ESF is a fast paced, 3rd person fighter based on the hit anime, Dragonball Z. Select your favorite character and fly, power up, transform, melee, and beam your enemies into pulp. Each character is given signature moves and abilities to compliment different style of play. Some are stronger in hand to hand combat, others are better with energy attacks. Play in three different game modes, deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the dragonballs. There is a learning curve so newbies beware. This is not your normal Half-life mod.

Report article RSS Feed Half-Life Steam Verification - Required for Official Support

The purpose of the new system is to verify that you own a legal version of Half-Life on Steam, allowing the forum community and the ESF team to focus on helping legitimate users. The ESF Team takes a strong stance against piracy and will not be offering support to those who engage in such activities.

Posted by Skyrider on Aug 26th, 2010

QUICK NOTICE: Please remember that the verification not required for browsing and posting on the forums outside the non-support sections of ESF. It's only required when you are having in-game issues / troubles with Earth's Special Forces and wish to gain some help from the community and team members. If you haven't registered on the forums yet, you are very welcome to do so.

As of today, members are required to validate their forum account via the new validation system in order to receive official support for Earth's Special Forces. The purpose of the new system is to verify legal ownership of Half-Life, allowing us to focus on helping legitimate users. The validation is easy, safe, and quick to do thanks to Steam's OpenID API.

A big thanks to Skizer (Owner of Gamers-Desire & hoster of ESForces.com) for creating the validation system. We would also like to thank the ESF team and ForcePit members for helping to test the new system.

The purpose of the new system is to verify that you own a legal version of Half-Life on Steam, allowing the forum community and the ESF team to focus on helping legitimate users. The ESF Team takes a strong stance against piracy and will not be offering support to those who engage in such activities.

First, go to: Validation.esforces.com

From there, you'll see:

It will request your forum username and password, Register one if you haven't done so (please don't enter your Steam information as that will not work). The login is needed as the validation system needs to know who to validate in the end. And even if you are already logged in on the forums, you'll have to enter your information again to make sure the forum account is yours. Remember that The username is case sensitive!

When you click on "Login", you should be forwarded to:

"Notice the green "Valve Corporation (US)".This symbol identifies the page as being encrypted, meaning your information is safe and secure."

On the page itself, you should see the following:

Make sure you read the red square so you know that the validation will not steal your steam information! You should only enter your steam username and password on steam official site sites such as Steamcommunity.com

At the right of the page, you'll see a login box where you can fill in your Steam username and password:

Log in your Steam information so the validation can check if you have Half-Life on your steam account. If you have a valid copy, you'll get:

And a icon will be set on your forum profile and will be visible in your forum posts.

If the validation can't find Half-Life, you should receive the following error:

Also a icon will be added on your forum profile as in your mini-profile in the left of your own post. You can buy Half-Life online at the Steampowered website.

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carloscarlin
carloscarlin Aug 26 2010, 9:19pm says:

You DO know that buying HL in Argentina is almost imposible, don't you?

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 26 2010, 9:40pm replied:

And you DO know playing Esf without legit Half Life IS impossible, don't you?

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carloscarlin
carloscarlin Aug 27 2010, 4:28pm replied:

If you can tell me a place where I can buy it in Argentina, then I wont complain.

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 28 2010, 1:17am replied:

You are 36 years old, is it really that hard for you to get a credit card and then get it off steam much cheaper then you'd get it on retail?

Am pretty sure i wouldn't be able to find a HL copy where i live either but you gotta improvise.

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Necrod
Necrod Aug 28 2010, 12:25pm replied:

Still, people don't like this.. At all..

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Grega
Grega Aug 28 2010, 12:29pm replied:

They dont need to.

It wont affect them unless they ask for help on the forums.

g-mod uses this same exact system for the sites download section.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Aug 29 2010, 1:15pm replied:

I'm a people, and I like it.

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thunderising
thunderising Sep 22 2010, 1:21am replied:

fck steam, half life or counter strike wont start on my win7 x64

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dragonizado
dragonizado Aug 26 2010, 9:38pm says:

I'm only a child and I have no money to buy online

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 26 2010, 10:22pm replied:

Well then how you are even on the internet is beyond me.

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SoNeKa
SoNeKa Aug 28 2010, 1:06am replied:

childs cant play violent games like hl =/

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 28 2010, 1:19am replied:

First time i playedd HL, i was like 9. :P

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Grega
Grega Aug 28 2010, 3:27pm replied:

Yea officially though you need to be at least 13 for that game.

