As you know, Valve has been disabling the accounts that tried using the "priated" copy of the game. There was a way to preload a game by entering a certain cerial number.
Well basically I entered the number just to see if it would work. I was planning to buy the game anyways, so I was just curious. I entered the cerial number and it said that its valid and that I can preload.
I didnt want to do that, because I wanted to buy the game legitemately. I logged 2 days later and it said that the CD-Key is disabled. I then went ahead and bought bronze version of the game. I had an idea cross my mind that I should create a new steam account, but then I thought that nothihng would happen.
After playing Half Life 2 and counter strike source for a few days there was a problem. Whenever I typed my username and password in it said that the account was disabled. I went to steam forums and found out that valve disabled all accounts who tried using that CD-Key... 50 dollars lost.....
This ofcource shocked and saddened me because I am 17 years old and currently do not have a job. The interesting thing is that I have numerous games that are pirated. I even managed to make some work online. But I believed that this game would be special and that I should go ahead and buy it and support the developers.
I know that most of you will say that I was trying to steal something and that I should go to jail for stealing. Maybe I was stealing games in the past, by not buying previous games, but THIS game, I wasnt actually trying to steal and this is what I get.
I was thinking about pirating it to try it out, but then I thought. I could really be missing out on a freakin awesome game if something goes wrong. So I just bought it. Sorry you didn't have the same luck Take it back and say you need internet to play it but you don't have internet
I believe that the prevalence of pirated versions is in part due to the fact that demos are not released close enuf to release dates or at all. Often ppl download illegal versions just to try it out, because of the massive ammount of poor quality computer games. If some1 was able to test the game out as demo before the release date, iam sure rates of pirating will be reduced for that game. I support hl2 draconian policies in the regard of piracy, but no measure of protection is fool proof.
My advice, just wait for a non-nuked version of this game to come.