nears

Opening The Valve: The Gabe Newell Interview on GamesInformer talks with the Valve honcho about the upcoming Orange Box Half-Life 2 release, discussing the reason for the demise of the Black Box, plans for Steam packages, mobile games, console games, and a laugh over the idea they could pin down an Episode Three release date this far in advance. The conversation also confirms they are on track to ship on October 9, with Gabe offering a brief "yup" to the question about whether all three games (Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal) are "pretty much finished."

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45. Re: ... Aug 30, 2007, 11:16 Ecthelion
Everything is not always installed on the hard drive with every game. Some games do play some content from the disc.
Name a game made in the last three years that doesn't install completely to the hard drive. There aren't any, I'd wager. The last games I remember that didn't run completely off the hard drive were FMV games like Wing Commander and Klingon Academy (and those are 5+ years old).

Yes, not having a disc check is preferable to having one, but since console owners are so used to needing a disc to play games and consumers are used to needing music CD's to play music, needing a disc to play a game on a PC is not a huge inconvenience. It's an expectation. It is also less of an inconvenience than needing to run a special application like Steam and login over the Internet when it isn't available or working.
Yes, console users expect to put in a disc. But consumers listening to music don't really expect to put in a disc anymore. Haven't you heard? Everyone uses iTunes now. People like me that still prefer CDs are few and far between, and the vast majority of us rip our CDs, so we still listen to mostly "media-less" music anyway.

The simply solution is keep Steam running all the time. It's no different than keeping a CD in your car for when you leave work and go back home. Do you take the CD out every time you want to go back to that CD? Of course not - do the same thing with Steam and most of that check time is negated. And I don't think it's as much of an expectation for gamers as you claim. Many of us use cracks or emulation software (shudder) to avoid CD checks. Steam circumvents all of that.

As far as your internet availability claims, they are moot. In this day and age, people that are able to run current Steam games (like Bioshock) expect to have constant online connectivity. Period. Losing their internet connection is going to disable a lot of things they normally do - not being able to play games is the least of their worries.

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