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post #11 of 38
I always buy hard copies of games. And I also backup copies of games I own should the disks ever get misplaced, or damaged. I got all my PC games backed up and organized on a 2tb USB 3.0 drive.

Way I see it is they are mine, I am 100% in control, and nobody can take them from me. By digital downloads, you are subject to the rules of the ones storing the games for you.
Edited by chaosblade02 - 12/7/11 at 11:27am
post #12 of 38
One of the biggest cons to 100% digital downloads are the hassles involved in reinstalling games. Don't believe the hype of just coping the game to a separate drive. There is more involved then that requiring a reinstall of the game. But since you don't have an installation but a straight copy you will have to re download the game again.

Now why would you do this? For the following reasons:
-you have to reinstall your OS for whatever reason
-you have to reinstall the game for whatever reason
-etc

So why can't you just copy the game to another drive and be done with it? Some games come with other programs that are required in order to run properly. For example some come or work with a specific:
-Physx driver that must be installed
-MS Visual C++ 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, etc that must be installed
-Some kind of game launcher or other gate keeping program to start the game
-etc you get the point

Another thing is that the game itself still required to be registered with the registry in order to play it properly. I've sometimes got away with it for some games but not all of them are so kind.

So in the end, it's not worth it IMO.
Edited by EastCoast - 12/7/11 at 11:42am
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Well with Steam, I can definitely archive a copy of the game and *NOT* have to re-download on a fresh install. I've done it dozens of times.

I actually did it this week with ~150gb of games.
    
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I would never buy a digital copy of a game witch I can buy at the store. Steam could go out of business, accounts could get hacked ect to many possibility's of something going wrong. I buy my games in box, if a cd brakes or gets scratched then i download a torrent copy and use my CD key.
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Well with Steam, I can definitely archive a copy of the game and *NOT* have to re-download on a fresh install. I've done it dozens of times.
I actually did it this week with ~150gb of games.

I know your full of it because I've done this very thing and even though you can archive the game even if you click on the game itself it will auto run the installer to download/reinstall the missing physx, ms visual C++ and anything else needed in order to play that game. You will need to re download something before you can get the game to work, if not the game itself.

Oh and BTW, I know I had to redownload a few games because it as well.
Edited by EastCoast - 12/7/11 at 11:52am
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Okay headscratch.gif .....Now I'm wondering if I should just make an entire wall into a video game shelf thinking.gif Doesn't sound like a bad idea the more I think about it. I would prefer that when I download a game, it's the complete exe.file so if I ever have to reinstall the OS, all I have to do is click that exe.file and not bother with Steam or EA.
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even when you buy games on disc these days you still cant play a lot of them without installing something like steam or origin. i bought skyrim on disc and then found i had to have steam and download a "patch" before i could play it. so the disc was useless apart from saving a bit of downloading. same with battlefield 3. i was pretty annoyed. its pretty much all gonna be digital before long. when it is, not having a secondhand market will be one of the worst things about it.
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Okay headscratch.gif .....Now I'm wondering if I should just make an entire wall into a video game shelf thinking.gif Doesn't sound like a bad idea the more I think about it. I would prefer that when I download a game, it's the complete exe.file so if I ever have to reinstall the OS, all I have to do is click that exe.file and not bother with Steam or EA.

Not going to happen. What will happen is that some games will only require a few missing programs, etc to be redownloaded/re installed which will only be a few minutes. While other games will require some sort of repair or redownload. But you won't get an setup.exe install.exe file as far as I know.
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I know your full of it because I've done this very thing and even though you can archive the game even if you click on the game itself it will auto run the installer to download/reinstall the missing physx, ms visual C++ and anything else needed in order to play that game. You will need to re download something before you can get the game to work, if not the game itself.

Well yeah, you can't run a game with dependencies without installing the dependencies first. You need to do this with a DVD copy as well...

Point being you do not need to re-download the game. I can go from fresh install to playing Metro2033 through Steam in the same period of time it would take you to install from DVD.

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While other games will require some sort of repair or redownload. But you won't get an setup.exe install.exe file as far as I know.

What games have you had this problem with?

Of course you don't get an executable for install, the content delivery system handles that. I have not had a single Steam game require me to re-download game content when restoring from an archive on my media drive. I copy my archive over and the game is ready to play. At most, it installs DX or PhysX for 1 or 2 minutes and I roll on.
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Well yeah, you can't run a game with dependencies without installing the dependencies first. You need to do this with a DVD copy as well...
Point being you do not need to re-download the game. I can go from fresh install to playing Metro2033 through Steam in the same period of time it would take you to install from DVD.
What games have you had this problem with?
Of course you don't get an executable for install, the content delivery system handles that. I have not had a single Steam game require me to re-download game content when restoring from an archive on my media drive.

Even steam itself will need to re-download any updates, etc install itself to the registry etc.
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