So you like a game with dated graphics, frame rate issues, clunky controlsThough I don't play it myself, my roommate does and from what I've seen, there are no frame rate issues, the graphics look superb, and the controls are just fine for Xbox junkies.
Even if you download the game off steam with a retail key, you'll still need the CD in the drive (or so I've read last week).You have to go through the process of installing the game off the CD and registering it. After that, you'll be able to use the key to download off of Steam, and use the Steam version of the game.
Ok.. half of you are missing the point entirely. Especially if you bought the CD. The second you pay for the game you have fair use. I can legally download a NO CD patch for a game REGARDLESS of their EULA.You can use the registration key from a retail copy of the game to download it off Steam, thus negating the necessity of a CD in the drive. Just like every game that Valve has ever released on Steam.
While I agree, why not make HL:S, DOD:S etc available for one off purchase via Steam to those that didn't or couldn't buy the special edition versions of the games?I believe that they've already said they will in the future.
Pisses me off that Valves fight to stop the Piraters could very easily carry over and hit us good folks by closing down our steam accounts, making our shiny new copy of HL2 look like a coaster.It really shouldn't. So far it's obviously working much better than the publisher schemes that are ALWAYS screwing over EVERYONE.
This whole steam experiment doesn't sit right. Too much control to Valve.You would rather have more power in the hands of Vivendi, who is notorious for screwing over gamers?
Notice that Day of Defeat Source game... you can pre purchase it... Gabe, "We can make users pay to play mods on our steam network!!!!"Day of Defeat is being professionally redone. Hence why it isn't done yet. In my opinion, paying $60 and getting HL2, HL:S, CS:S, and DoD:S (four full games), is a fucking great deal.
Tons of people will bitch and flame about how evil steam is and how you don't actually own it. How the you might not even be able to play the game in a few years if Valve folds or something. There will be a ton of valid points made, many of which I agree with.I personally believe that it's bound to eventually end up on value shelves in a few years, in a version that won't require Steam authentication. This is one of the reasons why I'm not worried at all about not having a hardcopy at the moment.
Not surprising really. The reason Steam was developed is to help game developers, never was about the customers of the game.What's awesome is that it's protection scheme has worked better than any publisher's ever has.
Actually, telling someone to take control of THEIR situation themselves is a great argument. Is the government supposed to take care of the workers? Not in this case. They have a choice to make a change. If you work at McDonalds and you don't like it, but still want to work in the industry, you go across the street to Taco Bell or Burger King.We're not talking about fast food here, champ. We're talking about the game development industry. "Just getting a new job" includes more than just handing in a resignation and an extra half hour drive to work at the new place. It's more along the lines of sometimes moving to a new state, after a very long process of looking for a job that you will get hired in.
Perhaps it'll be like UT2004 and they get automatically switched to DVD Edition, and you have to specially select the CD version if you really want it.