Re: looks like hl2 is preloading
yeah same here, when my brother got condition zero he just entered the cd key in steam and voila! cz is unlocked. he hasnt opened the cds yet, but he gets the box to put on his shelves and a hard copy in case something happens with steam.
I want to support valve and this is a good idea, it makes them independent and it's awesome. But its hard to just buy it online. If they really made bank they could distribute it themselves, that would be nuts.