i dont get why you have to install steam if you just want to play half life 2
i would be playing it now if it wasnt for that shitty program you cant aviod installing while installing hl2
plus if you are on 56k and just want to play hl2 your forced to donwload the css updates
Your not forced to download updates.
You can disable the option to keep games automaticly up to date.
but you will have to update CSS if you decide to play it..