Retail vs. Steam

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  1. Retail

    35.2%
  2. Steam

    64.8%
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  1. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Potato

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    It would be nice to be able to at least sort alphabetically, and schedule backups to ISO's or something so you could write DVD's later. Instead of having to babysit it.

    The other issue is that it doesn't always back up everything. I can't remember what game it was, but it was like a 4 or 5 GB backup, then it still had to download like 4 GB of data.
     
  2. shinakuma9

    shinakuma9 Notebook Deity

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    Whichever is cheaper. For example, the EB games near my house has TF2 for $8 as opposed to the steam store which was $20 when i bought it.
     
  3. Tbolts23

    Tbolts23 Notebook Enthusiast

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    F-16, but close!

    Sorry for falling off topic.
    I do have one worry with Steam. It has been working great in the offline mode, but if I read the instructions right, my games will stop working if they need to be updated or if Steam needs to be updated. I hope that doesn't happen.
    Oh and I like that they bundle games. Return to Castle Wolfenstien came with Wolfenstein 3-D and Spear of Destiny. I think those two are free somewhere online anyway, but it was the thought that counted. :)
     
  4. opositive

    opositive Notebook Guru

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    steam. no more hunting for product keys when loading after an upgrade.
     
  5. Mythdat

    Mythdat Notebook Evangelist

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    Retail, purely because I'm on an internet connection with a monthly download limit. If I could, I'd buy through Steam.
     
  6. DarkSilver

    DarkSilver MSI Afterburner

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    Digital Format saves the earth. Because it won't produce any "PHYSICAL" rubbishes.
    So, Steam is GREENER basically.

    Retails are for those who want to collect the Discs.
     
  7. luffytubby

    luffytubby Notebook Deity

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    It's a tricky question. On one hand you will run into a Steam game that dont support post-launch DLC or even mods made by the community, and in theory, if something happened to Steam/Valve, your content would be lost forever.


    On the other hand, as others have pointed out, developers have further and further shot themselfs in the foot, by trying to stop pirates. In the process they have screwed everyone over. It started with CD-Keys, but the latest evolutions show, a negative trend. I was not considering pirating before, but I defintely am now. If they don't respect their customers, then why should the customer?

    It's actually less time consuming for me to go somewhere illegally and download a crack version of GTA4, with already installed performance tweaks, in a simple torrent, than to buy it on steam, go through all their convoluted crap, with cd-keys, patches, rockstar social club, steam, windows live id, horrible performance, bla bla bla.


    Having also worked with IT now for a couple of years, its totally clear to me how fragile DVDs are. Trust me - your DVDs wont last. They tear down much faster than you think.

    Seeing how vulnurable they are, when your working in a big IT department full of software and such, I have lost faith in that sort of physical media. I get "it" how its not really that safe. But steam has a offline mode right?

    The question is if its better that valve "owns" us. its dystopia... same thing with Itunes. if apple took itunes, down what would happen to your music?



    Thing is, im considering buying a gamer laptop, that doesnt have a optical drive(more room for fans, heatsinks and powerful graphics)... so retail gaming would be crap per definition.
     
  8. Lozz

    Lozz Top Overpriced Dell

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    instead of a CD, you're running a 450-1000W computer for ~ 18-24hours non-stop instead. That's totally more green...

    CD's DVD's and BLU's have 100% recycle rates these days anyway.

    I bet you think CCFL light bulbs and hybrid cars are more green too.


    updates are pause-able.
     
  9. Xenn0X

    Xenn0X Notebook Evangelist

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    steam only for me.
    have max 14,5 megabyte a second download on fiber at home so like steam a lot. get games faster via steam then driving to the store and installing them from disc.

    we all die in global event;)
     
  10. Lozz

    Lozz Top Overpriced Dell

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    well heck, @ transfer rates faster than 100mb lan I would like steam more too! lol

    14.5 Megabit or * actual* 14.5megabyte's(116megabit)/ second? I've never seen 100+ megabit internet connection for residential use before is why I ask.
     
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