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Retailers think that Steam is killing PC market

Discussion in 'Games' started by EastCoasthandle, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. fusionblu

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    Nice comment and well said too. :D

    I noticed that too myself and the PC games they sell are usually old too. There is one worst thing and it is when you look for an old PC game that you do want you find that they don't have it at all which is why I ended up buying the first Left 4 Dead on hard copy from Amazon of all places, that is how desperate I was for the game as I really did want to put it next to the Left 4 Dead 2 that I have on my shelf and not only that I haven't played the first one before so it was a good opportunity to learn a bit of Left 4 Dead History. :D
     
  2. Gyres01

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    That has crossed my mind too but not having to waist gas then wait in line behind a bunch of screaming kids to get whatever game, Steam is OK in my book, and besides prices usually drop pretty quick !!.....:toast:
     
  3. theoneandonlymrk

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    im based in the UK and all i gota say is HA there wouldnt be a online game market without steam having invented it tho i agree there dear they are also very cheap if you get the game at the right time i got dirt2 for 8.99 anyway my main point is most shops have pulled pc games off the shelves the cheeky so and sos and i only ever tried 3 dl cos steam.direct to drive and GAMES own guess which caused stress in which i ended ud dlin thru ea dl instead yes it was the VERY shoddy GAME service no never again its steam for me n i hate em lol at least you get your game with no que and minimal messing plus multi game compat inter chat
     
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    well - currently, CoD: Black Ops is £44 on steam - but Game/Gamestation are doing it for £35 free P&P - it might take 2-3days to get to you - but if your downloading the game from scratch, it could take up almost a whole day or night if you leave your pc downloading while you sleep.

    so anyway you look at it you wont be play the game instantly the moment you pay for it, and unless you live near the game store then theres really no excuse. if there was a game store 10mins away from me - id go there, but since the nearest one is in the next town, i can either cycle for 20mins or take public transport and that takes effort. Its gonna be freezing over the next few days so I probably just order the game online
     
  5. qubit

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    It's actually only £39.99, but yes, it's still more expensive than getting the DVD.
     
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    just because your 1 pence off £40 doesnt mean youve found a cure for cancer or anything - just do what everyone does n round it off to £40
     
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    What's your problem? You said it was £44 which is significantly out.
     
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    yeah it's no problem. most people uninstall as they need space for... more games :) but you can always just download it again.
     
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    Ah well that resumes it nicely! :toast: It kinda bogged my mind.
     
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    How good is this Stream site i mite have a look at this places some time
    I take it you can by the games with credit card or pay pal.?
    On Stream
     
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    @gunsmoke

    Steam games are the only ones I'll buy for premium games, because the DRM is the least invasive out there and you get quite a lot of benefits from the Steam platform.

    Have a look at their About page and FAQ to get a complete picture of what Steam can do. The client is free to use, as you'd expect.

    http://store.steampowered.com/about/

    Good Old Games is excellent too, because they sell older games that people still wanna play with no DRM at all! Grade A games Unreal Tournament & Unreal Tournament 2004 are there for example and are very cheap. Check it out: www.gog.com
     
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    Whats the Steam program like I take it you need two download some Steam program on your computer two download games form there ?
     
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    either way competition is best for us the consumer, I prefer the retail packaging, I usually use alot of those pirate bay cracks for my games since I use Linux and wine, and most of the time DRM is all that stands between a game not launching and running perfectly. I still buy the game and support the author. I wish more did...
     
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    Was on there yesterday looking for alien breed 3 i see its only on Steam that game no
    Hard copy of it,
     
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    Because the amount of money that it takes to design the interface, manage all of the servers, pay the ridiculous rent at the datacenter(s) and for the metro E's to the cloud to get you your schwag at a reasonable speed. Throw in some built-in redundancy so that when something does go wrong, that your shite is still there for you whenever you want it. Getting all of the updates and patches from the studios and pushing them out to the millions of clients.

    I mean im sure that if you look at all the hardware that makes steam happen, you would be amazed. I probably didnt even scratch the surface lol.
     
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    Yup: install, create an account and you're away.

    I agree with you that it's very expensive, but it's still way cheaper than running a chain of shops, with all the expenses that entails.
     
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    Ever since I started using steam I've been wondering why I even need a cd drive anymore for ?
     
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    Just like the old floppy 3.5 Drives died out years ago
     
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    True, which is why shops are going the way of the dinosaur :D.
     
  20. gumpty

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    If Windows 8 gets sold on USB then optical drives will be dead. I only ever use mine for ripping my DVDs and Blurays.
     
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    just downloaded the Steam installer program and all it dose is stick when it says updating at 26%
    Did this 2 times now had uninstalled it run it two times same crap!!!!
    And there what me two by games cant get the Dam up dates for the dam thing
    two run it ?
     
  22. 1Kurgan1

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    You try running as admin or different compatibility modes?
     
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    tryed running it as xp compatibility and admin still sticks at 26% ??
     
  24. qubit

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    Could be a lot of things causing this; there's not really enought detail here to say what.

    However, you could try temporarily disabling your internet security software while you install Steam and make sure that nothing else is running on your system.

    Also, make sure that you have all the latest critical/important Windows service packs and updates installed.

    Any of these things can cause the problem you're seeing.

    Don't bother with XP compatibility mode. The Steam client definitely doesn't need it as it's a very modern application. In fact, it may potentially cause more problems.
     
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    All i have running is just my firewall right now ?
    still sticking and Disable User Account Control (UAC) in win 7 still the same
    I googled the problem it seems lots people are haveing this problem
     

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