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I am totally new to PC gaming and so far just have one game(Just Cause 2) because when I had my PC built at Frys I wanted to get a game and it was cheap and it had an open world style of play which will let me play around and get used to PC gaming.

Is steam worth it to get most or all of your games? I have heard the downloads are horribly slow, and often there are issues with the games from them once installed. Not sure if that is true.

I was just at gamestop and they had very few PC games to pick from and most were WoW types which are not my cup of tes. I prefer driving, flying, or FPS style. I have been going back and forth with downloading Crysis warhead, and COD Blakc Ops. I have it for xbox but I am not sure if I would get much out of it on the PC. I was looking at Flashpoint dragon rising at gamestop, but I never heard of it and even though it was only 9 bucks I didnt want to trough away more money on a boring game.
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Whichever is cheaper, which, in probably 90% of all cases is steam. Especially since they seem to have some kind of sale going on every other week or so with two huge ones (summer and winter).

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Is steam worth it to get most or all of your games? I have heard the downloads are horribly slow, and often there are issues with the games from them once installed. Not sure if that is true.
I've never had an issue with steam and the download speed is only affected by your own ISP and how fast you can download. I usually pull 3 mb/s off steam.
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Steam generally costs more than physical copies, contrary to popular belief. The above poster is lying about "90 percent". Don't believe me? Check the price of a game on steam, then go to Amazon or Play etc. Yes they have sales sometimes, but you might wait a long time before they put the game you want on sale. If you miss the sale(24 hours most of the time) then it reverts back to its overpriced ticket.

Steam has the benefit of not needing discs, so you don't have to worry where you placed your game. You can also re-download your game at any time. They also have the power to shut down your account at any time(deleting your games along with it). Rare, but it is within their capability. You do not truly own a Steam game.

So its cheaper price vs virtual copy. As long as hard copies are cheaper, I will stick with them.
Edited by Nano2 - 4/19/11 at 9:03pm
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easily steam but when games come out such as bf3 buy a steam copy and then a hard copy for the box eventually a game will go on sale and you will get it 25% or 30% off
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Well I just figured it was good to have the hard copy. I am old school that way. I am tempted to get Black ops and COD4, but I feel like it is just the same old same old. I am trying to find something new and PC dedicated. When I move I will be setting up my man cave with my rig and a 3 display setup plus a good seat and stand for my wheel to get involved in iracing and/or Rfactor. I dont have the room for that stuff right now though.
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Everybody is jumping on the BF3 wagon, that game will be released around November, so wait for that. Also keep your eye out for Red Orchestra 2, that is a WW2 online game totally dedicated to the PC genre. Infact it is only being released on the PC. They are even discussing mods, what other FPS has mods these days? :]
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Well I just figured it was good to have the hard copy. I am old school that way. I am tempted to get Black ops and COD4, but I feel like it is just the same old same old. I am trying to find something new and PC dedicated. When I move I will be setting up my man cave with my rig and a 3 display setup plus a good seat and stand for my wheel to get involved in iracing and/or Rfactor. I dont have the room for that stuff right now though.
Ew Black Ops. Not worth the $60 just go buy BC2 and get BF3 when it comes out. If you're looking to do Eyefinity or triple display gaming, you should grab another 6970 also.

Lastly, I think physical media such as DVDs, game disks, etc is outdated. Not to mention, Steam has no shipping and depending on your ISP(I have gotten up to 4.5MBPS from Steam) you can download stuff pretty fast. Not to mention, Team Fortress 2, a game I got on sale for $2.50 from Steam while it was $20 elsewhere, I now have 250 hours on. Pretty good, 1 cent/hour.
    
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i prefer hard copies because they are so much quicker to install help alot when u go to reformat ect
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I'm terrible with disc management so I prefer Steam...it's a matter of preference
    
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Ya I am seeing that steam is more for the games I want. Flashpoint dragon rising is 20 bucks through them and 9 at gamestop for a new copy. Black ops is 49 at gamestop and steam is still charging 60.

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Steam generally costs more than physical copies, contrary to popular belief. The above poster is lying about "90 percent". Don't believe me? Check the price of a game on steam, then go to Amazon or Play etc. Yes they have sales sometimes, but you might wait a long time before they put the game you want on sale. If you miss the sale(24 hours most of the time) then it reverts back to its overpriced ticket.

Steam has the benefit of not needing discs, so you don't have to worry where you placed your game. You can also re-download your game at any time. They also have the power to shut down your account at any time(deleting your games along with it). Rare, but it is within their capability. You do not truly own a Steam game.

So its cheaper price vs virtual copy. As long as hard copies are cheaper, I will stick with them.
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