UIbugs page comment re: third party mod launch bug
Just wanted to point out that the bug mention I listed here wasn't intended to be rude. What I am trying to point out is that there are two separate bugs affecting this issue. I want to place emphasis on testing both HL1 and HL2 because even with the older versions of steam, one would always be fixed while the other is still broken.
I would just like to see this problem resolved once and for all as one of the biggest inconveniences of steam is basically having to use two separate user interfaces for launching games (launching them via a shell such as windows explorer, and launching them through steam.) It would just make for a much cleaner user experience if you have the option of launching the game you want to play directly from the shell, instead of being forced to use the steam client sub-shell.
Naturally, steam seems to have been designed this way, but bugs are preventing it from happening.