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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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75. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:42 subgenius
 
Aside from how cool the game is, I was sitting back thinking to myself this morning "how cool is it that I got the game at 7:30am on the 1st day of its release?" And I didn't even have to drag my ass to 5 different stores only to be told that if I hadn't preordered it that they wouldn't have any copies for 3 days or so.

Very cool... Go Steam! Go Valve!

 
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74. Corporate Whores Nov 16, 2004, 11:41 sidepocket
 
The fact that we all still come to Blue's site after the huge corporate UGO undertaking says that we're all corporate whores. It's part of being an American, dammit!

 
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73. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:40 Warhawk
 
*Never mind*


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72. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:37 Beamer
 
Furthermore, I'm boycotting Hollywood. Corporate scum, look how scripted their movies are? For the $50 HL2 costs I could buy 3 DVDs, and get 6 hours of worthless, scripted entertainment. Terrible. From now on I only watch free Flash movies! No scripting there!



You idiot, of course there is scripting, show me one game without it. What isn't scripted is the AI. They don't react the same way every time, but the plot will move the same way and the dialogue will be the same. Every fight will be different, though, if you attack it in a different way. With the Combine it will be different even if you do the same thing.

If you expect no scripting you've overhyped the game in your own mind. And, in your twisted thought process, you probably blame Valve. Being a very entertaining game isn't enough, you hyped it enough that if it isn't entirely revolutionary it's not worth it. No fault there aside from your own, yet odds are you blame everyone else for your own faults and think you're superior for refusing to have fun.

Think back to the original HL. Remember scenes like the two scientists getting sucked into the duct? Can't do that without scripting. Remember the zombie bashing through the door? Again, needs scripting.

Scripting is a great thing as it makes the world look real. It's only bad when most attacks on you are scripted, and enemy behaviour is scripted. But when it's external eye-candy to make the world look populated then it's a good thing.
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71. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:36 Beamer
 
Furthermore, I'm boycotting Hollywood. Corporate scum, look how scripted their movies are? For the $50 HL2 costs I could buy 3 DVDs, and get 6 hours of worthless, scripted entertainment. Terrible. From now on I only watch free Flash movies! No scripting there!



You idiot, of course there is scripting, show me one game without it. What isn't scripted is the AI. They don't react the same way every time, but the plot will move the same way and the dialogue will be the same. Every fight will be different, though, if you attack it in a different way. With the Combine it will be different even if you do the same thing.

 
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70. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:31 Beamer
 
VoodooV isn't a troll, he's right.

Corporate whores! How dare they want to make money! What is this, a capitalist society?

From now on I only play free, non corporate games. There are plenty of Breakout/Snood clones out there for me to play. You corporate whores and your "linear" games, bah! There's nothing linear about free Snood clones, unlike all those corporate games that have a plot!

 
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69. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:21 Geese
 
I think his point is that you were MADE to want it BECAUSE you are corporate-whipped. I don't think that's such a baseless argument personally, I think it's fairly interesting and is not really flaming/trolling.

I like how you conveniently left out the part where I responed to "how do you like being Valve's bitch?"

And anyways, how the F do you know I was MADE to want this game? Guess it has nothing to do with playing the original and liking it, huh? Have you never seen a movie the day it was released? Do you watch TV every day? Guess you are corporate whipped by that too, and your PC, and your refrigerator as well. I like how this donkey claims to be non-corporate whipped because they are going to play the game down the road a bit instead of today. F-that! If they are so non-corporate whipped, then how bout not playing the game AT ALL?

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68. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:20 Zathrus
 
, I think it's fairly interesting and is not really flaming/trolling.

No, it's a troll. I mean, really... thinking you're somehow better than others because you choose not to buy a game now rather than later? Please. That's fucking pathetic. The entire tone of the post screams pathetic.

Now THATS trolling

Given that the original poster pretty much started with the ad hominem attacks, what do you really expect? An intelligent discussion?

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67. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:19 Chandler
 
Rage against the machine, V., and all that.

 
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66. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:11 Gandhi
 
cuz sure, I'm sure to play HL2 down the road

That would make you Valve's bitch, wouldn't it?

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65. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:10 Com
 
And I bought it when *I* wanted to. When I get home from work today, I'll play it...which is when *I* want to. I don't even see your point, other than to simply harrass.

I think his point is that you were MADE to want it BECAUSE you are corporate-whipped. I don't think that's such a baseless argument personally, I think it's fairly interesting and is not really flaming/trolling.

