If you preordered your copy of Bad Company 2 for a console and are just getting home from a midnight release, I (along with many Steam kids) envy you. You see, there’s been a bit of a SNAFU with the digital PC version of the game for Steam. This does not affect the Direct 2 Drive or EA digital versions of the game and those kids are most likely blowing each other up in a war-torn virtual landscape as we speak. This is, however, not the reason I’m posting. No, no, no PNG’ers… the real reason is the fallout one can witness on the Steam forums. You’ll find internet memes, flame wars, and a lot of other nonsense in those forums. An excellent time killer and source of instant amusement.
As one of the many that preordered the game on Steam, I can understand the frustration. Vecna knows that Valve’s servers are sometimes sub par and it may very well be a cluster frak if DICE/EA/Valve don’t get a preload kicked off soon. That being said, Valve gives a clear timeline one when their preordered games unlock. A quick look at Steam’s store page for Bad Company 2 shows the game isn’t even set to unlock until 2PM EST. This has actually been bumped up from the original 6PM EST that was being displayed when I ordered the game. DICE/EA/Valve also never stated that there would be a preload. Fact of the matter is that it doesn’t really matter if the preload happens now or in the morning… we still can’t play it. Until then there will be a whole lot of QQ and very little PEW PEW.
Oh, and I believe that’s (not) an actual picture of Gabe Newell. I pixellated the tasty bits so as to leave something to imagination.