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Half-Life 2 Early?

Half-Life 2 already in some gamers' hands on GameSpot and Half-Life 2 Out Already? on IGN spread and analyze rumors and reports that Valve's eagerly anticipated shooter sequel may be appearing early on store shelves. The stories outline these sketchy reports, provide links to "rather convincing photographs" of the retail box and media, as well as a reiteration of the fact that even if one had an early copy of the game, they would still need to activate it via Steam anyway.

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142. Re: 12:01am???? Nov 15, 2004, 22:28 nin
 
Does anyone know if they plan to fire up the authentication servers at 12:01am Tuesday morning?

Pacific time zone, yes. That's the plan. But don't be surprised if it gets changed. You know how delays and Valve tend to go hand in hand.


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141. 12:01am???? Nov 15, 2004, 21:19 neeleyman
 
I have no desire to read through 140+ posts when I can easily ask (so all you "read first" peeps plz take it easy on me):

Does anyone know if they plan to fire up the authentication servers at 12:01am Tuesday morning?

 
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140. Re: No subject Nov 15, 2004, 16:52 Gandhi
 
Less then 12 hours to go!!!!



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139. No subject Nov 15, 2004, 12:54 SamBeckett
 
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138. Re: HL2 Install Nov 13, 2004, 23:24 jm0ris0n
 
Well I went by the BB in san marcos (TX) and they had the display case w/ copies on it out.

The HL2 box is nothing special. I'd give it a 7/10 only because its hl2.

It was $55 per copy :-/ I guess you can use a $5 off coupon to bring it down to 50 + tax, but this is still really rich for my blood.

 
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137. HL2 Install Nov 13, 2004, 21:18 Mr. Tact
 
What the hell? I can't select the drive and directory for my HL2 installation? Was I mistaken or is this the 21st centuty? JFC.

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136. Re: Enahs review Nov 13, 2004, 19:46 JediLuke
 
I'm gonna have to call shins on that one

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135. Varies from location to location... Nov 13, 2004, 19:36 Mr. Tact
 
LOL, i can confirm that BESTBUY does have half-life 2 but wont sell it until tuesday..

The Best Buy here in Champaign, IL was selling it. Have my copy sitting on my desk right now.


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134. Re: HL1: Source Nov 13, 2004, 18:34 Gandhi
 
Ghandi, which store ?

The store that is across from Willowbrook mall, in the Northwest part of town. I swer, they had a TON on them just sitting there in the games section. I did not bother trying to buy one since I have already purchased the Silver package from Steam. So I do not know if they would have sold me one.

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133. No subject Nov 13, 2004, 18:20 SM0k3
 
LOL, i can confirm that BESTBUY does have half-life 2 but wont sell it until tuesday....I drove to bestbuy before work and asked them if they had it the guy told me to hold on he had to goto the back and get it, he went got it and headed to the counter with it when another guy stops him and says that they arent suppose to sell it yet until the 16th. Anywasy to make a long story short they looked in the computer confirmed it and told me that they were sorry that they couldnt sell it yet and to come back tuesday.

FARKING ARSEHOLES!!@$@!$@!$@!$ LOL OH WELL COUPLE MORE DAYS!

 
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132. Re: HL1: Source Nov 13, 2004, 16:44 nin
 
Unlock the game, Valve!

No shit. C'mon Valve, how about a good PR move for once? Please? You charged my card a month ago, the game is sitting here on the drive. Let's get this show on the f$%*ing road!

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131. Re: HL1: Source Nov 13, 2004, 16:12 jm0ris0n
 
Ghandi, which store ? I'm from houston, but now I'm at school in san marcos

PS, was the price 49.99 ?

 
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130. Re: HL1: Source Nov 13, 2004, 15:27 Gandhi
 
Well, I went by my local BestBuy here in Houston today - they had both regular and special edition boxes out for sale - there were a TON of boxes just sitting out there. Looks like the embargo has been broken.

Unlock the game, Valve!

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129. Re: HL1: Source Nov 13, 2004, 13:43 Frozensun
 
Looks to me like that would be an easy way to pirate the game.

My thoughts exactly

 
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128. Re: HL1: Source Nov 13, 2004, 09:00 jimnms
 
The piracy protection offered by the validation vastly outweighs any such losses. Most likely by several orders of magnitude.

I wouldn't have bought it from Steam if I didn't have a way to back up. From what I've read, if you backup your ClientRegistry.blob file, and all the .gcf files in the SteamApps directory, you can reinstall steam, restore those files and play offline without having to re-activate. Looks to me like that would be an easy way to pirate the game.

 
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127. Re: HL1: Source Nov 12, 2004, 23:20 vacs
 
The piracy protection offered by the validation vastly outweighs any such losses. Most likely by several orders of magnitude.

Steam is no real privacy protection. It's only working till the 16th November and after that date warez releases will be widespread like crazy.

 
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126. Re: HL1: Source Nov 12, 2004, 22:59 kanniballl
 
What are modem users to do when they get home with that $80 CE box and realize that the extra games they were supposed to get must be downloaded. Broadband isn't available everywhere you know. I haven't seen the retail box, but the description on all the online retailers doesn't mention anywhere that HL1:S will have to be downloaded later. That's pretty lame if you ask me, unless they include a cupon or something to send in to receive a free HL1:S CD when it's ready.

My guess is it will be something like that.

Either they will use coupons, or Steam account settings. Maybe they'll ship for free, or charge like $5.

But I'm sure they realize this.


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125. Re: No subject Nov 12, 2004, 22:38 kanniballl
 
GOD I hope the Steam(ing pile of shit) falls on it's arse under the weight of demand just so I can come back here and see all the pissy, moany, sookey fanboi posts when they can't get HL2 to authorize.

I realize this post was probably a troll, but I don't see what people's problems are with Steam. It's not that bad, and I have it turned off so it doesn't start with Windows. Since then, I've had 0 problems with it.

Steam offers another way to get the game, and delivers more money to the developers and less or no money to the jerk producers. Take a look at the business, a real long look, and you'll see how producers screw over the developers left and right.

If you don't want it via Steam, then don't get it via Steam. If you're complaining about not being able to back it up, then you need to get a clue: Valve recently added an "archival" ability to Steam. You can now compress the files into CD or DVD sized chunks.

I used to be all about the boxes, but now I could care less about them. I toss them out right away (since I have no room), and I only read manuals for complex games.

Yes, if you don't have broadband, you're screwed. Yes, if you don't have an Internet connection at all, you're screwed. But if you have both, it's great.



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124. Re: HL1: Source Nov 12, 2004, 22:35 xXBatmanXx
 
Well, 3 out of 4 American homes have internet access. That's 204 million Americans out of 272 million Americans.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_access_in_the_United_States

A standard is the rule. If over 75% of American households have internet, I'd say they're the rule rather than the exception.


Unplug the farcking computer from the wall, bring it across the street to little Billy's house, authenticate, and bring the piece of shit home.

Done and done.

 
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123. No subject Nov 12, 2004, 22:13 Ventry
 
GOD I hope the Steam(ing pile of shit) falls on it's arse under the weight of demand just so I can come back here and see all the pissy, moany, sookey fanboi posts when they can't get HL2 to authorize.
ROFLMAO.
Valve won't be getting one cent of my money.
Where's my eye patch?

 
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