not to mention the disk space it takes... I bought and installed Dark Messiah, played single player then wanted to play some MP and steam started downloading like 8gb of crap I said fcuk it.Actually, I would prefer hard copies of everything. Steam gradually engulfs any hard copy I buy anyway, but at least I get to skip the whole downloading routine...so I have hard copies of Episode 1 and HL2, and HL1, and...well, pretty much game before Episode 1. Not that I actually get to skip downloading everything, as I remember even immediately after I loaded HL2 on my computer I couldn't play for a solid 8 hours from downloading updates / decrypting. They tempted me with TF2, though, so I pre-loaded it overnight one night. My connection isn't slow, per se, but it isn't blindingly fast. I top out at about 165k/sec, and when I'm downloading at that speed, I basically can't do anything else on the computer, at least not anything internet-y.
So yeah, it's a bit frustrating to have spent the 6 hours pre-loading, expecting to have the game ready to go one night when I'm bored, only to find that my chakras weren't aligned properly when I pre-loaded, thereby necessitating a re-alignment of my dojgras and redownloading the entire fucking thing. Or something.