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On Sale

Week three of the 5th Anniversary Sale on GamersGate offers another huge selection of games up to 75% off. The IGN PC Store offers 20% off on over 3000 games when you use the code "ignpcstore" on checkout and Direct2Drive offers the same discount with a different code: "marchmadness".

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam on IGN PC Store. Save 50%.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops on Direct2Drive. Save 25%.
  • Capitalism Plus on GOG.com. Save 40%.
  • Capitalism 2 on GOG.com. Save 40%.
  • Dreamcast Collection on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Enlight Bundle on GOG.com. Save 60%.
  • Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Luxor Games on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Restaurant Empire on GOG.com. Save 40%.
  • SEGA Genesis Classics Collection on Steam. Save 67%.
  • Seven Kingdoms: Ancient Adversaries on GOG.com. Save 40%.
  • Seven Kingdoms 2 on GOG.com. Save 40%.
  • Warlords Battlecry 3 on GOG.com. Save 40%.
    Still on sale (previously reported).
  • Adam's Venture 2 on Impulse. Save 20% on preorders.
  • Air Aces - Pacific on Impulse. Save 60%.
  • ArcaniA – Gothic 4 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Assassin's Creed II on Direct2Drive. Save 17%.
  • Astral Masters on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition on Steam. Save 75%.
  • BioShock 2 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Blur on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy Limited Edition on Battlefront.com. Save 8% on preorders.
  • Crash Time 2 on GamersGate. Save 66%.
  • Dino D-Day on Steam. Save 10% on pre-purchases.
  • DiRT 2 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • DiRT 2 on Games For Windows. Save 50%.
  • Doom Rails on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Dragon Age Origins - Ultimate Edition on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Driving Games on Direct2Drive. Save up to 75%.
  • Dungeon Defenders on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • Dungeon Defenders on Direct2Drive. Save 10% on preorders.
  • Eschalon: Book II on GamersGate. Save 20%.
  • F1 2010 on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Fate of the World on Impulse. Save 25%.
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War on Direct2Drive. Save 33%.
  • Full Spectrum Warrior Complete Pack on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Ghostbusters: The Videogame on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Gothic Complete Pack on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Gothic on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Gothic II: Gold Edition on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Gothic 3 on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Enhanced Edition on Steam. Save 75%.
  • Grand Ages: Rome on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • The Great White Destroyer on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Hearts of Iron 2 Complete on GamersGate. Save 57%.
  • HOARD on Steam. Save 25% on pre-purchases.
  • Jets'n'Guns Gold on Impulse. Save 66%.
  • Kudos and Kudos 2 on the Positech Website. Save 75% on either.
  • LEGO Batman on Games For Windows. Save 50%.
  • Lylian: Episode One - Paranoid Friendship on GamersGate. Save 50%.
  • Might & Magic: Heroes VI on Impulse. Pre-Order and get a bonus Hero and an in-game artifact.
  • Might & Magic Heroes VI on Steam. Pre-purchase and get beta access.
  • MinerWars 2081 Pre-Alpha on Impulse. Save 60%.
  • Pacific Pack on GamersGate. Save 55%.
  • Penumbra: Black Plague Gold Edition on GamersGate. Save 33%.
  • Portal 2 on Steam. Save 10% on pre-purchase, and receive Portal free.
  • Post Apocalyptic Mayhem on Steam. Save 20%.
  • Power Of Defense: Defend Your World! on GamersGate. Save 20%.
  • Red Faction: Armageddon on Steam. Pre-purchase and get a free copy of Red Faction Guerrilla.
  • Revenge of the Titans on Steam. Save 10%.
  • SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Classics Collection Series 1 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Classics Collection Series 2 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • SEGA Genesis & Mega Drive Classics Collection Series 3 on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • Silverfall on Direct2Drive. Save 50%.
  • The Sims Medieval Limited Edition on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • The Stalin Subway on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • The Stalin Subway - Red Veil on Impulse. Save 50%.
  • Star Ruler on Direct2Drive. Save 66%.
  • Storm Over the Pacific on Impulse. Save 45%.
  • Theatre of War 3: Korea on Steam. Pre-purchase and get Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 for free.
  • THQ Complete Collection on GamersGate. Save 62%.
  • THQ Ultimate Bundle on Impulse. Save 66%.
  • Trine on Direct2Drive. Save 75%.
  • Wings of Prey on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Winter Bundle on Positech Games. "Very cheap."
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition on GamersGate. Save 10% on preorders.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition on Direct2Drive. Save 10% on preorders.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition on Steam. Save 10% on pre-purchases.

