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what the title says.
also,if i buy a game am i given the download + cd key?
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When you buy the game, you're given the game on your Steam profile of all the games you've got. When the title is purchased, it's given a CD-key you're unaware of, with the exception of having a purchase transaction code as proof of purchase.
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once you buy the game, i believe you dont have to enter a cd key, and all you have to do is install through steam and wait for it to download.
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once you buy the game, i believe you dont have to enter a cd key, and all you have to do is install through steam and wait for it to download.
Correct.

Only if you go off and lets say, buy HL2: EP2 the disk, you'll have to enter a CD key, but if its just downloaded, all you have to do is install it.
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There's no CD-Key at all when you buy a game on Steam. The game is simply tied to your account and available to you to play or download and install (if necessary) whenever you wish.

When you buy a game in store and want to use it in Steam, you enter the key into Steam and it ties the game that you bought to your account, just the same as if you had bought it on Steam.

You can also backup the game so that you don't need to download the whole thing again if you re-format. Steam includes a utility to do this.
    
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so for example lets say i buy cod4,i download and install the game without inputing some kind of key and voila it works? will i have any problems joining servers since it has no key?
i'd still like to have the cd key.
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post #7 of 19
And the good thing is if you have to reformat your drive. All you have to do is d'l steam and enter your account and download the games that you purchased.

No you will not have problems entering servers. I didn't.
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Yes, it just works. Multiplayer will just work, simple as that. Your Steam account basically becomes your CD-Key in online play, I believe.
    
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so for example lets say i buy cod4,i download and install the game without inputing some kind of key and voila it works? will i have any problems joining servers since it has no key?
i'd still like to have the cd key.
Think of your steam account as the cd key
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Think of your steam account as the cd key
but still,will i have any problem trying to joing servers?
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