I think Steam is a joke. I have a 1.5 mb connection and rarely have any trouble getting full speed from Fileplanet. Yeah, it cost a couple bucks a month but they have exclusive betas that are usually worth the price of the subscription. Not to mention no wait for a high speed download.
With Steam so far I have had two downloads which were extremely slow (like 56k slow) so I just went to another mirror. One download that froze up and required a restart of the download before giving up on the slow connection. And one that actually worked but at half my connection speed.
I would buy HL2 from Steam if (and only if) they get more bandwidth, the entire game is downloaded, and I can then burn it to a CD or DVD... otherwise forget it. Oh, releasing it on Steam a week or two earlier then store shelves may help to sway me also....
I don't believe some of you are so naive as to say, "I don't have any problems with Steam I just click onto the video and it plays". No shit... because you leave it on all the time and they are constantly adding crap to your Steam folder. So enjoy it while you can because soon your Steam folder will be taking up all the free space you have left on your hard drive.
Not to mention the possible spyware and back-doors that are now left open via Steam.
And the program is so crude they don't even list file sizes or show download activity via the Steam auto download. I can't believe they have put years into this crap... at least the time they put into HL2 looks like money in the bank.
Maybe they will throw us for another loop by breaking their silence on Team Fortress 2. Maybe show us some awesome new videos so we won't be left wondering what has happened to the game since the E3 videos from three or four years back. This comment was edited on Aug 1, 21:59.