Half-life2 has been released!!
Some quick tips on buying Half-life2:
You can buy Half-life2 (HL2) for the PC in several different packages
by downloading it from "Steam" or by buying it's "boxed"
version on CD or DVD. The package you buy 'should' include
"Counter-strike:Source", but may or may not include "DoD:Source"
depending on how you buy it and which "package" you decide
to buy. You can buy it by downloading it with Valve's "Steam"
software or you can also buy a "boxed version" of it at most
major software retailers. Valve Software Inc are the
creators of the game Half-life2.
It appears the newer versions of Counter-strike and DoD (Day
of Defeat Mod) will have the ":Source" suffix instead of
being called something like "Counter-strike2", usually the
word "source" refers to the actual code of a program. It's
confusing to use it in a game's name, it makes it sound like
it's the actual code of the game or the SDK (used by game
developers) instead of a playable version of the game. This
is confusing and everyone knows gamers don't like to be
confused, maybe they will be looking for a new marketing guy
after that mistake :).
If you buy
"Half-life2", be very careful --NOT-- to mistakenly
buy an older package version of Half-life 1 games called
"Half-Life Platinum Collection 2", repeat
do not buy it by mistake.
Again, what moron put a "2" in the title of a Half-life1
game package, that's misleading, it almost looks like they
are trying to rip people off with that trick. As a matter of
is offering "Silver" and "Gold" download packages that
include most of their old Half-life1 era games. They call
it their "catalog" of older games. So if you want to get a bunch of older Half-life1
games, look for the "catalog" being listed in a package's
features. Here is
some info on the "boxed" version of the
Half-life2's collectors edition that you can get from Wal-mart
and some other places, you get a t-shirt and some other
stuff (read the details at that website). The Collectors
Edition comes on DVD from some venders, so if you don't have
a DVD reader you might want to be aware of that. I have also
seen a "Special Edition" mentioned at some sites. Steam's
"Gold" version has a bunch of extra games and extras items
in it like a HL2 t-shirt, hat, poster, soundtrack, etc, etc.
As always, before you buy, READ the DETAILS at that venders
site or if you are buying the "boxed" version, make sure you
read the fine print on the box to see what you get.
Also, you might want to double check the
game's CPU speed and RAM requirements before you buy,
you don't want to get it home and not be able to play it. :)
Some places you can buy
(download it from Valve Software)
(Steam offers 3 different packages).
Places you can get the "boxed"
versions of Half-life2:
Amazon (online only)
Since the game has been
delayed over 2 years we look forward to the explosive growth
in Half-life2 plares and servers, Half-life players have
long awaited for this day.
We look forward to helping
gamers with their needs for this game and many others. As
always with changes in games there comes a need to update
some of our tutorials, so we will update all our tutorials
as needed in the near future.
Half-life2 is here, time to stop typing
about it and to play it, see you on the server!