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August 16th, 2007, 20:26
http://www.steampowered.com/v/index.php.

Steam is fast becoming the market leader for online distribution.
Steam has grown immensely over the last year.
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August 16th, 2007, 20:34
Originally Posted by Asbjoern View Post
http://www.steampowered.com/v/index.php.

Steam is fast becoming the market leader for online distribution. Steam has grown immensely over the last year.
Unfortunately there is no discount for pre-order through Steam. That is lousy … or perhaps I've gotten spoiled with that 'incentive'

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August 16th, 2007, 20:47
The price is kind of high though considering the extra batch of taxes applied to Steam purchases. If only it will be possible to register the cd-key to avoid purchasing it at Steam but still have it registered to Steam.
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August 17th, 2007, 00:50
Does the normal PC version require Steam?
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August 17th, 2007, 01:05
No, it doesn't. You don't have to worry.
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August 17th, 2007, 01:33
Are you sure?
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August 17th, 2007, 05:11
It will probably work like Dark Messiah where you can turn your regularly installed version into the Steam version by registering the key in Steam but I would strongly assume that Steam will not be required. Why Gorath? You have a Steam allergy?
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August 17th, 2007, 05:22
OK, scratch that. No Dark Messiah type of conversion will be possible. From a 2K dude who posted this here
Hi guys,

To answer some questions raised here:

1) You will not be able to use Bioshock retail keys with Steam. The two versions use two separate authentication systems, and are not compatible. You can probably move save files between the two, although I haven't tried it.

2) Pre-loading is pre-loading, and that's all it is. You won't be able to access any of those files until the unlock (which is noon pacific time on the 21st).

3) We did not have any ulterior motive in announcing today. We can't make these kinds of announcements until the deals are finalized and the announcement is agreed upon by all parties involved, and that meant we couldn't announce until this morning. There are a lot of people involved in a deal like this, and these things take time.

4) I know a lot of people dislike Steam (personally, I think it's the greatest thing ever). Fortunately we are not forcing you to use it. The game will be available at retail, over Direct2Drive and Steam on launch day. The retail version doesn't use Steam at all, so if you don't want to use Steam, don't buy it over steam. You have plenty of other options.

Hope that clears some things up!
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August 17th, 2007, 07:14
Originally Posted by Moriendor View Post
It will probably work like Dark Messiah where you can turn your regularly installed version into the Steam version by registering the key in Steam but I would strongly assume that Steam will not be required. Why Gorath? You have a Steam allergy?
No, Andy has.
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August 17th, 2007, 11:10
The recommended system requirements are by far the highest I've seen for any pc game to date.

BioShock Download Recommended System Requirements
- Windows XP (SP 2) or Windows Vista
- 3.0 GHz dual core processor
- 2.0 GB RAM
- Pixel Shader 3.0 compliant video card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better)
- 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
- 7.0 GB free hard disk space
- DirectX 9.0c or DirectX 10

This game better be worth it.
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August 17th, 2007, 11:39
Originally Posted by Moriendor View Post
OK, scratch that. No Dark Messiah type of conversion will be possible. From a 2K dude who posted this here
That is a mixed blessing - good for those who don't want to have to validate through Steam (keep their system Steam-free) and bad for those who want the retail now and convenience of Steam re-installs later.

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August 17th, 2007, 21:33
Fortunately we are not forcing you to use it.
I absolutely love this sentence ! It depicts in glorious glory the endless holy mercy of the 2K dude department.

By the way, personally, I would've used a different headline on that (read: thread-title) :

"Big Shock ! Big News ! Big Steam !"

(Alternative: "Big News ! Big Shock ! Big Steam !")


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August 18th, 2007, 00:59
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
The recommended system requirements are by far the highest I've seen for any pc game to date.

BioShock Download Recommended System Requirements
- Windows XP (SP 2) or Windows Vista
- 3.0 GHz dual core processor
- 2.0 GB RAM
- Pixel Shader 3.0 compliant video card with 512 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better)
- 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
- 7.0 GB free hard disk space
- DirectX 9.0c or DirectX 10

This game better be worth it.
Thank God for the 360.
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