More Half-Life 2 Preloads

Steam News has word that the fourth phase of Half-Life 2 preloads has begun, which downloads most of Counter-Strike: Source in encrypted form.
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Great
Sep 29, 2004, 05:10
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Great Sep 29, 2004, 05:10
Sep 29, 2004, 05:10
 
Well isnt steam just great...

I updated the client cos ive not ran it in days and then go to get this preload. I Told it to preload and it said it was doing it and could take some time so i went to bed last night (in the UK) and woke up this morning 8 hours later and it hasnt even moved 1% !! In 8 hours its preloaded less than bum fluff.

Closed the program and re-ran it and tried it again "Sorry the steam servers are too busy please try again in a few hours" ... oooooooh thats a mighty fine distribution method that. How pathetic that in 8 hours it got sod all and then tells me it cant even try to download it through the day when I go to work cos the servers are too busy. Amazing bit of software that, is it developed by Real Networks ?

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Sep 29, 2004, 00:40
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Re: No subject Sep 29, 2004, 00:40
Sep 29, 2004, 00:40
 
So let me get this straight - Steam is down for nothing more than a couple of hours, and only for those who weren't logged in before the downtime started - and you get all riled up? Plus you respond immaturely to a really quite polite post, which consisted of a sound argument based on the limited information you provided? Hmm.

Thanks Moonbender, it's good to see that civil discussion isn't a lost cause around here.

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Re: 'Copy Protection' creates pirates
Sep 29, 2004, 00:09
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Re: 'Copy Protection' creates pirates Sep 29, 2004, 00:09
Sep 29, 2004, 00:09
 
It is NOT a question of whether there will be a clean version of HL2, but whether the clean version would be released before or after the retail release.

That's just it, isn't it. The game is complete and now copies are out for review. With a long delay it's going to be out before retail and Valve/VU are going to screw themselves out of alot of $.

Come on Valve/VU, settle this quick and everyone wins.

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Sep 28, 2004, 23:23
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No subject Sep 28, 2004, 23:23
Sep 28, 2004, 23:23
 
my money is on "before" ... unless they move the game files off their outlook server, then maybe they can hold em off for a day or 2

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'Copy Protection' creates pirates
Sep 28, 2004, 23:03
B M
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'Copy Protection' creates pirates Sep 28, 2004, 23:03
Sep 28, 2004, 23:03
B M
 
'Software Copy Protection' creates pirates. The more Sadistic the 'Copy Protection', the more demand there is to remove the annoyance.

It is NOT a question of whether there will be a clean version of HL2, but whether the clean version would be released before or after the retail release.


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Sep 28, 2004, 22:34
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 22:34
Sep 28, 2004, 22:34
 
If they're not careful that's exactly what's going to happen. Can you imagine, with all this Valve/VU/Steam BS holding up everything, some pirate comes out with a steamless version of single player HL2 and posts it? That would be the final chapter of this silly story.

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Sep 28, 2004, 22:26
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 22:26
Sep 28, 2004, 22:26
 
some one should steal this pre or post gold hl2 copy and release it

i know that is bad but they deserve it. valve and vu both of them.

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Don't fret, it's coming...
Sep 28, 2004, 22:14
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Don't fret, it's coming... Sep 28, 2004, 22:14
Sep 28, 2004, 22:14
 
Have a look at halflife2.net

PC Gamer is reviewing HL2 in its next issue (due out next week). Fear not, for the game shall be out soon.

But wait.. HL2 multiplayer at release will only be CS: Source? Get ready for the next round of bitching...

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Sep 28, 2004, 21:51
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 21:51
Sep 28, 2004, 21:51
 
i want to tug on the g-mans scrotum sack in full source engine glory!!!!!!

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No subject
Sep 28, 2004, 19:21
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No subject Sep 28, 2004, 19:21
Sep 28, 2004, 19:21
 
thats silly as hell - you think VU agreed to publish HL2 in the indeterminate future?? as if their lawyers would say "sure, you can take 20 years to complete the game and we'll still publish it!!"

thats fucking retarded

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for JHVH-1 is a vengeful god, and I urinate on the heads of men."
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Everybody happy in their tents and caravans
Everybody happy in their ignorance and apathy
No one realizes until the television breaks down..."

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Sep 28, 2004, 19:01
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 19:01
Sep 28, 2004, 19:01
 
If they were a roofer, and were building a roof, and it took longer than the contract said, they would be doing time.
Er yeah but there's no contract... It's like someone throwing JK Rowling behind bars because the next Harry Potter book is delayed.

