I've just purchased half-life 2 after waiting for the hype to die down so as to get it cheaper. I cannot play this game on my gaming rig as I require an internet connection for this steam bull****. The PC I use for the internet is located downstairs and is a basic machine for just that - web browsing. How can I get this game to work on my gaming rig which for my own reasons is stand alone disconnected from the outside world. It seems to me that game developers are alienating game players when the truth is most of us with reasonable machines to able to play these games in the 1st place do in fact purchase legit copies of games. personally speaking I prefer the box, manuals and the original disc. To be prevented from playing this game after buying it fair and square is a bloody outrage!!