Half-Life 2 Authentication Follow-up

Steam News (thanks Frans) follows up on the story below this one announcing that Half-Life 2 authentication issues have been solved:
We have resolved the issues that caused some to experience delays with Half-Life 2 authentication earlier today. We appreciate your patience and hope everyone enjoys the game.
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Hello as one of the thousands of Half-Life fans that have been eagerly awaiting the release of HL2 I would just like to say how disappointed I am with the whole roll of out such an important PC game. Why? well firstly I set my mind on buying the collectors edition box set HAHAHA I hear you all laugh, I live in ******** so today I went around all of the games stores (6) to see if anyone had a copy alas no, ok I thought I work in Worcester a larger nearby neighbouring city so again I trekked around all of the game stores (can you guess what? that's right no collectors edition). Well I though to myself I'm on my way to my girl friends how who happens to live 200 miles away in a much bigger city (Bradford) so I thought when I get there I'll take a look around, hmmm after visiting another 6 game stores no one had the collectors edition. My girlfriend could obviously tell that I really wanted this game so we decided to drive over to Leeds. Now Leeds is big and after dragging my girl friend around every game store in Leeds we finally came across someone who knew what the collectors edition was but then told us that they weren't stocking and I wouldn't be able to get one so finally I gave in a purchased the standard version. Well after dropping my girlfriend off I enjoyed a nice little 5hr drive home not too disheartened as I at least had a copy of HL2 and I'd be playing soon....... Well that's what I thought. After installing the game I have been unable to initially log in to my steam account and when I finally did and the game starts to unlock I get kicked out again saying the steam servers are too busy I was have been trying now to for three hours and I just given up. Valve keep my money I don't care I think I'll just throw this copy in the bin.........

I know that the integration into steam is an attempt to prevent piracy but all it serves to do is to annoy legitimate users who've paid good money for your products.

BTW I've already seen several pirated versions on the net so it would seem that steam hasn't prevented anything other than me and hundreds of others actually getting to play a game I've just purchased........

I really wanted HL source too bet I can't get that with the standard purchased either can I?????

I bet I can't just buy HL Source either can I??

Yours disappointedly

Very disappointed

Very Very disappointed

Loki-uk

Just a footnote Steam has sent me a message 12HRS!!!!! after I installed HL2 saying I can play. I wonder how many not so savvy gamers will be returning their copies of HL2 to stores today. LOTS I would imagine.........
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