I don't know...what's it like never having kissed a girl? I'm going to assume since you spend your extra time trolling instead of asking for or giving useful information, that you don't actually have a woman (or man) to go home to.

Now THATS trolling.

 
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64. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:09 Zathrus
 
classic. you guys are totally corporate-whipped

Yes, yes. You're much better than everyone else. Thank you for clarifying that.

Feel free to leave now.

 
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63. No subject Nov 16, 2004, 11:04 Tanto Edge
 
w00t!

I'd just like to say that I *AM* Valve's bitch.
And I'm proud of it too.

In the meantime, if you're not Valve's bitch, Terrorist Takedown has a Fun guarantee available!

 
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62. Re: FIRST POST Nov 16, 2004, 10:58 Chandler
 
Totally excited. I'm far more excited about my pre-ordered copy of Vampire:BL than I am about Half-Life 2...

RPG's make my world go 'round.

 
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61. Re: No subject Nov 16, 2004, 10:56 Geese
 
thats fucking hilarious, everyone having a hissy fit about NOT being able to play it right away when the retailers broke it, now doing a total flip flop and advocating that you must be patient for the unlock.

That's funny...I never complained about not being able to play it yesterday. And I didn't have any issue "unlocking" it. Yes, it took about 5 minutes, but I would assume thats akin to unzipping a 2GB file...some people's harddrives are just faster than others.

you guys are totally corporate-whipped

I guess I don't see how pre-ordering a game and then playing it is being corporate whipped.

I'm sure to play HL2 down the road, but I'll buy it when I say so

And I bought it when *I* wanted to. When I get home from work today, I'll play it...which is when *I* want to. I don't even see your point, other than to simply harrass.

what's it like being valve's bitch?

I don't know...what's it like never having kissed a girl? I'm going to assume since you spend your extra time trolling instead of asking for or giving useful information, that you don't actually have a woman (or man) to go home to.



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60. Re: Physics engine Nov 16, 2004, 10:46 MrShoop
 
The physics enine is outstanding. In the very begining there is a playground with a merry go round. I saw it and wondered, I wonder if I can spin it? Yes. Then, I wondered, Can i pile some trash on it, spin it, and will the inertia make i slide off. Yes. Then I wondered, maybe I should actually play the game so i can get some sleep. Yes.

 
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59. Re: rumors Nov 16, 2004, 10:44 Gandhi
 
I keep hearing it's heavily scripted and very linear. Is it?

From what I have seen so far (just picked up the crowbar, so have not gotten far), the answer is yes, it is just like the original in terms of scripting. But that does not mean the game sucks - from what I have seen, it is a great game. The AI seems just as good, and am looking forward to some memorable battles.

As for HL-Source, I plan to go back and play through that first, just for the sake of nostalgia, and then jump in to HL2. Though both games are scripted, the quality enemy AI make me come back for more.

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58. Re: rumors Nov 16, 2004, 10:43 terrapin
 
I keep hearing it's heavily scripted and very linear. Is it? And telling me, "OMG the game rocks!" won't convince me otherwise.

The game is no more or less scripted and linear than HL1. Except this time the scripted stuff is much more interactive and the story is much better. Whether it's linear isn't the point-- it's how its done that matters. I've already had a number of those "Wow" moments that I got from HL, and I've only been playing a few hours.

Biggest pros so far: The characters are gorgeous, especially Alyx. The combat is way more intense than it was in HL. The physics really brings the world to life. The hovercraft section made me laugh out loud at the sheer coolness of it all.

Oh yeah, and the Manhacks kick ass!

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57. No subject Nov 16, 2004, 10:43 VoodooV
 
the babies finally have their bottle and corporate greed is sated for one more day.

what's it like being valve's bitch?

cuz sure, I'm sure to play HL2 down the road, but I'll buy it when I say so, not when some corporate monkeys stop having gay pillow fights over who has the biggest wang and tell us you can play, meanwhile throwing your feces at each other over who is to blame.

thats fucking hilarious, everyone having a hissy fit about NOT being able to play it right away when the retailers broke it, now doing a total flip flop and advocating that you must be patient for the unlock.

classic. you guys are totally corporate-whipped

 
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56. Physics engine Nov 16, 2004, 10:38 Jim
 
So how is the physics engine? Is it as good as it looked in the old E3 vids?

 
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