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Old 05-27-10, 08:57 PM   #73
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cheaper probably deserves a bit more emphasis. Although the auto patching is very good as well, especially if you want to play an online game like COD4. I remember going back to cod 4 about a year after I last played it online and I spent half the day patching in sequential order. much easier just to fire up steam and wait.
That's where it's much nicer to have your own media. Just make an image of the disc and save all of the patches into a folder. I can reinstall any game and patch it faster than you can even install from the disc.

Here is a good question. Is there anyway to backup your steam folder before you reinstall so you don't have to download anything? Wondering if you just copy that folder if steam will pick back up after a reinstall.
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Old 05-27-10, 09:11 PM   #74
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That's where it's much nicer to have your own media. Just make an image of the disc and save all of the patches into a folder. I can reinstall any game and patch it faster than you can even install from the disc.

Here is a good question. Is there anyway to backup your steam folder before you reinstall so you don't have to download anything? Wondering if you just copy that folder if steam will pick back up after a reinstall.
yes, backup the steamapps folder. Or use the backup within Steam and it will backup the games, they are easily reinstalled then.
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Old 05-27-10, 09:19 PM   #75
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yes, backup the steamapps folder. Or use the backup within Steam and it will backup the games, they are easily reinstalled then.
Hmm that's definitely useful. Because rather than having to patch your games they should remain patched. The backup wizard seems to be pretty slow, so I'd just copy the folder manually. It must be doing a lot of compression.

Just tested offline mode. That's at least better then Ubisoft for sure. You can still actually play your games if your internet goes down.
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Old 05-27-10, 09:35 PM   #76
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D2D is junk. owning the cd is slow. steam all the way. i dont even think i buy a game if its not on steam anymore. even if its good. i would just wait till steam gets it.
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Old 05-28-10, 12:16 AM   #77
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Most online games autopatch on their own now, in my experience.
Yeah but u sleep wif ur console lolz
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Old 05-28-10, 05:43 AM   #78
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Retail and D2D are my favourites.
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Old 05-28-10, 08:24 AM   #79
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with Crysis on Steam they removed the whole 64 bit folder...nice

(I had bought it through Steam for a few bucks during a sale and wanted a copy on Steam)
I did the same thing and sold my Crysis Maximum disc versions before realizing they did this. That was quite the piss off.
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Old 05-28-10, 09:20 AM   #80
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I did the same thing and sold my Crysis Maximum disc versions before realizing they did this. That was quite the piss off.
Yup.

There are other Steam annoyances with some games, like ones still missing the latest patch which stops you from playing multi, or games that have bonus content that does not work on the Steam version. Sometimes you don't want the latest patch for one reason or another and Steam forces it on you.

It's the classic more control versus more automation conflict.
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Old 05-28-10, 12:08 PM   #81
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I have only started to get games off Steam in the last 12 months....and i will never look back.
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Old 05-31-10, 11:05 PM   #82
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whats wrong with paying and supporting the developers?
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Old 06-01-10, 01:51 AM   #83
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especially now since steam is on mac
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I heard the Mac port of Steam is locked at 30FPS. ::
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