A petition to Valve regarding Half Life 2 and STEAM sign now

This is a petition to the executives in charge of Valve.

We, the customers, do not agree with your indirect in friction, that we use pirated copy's of Half Life 2, or similar games.
It never seems to take long for the latest PC games to appear on file-sharing networks where they become available to anyone with the time to download them and the desire to steal them.
However, we do not want to be put down on the same level as these people. We paid for your game and we do not accept, that,

- we have to identify online on STEAM anytime we want to play the game
- that the server needs minutes, sometimes more than half an hour to identify us as a gamer with a legal copy
- people with an 56kb modem need 47 hours to download more than 500MB of game files before one can start a game
- there is no apparent information on the game package about the extra download time or the need to have an permanent online connection to play (the information about the need for an available Internet connection is well hidden)
- that users who cannot afford the necessary Internet connection have to use "No CD" cracks, which will allow you to run a game without the Internet connection, and are being pushed into the illegal scene because of that
- many players cannot start STEAM, and therefore not play the game, because their Internet provider does not support the necessary protocols
- that you can make your game permanently unusable for us customers if you desire to do so, because if you disable, dissolve or disconnect STEAM, the game can no longer be played
- the additional Internet traffic we have to pay to play the game. Since there is always a client running in the background, additional costs can be as high as $30,- a month for players with an 56kb modem
- that European customers have to pay twice as much money for the game as other customers around the globe
- the missing support on the valve-homepage for the problems regarding Half Life 2.

It is clear, that your actions are in an effort against game piracy, but it inflict us, the customers, who bought the game.
But even having your concerns in mind does not make your behavior more acceptable for us.

And this behavior is clearly bad for us, the customers, and for the gaming industry, too.

Please reconsider the use of Steam and the need for a online connection to play your games. Please do not allow such a potentially wonderful game to be discarded and it's community dissolved. Please listen to your customers.

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  • 14 February 20161000. Tyler H
    I support this petition
  • 12 February 2016999. Bruce Gill
    I hate steam with a passion. There must be another way of verifying genuine cd keys, and hackers will always find a way around it anyway, so what is the point?.. rubbish system that brings down the name of half life... they've definitely lost my vote
  • 10 February 2016998. Michael Woodward
    My gaming pc is unconnected to the internet so I cant play HL2
  • 06 February 2016997. Ian B
    I support this petition
  • 06 February 2016996. Jos S
    I personally do NOT like steam and to me, it seems useless. No wonder so many people have resorted to illegal activities to get the game to play. Congats to who ever started this petition. City, State В
  • 03 February 2016995. Martin B
    I support this petition
  • 03 February 2016994. Jeffrey C
    There is no reason to have two programs running to run 1 program
  • 29 January 2016993. Adriano Garner
    В City, State Augsburg, Germany
  • 28 January 2016992. Max Garrett
    STEAM SUCKS!!! City, State В
  • 28 January 2016991. Brandon Danielb
    steam is horrible. i just want to play HL2 City, State McCalla, Alabama
  • 23 January 2016990. Arjan D
    MAKHBAHR STEAM City, State Amsterdam NL
  • 07 January 2016989. Iain M
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016988. Carl B
    I agree totally, i do not own this game as of yet, but believe the anti-piracy methods have gone to far, to the extent that some people may not attempt to buy this game. Suddenly Doom 3 seems to have won the battle.... City, State England
  • 02 January 2016987. Eric C
    I have boycotted the purchase of Valve software until that time when they let us play without Steam. They might never see my 50 bucks at this rate. City, State В
  • 01 January 2016986. Johannes Bruce
    It took three days to install and update Lost Planet and then it didn't start.
  • 29 December 2015985. Ryan M
    Steam can burn City, State Basking Ridge, NJ
  • 27 December 2015984. Ryan K
    В City, State В
  • 27 December 2015983. Gary B
    I support this petition
  • 21 December 2015982. Robert P
    I support this petition
  • 19 December 2015981. David R
    I particularly agree about steam...I detest being unable to play without having it running City, State UK
  • 17 December 2015980. Callum J
    Fully agree with all suggested statements.
  • 15 December 2015979. Jesse C
    I has asked my wife to get HL2 for my birthday next week. I'm now asking her to return it if she's already bought it. This is lunacy all for the "bottom line" at Valve. City, State Fayetteville, NC
  • 12 December 2015978. Andrew R
    Steam sucks City, State utrecht
  • 11 December 2015977. Jkr Sheppard
    Steam is very lame ... City, State В
  • 09 December 2015976. Nightshifter Johnson
    I support this petition
  • 07 December 2015975. Mike J
    I bought it, but I feel like prisioner being allowed to make a phone call. When I should feel like I own a copy of the game. Paying $50, having a lot of downloed updates and a ton of security checks is robery. I'll neverr buy anothe valve game or any game
  • 06 December 2015974. Brian Ed
    I support this petition

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