GIVE STEAM A CHANCE
WTH IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
Were ANY of you here around for the Star Wars Galaxies release?
Do you have ANY idea how common this type if occurrence is for a brand new multi player platform is released INSTANTLY to 1000's of people at a time?
I remember when SWG first came out, you had to register with your credit card online, and the friggin registration form wouldent load for anyone, the forums were BLAZING with debate and threats to not subscribe, petitions for an extra month of play for free due to lost time...
GIVE IT UP! this HAPPENS. Do you realize how big the HL/HLmod community player base is? and what happens when almost every single one of them tries to download this update simultaneously?
I say its about time valve evolves. Half life is 5 years old, and its user interface shows it. Check out www.won.net, can you believe the ever successful half life is still associated with that piece of outdated rubbish? Seirra is still dragging itself on the coattails of half life's success and their time is and has long been up.
I'm sick of loading ASE to find a list of servers, then opening HLSW to add it to the list to join, and talk to friends thru AIM or ICQ or MSN (differnet people use different programs) JUST TO GET INTO A HL GAME.
Steam combines all of these into one, it doesnt matter if your friend insists on ICQ and you on MSN. And look at the server list, its absolutly great, it ranks with all the latest games out there, reminds me of the battlefield1942 interface, clean and efficent, updates insanely fast, refreshes individual servers fast, it even has the auto join function like HLSW, its just great...
and almost best of all, it doesnt resize your entire screen just to browse servers, i cant express how great the whole concept is and how HUGE of an improvement it is on the current 5 year old version of half life.
bottom line, just give it a break, recall the opening day of SWG if you think this is a major f**k up. The community is NOT packing up and leaving, steam was released hours ago and there are already 100s of servers up, we've just started and the road is going to be bumpy for a while, just bear with valve while they streighten it out, and i couldent imagine any possible downsides to this update of an antiquated, archaic system.