HL2 and STEAM

rvdbarnes

Standard Member
evening all

I bought Half Life 2 earlier, and got the game of the year edition it includes;
Half life 2
half life 2- death match
half life:source
counter strike:source

Iv installed and whenever i try my icons for anty of the above i go to a "steam" screen, iv registered an account and now im on the steam screen
and it says that all of the above are updating as well has HL2:Lost coast?
Half of them are 100% ready now?

whats going on guys?

rvd
 

AML

Well-known Member
Well, since the game has been out for a while now a lot has happened since then. New games have been released and lots of patches have been released. Its going to take time for your PC to update everything. Once its all done, you will be able to play all the games.
Once they are ready you should be able to double click on the shotcuts and play the games.
There shouldnt be any problems.
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
Can I sask a dumb question please !
Is the only way to buy Half Life 2 on line via this Steam thingy ?
 

Hawklord

Well-known Member
JohnG said:
Can I sask a dumb question please !
Is the only way to buy Half Life 2 on line via this Steam thingy ?
Yes you'll have to go online to decrypt the game initially and update/patch the game even with a dvd retail copy but then you'll be able to play the game in offline mode after. I bought the silver package though and downloaded the whole lot over steam. There was a lot of bad publicity regarding steam in it's early days , but, I've never had any issues with it myself. Steam is great as far as I'm concerned and is probably the future of game distribution. Online mode is mainly for counterstrike source and day of defeat source both great multiplayer games and available with the silver package (as are all the games in valve's back catalogue).
 

Tejstar

Well-known Member
JohnG said:
Can I sask a dumb question please !
Is the only way to buy Half Life 2 on line via this Steam thingy ?
Well I bought Half-Life 2 from amazon, so you can buy a retail copy and then Steam will update any new patches automatically.
 

HMHB

Distinguished Member
Do you gain anything by buying online rather than a DVD copy from a shop ?
 

Tejstar

Well-known Member
JohnG said:
Do you gain anything by buying online rather than a DVD copy from a shop ?
Nope, they are both the same. If you like physically having the disk for your collection then that is the only consideration imo. Unless there is a big price difference?
 

texasboy

Banned
After a recent system re format I reinstalled the Steam Client and HL2 & Deathmatch, CSS, LC etc and I have to admit does take a little while when doing it from scratch.

However, once everything has patched itself and is ready to go I think Steam is flawless. It's never once dropped the ball for me. I wonder how long it will be before other Game Studios/Publishers start doing the same thing?
 

overkill

Well-known Member
doesnt the steam account also allow you to play the game without the cd/dvd in the drive?
Yes.
 

Tejstar

Well-known Member
NWhiteley said:
doesnt the steam account also allow you to play the game without the cd/dvd in the drive?
:oops: Yep, forgot about that. This is a goo reason in itself, especially if you're the type that hates digging the cd out everytime you want to play!
 

wormvortex

Well-known Member
Tejstar said:
:oops: Yep, forgot about that. This is a goo reason in itself, especially if you're the type that hates digging the cd out everytime you want to play!
**cough**no cd crack**cough**
 

Tejstar

Well-known Member
wormvortex1337 said:
**cough**no cd crack**cough**
But afaik any attempt to install a cd crack will disable your Steam account, that's why I haven't even tried it!
 

Hawklord

Well-known Member
wormvortex1337 said:
**cough**no cd crack**cough**
I don't think ppl with retail dvd's/cd's have to have the disc in a drive to play anymore. This was fixed in one of the steam updates shortly after release iirc.
Also I'm pretty sure vac2 would notice if your were using a hacked executable and ban your account.
 

james.miller

Well-known Member
no, you dont need the cd/dvd at all to play steam games. Only to install them:)
 

Ian C.

