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Proto:Half-Life 2 (Windows)/September 29th 2004 Build
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This is a sub-page of Proto:Half-Life 2 (Windows).
If this is playable without cracks/workarounds, it should be moved to the Version Differences section in mainspace.
Nearly identical to the final build, the only differences are bugs and a "Friends" menu. It was included with the Collector's Edition package, likely due to it taking more time to produce than the other editions due to including a T-Shirt and Guide.
At this time, the Steam overlay didn't exist and you had to use a Friends menu to see your friends. When the Steam overlay was added in 2009, all Source Engine games were updated to remove the Friends menu.
The Friends menu doesn't function anymore as the old Valve servers are offline.