You know what's cheaper than paying for something? When it's free. But no, don't immediately leap upon this philosophy and turn to a life of crime inspired by my simple question, thus implicating me in your spree and dragging my good name into the mud. Instead why not play Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 this weekend, starting tomorrow, on Steam? Because you might be busy, that's why not. But otherwise, it seems like a good plan.
Valve announce the offer in a brief statement:
"Beginning this Thursday, April 8, gamers around the world can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer free of charge during a special Free Weekend promotion on Steam. The definitive online experience, Modern Warfare 2 returns with a host of new perks and enhancements. Those who wish to enjoy every moment of the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer Free Weekend may pre-load the game now. There is no obligation to participate."
I like the final sentence. I'm trying to imagine how obligatory play would be enforced. Maybe your computer would refuse to do anything else, loading MW2 against your will, no matter how desperately you need the machine for booking train tickets. Or perhaps Valve would send out a team to knock on your door and check it's running, authorised to arrest you on the spot if you're caught not fragging away.
Also, can you just about hear the gritted teeth behind "ultimate online experience". What's TF2 then, eh?
Um, more helpfully, if you wish to participate in this offer, which kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) at an as yet unspecified time, boot up Steam or head here, and you'll be given the opportunity to pre-load the game from now for free. That way it'll be ready to run as soon as the gates open. Or you can just click here and it should magically try to install itself.