All because of Steam and ultra slow download and updating speed even over a broadband connection .

The game is good but to make people jump through hoops like this is wrong , and they mention nothing of this in thier cheapskate one page manual that comes with the game , they will drive people to pirate software with systems like this , when the hackers are finishised with HL2 it will be minus the Steam hijack so in the end who are Valve really hurting , paying customers !

I will never buy a game again that has a system like Steam involved in the install , to take many hours to install a game is bloody rediculas , in a way I hope the pirates spread HL2 like the plague to give Valve a kick in the rear just like they are kicking people that paid for this game with hard earned money .

Rod