A post on Planet Half-Life
(thanks Frans) reproduces some quotes from Valve's Erik Johnson posted to a Steam
forum thread discussing the role of Steam in the future of Half-Life. Here
are the excerpts:
There will no longer be a WonID system, it will be
replaced by the SteamID system.
When we convert the userbase to Steam, a single WonID will be valid for all of
If you're purchased a product from us at retail, you're going to have access to
all of our products via Steam.
No, you do not have to pay for Steam.
That is correct, you'll have to have Steam installed to play the most current
version of Half-Life.
I understand what your saying and I like sharing games, etc too. But I think this would also be suspect to breaking copyright laws...So I dont see valve really caring if you cant share your games anymore