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Half Life 2 countdown!

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by AML, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. AML

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    Only 3 days to go!

    erm..... if anyone else has something to add please do so!

    Recently i been cleaning my PC externaly and internaly.

    I recomend you do so too! Use free software like Lavasoft Ad-Aware to clean any nasty unwanted adverts and trackers!

    I also recomend you defrag your Hard disk before you start playing HL2.

    and also RAM defrag. (also free software)

    Finally software such as norton system works. Although not free it is very useful in cleaning your PC and making it run more efficiently.

    Clean your keyboard/mouse too to make movement smoother, also your monitor. A good clean can help to make the visuals clearer!
     
  2. Hawklord

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    Never heard of RAM defrag what's that?

    Everything else I do routinely as a matter of course anyway:thumbsup:

    I've coincidently got next Thursday and Friday off work so will have a good couple of days gaming. Hoping it lives up to all the hype :lease:

    There's quite a long peice on HL2's development process here (it makes quite interesting reading):_

    http://www.gamespot.com/features/finalhoursofhl2teaser/index.html
     
  3. AML

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    Do a google search for ram defrag.
    Its the same principle as defraging your HD only it does it for your RAM.
    It only takes a couple of seconds to defrag your Ram and even if it doesnt do any thing noticable, its still peace of mind!

    Yeah i also have some free time this week. off on Wednesday and Friday, Sat, Sun.

    Im probably going to play through Half Life Source before I actually start HL2!
    Its been so long, that i dont fully remember the story and i want it fresh in my mind before I start HL2.

    Makes the anticipation even stronger!

    Nice article by the way.
    Theres also a cool video in ign.com about how the source code was stolen and what they did to catch the German guy who stole it!

    You might need to be a member to see it though, i dont know for sure.
     
  4. Hawklord

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    I was going to play HL source first before tackling HL2 too but I've been told that it may not be available on release of HL2 :confused:
    Apparently DOD and HL source will be released later but no news as to when that I can find. Are you privy to anymore information regarding this matter :lease:
     
  5. AML

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    Thats the first time i heard of this. It should be available on the same day since the retail version has all 3 games on disk.
    I think it could just be rumours.

    If not then Valve better have a good explanation!
     
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    I must say I run Adaware 6.0, O&O Defrag, Ram Defrag, Reg Cleaner & Anti Vir on a very regular basis so that my PC runs quickly & efficiently! All of the above I have found are the best Adware/Spyware, Defrag, reg cleaner & anti Virus programs i've found and most of them are free!

    Always use O&O Defrag as the windows defrag program is pants compared. I also manually go in to temp internet files and delete all the files as clicking internet tools>temp int files doesn't clear them all!
     
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    I thought you didn't get HL/DOD Source on the retail? Isn't that the point of buying the silver package over the bronze - the bronze is the retail version?
     
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    whens it owt how much do we get countes strike
     
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    I dont know about the US but in the UK the only version available seems to contain Half Life 2 and Counter Strike: Source, nothing else so even if there is another Special Edition which is listed as having Half Life: Source included it is probaley the same as getting the Silver Package via Steam and even though most of the files will be on the Disc you will still have to wait until it is available, probaley just means when it is ready you wont have to pay anything extra to get it unlike people who bought the Bronze Package or the standard retail release.
     
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    I was of the same opinion. :(
     
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    As posted in response to a thread in the 'Gaming special offers' forum, heres a list of the different retail and steam options to be made available:


    Retail Packages

    Standard Edition: - RRP = £39.99

    Half-Life 2
    Counter-Strike: Source


    Collector's Edition - RRP = £49.99

    Half-Life 2
    Counter-Strike: Source
    Half-Life 1: Source
    Half-Life 2 T-shirt
    Prima book sampler



    Steam Packages

    Bronze - $49.95 = ~£33.35 incl VAT

    Half-Life 2
    Counter-Strike: Source


    Silver - $59.95 = ~£40.02 incl VAT

    Half-Life 2
    Counter-Strike: Source
    Half-Life 1: Source
    Day of Defeat: Source
    Valve's back catalogue currently available on Steam


    Gold - $89.95 = ~£60.05 incl VAT

    Half-Life 2
    Counter-Strike: Source
    Half-Life 1: Source
    Day of Defeat: Source
    Valve's back catalogue currently available on Steam
    Complete Half-Life 2 Strategy Guide from Prima Games
    3 different Half-Life 2 posters
    Half-Life Collector's box
    Half-Life 2 hat
    Half-Life 2 postcard
    Half-Life 2 stickers
    Half-Life 2 Soundtrack CD


    Note that not all of the content will be released on the same day as HL2.
     
