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So i found a site that is selling Dragon Age II for 20$ less. They provide the CD-key and thats all. My question is, if i activate this on steam does it become a normal steam game with achievements and automatic updates?


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eh...bump.
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Yes, the game will be updated automatically if you set it to.
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Pretty certain that steam product licenses are specifically tied to steam versions.
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It depends on the game whether or not you can activate it on steam. When they released Modern Warfare 2, there were two versions. (Steam, Non-Steam) With a game like Left 4 Dead 2, they sold the cd with the key and you could activate it through steam and it would be bound to your account.
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It depends on the game whether or not you can activate it on steam. When they released Modern Warfare 2, there were two versions. (Steam, Non-Steam) With a game like Left 4 Dead 2, they sold the cd with the key and you could activate it through steam and it would be bound to your account.
MW2 was steam only if you bought boxed or digital. Only steam.

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic was free choice to install steam.

If its just the key it probably means it's a STEAM key.
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post #7 of 14
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So if i want to use DLC later from steam i wouldn't be able to with this game that has a cd key from an external website?
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post #8 of 14
Steam has a specific list of games that can be activated on steam. Games either have to be on that list or be Steam Works games which can activate on steam even if you buy from the store (ie Alien v Predator)

If you do manage to activate it on steam however it'll behave just as if it was purchased using steam. DLC and everything.
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CAUTION BEWARE OF THESE SITES!!!

i bought mw2 and BFBC2 off a site like this. Steam disabled my account! i put a support ticket in and after some begging and pleading they got their boss to reactivate my account. They told me to never just buy keys from sites. I ended up being out $60 for the mess. you have been warned.
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IF the game is activatable on Steam, DLC's will work if you install them through Steam. If not, however, I'm not sure, but I doubt it, as Steam installs the games to their own directory, and I believe the DLC's need to be installed to the same directory as the game.

To be sure, ask on the Steam Dragon Age forums.
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