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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Aug 19, 2004, 10:29
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:29
 
And so it begins...

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Aug 19, 2004, 10:33
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:33
 
Here's two gig of useless crap on your hard drive. Don't worry, it'll have some use in a month or two.
I'm sure you can stop it from downloading though (you can, right?).

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Aug 19, 2004, 10:37
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:37
 
Should keep companies who write Virus Checkers busy for quite a long time to come.

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Aug 19, 2004, 10:37
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:37
 
I have it stopped... I don't and won't have steam:P

While writing things Gabe... how's about telling us if we can play the single player of this without having to see, hear, experience, or install steam...

I have it pre ordered and all... and, well, these days the better half lets me buy like 4 games a year, six if I can hide them from her... Anyway, if this absolutely, positively has to have steam... then I can start looking for something else...

Thanks in advance:P

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Aug 19, 2004, 10:37
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:37
 nin
 
But c'mon guys! It'S STEAM! WHOO! Look at it go! Let's all watch it write to the drive!! Isn't this great?!? Look, more data was just written!!! WHOOO!!!!! GO STEAM GO!!!








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I will think peaceful, happy thoughts about getting my new video card RMA'd.
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:46
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:46
 
Ha, you guys think you're storing Valve's games on your HD? Little do you know you've just saved them a ton of hard drive space. Now they have a HUGE amount of remote storage capacity for their p0rn.

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Aug 19, 2004, 10:48
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Aug 19, 2004, 10:48
 
Although I can certainly let Steam more or less rape me/my hard drive because this is Gordon "Stephen" Freeman and/or Meestor Newell, I cannot help but think that a system like this ultimately needs to have significantly more user control or have the market consolidate even further (as scare a thought as that is.)

What if every developer or publisher decided to have a system like this? Am I supposed to have fifty Steam-like programs running on my computer? Kill my bandwidth eacn and every day? Go out and buy four or five hard drives solely for these developers or publishers to randomly whore out my hard drives?

Again, Valve can pretty much make me its b*tch :o, but it really should look at how it is handling the program and what options/control it is giving me as the end user. Yeah, I know that I can essentially block it from doing things, but it requires a lot more work on my end than it should. It is not like I can just open up the Steam window and see what it is specifically doing or decide whether or not to start or stop the pushes that Valve makes.

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On a side note...
Aug 19, 2004, 10:50
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On a side note... Aug 19, 2004, 10:50
Aug 19, 2004, 10:50
 
I got some surprising results from the Source engine benchmark they included yesterday. An average of 70 fps @ 1024x768 (highest details, no AA or AF) on a mediocre machine. (AMD 2600, 9700 pro)
It doesn't look like an upgrade is necessary at all.

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Aug 19, 2004, 11:45
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Aug 19, 2004, 11:45
 
I wouldn't exactly call that a "mediocre machine". It's better than 90% of the crap that's out there.

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Aug 19, 2004, 12:00
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:00
 
if you don't want to preload, you don't have to preload, so what's the fucking problem? jesus

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Re: On a side note...
Aug 19, 2004, 12:02
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Re: On a side note... Aug 19, 2004, 12:02
Aug 19, 2004, 12:02
 
Yeah...

AMD 2000
512 RAM
Gef4 TI4200 128

and I averaged 56fps on the test. I'm pretty happy. Doom 3 is a pig by comparison. I'll be curious to see how they both do when I build a PCIE rig.


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Re: On a side note...
Aug 19, 2004, 12:05
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Re: On a side note... Aug 19, 2004, 12:05
Aug 19, 2004, 12:05
 
I got some surprising results from the Source engine benchmark they included yesterday. An average of 70 fps @ 1024x768 (highest details, no AA or AF) on a mediocre machine. (AMD 2600, 9700 pro)
It doesn't look like an upgrade is necessary at all


Good to hear as I'm planning to squeeze 6 more months out of my 9700pro. How much ram have you got?

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Re: On a side note...
Aug 19, 2004, 12:10
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:10
 
and I averaged 56fps on the test. I'm pretty happy. Doom 3 is a pig by comparison.

I'm just curious to see what real world performance will look like. As I was watching the stress test I just couldn't help but feel the real thing won't perform as nicely.

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Re: On a side note...
Aug 19, 2004, 12:11
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:11
 
1 gig of ram. Maybe it's not a mediocre machine, it's just that I've had it for about a year & ½ ... and a year in computer terms is like 5-10 years, heheh. 1024 is good enough for me, it's a nice trade-off between performance & visuals.

(I'm just curious to see what real world performance will look like. As I was watching the stress test I just couldn't help but feel the real thing won't perform as nicely.)

You're right, it probably won't. You'll have AI doing its' thing & firefights at certain points, but I still think it will run better than most people imagine. probably better than Doom3 also
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:14
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Reading all of your whining about steam every single valve post is amusing. You do not HAVE to have steam. If a game required it, again, you have a choice to not have steam and not play that title.

To me, Steam works great, I can choose what I get/want/download when I want. And for impatient gamers like me, the ability to click something and have it asap is great.

Bitching about hard drive space? Jesus Christ, what day and age are we in? You mean to tell me you have the latest pc hardware to play these games well and you are nickel and diming over hard drive space? I would hope most of you arent tooling around in 8 gig drives anymore.

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preload?
Aug 19, 2004, 12:48
Jim
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preload? Aug 19, 2004, 12:48
Aug 19, 2004, 12:48
Jim
 
Am I the only one a bit confused over what this statement actually means?

I know what steam is, but...

Half-Life 2 "assets", does that mean THE GAME?

"pre-load"? Does that mean steam users will be able to download THE GAME?

"will begin tomorrow", does this mean THE GAME will be available tomorrow?

Jim
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:50
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And so it begins...

no...it ends now.

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Re: preload?
Aug 19, 2004, 12:56
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Aug 19, 2004, 12:56
 
reply to #16:

I'm confused about the statement too, it says "Begin pre-loading for some customers". Does that mean some customers will get the actual game to play? Or just a "package" that won't work until whatever the date of HL2 release is?

Never used steam so I have no idea how it is, but from what I've heard I almost want to not get HL2 because of that crap.

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Re: preload?
Aug 19, 2004, 13:07
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Re: preload? Aug 19, 2004, 13:07
Aug 19, 2004, 13:07
 
CS:source will be preloading to ATI coupon holders and CS:CZ purchases, the HL2 data will probably pre-load to those first too.

no-ones getting the game itself (HL2) early, it's just the data (maps maybe, certainly textures) the game uses, content that wont be changed before (or after) the game goes gold. you can't play it without final EXE's/DLL's and they won't be pre-loaded.

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Re: preload?
Aug 19, 2004, 13:09
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Re: preload? Aug 19, 2004, 13:09
Aug 19, 2004, 13:09
 
It's loading the pak files basically. You can't play it until they send the engine. You can cancel it, and you dont' have to use Steam, so quit complaining you goddamn whiny children.

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