Right in the Mean Bean Machine!
Don't know what I'm talking about? The upcoming game Half-Life 2, obviously the sequel to Half-Life, is one of the most anticipated games of the last 5 years. It has been delayed several times from its initial release date of September 30, 2003. It's makers, and publisher, have now agreed that it is ready for release, so most of us are salivating like mad.
However, in a break from the ordinary, Valve, the makers of Half-Life, are using a proprietary system called "Steam" to distribute the product via the internet. That's right: you can purchase the game and then just download it. The problem is that Vivendi Universal, the publisher of physical copies of the game, doesn't want Valve to unencrypt the game until the in-stores release. So, I am now in the bizarre position of having a copy of the game on my hard-disk, but am unable to do more than stare at the little screen that tells me the pre-load is done, and that I'll be able to play "soon."
That just isn't very satisfying.
Not sure where the title of today's post comes from? Try here.