Do actual physical copies even exist? when I bought HL2 at GameStop I brought home the DVD only to find out that the bloody game wasn’t on it - it just had the Steam installer on it and an HL2 license, so I had to download the game anyway.
I do have a physical copy of HL2 from when it first came out, on 4 or 5 CDs. The thing is, after installing it, I had to sign up for Steam and go through some sort of decryption process before I could actually play, which took about 2 hours. In the long run, it probably would have been easier and faster to just download it in the first place.
Every other Steam game I’ve just purchased through their store front. The extra copy comes from when I bought the Orange Box, after I’d already purchased HL2 and EP1.