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    I have seen the Collectors Edition listed on Amazon.com but does anyone know if it will be released in the UK?

    Also, seems the game is now available from certain stores in the US but you have to activate the game by autheticating it with Steam and that wont be happening until Tuesday so even if you got the game tomorrow you would still have to wait until Tuesday to play it.
     
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    Play posted my copy on Friday 12th

    Here's hoping the Royal Mail don't cock up!!!!
     
  15. AML

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    Everything looks to be on schedule. I doubt they will screw us again by not giving us HL Source and DOD Source at the last minute.
    If they did do that, people would loose faith in the whole steam system.

    Im sure we will have all 3 games on release.

    TBH im not that bothered by DOD source but I do want HL1 source and of course HL2.

    P.S. only 2 days to go!
     
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    hello!!

    well we got HL2 in the store but its DVD and on top of all that i cant buy it until friday :( company policy :mad:

    but its out on tuesday for a fact but i think its a shame why valve had to add some stupid copy protection imo.

    the vast majority will want to play HL2 online well i know i will and making people having to connect to their steam servers to download a piece of code is just shocking.

    its even more shocking that they spent 1 year on the game and no DM what did they do in this time? :rolleyes:
     
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    I think HL2 wont play on line. It just the code to unlock the game that we need.

    Having just said this, what if someone doesnt have a network conection or is temporarily unavailable?
    It is shocking that you can buy the game retail but cant play it if you dont have a net conection!

    They did have some problems with the source code being stolen which is why the game had to be delayed for so long.

    As for multy player, there is Counter strike source and Day of Defeat source instead of a HL2 multyplayer game.

    Im sure there will be lots of mods made from HL2 anyway, so it wont be long before we see more and more games.
     
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    The HL Source theft had no effect atall on the delaying of the game that was just something valve said to give a reason for delay Gabe admits himself in the great 25 page article on gamespot that they was never going to be ready for the september 2003 release date and they did not have to re write any code.

    The version that was stolen was pretty much all they had at that time and showed just how far off finishing they was
     
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    1 Year? this has been in the making for 5 years since Half life 1 was released in 1999

    I also agree there should be Half life MP i know you get counter strike with it but i was never a fan of counter strike and love HL Multiplayer
     
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    On a happier note.
    Fed Ex tried to deliver something from Valve today.
    I wonder what it could be? :D

    Probably my HL2 Gold Package! Ill get it redelivered for the morning!

    Ill tell you all whats in it and what the stuff is actually like!
     
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    dumb question...probably been answered already...but i want original HL1: Source when i get HL2 so that probably means Silver package until Collector's Edition released...but I want the media...so can the Steam downloads be burnt onto an autorun DVD-R? If so i will order that instead

    thanks in advance
    cheers
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    well all i know its... im off work tomorrow but ive told all my staff that people who buy HL2 will have to get access to the internet or else NO PLAY for them.

    im not looking forward to wednesday :( by the way if you see a chinese guy at M'boro Game its me :D hazzaah! :hiya:

    but im not allowed to buy the game until friday.. company policy :(
     
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    Mines been dispatched from amazon :D :rotfl:
     
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    There is a tool to backup all( or selectively ) the steam applications ( games ) onto another media ( includeing cdr / dvdr+- )
    Not sure about actually running the game from a dvd etc .... but I assume you can pretty much install the files back instead of re downloading them from the web every time you want to rebuild your HD.
     
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    i dread to think whats going to happen to the steam servers tomorrow... just imagine the amount of people trying to download it at once... i expect snail speed tomorrow.... those downloading the game i mean.... :rotfl:
     
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    The whole idea of making the game available for pre=loading in the last few weeks should minimise some of the server traffic.

    Hopefully mine will just start working at 0000hrs .
     
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    thanks Ethics

    If any Steamers do manage to burn a working DVD could they post back here and let us know.

    cheers
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    I did a copy for peter c a few weeks back (before the auto facility on steam was available) and he was able to use the dvd to populate the steam files rather than downloading. :) Worked a treat.
     
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    I got tomorrow off work by pure coincidence and I really hope it is available asap :)

    Feel left out with all the Halo 2 talk :p
     
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    8AM U.K time is when you can activate it, i suggest you get up early incase the server goes down lol

    i know i am
     

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