from the chomping-at-the-bit dept.
Nos. writes "For those of us using Valve Software's Steam platform, we can now begin 'preloading' Half-Life 2. The article explains that this will download an encrypted version of the game that you can unlock when you purchase it. They only say that purchase options will be available soon."
"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative"
-- button at a Science Fiction convention.