I can't understand all these people bitching about Steam.
Have they even tried it?!
Steam is so integrated with HL now they're practically one in the same for me. I love Steam so far, and only wish they came out with it 5 years ago. I never launch Valve games from my start menu anymore. Steam all theway for me.
I get the feeling that all the Steam haters are the same type of people that post "I hate M$" messages in web forums using IE and WinXP Pro.