Half-Life 2 Steam Preloads

Half-Life 2 Fallout (thanks GameSpot) has more news from their forums as Gabe Newell made a post yesterday indicating that today is the day Half-Life 2 assets will begin pre-loading for some customers over Steam:
HL/2 pre-load will begin tomorrow. It was ready yesterday, but we decided to use the bandwidth to get out the VST first since I get pelted with zillions of questions from people asking how their PC will run Half-Life 2.
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Okay I finally was able to join a CSS server and I've figured out why performance is so much better than Doom 3: it doesn't look nearly as good. While there are some cool particle and shader effects for the most part this could just as easily be a Quake III engine game. That's not to say it looks bad, just that the graphics in CSS arn't a huge leap past the graphics in CSCZ. For the most part CSS is just a slight improvement in graphics coupled with a floatier feel than the original CS.

Have you been looking at the same game as the rest of us ??? Slight improvement in graphics ??? its got about the best graphics engine there is... it beats Doom 3 on lighting for god sake its supposidly strong point, and has particle effects that are astounding real. Texture quality is good but not great looks close to real but just not there which when you take the rest of the engine in comparison is a let down

All in all the Source engine is a great engine, which if its as scalable as Valve say could easily become the standard graphics engine.

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