Well I bought Half life 2 a couple of months ago "retail Box",after installing.
I expected to be able to play it,I find out I have to activated it through another program "Steam". "Not printed on the box"
After spending hours upon hours of trying to get Steam working,I gave up.
I checked their forum for tech help but nothing works.
If this is the future of gaming then I want no part of it,the program it self seems pretty shity from the number of posts I've read on their site.
As for Valve I'm not buying anything else from thoses A-holes,or any other company that use this system.