Re: Valve never learns
I'm sorry Tzvetan Mikov, you know nothing.
Their Source code leak was an internal leak which got spread to bittorrent. This appears to be an attack on their billing systems and is completely different.
To be quite honest, I am glad that they have steam - getting every update to half life was become an epic pain in the ass, especially when the only content providers were gamespy (whine whine buy gamespy pro whine) and a few others.
Now we get patches automatically added to our installations, our games constantly kept up to date - the ability to install a game without having a CD or needing a CD - a copy protection system that is remotely hard to crack so legit customers aren't rewarded with a load of warez kiddies boasting about how they downloaded things off limewire.
Steam is a damn good thing, it just needs a little rethinking and bug fixing in places (especially offline play - however 90% of people have a working offline mode anyway).
Valve are a company that despite their flaws, support their games for a longer time than I've seen possible. What, CS is based on the quake ONE engine - that is a LONG time ago - most other producers who have made their games then have stopped updating completely.
Valve are so easy to complain about. - it is remarkable that they've only had these few leaks/hacks, what with the amount of players and hackers that probably buzz around their servers daily.