Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
User Settings
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

On Sale

A user-created Steam Sales Site tracks Steam sales in intimate detail.

  • Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura on Save 50%. Thanks nin.
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition on Save 50%.
  • Napoleon and Empire Total War DLC on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Interstate 76 Arsenal on Save 50%.
  • Jagged Alliance 2 on Save 50%.
  • The Longest Journey on Save 50%.
  • Myst: Masterpiece Edition on Save 50%.
  • Psychonauts on Save 50%.
  • Syberia on Save 50%.
  • Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon on Save 50%.
  • The Incredible Machine Mega Pack on Save 50%.
    Still on sale.
  • 7 Sins on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • A Farewell To Dragons on Direct2Drive. Save 80%.
  • Air Aces - Pacific on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • ArcaniA: Gothic 4 on Steam. Get Gothic 3 with pre-purchases.
  • ArcaniA: Gothic 4 on GamersGate. Save 15% on preorders.
  • BRINK on Direct2Drive. Get The Psycho Pack with preorders.
  • BRINK on Steam. Get Spec Ops Pack with pre-purchases.
  • Call of Juarez on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • City Life 2008 on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • Dracula Origin on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • Dragon Age: Origins Awakening on Direct2Drive. Save 33%.
  • Dragon Age: Origins Digital Deluxe Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 33%.
  • Dungeon Defenders on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • Europa Universalis 3: Heir to the Throne on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • Football Manager 2011 on GamersGate. Save 55% on preorders.
  • Fortis on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Grand Ages: Rome US on GamersGate. Save 43%.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles on Direct2Drive. Save 75%.
  • Hard Truck Apocalypse on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Haunted Bundle on Direct2Drive. Save 25%.
  • Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World Mac on GamersGate. Save 15% on preorders.
  • Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World PC on GamersGate. Save 15% on preorders.
  • King's Bounty: Armored Princess on Direct2Drive. Save 82%.
  • Lost Planet 2 on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • M4 Sci-Fi Pack on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • Silverfall on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • Sword of the Stars on Direct2Drive. Save 40%.
  • Sylvenia - Fantasy Poker on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Sylvenia - Fantasy Poker on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Team Fortress 2 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • The Guild II Collection on Impulse. Save 25%.
  • The Sims 3 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • The Sims 3: Ambitions on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • THQ Complete Collection on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • THQ Ultimate Bundle on Impulse. Save 70%.
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 on GamersGate. Save 29% on preorders.
  • Tropico 3 Gold Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 10%.
  • Warfare on Direct2Drive. Save 70%.
  • World War 2 - Time of Wrath on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Zombie Pirates Collectors Edition on GamersGate. Save 30%.

Post Comment
Enter the details of the comment you'd like to post in the boxes below and click the button at the bottom of the form.

18. Re: On Sale Oct 3, 2010, 13:05 SBlat
Kajetan wrote on Oct 3, 2010, 08:09:
They scrapped the downloader after going out of beta. Now it's only a simple download link.
Also, the download servers support multiple connections, resume, etc. So you can use your favourite downloader (I use DownThemAll) to hit the full download speed of your connection (it's hosted on a CDN, so it should be able to handle pretty much anything). Further, all your games are listed on your account's page, and you can re-download anything at any time. The extras are separate links from the installers, so you can skip them or grab only the ones you're interested in, again with resume and multiple connections and re-downloading.

a self-extracting/installing container with no strings attached

It's one of the best installers for a download store I've seen. An integrity check, and then just a single page with the ability to set the installation directory and whether to add icons to the desktop or not.

If the installer is super large it's split into 2GB sections (you just download them all into the same directory and run the first one which is an .exe), which is a bit of a pain but I can understand why it's important to work around problems with some people's setups. The extras are always just .zip files.

The whole system is simple, and works perfectly without requiring any extra software or anything. I really think it's the best example of how a DD store should work. Of course, they don't have to worry about updates to their packages, which simplifies things hugely (and admittedly, the few times they've had to update an installer, it hasn't been done very elegantly).

It's just a shame that they don't view the download service as quite as valuable a part of the site as they should. Even after all the complaints arising from their marketing stunt, they're still saying that having downloads disappear or be deleted again in the future shouldn't bother their customers, since the installers are DRM-free and everyone should have backups. Which is true, but misses the point that it would still suck, and being able to download both now and in the future is a good portion of why I'm paying them money.

But at 50%-off, it's more than worth the money. I'm just not sure why you wouldn't wait for a 50%-off sale on all their games, if you've already waited 5 years to buy it anyway.
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
      ;)   ;)   :(   :(   :o   :o   %)   %)   :)   :)   :|   :|   ;P   ;P   X|   X|   :D   :D   More
Login Email   Password Remember Me
If you have a signature set up, it will be automatically appended to your comment.
If you don't already have a Blue's News user account, you can sign up here.
Forgotten your password? Click here.
          Email me when this topic is updated.

Special Codes

  • b[bold text]b
  • i[italic text]i
  • u[underline text]u
  • -[strikethrough text]-
  • c[code text]c
  • +[bullet point]+
  • q[quote text (indented)]q
  • [quote="Author"]quote text (indented)[/quote]
  • [url=Link]text[/url]
  • r{red text}r
  • g{green text}g
  • b{blue text}b
  • m{maroon text}m
  • s{secret text (shows in the background colour)}s

Forum Rules

  1. Disagree all you want but attacks of a personal nature will not be tolerated.
  2. Ethnic slurs and homophobic language will not be tolerated.
  3. Do not post spam, links to warez sites, or instructions on how to obtain pirated software.
  4. Abusing the forums in any manner that could be construed as 'griefing' will not be tolerated.


Blue's News logo