hey people. i just spent 3 hours with a mate trying to get HL2 to work. my friend doesn't have an internet connection at his home, so i gladly offered my net service at my house. we installed HL2 without dramas, set up the steam account, and played it for a bit with the net running the background. once we got rid of the net connection, all hell broke lose. HL2, CS, Steam, noting worked without the net. We set it up accordingly to it's recommendations to be able to play offline but still bacus. WHAT A PAIN. Anyone else experience negeative experience with HL2/Steam?? On a side note, HL2 is one fine game, im not a fan of the FPS genre, but this game kicks arse.