Half-Life 2 no-cd/virtual drive

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by ElementalDragon, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    Ok...... does anyone know if either one of these will cause steam account bannage or something of the sort? kinda getting sick of having to have my DVD in if i want to play Half-Life: Source, CS: Source, or HL2.
     
  2. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Might be best to post this on the Steam forums then see what turns up.
     
  3. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    I am sure Valve will turn off cd protection eventually, it is a contractual obligation.
    Try backing up your source/hl2 related .gcf cache files and make Steam download em (over time I guess...) then you would hav ethe Steam version wouldn't you?

    Haven't and won't be looking at the "retail" version of the game so I don't know.
     
  4. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    All they require is a valid CD-Key registered to a user at the end of the day. All retail versions of HL/CS has required the CD in drive in order to start the game. However, you may get away with downloading HL2/CS Source off Steam if you're willing to re-install the game. This does not require the CD, but you should get confirmation that this method is allowed by Steam/Valve.
     
  5. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    The CD requirement is a contractual agreement between Valve and Vivendi... part of the same deal with the original Half-life game ... which no longer requires the CD (and didn't after a few patches of the original game)
     
  6. Kr0m

    Kr0m Moderator

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    Sorry for going a bit off topic but I'm sort of interested in getting HL2 but I'm not so sure about steam. The last time I had steam installed I noticed it's a frickin bandwidth and resource hog, does this still apply? Do you NEED steam in order to use HL2 legally?
     
  7. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Yes you do mate.
    Its not a resource hog tho, you just have to be patient and let it download what it needs to, to get everything updated.

    So if I can do it on dial-up I am sure the rest of you can :)
     
  8. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Steam uses lots of memory on startup but if you minimize the main menu before closing it then this goes down to almost nothing.
    In fact, anytime you see steam using lots of resources you can do this with any of the menu windows and it reduces memory usage of Steam.
    Minimize then close not just close. :)
     
  9. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    I've been downloading it for a few days now. Got me a whole 15%. :eek:

    Good thing I'm not in a hurry. :D
     
  10. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Crikey :p

    I have been downloading it for 3 months tho :)