UK Half-Life 2 DVD Only?

A post on Halflife2.net (thanks Stoo) reports they've received indications from U.K. retailers that the Half-Life 2 will be released in the U.K. on DVD only. They don't have word on the remainder of Europe, though they point out and that the Far Cry CD edition was not sold across the pond either.
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Oct 5, 2004, 07:16
Cy
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Oct 5, 2004, 07:16
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um BOLLOCKS. The game will have to be good to pay out an extra 20 quid for a DVD Rom!

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Oct 5, 2004, 07:20
Flo
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Flo
 
Since the german version is likely to be censored it'll be the UK version for me then.....ban all CDs!!!
Supporter of the "Chewbacca Defense"
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Oct 5, 2004, 07:20
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Oct 5, 2004, 07:20
 
IF they sell only DVDs of HL2 here in Europe I'd be happy. I don't want 6 stupid CDs when I can get it on one DVD. Also time they let go of the CDs when they can use a DVD instead.

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Re: DVD?
Oct 5, 2004, 07:23
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Re: DVD? Oct 5, 2004, 07:23
Oct 5, 2004, 07:23
 
I'm amazed. No one has such advanced technoligy on thier computers. Maybe in 5 years. But god how could they expect people to pay the rediculious price DVD roms cost? Man I just upgraded to a 486. I can't afford no DVD.

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Re: DVD?
Oct 5, 2004, 07:32
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Re: DVD? Oct 5, 2004, 07:32
Oct 5, 2004, 07:32
 
Nice one.

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About time
Oct 5, 2004, 07:42
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About time Oct 5, 2004, 07:42
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I've had a DVD drive in my last 3 PC's. I had a DVD drive when I got the first HL. And yet, the only game I have on DVD is Richard Burns Rally. It's strange that this industry doesn't mind forcing a hardware upgrade on me every 12-16 months, but they drag their feet on this issue.

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Oct 5, 2004, 07:58
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Oct 5, 2004, 07:58
 
Yup all the old fogies come out to complain when there is change.. Was there the same problem when the first games started appearing that were cd-rom only? " Back in my day we used a box full of floppies! And dag-nabbit, we liked it! " Cheap to buy, easy to install! And if you computer didn't come with a DVD drive how old is it? Will it even run HL2?

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re:dvds
Oct 5, 2004, 08:02
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re:dvds Oct 5, 2004, 08:02
Oct 5, 2004, 08:02
 
I was surprised to learn that 497,748 or 75% of the people who participated in the HL2 hardware survey have a dvd drive. Thought it'd be much lower.

(I wonder if virtual drives are counted as a real one, maybe the survey could be fooled to think daemon or whatever is a real drive.)

Anyway, maybe I should finally go get me a dvd drive, never really saw any reason to get one - Have a cd burner, why add another piece of hardware that I'll never (or rarely) use.

..on the other hand. Combo dvd/cd recorders are pretty cheap now.

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Oct 5, 2004, 08:10
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Oct 5, 2004, 08:10
 
The game will have to be good to pay out an extra 20 quid for a DVD Rom!
If your PC is so old that it has a CD-ROM drive and not a DVD one then are you sure that it will be able to play HL2 anyway? Although you can get DVD-ROMs for as little as 16 (inc VAT) if you shop around.

I think this is great news that another high profile is DVD-ROM only, and hope that even more follow suit.

StooMonster

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Oct 5, 2004, 08:11
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Oct 5, 2004, 08:11
 
And if you computer didn't come with a DVD drive how old is it? Will it even run HL2?

suprsisingly, some people upgrade their computer from time to time. This arcane and mysterious component replaces not the whole, but part. For these odd occultists, the CD drive is a prized and treasured item, the 'keeper of the shiny thing', which cannot be tampered with lest the gods be offended and smite down their PC with windows ME.








Or, people neglect replacing CD drives with DVD because it's cheaper not to replace a device which works perfectly already.
:p


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Oct 5, 2004, 08:11
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FarCry was DVD only the UK. I bought DVD/CDRW in case Doom3 was DVD only, it wasn't so I bought Farcry to justify getting the DVD

I agre,e I'd rather have DVD than x number of CD's

The price of FarCry here was average for the FPS game no more than any other game that comes on x CD's

The cost of a single DVDRom and a simple box should be less than 3+ CD and a special box to handle that number of disks.

The time and expense of writing one DVD should be less than creating & labelling 3+ CD's

The installation procedure should be simplier for end users.

A DVD is a 'little' harder to rip/repacked for the crackers. Plus the bigger the download the less people can be bothered.

DVD readers cost less than some games in the UK so cost of upgrade is not an issue.

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Oct 5, 2004, 08:17
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Oct 5, 2004, 08:17
 
I was surprised to learn that 497,748 or 75% of the people who participated in the HL2 hardware survey have a dvd drive. Thought it'd be much lower.