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majorD2
majorD2 Aug 28 2010, 11:28pm replied:

And we still have 8-year-olds in G-Mod and counterstrike screaming on the mic? Like anyone gives ****

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Damaera
Damaera Aug 29 2010, 4:35pm replied:

13? Wow lol. The minimum age to legally buy rated M games without parental consent is 17 in the US.

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dragonizado
dragonizado Aug 26 2010, 9:57pm says:

then put it to me without steam and still play it hamachi so because I have no old enough to work and have money to buy what I want

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omgpwn
omgpwn Aug 26 2010, 11:24pm says:

Pretty cool technology, I'll try this out soon.

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Slevo
Slevo Aug 27 2010, 2:12am says:

Very weird idea guys? :/

Forum is about connecting the public together in 1 whole community so they can discuss topics or ask questions about your game removing people that don’t own Half life 1 (This includes people that just find out about your game)

its like saying you can join the Community till you buy my game otherwise we dont want to hear from you.

You have to remember your target consumer is around 10 years to 16 years which normally have no idea what they are doing and need to ask for help but now they won’t be able to lol.

To even want to go through with this idea is a waste of time, What will this achieve other then reducing the amount of people that join your forum.

The amount of time taken to make this work
The permission to get it done
Not to mention Pirated half life 1 copies cannot play online on ESF so its not like this idea is important

people will always pirate content making people sign into their steam accounts won’t stop people pirating

I see this as an attempt to find out peoples steam usernames and Passwords.

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 27 2010, 5:28am replied:

DX, no one is stopping anybody from posting on the forums. Everyone is allowed to sign up and speak their minds. Its only when they ask for solutions to running the mod, will they be asked to validate their account if they haven't already done so, you aren't forced to do it for any other reason.

Also the target consumer is from 8 to "any number above it" years old. People underestimate how many older players are into games in general. Also since Dbz is so old (1986 onwards), it has a lot of older fan base. On the other hand, kids nowadays have a much easier time getting a grasp of things then before. Nothing stopped them from posting on forums before, nothings gonna stop them now.

Now i think you are getting confused how this is working. Validating checks whether HALF LIFE is present or not, not whether YOU have steam or not. Besides it just takes a few seconds, i tried it.

Although people won't stop pirating because of this like you said, atleast the Devs will know whether the person asking for support has legit Half Life or not, thus they will be able to provide better assistance to those that do and not waste time on those that dont.

Just thought i'd clear it out.

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Damaera
Damaera Aug 29 2010, 4:37pm replied:

No, they're not after your passwords actually. Skyrider is obsessed with the forum community giving support to people without a legal copy of Half-Life, so he got skizer to create a forum addon which is a validation process that shows that you have Half-Life. It's basically required to post questions related to ESF installation. Can't say I agree with it (at all actually), but whatever.

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Grega
Grega Sep 1 2010, 8:49am replied:

Actually it was Shizers idea not sky. But since Skiz is pretty much the host man its his call.

Besides you were on the team. You know what we are planing to do. You should allso be aware that said system will kill off non STEAM players all together as a result for the benefits of brings.

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zynthetic
zynthetic Aug 27 2010, 5:33am says:

At least every week or two I dealt with the same "bug".
-I can't play online. It says Could Not Authenticate.
and I always closed it with the same response.
-buy the game.

Providing support for users that have pirated your own software or requisites is a complete waste of time. It's not 1:1 so if there's an issue that doesn't persist on legitimate copies there's no way to tell what's causing it. You're asking devs to blindfold themselves and shoot a basket and no one knows where the basket even is.

I'll probably get downvoted by the pirates but kids, aside from the shiny disc, this (support) is also what you're paying for when you buy software.

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r Aug 27 2010, 6:02am says:

aww man... could you not have used game spy or something i HATE steam...

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 27 2010, 6:08am replied:

How can you even play any mod without having steam?

Besides it checks whether you have Half Life in Steam not just your steam account.

And how the heck would gamespy work in this? Seriously!

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Skyrider Author
Skyrider Aug 27 2010, 7:25am says:

I've added:

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QUICK NOTE: Please remember that the verification not required for browsing and posting on the forums outside the non-support sections of ESF. It's only required when you are having in-game issues / troubles with Earth's Special Forces and wish to gain some help from the community and team members.
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Just to make sure people won't get confused.

