5) Automated patching. Nothing special, but when I tried steam, I was very impressed by its "smart" bandwidth usage. Every time I tried to play a HL movie it was already downloaded, but whenever I'm playing online games/downloading, steam doesn't get in the way (you can monitor its bandwidth usage).
This, to you, is a good thing? It seems to indicate to me that STEAM decides what gets sent to my harddrive instead of ME deciding it.
I don't give a fuck about Half Life 2 movies or patches for their old shit, I just want to play Half Life 2 and maybe a little Half Life 2 multiplayer. Why do I get saddled up with Steam's apparent (if I understand it correctly, if I don't, then my apologies) "We'll decide what 50 megs worth of movie files to send to your harddrive."
What the fuck is this "smart predownload" crap?