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August 20th, 2010, 18:26
Arcania is now available on Steam for those that want to take a chance on Spellbound's upcoming Gothic entry.
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August 20th, 2010, 18:26
And also Gamersgate and Impulse, for those who, like me, wouldn't deal with Steam if they were the last online store on Earth …

As a bonus, Gamersgate has a preorder offer of 15% off.
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August 20th, 2010, 19:33
Originally Posted by Foreigner View Post
And also Gamersgate and Impulse, for those who, like me, wouldn't deal with Steam if they were the last online store on Earth

As a bonus, Gamersgate has a preorder offer of 15% off.
What is your issue with steam ?
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What is your issue with steam ?
Nothing, apart from the fact buying from them means all your games are tied to their DRM system, which means if their servers are borked, or they take a dislike to you for any reason, or your account gets hacked, or they sell out to a more repressive company, your complete Steam selection becomes unplayable; not to mention, they expect you to call home every few days, even in offline mode, and their client insists on being invoked when you start up a game and forces updates on you whether you like it or not.

In other words, for me, Steam is about the worst option to buy from, with the possible exception of Ubisoft. So over the last couple of years I've been happily saving hundreds of Euros/Dollars/Pounds avoiding these guys, and instead supporting Indies like Heroic Fantasy Games, Spiderweb, Classic Games Remade, Soldak, Cryptic Comet, Shrapnel, Matrix, and Positech (these off the top of my head, I'm sure there are others) who appreciate paying customers and reward them by not treating them worse than pirates.

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August 20th, 2010, 23:43
For those darkspawn who like steam anyway , you can currently get Gothic 3 for free if you preorder.
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August 21st, 2010, 00:12
Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan View Post
For those darkspawn who like steam anyway , you can currently get Gothic 3 for free if you preorder.
Well, that's how they lure you onto the slippery slope

Luckily for me, I have about 3 copies of Gothic III already, on disc and downloaded from various sources, so I'll take the 15% and hope Arcania doesn't take a fall right out of the gate like that particular game.

In fact, it's just occurred to me: isn't drawing attention to Arcania's pedigree a bit counter-productive in this case? Especially with JoWood not being in particularly good health at this time.
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August 21st, 2010, 01:23
Originally Posted by Foreigner View Post
And also Gamersgate and Impulse, for those who, like me, wouldn't deal with Steam if they were the last online store on Earth

As a bonus, Gamersgate has a preorder offer of 15% off.
Links:
Arcania Gamersgate
Arcania Impulse

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August 21st, 2010, 01:49
<<< Phears preorders

Though 15% off…. nah, not enough. I want to see reviews first.
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August 21st, 2010, 03:24
I used steam to purchase Risen and I too will never use steam again. They have ZERO customer service. So they got one sale out of me but that's it for me for life.

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August 21st, 2010, 03:46
I have…dunno…50? games on Steam. Anyway, waiting for reviews on this one.

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August 21st, 2010, 05:14
Originally Posted by Foreigner View Post
And also Gamersgate and Impulse, for those who, like me, wouldn't deal with Steam if they were the last online store on Earth

As a bonus, Gamersgate has a preorder offer of 15% off.
Heh thanks, good thing it's available on sites other than steam. Only if gaming "journalists" bothered researching and "reporting" such stuff..

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August 21st, 2010, 08:36
Only if it's good am I'm willing to pay more than $20. A bad game isn't worth much at all, so this discount isn't very tempting.
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August 21st, 2010, 10:34
Pre-ordering this game?

When hell freezes over, perhaps

Also, Steam is - by far - the most expensive digital distributor, if you're european. Not counting their discount offers, naturally.
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August 21st, 2010, 11:31
this DL bullshit is expensive as hell!

check this out!

http://www.shopto.net/PC/NEW%20RELEA…l?currency=GBP

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August 21st, 2010, 11:46
Originally Posted by ortucis View Post
Heh thanks, good thing it's available on sites other than steam. Only if gaming "journalists" bothered researching and "reporting" such stuff..
Is that directed at me? I'm not a journalist, or even a "journalist". Why don't you donate some time so I don't have to waste mine on people like you?

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Originally Posted by ortucis View Post
Heh thanks, good thing it's available on sites other than steam. Only if gaming "journalists" bothered researching and "reporting" such stuff..
Could you be any less grateful for people spending their free time informing, to the best of their ability?

Think before making your statements, please.
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Originally Posted by Dhruin View Post
Is that directed at me? I'm not a journalist, or even a "journalist". Why don't you donate some time so I don't have to waste mine on people like you?
Did it say "Dhruin" anywhere in my post? Or did you see my quote your post as a reply?

Also, "wasting time on people like you", haha, good one. Do you really think you can't get generic CnP game news on countless other sites out there? Don't assume this site is a first stop for everyone and like most of us don't get site feeds from countless other gaming sites. I'd "donate" my time but that will happen when other sites stopped caring about the same PR release you usually post. So..


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Did it say "Dhruin" anywhere in my post? Or did you see my quote your post as a reply?
To be fair, when I read your original post, I did not conclude you were aiming this at Dhruin, although I can see how Dhruin and perhaps others on this board could see the implication based on how you wrote your post.

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August 21st, 2010, 20:31
"or they take a dislike to you for any reason, or your account gets hacked'

Unless you do something bad to cause that to happen it won't. Also, don't use a lame password nor the same id/pass as the forums.

"or they sell out to a more repressive company"

Its valve. They don't need to.

"expect you to call home every few days"

Don't have it auto-start.

"updates"

Last time and every time I checked, updates are good.

"I've been happily saving hundreds of Euros/Dollars/Pounds avoiding these guys"

I've been saving hundred of dollars by using steam and buying at 50-75% off.
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August 21st, 2010, 22:03
Valve/Steam gave away … what's the word ? vouchers ? coupons ? for "a free game, and one for your friend" at the GamesCom. I think I'll use it.

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