Active Member
I was thinking of trying the demo, when you install
steam is it free as with other demos to play or do you have
to pay a subscription,got as far as e-mail but thought I would
check this out first.Am I right that you can play demo or single
player for free and subscription is just for multiplayer,cant find
info on it.Thanks in advance.
 

wormvortex

Well-known Member
james.miller said:
no, you dont need the cd/dvd at all to play steam games. Only to install them:)
u dont need a disk to install them, steam will download all the files for u, so u only need a cd key and only one time when u register it to your steam account
 

Knyght_byte

Well-known Member
you can use steam free or pay a subs price (at least i assume steam still does the monthly subs)........if you use free then you pay for each game you want to use, if you pay subs then you get every game released as and when its released, you dont buy it........cant remember what they charged tho....

i would imagine demos are free tho, even if using a free steam account....

i went for Silver package as it gave me all teh back catalogue, which to me was worthwhile as i love the original HL games...heh......i also like the idea of just being able to sign in to steam wherever i am and upload the game i want :)

(altho to play say CS:S you need to download HL2 as well, but to play HL2 you dont need to download CS:S, you can turn off individual downloads)

i like steam, i think its a very good idea, and considering its the first of its kind its few teething problems for some customers are justified.......most of the problems peopl have are not to do with steam but their computer systems not being able to actually run the games like HL2 or overloaded by spyware etc........but it does have inherent problems for other people as well....but then what computer software doesnt? some people swear by McAffee, some by Norton, others by non-commercial av/firewall software.....reason? you just cannot make a software program work for every single computer configuration possible at 100%......same as no business can offer 100% perfect service everytime, it may be human error, technical error, or whatever else....

*gets off soap box*.....heh
 

crunchman

Active Member
Knyght_byte said:
(altho to play say CS:S you need to download HL2 as well, but to play HL2 you dont need to download CS:S, you can turn off individual downloads)
Nope, you can buy the source multiplayer pack which includes :

HL2 DM
DOD S
CSS

And you can play these with or without owning or downloading HL2, I know this because I bought this package for my younger brother two weeks ago.
 

james.miller

Well-known Member
wormvortex1337 said:
u dont need a disk to install them, steam will download all the files for u, so u only need a cd key and only one time when u register it to your steam account
well, yeah - if you want steam to download 2gb off the internet for you lol.
 

wormvortex

Well-known Member
james.miller said:
well, yeah - if you want steam to download 2gb off the internet for you lol.
only took me a few hours, left it on overnight was easier than installing it all then getting the updates, this way it was all done at once.

On the issue of steam apart from Friends which is terrible hasn't worked for me in over a year I think steam is amazing, never need to patch your games and if u play on servers that save stats and stuff, u can easily log into steam anywhere and have all your stuff (of course any custom sprays, binds etc... wont be there)
 

Knyght_byte

Well-known Member
crunchman said:
Nope, you can buy the source multiplayer pack which includes :

HL2 DM
DOD S
CSS

And you can play these with or without owning or downloading HL2, I know this because I bought this package for my younger brother two weeks ago.
ooh, ok, didnt realise they'd done that now...lol.....my bad :)

mind you, you do have probably 80% of HL2 within those files.....the bits missing are just the actual maps and cutscenes...heh

does that pack give you the SDK btw? (ie to make your own mods/maps)

nothing more fun that making your own Source or DM map...heh....takes a while to get really good ones going, but the basics are actually quite easy if you take the time to read up on how to do it.....
 

crunchman

Active Member
Knyght_byte said:
ooh, ok, didnt realise they'd done that now...lol.....my bad :)

mind you, you do have probably 80% of HL2 within those files.....the bits missing are just the actual maps and cutscenes...heh

does that pack give you the SDK btw? (ie to make your own mods/maps)

nothing more fun that making your own Source or DM map...heh....takes a while to get really good ones going, but the basics are actually quite easy if you take the time to read up on how to do it.....
Yup.

And you get Codename Gordon :rolleyes:
 

Knyght_byte

Well-known Member
oh i loved codename gordon!...lol..that was soooo damn cute :)
 

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