"My main complaint about the steam beta is that Steam didn't really do very much (good or bad). Do I really need a second app to server browse for HL? Hopefully the online purchase thing will work well enough and some of the other features I mentioned will be implemented. Otherwise, steam, while not bad, won't be good for much either."
Wazootyman, your the biggest propponent, if only propponent, of Steam in this thread and this is the best you can say about it? I understand that this invasive application doesn't really bother you but I'm sure you can understand why it bothers some of us. As far as a multiplayer goes, I am really a big fan of ASE. I love that application. I wish I could use it for HL2. I don't want to have to use some Gamespy like app.
Do you remember the uproar when MS introduced product activation? This seems to be very similar but imagine MS demanding product activation everytime you use it.
Why is it the people in the linked thread, who have been using the Steam beta for quite a while, seem to be as full of questions as the rest of us non-Steam users?