I honestly never thought that I would find myself in a situation in which I would NOT want to purchase a game on steam. I’m very happy with steam! But alas, I’ve found myself in a bit of a pickle in which I must buy the game (I did, via paypal and left a note) because it is awesome, but it cannot be on steam.
I’m currently home for thanksgiving week, all I have is my netbook (running steam but i’ve no confidence in it as a gaming machine) so my more powerful computers (all 3 of them) are back home in Iowa. With this many computers, coupled with the fact that i’ve installed/reinstalled/rebuilt my computers at least 10 times in the past 3 months, stupid motherboard issues, and then win7 etc., Steam has proven very handy!
But All I have is my netbook, and I have no problem running the game on my parents PC (as 3 years old as they are), I don’t want to install steam on it just to play a game. So I bought the game through the website, have played the demo and I know it works so I’ve no regrets. The problem is having to redo- all my main (over and over again! and its on the horizon again with 2 of them); I grew to really appreciate the fact that steam was my one stop shop, start it up and walk away deal: must’ve downloaded at least 5 to 60gbs of stuff with every reinstall/etc because fat-Bandwidth pipes rule.
Things like the Free Ninite auto installers (http://ninite.com/) which i found out only after installing them all at least 3 times… are really handy, and carrying it around on a USB key is a hassle (i forget things often), it it possible to get it on steam or add it to the list of steam games? Possibly through something like this https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?s=d8d0a3ba23473552efbd323fae19b5ee&ref=7480-WUSF-3601 ?
I really dislike that support for retail CD-keys is so limited; I love having a huge game library at my fingertips, but i hate having to rebuy games On steam that I already own, just to be able to have access to them. So far the only time I was able to take advantage of it was with Unreal Tournament 3
Thanks for reading and thank you for your consideration!
(as a note: I have yet to install the full version, so… this may already be possible but it is not on the list of games)