I meant to go to bed about two hours ago, perhaps that is the simplest way to state it.
Steam is just plain cool. I don't know why, but I like it. I'm the type that hates extra software that pretends to be convenient, but Steam seems to work.
Portal is pretty fun. I like it a lot. As you can tell by my failure to go to sleep when I intended. I tried the demo and then decided to but it. Since it was only $10 more, I bought the Orange Box, perhaps I'll comment on the other games in a few days. Unfortunately there seems to be a problem with voice files not playing which didn't happen in the demo. I think I'm being cheated out of half the game without GlaDoS telling me terrible things.
I opened up the console and it's filled with errors, particularly with failing to load .wav files. When it doubt, reinstall.
It's working just fine now. Maybe there was a problem with the pre-downloading missing a few files.
Changes to the War Thunder research system in Patch 1.37
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