As for Airborn.. How can we use gamespy? Steam is the new WON, the new Master Server. Are you even familiar with Steam?

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Skyrider Author
Skyrider Aug 27 2010, 7:33am says:

DX:
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I see this as an attempt to find out peoples steam usernames and Passwords.
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And how's that possible? The steam information is being put in the official steam website and they never share kind of information like that. Heck, even a Valve team member (friend of mine) knows about this system and loves it, he even tried it as well.


And people, come on. If you can't gain a legal copy of Half-Life then I'm afraid it's not really our problem. Yes, I know it's harsh but we can't support pirated people, that's our policy. You can always buy games online through steam which has a lot of payment options.

If you don't have the money to buy it, you can always ask your friends or parents.

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Slevo
Slevo Aug 27 2010, 8:17am says:

Ok never mind that makes allot more sense lol.
I must of read it different my bad :)

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Doyle_138
Doyle_138 Aug 27 2010, 12:00pm buried:

(buried)

so with this you put everyone under general suspicion, until we prove our innocence?
sorry, but, how *censored* is THAT? do you ever heard from the presumption of innocence? i guess not...

besides, no one cares about illegal half life 1 because its from 1998 and 12 years old o.O

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HeadBuster
HeadBuster Aug 28 2010, 6:28am replied:

I guess it's because of the many people complaining on the forums that ESF wouldn't work (because of WON Half-Life or other crap)

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Grega
Grega Aug 28 2010, 6:41am replied:

Thats one of the reasons.

Hell there have been many people asking why the game doesnt work and we found out 3 forum pages later that its because they were not using STEAM with the newest game version.

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Skyrider Author
Skyrider Aug 29 2010, 2:41pm replied:

Doyle_138, no one is being accused of anything. This merely means we now know that we support the right people. And honestly, we do care about the illegal HL and truly so will you guys.. How will you guys play the final without steam once it's released?

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joealtair
joealtair Aug 27 2010, 12:36pm says:

u guys should try and make esf stand alone then u will have a wider audience

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 27 2010, 1:08pm replied:

And i assume your gonna pay for the license to the engine, seeing as Valve OWNS it.

(Sorry just couldn't help it.)

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Slevo
Slevo Aug 28 2010, 5:04am replied:

You dont need to own Half life 1 to make it stand alone 0_0

the reason they dont want to make it standalone is becuase it will take more time. They will pretty much have to start from the start editing the engine i believe or they can include Half life 1 with the half life like Bid for power did but then you have a 2Gig download lol.

And i think they like telling people to buy it thats all haha

Sky rider:
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Also, Z.. Don't forget the license of funimation
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What about them? and you guys are up urselfs if you really think Steam will take you to court for making a free mod into a stand a lone lol no offense but funimation couldnt give a **** if you added GT into the game they prob dont even know about ESF at all to say either Steam or Funimation will take you to court becuase you make your own free mod into a indie game is completly stuck up.

Aslong as you dont sell the game your fine why is that so hard to believe?

Dont go around lieing to everyone saying they care aslong as you dont make a profit your sweet

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Grega
Grega Aug 28 2010, 6:48am replied:

If you know about Half Life modding, then you would know that unlike Quake 3 where the engine code is available on the internet, all we get is an SDK. We do not have access to the engine. Yes we bypass it with many hacks but we still have no access to it.

If we wanted to make ESF stand alone, then we would need to make our own engine from scratch.

HL1 stand alone is not possible without first buying the Half Life 1 engine licence from Valve. And that costs a lot more than you might think.

And honestly. Do you REALLY believe funimation doesnt know about is? Or Valve?

They know. Some Valve employees are even following this mod. One, as i recently found out, was even playing it back in the day. Kicked my *** in it to :(

But you are also only half right. Valve will not stop us for anything, as they are not affected by anything we do. And the only reason funimation is staying out is because they dont really have any major PC games. If they do create one and think that ESF is a threat to their market, then they will simply shut us down.

And if we dont do it, they will drag us to court.

Besides if we provide official support for pirated Half Life game issues, then the host is gonna kick us out. And that we can not afford.

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xilefian
xilefian Aug 28 2010, 5:52am says:

If you didn't pirate the game you wouldn't have a problem with this.

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Darkstorn
Darkstorn Aug 28 2010, 7:52am replied:

I agree with the last post. The only people complaining are the ones who:

A. Don't own the game and don't understand the way Steam works. They just see DBZ and go 'wow, i must play this' without even having heard of Half-Life. This is understandable and easily rectified.