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6. Re: Direct2Drive doesn't have its own DRM. Mar 28, 2011, 08:11 NoBS
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 28, 2011, 03:07:
So, I don't need to use IGN/D2D's proprietary download manager
I don't use the download manager at all. It's completely optional. I just download the game installer with my web browser. I don't even use the optional ActiveX control which Direct2Drive and Fileplanet offer.

keep any third-party programs running in the background while I play the games?
Only if it is a Steamworks game. Then you need Steam of course. But thankfully most games on Direct2Drive don't use Steam. Direct2Drive offers its Comrade client for autopatching, game browser, and communication features if you want to use it, but it is completely optional and it has nothing to do with the DRM. It's how Steam ought to do it. I personally don't use Comrade.

Do I just download an installer file, which I can then install whenever I want, offline and back it up to disc?
Yep. Once you extract the big installer file what you have are the same files you find on the retail disc or in a pirate ISO (without the crack of course). The only real difference between Direct2Drive and retail releases are how you acquire them.

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5. Re: Direct2Drive doesn't have its own DRM. Mar 28, 2011, 03:07 Jerykk
 
IGN and Direct2Drive use whatever DRM the publisher or developer of the game chooses. For most games this is activation-based SecuROM just like on the retail version of the game. For some games it is no DRM at all. For Steamworks games it is naturally Steam. For GFWL it is GFWL. There is no such thing as Direct2Drive's own DRM. It's all the usual third-party stuff if DRM is used in a game.

So, I don't need to use IGN/D2D's proprietary download manager or keep any third-party programs running in the background while I play the games? Do I just download an installer file, which I can then install whenever I want, offline and back it up to disc?
 
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4. Direct2Drive doesn't have its own DRM. Mar 27, 2011, 15:49 NoBS
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 19:32:
However, I'm guessing that the IGN store uses the same DRM as D2D, right? In that case, I'm not interested.
IGN and Direct2Drive use whatever DRM the publisher or developer of the game chooses. For most games this is activation-based SecuROM just like on the retail version of the game. For some games it is no DRM at all. For Steamworks games it is naturally Steam. For GFWL it is GFWL. There is no such thing as Direct2Drive's own DRM. It's all the usual third-party stuff if DRM is used in a game.

The only time when the DRM in Direct2Drive's release of the game differs from retail is when the publisher or developer uses disc-based SecuROM or other DRM. But, these days that is pretty rare.

The one advantage that Direct2Drive offers on games which use SecuROM over the retail version is that Direct2Drive will stand behind its games and always give you as many activations as you need if you contact customer support whereas with retail games getting more activations can be iffy. And for some SecuROM games on D2D there doesn't seem to be an activation limit at all. Although Direct2Drive's customer service is online-only like Steam's, Direct2Drive responds much more quickly to support requests than Steam does.

And, if you are the pirate type, this formula will make things clear: Direct2Drive + crack = retail release + crack.

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3. Re: You missed it. Mar 26, 2011, 19:32 Jerykk
 
$23 for Bulletstorm is a good deal. However, I'm guessing that the IGN store uses the same DRM as D2D, right? In that case, I'm not interested.  
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2. You missed it. Mar 26, 2011, 13:23 NoBS
 
Jow wrote on Mar 26, 2011, 13:03:
I think the BFBC2: Vietnam bit is a mistake since it appears the ign store has the original game for 50% off, not the expansion.
No, it's not a mistake. It's just that the IGN sale is only good for a single day. All last week the IGN store had a different FPS game on sale for a deep discount for a single day. Friday's sale was BC2: Vietnam.

By the way the IGN store has Bulletstorm on sale for $29.95 (or $23.96 with the code).

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1. Re: On Sale Mar 26, 2011, 13:03 Jow
 
I think the BFBC2: Vietnam bit is a mistake since it appears the ign store has the original game for 50% off, not the expansion.  
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