first game i bought ON steam? well not half life 2 since that i got in a store and had to get steam for it. it was my first steam game though, the first one i purchased on steam....lemme look if i can remember. i THINK it was Titan Quest and its expansion, i played a demo of it somewhere and loved it. so i bought it on steam. fun diablo clone which imo is better than diablo lol
Half Life 2 doesn't really count (bought that in 2005 or 2006 I believe) in my book so let's check my steam history ...
Thief: Deadly Shadows
followed by Torchlight and VVVVVV. I believe that's when they got me with a big sale for the first time ... that was right after I bought The Orange Box after years of ignorance.
Bought and activated with Steam? Half-Life 2.
Bought through Steam? I actually have no idea. But I wasn't too big on digital distribution (other than indie games that couldn't be purchased any other way) until relatively recently.
::EDIT:: Turns out it was the Commander Keen Complete Pack. I'm proud of that.
The retail version of Left 4 Dead, if that counts; then remember that Portal 2 on the PS3 also came with the Steam version and my brother gave me that; and then the first actual, honest-to-God game I bought through the Steam store and downloaded and played via Steam was a Far Cry pack which included the first two games for like seven dollars. Next was the Valve Complete pack, and the rest is history.
HL / CS 1.5? (or did it launch on 1.6? Don't remember)
Anyway, the launch of Steam where it was initially just a server browser where Valve replaced the WONID system with the STEAMID system, bending over and sodomising server admins everywhere as all the motherfuckers we had spent years demoing and banning suddenly found themselves able to get back into our servers.
Still, they eventually sorted their shit out and made it into something incredibly rad.
I had copy of Half life that I played mods with like CS and TF...then I had to buy another copy since the CDkey went weird. Loaded up the game and was met with "you must register this with steam." and did so.
So I had Half life, CS,TF, Day of defeat. All from the start.
Then I bought in-store.....CS source and Day of Defeat source. Then a copy of Half life 2.
My first actual purchase off steam was Freedon fighters. I then bought a ton of other things.
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