(I wonder if virtual drives are counted as a real one, maybe the survey could be fooled to think daemon or whatever is a real drive.)


Perhaps that's the remaining 6.66% listed as "undetermined" because only 17.42% had CD-ROM drives (DVD-ROM drives being 75.93%

StooMonster

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I want the US version to be DVD only
Oct 5, 2004, 08:23
Jim
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I want the US version to be DVD only Oct 5, 2004, 08:23
Oct 5, 2004, 08:23
Jim
 
and no, not the extra edition one either, the standard $39.95 edition.

I'm sick of swapping a half dozen CDs to install a game. Its starting to remind me of the old "floppy swap", when games started coming on a dozen or more floppy disks before publishers finally moved in whole to the new CD format.

Its time for another media change.

What about those who don't have DVD drives in their PC's you say? Guess what, I'm one of them! The only reason I don't have a DVD drive is because I have had no need to have one. But they're so ubiquitous and cheap now, I wouldn't balk at the need to purchase one if a game I was looking forward to playing was available on DVD format only. Game publishers seem to be forgetting their target market, and that 75% of them will shell out $150 or more for a new video card at least every 2 years.

Jim
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Oct 5, 2004, 08:23
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Oct 5, 2004, 08:23
 
Or, people neglect replacing CD drives with DVD because it's cheaper not to replace a device which works perfectly already.

hehe. If it's only used for playing music CD then fair enough.

But if used for backing up data it's not a real cost saving because media costs about the same for both, but DVD has so much more storage space and is therefore more byte per penny. Serial upgrader here, but long long ago changed to DVD formats.

StooMonster

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Oct 5, 2004, 08:32
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Only true gamers have a DVD drive

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Re: TFC
Oct 5, 2004, 08:32
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Re: TFC Oct 5, 2004, 08:32
Oct 5, 2004, 08:32
 
DVD drives are ridiculously cheap, even the combo recorders go for peanuts in the scheme of things. Personally, I much prefer a single disk and the DVD style cases we tend to get in the UK now (I still have a *huge* pile of the old boxes).

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Oct 5, 2004, 08:52
Cy
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Oct 5, 2004, 08:52
Cy
 
Actually I've never needed a DVD drive before that's why a don't have one. I did have one in '98 but never found a use for it during the machines life (actually I did once find retail dvd's for 30 quid but it turned out my little 333 couldn't decode them without skipping a frame every couple of seconds).

And as my machine is a 2400+ with 1gig of ram, 120gb hdd and a 9800 pro yes I think it will run HL2 just fine thank you.

My main issue with this is I only want HL2 not Counter Strike, HL1 Source or any other bolocks they put on the dvd.

I tried counter strike quite a lot back in the summer of '99 - it was full of annoying kids then - why the hell should I pay for a dvd drive so I can not play it now???

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Oct 5, 2004, 09:04
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Oct 5, 2004, 09:04
 
You could always buy the bronze package on steam. Thing is, if 75% of people who would play it have DVD drives, and it's available on the net, why should the distributors cover the costs of mastering and distributing 6xCD (or whatever it is) stock that's not going to sell very well at all?

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Oct 5, 2004, 09:24
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Oct 5, 2004, 09:24
 
I tried counter strike quite a lot back in the summer of '99 - it was full of annoying kids then - why the hell should I pay for a dvd drive so I can not play it now???

Tell me about it. I loved playing CS towards the end of college. That's because we had our UDP ports blocked on our T3, and the only way to game was against people in the other dorms. It was great defeating people on your floor or the room above you; you felt a sense of accomplishment and glee.

Then, I moved into an apartment and got a broadband connection. I figured playing online would be just as good, if not better, because there'd be an even larger pool of people. WRONG. Everyone playing online was some stupid kid, spawn camper, or (eventually) wallhack/bot user. What's worse, they'd even admit to it during the game.

The same thing went with Starcraft. In the college network, it was friggin awesome. There were unwritten rules we'd follow, and nobody would be a dick. Playing on Battle.Net, I get people that break their alliances towards the end during the final assault so they can destroy your base.


Playing online is like screwing a hooker without a condom. It may sound fun, but but too soon you'll feel a strong irritation.


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-Fry, Futurmama
"Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and a gorilla starts throwing barrels at you."
-Fry, Futurama
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Oct 5, 2004, 09:33
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My DVD burner was $70 at the time, and I am sure it is cheaper now, and it even suported burning up to 4x. My question is if I will have redbook sound when playing games with it since I didn't hook up any audio cable like the CD drives have? Myst had sound, but I think it all came from the movies, and not streamed from CD. HL had extra BG music that kicked in if the CD was in, and I don't want to miss out on that.

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