What did you disprove? I was there, I know what happened. Why would I lie? Your 'proof' comes from 2016 was it?
Well, you weren't the only one "who was there" in November 2004.
I installed the HL2 retail version from disc (you claimed that it wasn't possible), I managed to activate the off-line mode and play the game (you still claim that the off-line mode didn't exist) and after having fun with that awesome game for weeks I didn't touch Steam for over a year.
HL2 Episode 1 (retail version) brought me back to Steam in June 2006. I installed the expansion again from disc, played through it and after that I didn't touch Steam for another year.
In September 2007 I got The Orange Box (digital version) and after playing through all these awesome games in this box I was sure that Steam was there to stay and I was ready to buy more digital games (additional to retail games)... and they are still all in my Steam account and still work.
Now to your question: why would you lie?
Probably you don't lie about your problems with Steam starting in offline mode (although the mode existed and the HL2 installation worked completely offline).
On the other hand less gullible people than me could doubt that you ever were into PC gaming and that your story about installing HL2 never happened. Leaving the complete PC platform in the mid-2000s due to ONE game seems like an overreaction.
Maybe that story is only there to strenghten your arguments against the PC platform, Steam and digital games in general.
Last edited by Conina - on 23 October 2020