Just got my copy of Half-Life 2 Collectors edition from ebgames.com. I figured resistance was futile and I had some discount things to spend so I bought this one.
Installed it, and steam fires up right after install. I close it and try to launch the game. Nothing. No error, no nothing. Rebooted, tried launching HL-2 Again. Steam launces. I disable my internet connnection. Kill steam, then relaunch game. Sorry u can't play game in offline mode yet. Need to login to steam first... WTF?
So I login to Steam, click register my game, enter the code hit accept. Waiting...waiting....waiting....steam login screen, says my ticket expired please login again... WTF? I got the dang game in the store. The Cd is in the drive. Start the F-n Game. Log back in, subscription pending. Can't verify your game atm but not to worry you can still play HL-2 collectors edition in the mean time, we'll get back to you on the subscription. Ok, sounds good. Next screen, select games to add to your my games list, HL-2 CS:S and HL-1, click ok. Sorry servers are too busy.... Try again in a few min...
Ok not to worry, I can at least play MY copy of HL-2 now right? NO. Wants me to go register again. Lovely.
Is unlocking now, I decided to click the sdk option under things to install and it worked. Not sure if it's a coincidence or that is a bug or what. But it's unlocking. Could have sworn that valve made it clear that playing this game out of box would be possible without an internet connection. IE no forced registration. Guess I was mistaken, because they certainly wouldn't lie to us.
One more update. After getting the game installed and setup, I put my DVD away in the box, packed it into the closet and sat down to play. No disc inserted. Retry/Cancel.... Wow, I really wish I'd purchased this game online. Really feels like the people who purchased this in the store are being punished at this point. Mabye this is something they can fix in a future patch but if I have to go through so much crap to unlock the game via online server, why do I have to use the CD as well? Kind of ridiculous.