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Sep 28, 2004, 18:48
B M
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 18:48
Sep 28, 2004, 18:48
B M
 
I'll glad to see Valve is still trying to keep its customers interested by sending them gigabytes of encrypted garbage.
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Sep 28, 2004, 18:22
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 18:22
Sep 28, 2004, 18:22
 
I guess with 2GB of RAM I can afford to be lazy, but I do see your point. I will point out, however, that you can exit the Steam client without logging out of Steam. This is what offline mode *is*.

As for why I'm still giving Valve 'a chance'.. When HL first came out, I hadn't even heard about it before (this was before I followed gaming news closely). I picked up on a lark, and was blown away. It was only after playing the game that I read about its troubled path to market; how Valve had delayed and postponed and even started completely from scratch at one point.

Sure, they may take a troubled path to market, but they're one for one, are they not? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt with HL2.

I am indeed looking forward to HL2. Yes, I will buy it when it comes out. Possibly even via Steam, if my local shops are out of stock.

No, I'm not chomping at the bit and punching holes in the wall with every delay announcement. Nor am I busting out the celebratory fireworks with every preload announcement.

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Sep 28, 2004, 17:37
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Sep 28, 2004, 17:37
 
I dont' know about everyone else, but Ghoti, your fix is not really an option.

A lot of people turn all programs off that run in the background, myself included. I am a RAM horder from the days of old. Since trash collection is not a Windows strong point, I keep anything off that I am not using. Second, I know a lot of people that turn their machines off.

Just my 2 cents.

For what it is worth, I throw my hat in the "HL2 and Steam is a pile of crap" ring. I laugh everytime I see problems with timing of the release date and Steam problems. I can't believe people are still following this and still giving Valve and all parties included a chance.

If they were a roofer, and were building a roof, and it took longer than the contract said, they would be doing time.

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Sep 28, 2004, 16:26
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 16:26
Sep 28, 2004, 16:26
 
I seem to remember that when id's Quake (2? 3?) auth servers went down for an hour or three now and then, people weren't having temper tantrums like they are now with Steam.

For fnord's sake, all you need to do is not log out of steam and your auth ticket is still valid for three *days* in offline mode.

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Sep 28, 2004, 16:15
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 16:15
Sep 28, 2004, 16:15
 
So let me get this straight - Steam is down for nothing more than a couple of hours, and only for those who weren't logged in before the downtime started - and you get all riled up? Plus you respond immaturely to a really quite polite post, which consisted of a sound argument based on the limited information you provided? Hmm.

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Sep 28, 2004, 15:42
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Sep 28, 2004, 15:42
 
I think this just foreshadows a much larger fiasco that will erupt on HL2 release day, whenever that is. I mean come on, after all that has happened, you think the curse on this game will lifted on release day?

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Sep 28, 2004, 15:35
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 15:35
Sep 28, 2004, 15:35
 
Let's not kid ourselves, here. You're drawing the conclusion that "a big majority" is having problems based on a few threads on a message board? Even if, for the sake of argument, we assume that each post on all of those threads is by a unique poster (which they clearly are NOT), that gives us a little over 550 people reporting problems (around 38 pages of 15 posts/page). As of right now, the Steam status webpage tells me there are 102,108 people playing

Great thing you did not pay attention to anything which happened but nevertheless tried to make an "intelligent" statement.

Not the Steam content or gaming servers were down but the authentication servers to log on Steam broke down (has been fixed now).

Anyone which was already logged in prior to the crash could continue to use Steam just fine. Anyone trying to log in after the crash got rejected.

Do you need some more insight at how the Steam network works or was that already help enough for you?

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Sep 28, 2004, 15:28
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Sep 28, 2004, 15:28
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Steam status webpage tells me there are 102,108 people playing.

That's a hell of a lot of sheep...


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Re: No subject
Sep 28, 2004, 15:25
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Re: No subject Sep 28, 2004, 15:25
Sep 28, 2004, 15:25
 
I'm so glad for you but this doesn't change the fact that a big majority of the Steam users have NOT been able to connect to Steam for a few hours (including me).

Let's not kid ourselves, here. You're drawing the conclusion that "a big majority" is having problems based on a few threads on a message board? Even if, for the sake of argument, we assume that each post on all of those threads is by a unique poster (which they clearly are NOT), that gives us a little over 550 people reporting problems (around 38 pages of 15 posts/page). As of right now, the Steam status webpage tells me there are 102,108 people playing.

Again, 550 people having trouble and 102,108 currently playing.

Of course, we can't assume that the people reporting problems are the ONLY ones having problems. Obviously. The status page of the Steam website, however, gives us a pretty clear gauge to say "Look, a hell of a lot more people are playing than are having trouble--a 185:1 ratio."

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