#123. Yes I've tried Steam. Guess what? I hate it!
It disabled the sound on my HL install. How would you like that? I uninstalled, deleted, etc HL and reinstalled, and the sound won't come back. Yes I tried -wavonly. Yes, I tried to uninstall Steam (I get a fat error and it won't uninstall, I deleted the steam folder anyway).
People have valid reasons for disliking "Steam" and people like you who are quite high on Steam are just plain lucky.