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Downloadable games?

Postby Corribus » Jun 20 2007, 17:41

For all my troubles with Dell, I was given a 50 dollar coupon for anything from Dell. I figured I might as well use it to buy a game or something because that's about all they have there that I would want that costs about 50 dollars. I was thinking about Oblivion, but they only have it (and many other games) as a downloadable version. So I was wondering if anyone had ever purchased a game in this format before? I can only imagine how long it must take to download a game like Oblivion - even with a high speed connection. And, once you download it - can you burn it on a DVD or something so that, in the future, if you need to reinstall, you can?
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Postby Corribus » Jun 22 2007, 3:12

What, nobody has downloaded a game before?? Or are all of you just laughing at me?
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Postby arturchix » Jun 22 2007, 3:54

Hihihi, yep.

I've never tried any of those download services since the shipping of the package probably will take faster than downloading such a monster as Oblivion. :)

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Postby Omega_Destroyer » Jun 22 2007, 4:34

I have Steam. I got it when I bought Half-Life 2 and Sin Episodes: Emergence. (I didn't actually purchase the games through the service) I did, however, purchase Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines and Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition using Steam. Basically you get a virtual receipt that is stored in the database, so if you lose your program or delete it, you can get it back. I really like not to having to bother with cds/dvds to run the games.
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Postby asandir » Jun 22 2007, 5:43

but then if it goes bye, bye you have to download it again, as opposed to just reinstalling from cd
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Postby arturchix » Jun 22 2007, 12:17

Ah well, I have Steam too, almost forgot about it - for some reason I thought you are talking about something like Direct2Drive and didn't think of old good Steam.

I've bought Half-Life 2 episode 1 and Half-Life Anthology through it, really a sweet system. Everything depends on your internet connection - you don't get any high-speed downloads.

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Postby Humakt » Jun 22 2007, 13:33

Gameshadow has been pretty useful for downloading patches (and fast).

What comes to Steam, it has annoyed me far more than be useful. Can't even launch Dark Messiah through it.
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Postby Angelspit » Jun 22 2007, 14:05

I bought digital versions of Half Life 2 Silver and Sam and, more recently, Max Episode 1 (I will probably buy the rest of the season eventually). HL was preloaded (during the night mostly) over a couple of days before the actual release, so it went smoothly. I just had to be careful not to bust my bandwith limit (but it happened if I remember correctly). I burnt HL on a DVD, but for S&M I will just redownload the game (around 70 MB) if I lose it.

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Postby Corribus » Jun 22 2007, 15:44

Well I guess since it's free I have nothing to lose. I wonder how long it will take to download Oblivion?..
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Postby Pol » Jun 22 2007, 16:27

That depends on the actuall speed. Obviously, try, calculate and you will know it instantly.

Like assuming 5GB when speed will be 64kB {512kbps} roughly it will be about 21-22hrs.

I would rely more on good download manager like fdm or wget - which is simple terminal downloader.
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Postby Omega_Destroyer » Jun 22 2007, 16:30

The download can be a pain. When I got the Sin episode, it took me about 8 horus on a dial-up connection just to update Steam so I could play it.
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Postby asandir » Jun 25 2007, 2:22

argh, thar be dial-up users!
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Postby Omega_Destroyer » Jun 25 2007, 2:29

That was at my parent's house. They are techno-dinosaurs. Actually, I have dial-up in my apartment but only use it when I can't get a wireless signal.
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Postby Corribus » Jun 25 2007, 2:52

Omega_Destroyer wrote:That was at my parent's house. They are techno-dinosaurs. Actually, I have dial-up in my apartment but only use it when I can't get a wireless signal.

By "can't get a wireless signal" do you meant to say that you usually filch one from your neighbors? :)
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Postby Omega_Destroyer » Jun 25 2007, 2:56

Who me? Never.... :devious:
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Postby asandir » Jun 25 2007, 4:41

Corribus wrote:
Omega_Destroyer wrote:That was at my parent's house. They are techno-dinosaurs. Actually, I have dial-up in my apartment but only use it when I can't get a wireless signal.

By "can't get a wireless signal" do you meant to say that you usually filch one from your neighbors? :)


that was my first thought too :D
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Postby ThunderTitan » Jun 25 2007, 13:30

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Postby Angelspit » Jun 25 2007, 13:49

Corribus wrote:By "can't get a wireless signal" do you meant to say that you usually filch one from your neighbors? :)

Says the guy who stole cables at work... :D

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Postby Corribus » Jun 25 2007, 14:02

Angelspit wrote:Says the guy who stole cables at work... :D

Borrowed, borrowed!! I've returned them! Well... I mean, I will. Some day. Maybe.
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Postby ThunderTitan » Jun 25 2007, 14:23

Corribus wrote:Borrowed, borrowed!! I've returned them! Well... I mean, I will. Some day. Maybe.


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