This is craptacular. I just bought HL2 and didn't even think to check the requirements. You need to be connected to the internet to play the damn game, but I can't do that because I'm on a limited dial up account on the only phone line, so I have only so many hours and the phone line needs to be kept available for my mom's business. The only way I can go high speed is HF wireless, which is expensive and a craptacular deal of it's own. *sigh*, looks like I'm gonna have to wait till I go to University or something to play, unless someone has a crack or something that allows for unconnected play??