Bought game from Steam

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by Heeter, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

    Messages:
    2,732
    Hi Guys,

    I repurchased Half Life 2, this time from steam. Can't go wrong for $29 Bucks.

    I am wondering, do I download an install ISO or do I actually play online?

    Right now I am just watching Steam do it's thing, whatever it is.

    Heeter
     
  2. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

    Messages:
    2,737
    Location:
    California, USA
    Basically steam downloads all the content to where ever you have steam installed to. It creates .gcf files which contain all the game content. These .gcf's can be encrypted (pre-loaded stuff) or not. If not then you can even browse them like they were zip files with a application called gcfscape. (here)

    Once you have the game completely downloaded however, steam does have a backup feature. This will allow you to burn all the content to a DVD so you dont need to re download it all in the future.

    Hope that helps :)
     
  3. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    5,518
    Location:
    England
    Um....what he said :)
     
  4. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

    Messages:
    2,732
    Can I move the steam folder then?

    If I shut down Steam in the tray, will the games work?

    Thanks,


    Heeter
     
  5. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    18,590
    Location:
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    No, Steam needs to be running.
     
  6. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

    Messages:
    2,732
    Thanks EP,

    Heeter
     
  7. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    2,566
    Another important feature is you cannot launch your games without a active internet connection. I found this out a couple weeks back when visiting family.
     
  8. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

    Messages:
    2,732
    Can I move the Steam parent directory within my computer?

    If I knew that Steam puts the files in that directory, I would of put it where I normally put my games (C:/)

    If I uninstall it, I could reinstall it where I want it?

    Thanks in advance,

    Heeter
     
  9. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    5,518
    Location:
    England
    You can play games in offline mode (you have to activate the games once online)

    yes you can reinstall steam were ever you want. One way would be (i've you have already downloaded everything) is to back it up using the back up feature and reinstal steam somewhere else then restore the data
     
  10. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    1,984
    Location:
    Placerville, CA
    The game needs to be fully updated before you can use offline mode too :)
     
  11. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

    Messages:
    4,868
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I moved my steam folder (everything related to steam) from my d drive to my c drive... It worked but it was a pin i had to go into the c drive and get it like that everytime, shortcuts didnt work... I had to reinstall it eventually in the right folder...
    -Jack
     
  12. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

    Messages:
    2,732

    Awesome, Thanks, Khayman

    Just the answers I was looking for.

    I think I like this Steam thing, I wonder other great titles are available on this Steam thing

    **must go through their Listings**


    Heeter
     
  13. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

    Messages:
    4,868
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Eh steam is good for non 3rd-party games... IE: DODS, CSS, HL2, etc...
    But for 3rd party games most of them suck, bad graphics...
    -Jack
     
  14. Dublex

    Dublex Quazatron R6 droid

    Messages:
    624
    Location:
    Hertfordshire, UK
    I would recommend Rag Doll Kung-Fu if your looking for something different (rag doll fighting) or Darwinia if you want to get all nostalgic.

    There are lots of 3rd party mods you can use on HL2 as well. I reccommend Gary's (physics messing about mod) HL2 : Substance and Fakefactory's Cinematic mod / high text packs (although you need 1GB memory for that).
     
  15. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

    Messages:
    4,868
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Really!
    Darwinia wasn't bad but Rag Doll KungFu just didn't catch my fancy...
    -Jack
     
  16. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    1,984
    Location:
    Placerville, CA
    Darwinia was sooo much fun. I still have my holiday darwinian in my avatar...I really need to change that
     
  17. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

    Messages:
    5,518
    Location:
    England
    darwinian is great fun, so was ragdoll. Theres been several new 3rd party games on there recently. but they don't take my fancy
     
  18. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

    Messages:
    4,868
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    What do you all think of Red Orchestra?
    I'm thinking of getting it, it looks really good...
    -Jack