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Half Life 2 - WTF?

Discussion in 'The Players Club' started by DHansen, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. DHansen

    DHansen

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    I just picked up HL2.. came home.. popped in the 5 CDs for an install.. and now I have to download some garbage from Steam before I'm even able to play this? What gives? What about people/computers that don't have an internet connection? Believe or not, they still exists..

    Anyway.. what's the whole deal? This "Pre-Load" from Steam seems like it might take awhile.. been about 5 minutes and it's only 2%.

    Anyone gotten through this yet?
     
  2. DHansen

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    Well.... I did some research of my own problem. Seems as though a few stores (Best Buy included) decided to break the release date of the 16th and sell it early. The problem is this, however - Half Life 2 REQUIRES you to register the game online through Steam.. and the Steam authentication servers have yet to be activated.. Valve released a statement that Vivendi will not allow them to activate the servers... total garbage...
     

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    You mean you can't play the game at all without registering??
     
  4. DHansen

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    Yeah..some new thing. To play the game, you install, then go online and connect to Steam, VALVE's online interface.. enter your CD-key, and then have permission to use the game. After that, you can use it offline. Problem is, the servers aren't activated yet.
     
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    The source code for H2 was leaked online (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3162074.stm). One of the responses of Valve (the creator) was to require authentication in order to play the game. They are hoping that this will "lock out" any stolen code games or mods.
     
  6. Glockman67

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    Holy Crap.

    I just went to Best Buy yesterday and noticed they prereleased Half-Life 2. I guess Vavle and VU ended up pulling a trick up their sleeves. Needless to say I did not pick up the gmae simply because my comp sucks and can't run the thing.

    :(

    gman67
     
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    Yea I have had a copy preloaded on my PC for about 6 months now.

    I am looking foward to wasting some serious time on it tonight.

    I even beat HL 1 ,started an oposing force game and played some HL redemption, this weekend to get back into the story line.

    Steam is a pain in my *** but all you need is your steam account and you can play any game any where.

    It's gonna suck in about 10 years when I wanna get retro and cant because Steam is shut down.


    But NOONE will/Has been playing HL2 till today.
     
  8. LtTripMD

    LtTripMD Nuke & Pave

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    picking up my copy tonight.

    can't wait!

    after all this wait, i'm expecting them to tell me that the release date has been pushed back once again.

    bastages.

    trip.
     
  9. DHansen

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    Well, played HL2 today. Definitely awesome.

    Right now it seems that Steam is down.. can't connect to it at all. Steampowered.com hasn't had an update on their status page in quite some time.

    Great... now I can't play.

    I hate Steam.
     
  10. whiskey_moodz

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    What is Half Life in relation to Counter Strike: Condition Zero.
    I am just getting into newer computer games and eariler this year I bought that CS:CZ but people are telling me I need to pick up Half Life.. Tell me more...

    Whiskey Moodz
     
  11. LtTripMD

    LtTripMD Nuke & Pave

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    freekin-A.

    the website at Steam has been toasted.

    didn't they anticipate about a zillion people all trying to register at the same time.

    i want to play my freekin' game!

    :soap:

    trip.
     
  12. DHansen

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    I'm also having some video card issues... they haven't been isolated to HL2, but I haven't been able to figure out how to fix it. I've re-installed drivers TONS of times, tried to reinstall DirectX, edited my system.ini file for Vcache... I don't know what else to do. I snapped a screenshot with the video all distorted. Not sure what else to try.
     
  13. DHansen

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    Let me try attaching that again...
     
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    One more try..

    BTW, this seems to come and go. But it keeps happening and really knows how to piss me off right at the right time.
     
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    have you tried running the same set-up on a different monitor?

    that strikes me as a monitor problem, not a computer problem.

    trip.
     
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    LtTripMD think about that one for just a second......
     
  17. LtTripMD

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    ;4 ^8

    wha'd i do?
     
  18. LtTripMD

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    would it be more clear to say "it sounds like a monitor problem, not a software/driver/video card problem"?

    trip.
     
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    Still dont know what I'm talking about? ;)
     
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    So yeah, seems to have been a monitor problem. I was running with the standard Plug-and-Play driver for XP and I guess that was causing all the problems. Not sure when that was installed. I went on Viewsonic's website, downloaded the correct drivers, and voila, Half Life 2 plays like a dream.

    Having a much better time now that my graphics don't corrupt every 2 minutes.