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Steam is awesome.
The only downside is that you can't resell your games. But that doesn't matter since I am still sitting here with a stack of CD games that I never got around to selling a couple of years ago.
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Steam is awesome.
The only downside is that you can't resell your games. But that doesn't matter since I am still sitting here with a stack of CD games that I never got around to selling a couple of years ago.
Unless you are trying to pawn off some old games to friend for a few bucks you haven't been able to sell PC games for a long time. Why is this such a big deal to people. When I am done with a disk I GIVE it to a friend.

STEAM is the future and people just have to get used to have ease of accessibility to their games across multiple platforms and computers.
    
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Just got Empire and Napoleon Total War GOTY edition and now I see on the back it says must be activated using Steam. My internet is too slow so downloading is not an option. .
activation != downloading.

seriously how bad of an internet connection do you have that you can't send a couple packets up and wait for a reply?
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Downloading a full game is not an option so I have to buy the DVD. That's what I meant. Probably should've made it a bit clearer.
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I typed out a long response about steam and all the different angles, but with some of you seemingly ideologically opposed to everything that is Steam, all i have to say is.

    
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The reason STEAM sucks sooooo much a$$, is because of the way it's implemented. It would be one thing, if a person wanted their "service". If that were the case, then subscribe to it and enjoy.
But, no. Steam/Valve somehow convince developers to bundle their crappy service and make it mandatory for using a game. Let's take a newer release for example. COD BlackOps.

WHEN PURCHASING A RETAIL GAME
COD4MW was exactly how a game should be released. If you want to play it on Steam, you had the option to do so. If you wanted to play without Steam, this was also a choice... Functioned flawlessly. I still enjoy playing quite a bit.
BlackOps on the other hand, requires a steam account just to install or play. Requiring an internet connection is bad enough. Game manufacturers have no business telling the consumer of the product what they should or should not have in order to utilize retail purchases. But, this is fairly common practice, I'm told it's due to piracy issues and such.
Requiring a steam account to install or play is such a load of B.S.
When I make a retail purchase, I own what I buy, and I should be able to upgrade my system at will and reinstall software at will. I should be able to choose participation in 3rd party utilities.
Steam, (the third party utility),will not allow you to reinstall retail software that YOU the consumer have purchased. If you install a game once, that key is shot, forever. Please don't try to do a fresh install of BlackOps on a new hard drive. You cannot. You get a message saying "this key has already been registered to an account".
So, now, I just return any game that requires steam participation....(BlackOps being the exception..{as it was a gift from my kids})....because of steams B.S. They manage to ruin every gaming experience they get involved in. As a third party software developer, I have no use for them at all. Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way.
So, boycott them. Boycott game developers that get into bed with them. Send a message to future developers...."Steam B.S. will not be tolerrated!!!"

On a personal note, I have hated steam since madatory participation was required on my copy of Halflife2, and they told me my key was bad...(which it wasn't). I was instructed by some Steam sap that in order to register the game, I had to take a digital macro photo of my key, email it to them, and then they would review whether or not to register the game. I told 'em where to go, what to do when they got there, and what they could suck along the way. (Still holds true to this day).
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When I make a retail purchase, I own what I buy, and I should be able to upgrade my system at will and reinstall software at will. I should be able to choose participation in 3rd party utilities.
Steam, (the third party utility),will not allow you to reinstall retail software that YOU the consumer have purchased. If you install a game once, that key is shot, forever. Please don't try to do a fresh install of BlackOps on a new hard drive. You cannot. You get a message saying "this key has already been registered to an account".
What are you on about here? You can install a Steam game as many times as you want. Just log into the account somewhere else, install the game. Done.

And for the record, you only need internet access to activate the game. After that, pop Steam into offline mode and you're done.
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post #139 of 162
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What are you on about here? You can install a Steam game as many times as you want. Just log into the account somewhere else, install the game. Done.

And for the record, you only need internet access to activate the game. After that, pop Steam into offline mode and you're done.
That's handy if you happen to have your account info right there. Why the hell should you need it in the first place, if you have a retail disk and a valid key?

The point is you shouldn't. With a retail copy, a valid key and an internet connection, you should be able to reinstall any game at will.

For those of you who sit at home and don't like to go out, love steam all you want. I prefer a retail experience and physical purchases myself.
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if every game could be activated on steam, steam would be great. they would be a wonderful "service provider." however, since only a small percentage of retail game keys (for games available through steam) can be activated on steam, i must call them bastards. if i am going to use a console system for my PC that uses like .5GB of ram, want all of my games in one place, available to DL after i reinstall windows, and all in the same folder on my HDD.
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