Tried it, hated it. Steam is a steaming pile of feces. Granted, piracy is out of hand these days for various reasons not worth getting into. Cheating? Ruined Counter Strike in pretty short order but there are other ways of combating it. Patch DL's, no thanks I'll find my own source which from what I've seen is WAAAAAYYY faster than Steam. Bottom line is I'll buy a piece of software but I don't want to be forced to install something else that has nothing to do with the functioning of the game itself. Sierra Utilities anyone? It's just going to take one major glitch after HL2's release for this thing to blow up in Valve's collective faces. It's a great frontend? No thanks I use ASE, it's a fine frontend. This is bullshit, unfortunatley we're all going to forced to swallow it for the time being if we want to play HL2.