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List of Retail Boxed PC Games in CD-ROM
or DVD-ROM with Product Activation

Product Activation meaning each time you install the Game in your PC hard-disk,
from either the CD-ROM disk, or the DVD-ROM disk included in the Retail box,
the game remains "locked" without being able to be used until you "activate",
until you "ask for permission" to the game's creator to use it,
hence requiring "Product Activation".

List last update in: November 24, 2006

Box
Cover
PC Game Package
Format
Release
Date
Developer Publisher Product Activation
made by
Product Activation
system
Other impositions beside
Product Activation?
Alternative version available without Product Activation? Petition to ask for version without Product Activation? Contact to ask for version without Product Activation?
half-life 2 Half-Life 2 Retail Box
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
2004
November
Valve Vivendi Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No Read
&
Sign
Email
Valve
half-life 2 collector's edition Half-Life 2
Collector's Edition
Special
Retail Box

DVD-ROM
2004
December
Valve Vivendi Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No Read
&
Sign
Email
Valve
half-life 2 game of the year edition Half-Life 2
Game of the Year Edition
Retail Box
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
2005
September
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No Read
&
Sign
Email
Valve
earth 2160 Earth 2160 Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2005
September
Reality
Pump
Midway
(US)

Deep Silver
(EU)
Phone
or
Internet
Unknow
name
- Installation can only be
done in four different PCs.
- Will not install in a
different region market.
No - Email
Reality
Pump
counter strike source Counter Strike
Source
Retail Box
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
2005
October
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
Valve
Box
Cover
PC Game Package
Format
Release
Date
Developer Publisher Product Activation
made by
Product Activation
system
Other impositions beside
Product Activation?
Alternative version available without Product Activation? Petition to ask for version without Product Activation? Contact to ask for version without Product Activation?
half-life 1 anthology Half-Life 1
Anthology
Retail Box
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
2005
October
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
Yes
Retail version released
by Vivendi/Sierra
in 1998 does not have
Product Activation
- Email
Valve
counter strike 1 anthology Counter Strike 1
Anthology
Retail Box
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
2005
October
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
Yes
Retail version released
by Vivendi/Sierra
in 2000 does not have
Product Activation
- Email
Valve
day of defeat source Day of Defeat
Source
Retail Box
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
2006
February
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
Valve
red orchestra ostfront 41-45 Red Orchestra
Ostfront 41-45
Retail Box
CD-ROM
2006
March
Tripwire Bold
Games
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
Tripwire
sin episodes 1 Sin Episodes
1
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
May
Ritual
Entertainment
Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
Ritual
Box
Cover
PC Game Package
Format
Release
Date
Developer Publisher Product Activation
made by
Product Activation
system
Other impositions beside
Product Activation?
Alternative version available without Product Activation? Petition to ask for version without Product Activation? Contact to ask for version without Product Activation?
half-life 2 episode 1 Half-Life 2
Episodes

1
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
June
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
Valve
the ship The Ship
Retail Box
CD-ROM
2006
September
Outerlight Mindscape Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
Outerlight
half-life 2 classic Half-Life 2
Classic
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
October
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No Read
&
Sign
Email
Valve
flight simulator x standard Flight
Simulator X

Standard
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
October
Microsoft Microsoft Phone
or
Internet
WGA - Activation tied with hardware.
- Only two Activations allowed.
- Phone charges apply.
No - Email
Microsoft
flight simulator x deluxe Flight
Simulator X

Deluxe
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
October
Microsoft Microsoft Phone
or
Internet
WGA - Activation tied with hardware.
- Only two Activations allowed.
- Phone charges apply.
No - Email
Microsoft
Box
Cover
PC Game Package
Format
Release
Date
Developer Publisher Product Activation
made by
Product Activation
system
Other impositions beside
Product Activation?
Alternative version available without Product Activation? Petition to ask for version without Product Activation? Contact to ask for version without Product Activation?
battlefield 2142 Battlefield
2142
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
October
Dice Electronic
Arts
Internet Unknow
name
- Internet Acess Required.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
No - Email
EA
half-life 2 holiday collection Half-Life 2
Holiday Collection
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
November
Valve Electronic
Arts
Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No Read
&
Sign
Email
Valve
race the wtcc game RACE
The WTCC Game
Retail Box
DVD-ROM
2006
November
SimBin Eidos Internet Steam - Internet Acess Required.
- Broadband connection is the
only viable access cause dial-up
becomes too time/cost consuming.
- Need to create an account.
- Account needs email address.
- First time installation requires
mandatory update via internet.
- Takes more hard-disk space.
- No patches in individual files
for offline patching.
- Steam client must be running
when playing game.
No - Email
SimBin

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