The Orange Box Opens on Steam

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Now that The Orange Box has finally been unleashed, Valve has sent word that you can now download it on Steam as well. Containing Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal, To bring gamers up to date with the Half-Life 2 universe, The Orange Box also includes Half-Life 2, the best-selling and highest-rated action game series of all time, and the episodic debut Half-Life 2: Episode One-together, more than 30 hours gameplay. Purchasers of the PC version of The Orange Box who already own Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One can conveniently “gift” them to a friend from within Steam. How cool is that?

We have been talking about The Orange Box for months, but in case you have been living under a rock, here is the link to our previous posts and the official website.

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9 Comments on The Orange Box Opens on Steam


On October 10, 2007 at 11:56 am

Portal = Awesome

Portal Credit sequence = UBER awesome


On October 10, 2007 at 12:07 pm

I wasn’t able to stay up last night to play the Orange Box last night, but I made sure to try Portal out when I got up this morning and I have to say it’s amazing how much fun it is. Any game that requires a good amount of thinking is always a good thing


On October 10, 2007 at 1:51 pm

portal is fun but way too short, i’m really looking forward to user generated content for it.


On October 10, 2007 at 2:26 pm

i want portal, wha-haha-ha-hann… ;_;


On October 10, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Portal = teh ownage… loving it, the first level is quite huge as well.


On October 10, 2007 at 5:03 pm

The Portal credits song is brilliant…..pure brilliance

Phil Migrowen

On October 10, 2007 at 8:47 pm

“more than 30 hours gameplay”

Sure it’s 30 hours of gameplay if you include Half-Life 2 and EP1 AND play the games multiple times or play them really slowly. Portal is so short it’s a joke. It’s nothing but a quick ride on a one-trick pony.

“Purchasers of the PC version of The Orange Box who already own Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One can conveniently “gift” them to a friend from within Steam. How cool is that?”

It’s not cool at all. Valve included those two “extra” games, which anyone who would want EP2 would already have purchased, merely to try to justify a $50 price point for the box. What’s even worse is that customers can’t legally sell those two extra games nor can they sell or even gift any of the other three gamettes in the box when they are done with them. See With a normal retail game bundle, such as an EA sports compilation, customers are free to give away or sell any of the contents they choose by simply handing out the installation discs and serial numbers (if applicable). Steam has taken away consumers’ “right of first sale” and given it and control of the games they purchase to Valve.

On a related note several online and brick and mortar retailers including GoGamer, Fry’s, and Circuit City are running a sale on the Orange Box for well under $40 so once again retail beats the hell out of Steam when it comes to pricing and exposes the savings myth of Steam that should come from digital distribution. Valve simply passes the savings into its own coffers.

Aaron L

On January 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm

HL:2 with episodes 1 and now 2 and hands down the best game I have ever played. If you started with the first half-life and work your way up (without any prejudices or pointless ing against Valve :) ) you will be blown away! For real.


On May 2, 2008 at 9:39 am

Galera min ajuda a faser o Download do Half Laif 2 porfavoo o meu msn e Felipe— min add ae quem quiser min ajuda mas tomare q auguem mi ajude flw pela atençao xau jente fuiiiii…