B. Those who don't understand the purpose and logic behind this system, or think of it as a way of phishing Steam accounts. Also easily rectified.

C. Those who either cannot afford(heh) the game or don't have the means of getting it. This can be frustrating, but believe me, it's not THAT impossible to buy a 12-year-old game that costs about $10. You always have Steam, but it's not actually that hard to still find HL in regular stores in physical form: Half-Life is one of the most popular PC games ever released. CS is still one of the most popular games played. You can find Half-Life.

D. Those who pirated the game and then are butthurt because the devs aren't specifically going to support the pirated version. Then they go around actually suggesting that they do something shady like break laws for their sake. The only way to rectify this is for stupid people to suddenly turn intelligent. Somehow i doubt it happening.

Moral of the story: If you aren't going to buy Half-Life, or even can't afford it, or you have it but your key doesn't work for whatever reason, the devs of this modification can do NOTHING to help you. Not legally at least. There is no use complaining about it. They can't help you. From what i understand, the last version will not even function without Steam and a legally bought HL. They aren't going to turn it into a standalone product ignoring licenses just for your sake. Even if they would do it, it'd be a much greater workload just for the sake of people who have no intention of either supporting Valve for the original product or the dev team for putting this much time and effort into a free modification.

TLDR: Deal with it, you will need Steam and Half-Life. No way around it.

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Doyle_138
Doyle_138 Aug 29 2010, 2:11pm replied:

this is what i meant when i write "so with this you put everyone under general suspicion".

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Darkstorn
Darkstorn Aug 29 2010, 3:07pm replied:

How exactly? It means the devs can support you properly: The methods of making legal ESF work differ very obviously from the other option: Which is illegal. Which also is something they can't help you with. So, they use this to not only verify the legality of your HL, but also so they can ACTUALLY help you instead of having a 5 page long argument as to why somebody's pirated HL doesn't work with ESF or somebody requesting instructions on how to illegally play it.

You don't have to do this, nobody is forcing you. They just can't help you without it. Oh and by the way, i am currently finding your opposition to this very suspicious.

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Bio.☣
Bio.☣ Sep 6 2010, 8:43pm replied:

Whats TLDR

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Darkstorn
Darkstorn Sep 29 2010, 11:50am replied:

"too long, didn't read."

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Captain-Arse
Captain-Arse Aug 29 2010, 9:39am says:

what if per say i owned an original sierra studios disc for half-life how would i need to port it or should i just buy it again from steam.

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ZPower
ZPower Aug 29 2010, 10:06am replied:

All you need to do is enter the serial key accompanying the original disc in steam and it will have Half Life added to the games list permanently. As long as you have the CD key, you could even throw away the retail disc as steam would make it obsolete.

In short, if you have the CD key, you don't need to buy it again.

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Captain-Arse
Captain-Arse Aug 29 2010, 10:50am replied:

Sweet! cheers for that. all i use steam for is UT3 but it seems to keep track of what games you have better than a bookcase of 1000's of games. cheers goona keep a sharp eye on this mate.

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DarkSlayer_
DarkSlayer_ Aug 29 2010, 11:25am says:

I agree with all this guys. Congrats.
Well I have HL1 Anthology, and guess what... I bought it for 20€, 1 year ago. Im only 19 and I still study, dont have a job, and bought it with my own money because i do like the game. Buying the game did not eat my wallet alright?
Now im able to play this game when it comes out and have full suport from the team, good.

For the guys that are complaining, that the game is not for selling now, go to amazon or steam and buy the damn game. Its less then 20€ by now, i guess. I do not own credit card but still use amazon and other sites to buy things. Learn how to do things...

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Skyrider Author
Skyrider Aug 29 2010, 2:42pm replied:

I dislike Amazon.. They even attempt to sell the game for 100 dollars. Way overpriced.

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DarkSlayer_
DarkSlayer_ Aug 31 2010, 10:08pm replied:

You need to know how to search ;)

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Aug 29 2010, 1:13pm says:

Oh wow, cool idea. There is nothing wrong this as far as I can tell, if you have a legit copy, it doesn't affect you in any negative way...

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Sandi
Sandi Aug 29 2010, 2:55pm says:

so if someone has like a pirated half life and a pirated steam they wont be able to play esf final?

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Darkstorn
Darkstorn Aug 29 2010, 3:10pm replied:

I believe that is correct.

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