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Ships Ahoy - Half-Life 2

As noted on Steam News Half-Life 2 is now officially available at retail stores throughout North America. Though Valve's highly anticipated sequel has been available early at some over-caffeinated stores (story), the online activation process is now underway, and copies of the game purchased at stores or online via Steam can now be unlocked by restarting Steam:

Half-Life 2 is available now for purchase and to play. Those who pre-purchased their copy via Steam may access the game by restarting Steam, then double-clicking on the Half-Life 2 icon in their Steam Games directory. To purchase your copy via Steam, get Steam now.

We hope you enjoy it!

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195. steam sucks Nov 16, 2004, 16:41 TiberiusBlue
 
just bought the game, waiting half an hour to get an account just is bad customer service

 
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194. Re: *sigh* Nov 16, 2004, 16:40 Catware
 
If they'd cracked it with the Steam preloads, a playable version would've been out weeks ago. Since it wasn't cracked until release day, they must have figured out a way to bypass the handshaking the client does with Steam. I would have thought that heavier encryption would be in order for this unlocking to occur. The crack must center around the "offline" mode that Steam allows...

 
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193. Re: HL1 Source Nov 16, 2004, 16:40 BoNeLeSS
 
HL1, GabeN said it was only a test of a direct hl to source engine conversion that eventually became an extra. Actually. Valve didn't put futher effort on it than make it work.

Gabe also said that 3rd party upgrades of hl:source (like improved model/textures/effects/sounds) are wellcome.

 
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192. HL:S Nov 16, 2004, 16:37 TangledThorns
 
HL:S is having issues starting up, takes forever to load. I think I just need to defrag and hopefully that fixes it.

If I see another flaming barrel I'm going to scream!!!

 
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191. Re: fixed note. Nov 16, 2004, 16:36 Awesome Spume
 
I would bother writing an email to Valve

I don't think Valve are opening any more emails...

 
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190. Re: HL1 Source Nov 16, 2004, 16:34 Zadillo
 
I was pretty sure Valve made it clear they were just porting Half-Life to the Source engine, not doing anything else beside that (i.e. not actually updating the textures, etc.). Weren't the physics in HL1:Source supposed to be somewhat new too? Not sure how useful it would be in practice, but I had sort of thought that was going to be part of the appeal too, for what it was. I'm not sure yet whether it's worth buying the Silver package, or just getting the regular old bronze package.

 
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189. Re: HL1 Source Nov 16, 2004, 16:33 nin
 
Ok - so I finally got HL1 source loaded up. It looks almost IDENTICAL to the original HL. Same textures, same models, as far as I could tell, the only upgrade to it, is that the water in the game looks like HL2 water.


The only thing "new" are the water effects and the skins for characters and guns from Blue Shift.

I figure I'll finish HL2, and then play HL:S, followed by HL2 again...

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188. Re: *sigh* Nov 16, 2004, 16:32 BoNeLeSS
 
It's cracked the same day as release?!? You would think that with a multimillion dollar budget, 6 years of development, and a code theft last year that they could come up with a better encryption method!

The encryption thing is meant to protect the game before its release. And for that part the protection worked. There was no pre-release cracked version.

 
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187. STEAM sucks so much ASS!! UGH Nov 16, 2004, 16:31 SebCain
 
Man, never before have I had to gone through such drama and headache JUST to play a F'n game I payed 50+ dollars for. JC here man, I don't care if it's day one or not, I should be able to walk into a store, buy something, and expect to take it home and play/use it without spending hours just trynig to get it worked right (in the case BS steam).

Does Steam do ANYTHING positive?!?! I mean really, do you think this will stop pirates?

 
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186. Re: Could not connect to Steam Network! Nov 16, 2004, 16:31 Darks
 
I could'nt agree more with this post even if I had written it myself. Valve can shove their game I wont be buying it just becasue of steam. I will not be pushed into registering a game I bought and to be bothered with all the bullshit of trying and re trying to connect to some dumb ass servive that is barley working. Nope! Not now not ever!!! Thanks for chanigng my mind to buying Vampire and the new Add-on for Joint ops which comes out tomorrow thank you...

Up yours Valve!

 
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185. Re: *sigh* Nov 16, 2004, 16:30 Zadillo
 
There was just way too much benefit for the pirates to pass it up. Steam is now vapor. I guess I wasn't quite smart enough, because I predicted they'd have be even before the release. Maybe they did. Oh well.

Is this some new usage of the word "vapor" when referring to software? Last I checked, vaporware/vapor generally referred to software that was either nonexistent (i.e. where a company might promote the existence of software either to build hype, or possibly dissuade people from buying a competing product, even though they know it doesn't exist) or at least existent but essentially in development hell (although I've never thought vaporware really applied in that case either). But I've never heard "vapor" used to describe software in the sense I assume you were using it (i.e. to say it is now worthless or doesn't serve the purpose it was intended for).

 
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184. No subject Nov 16, 2004, 16:29 SamBeckett
 
I played the game fine for 4 hours, now it keeps crashing right after blow the wall which is blocking your air boat.

Can't get past that part without crashing!

wtf
 
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183. HL1 Source Nov 16, 2004, 16:29 Geese
 
Ok - so I finally got HL1 source loaded up. It looks almost IDENTICAL to the original HL. Same textures, same models, as far as I could tell, the only upgrade to it, is that the water in the game looks like HL2 water.

Kind of a letdown...I was hoping it was going to be fully remapped and remodeled in Source engine.

Oh well...at least HL2 looks and plays awesome!

I hope HL1 source isnt an indicator of what DoD source will be.

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182. Re: Pirates Nov 16, 2004, 16:28 Swerv
 
A working version of HL2 for pirates is not available yet, there's a clone version of Bloodlines out though

 
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181. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 16:28 Jim
 
"Note: They also did not think to print, Internet Connection Required to Play."

Actually, if you look at the system req's right on the box, it clearly states internet connection required.

LOL, you're the 3rd person to point this out to . , but he did say:

(PS. I trashed my box...

Oops...


Edit: looks like he edited the message to cover up the goof-up

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180. Re: *sigh* Nov 16, 2004, 16:26 Malakai
 
It's cracked the same day as release?!? You would think that with a multimillion dollar budget, 6 years of development, and a code theft last year that they could come up with a better encryption method!

Most games are cracked and out before or on the day of release of the legal version. Plus you have to think that the hackers have had ages thanks to steam.


 
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179. No subject Nov 16, 2004, 16:24 Pete
 
fun game!

swg free and loving it
 
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178. Re: *sigh* Nov 16, 2004, 16:21 Catware
 
It's cracked the same day as release?!? You would think that with a multimillion dollar budget, 6 years of development, and a code theft last year that they could come up with a better encryption method!

 
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177. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 16:17 KillerBee
 
"Note: They also did not think to print, Internet Connection Required to Play."

Actually, if you look at the system req's right on the box, it clearly states internet connection required.

 
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176. To Skullyface Nov 16, 2004, 16:17 Tanto Edge
 
DAMN! And I still missed it!?
Yeah... way to go... FUCK!

 
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