Original Story: Those who pre-purchased Valve's first person brain twister Portal through Steam, either in the $44.99 ultra compilation The Orange Box or by its separate $19.99 listing, can now begin downloading the game's assets.
Commonly referred to as pre-loading, the idea is to let gamers gradually download a game in advance so they only need to download a small enabling file on the day of its release, preventing owners from being held back by slow download speeds and clogged servers.
While buying a physical copy of The Orange Box at a retailer sidesteps the pre-loading process, retail consumers will still need to go through the same Steam-based activation process in order to play the included games.
With The Orange Box gone gold and confirmed to release on October 10--that's next Wednesday--for PC and Xbox 360, the pre-load for Half-Life 2: Episode Two is expected to begin shortly.
I can feel the excitement building already... Been waiting a long time for this! Considering the quality of each Valve release, I'm less inclined to bitch and moan about 18 - 24 month development cycles.
i hear ya, i cant wait either, woo hoo, for the first time ever im more excited about a valve game than a "quake" / ID game.. I'm going to make my wife play portal just to get her dizzy