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Whats the best way to get a hold of Steam and start buying/playing the games it supports. I remember buying HL2 a few years ago just because it came with Steam and CS:S. I lost those discs and my account, however, so I cannot simply just install those over again.

Should I go that same route again? Or is there a better/cheaper way (ie d/l'ing Steam and making an account, then just purchasing games online through the program)? What am I missing..
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DL through steam ftw
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you miss nothing, other than having the actual disk/case to covet.
    
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steampowered.com dl, login or make an account once you dl it
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I download through Steam all the time. I downloaded CS 1.6, CS:Source, CS:CZ, HL2:Lost Coast, and some free things through them. I bought Source and CS 1.6 through Steam, it worked great. I paid for it and immediately started downloading the games, and immediately began playing once they downloaded/installed.

If that's what you want to do, it's great. Go for it. But it's not cheaper, it's about retail price (although Steam every now and then sells something for a dramatically cut price, like one day HL2 was just $10)

The only negative to downloading is that it's a large download for games like that, and usually will take a while. That's the only negative to not having the CDs.

Also, there's no way you can retrieve your account? You can't call or email Steam and get them to give it to you?
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post #6 of 12
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Thanks for the quick responses.

I took your advice TriplePlay and talked my situation over with Steam, and they really couldn't do anything. I was active with my account too long ago for them to really help. I'm not bothered with this, though. I recall only having HL2 and CS:S and nothing else besides that. No biggy.

I downloaded steam and made an account, everything is looking good. I'm going to start downloading some games and such when I come across some extra cash. I already noticed the large download times like you mentioned, Triple Play . That doesn't bother me either, being that I'm too lazy most of the time to go out and buy retail. The only thing I've done so far is played the new DX9 Lost Planet demo, pretty cool stuff.

Thanks again guys! God bless.
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post #7 of 12
Some of them you can get for less at a retailer than the steam price.

Or I should say at least 1 of them. I got an itch and had to d/l Pirates! late one night. I forgot how much more the steam price was, but Best Buy had it for $9.95 last time I went.
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Don't forget to buy GunMan retail. It has a HL1 Platinum CD key.
You get HL, those bonus mods, DoD, CS1.6(no CZ), Op4, BS...
Got ~$30 or so of games for $8
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Nice, I'll definitely look into it. Thanks.
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post #10 of 12
You do know that you can also make back-up files for your steam games and leave them on your HD or burn to CD's so you don't have to download them again later on if for any reason you had to re-install.
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