That allows me to navigate to a root directory, not to access the games themselves - not from one location.From your reply I see that you do actually need computer training wheels. Explorer (explorer.exe) is the name of Windows' shell/interface which includes the Start Menu (where the program shortcuts are listed). So, yes, you certainly can access all of your GOG games and any other standard Windows games from it. You don't need a special client like Steam to provide a list of icons for your games when Windows' native shell (explorer) already does that. Vista even has the Games Explorer in addition to the Start Menu for it so you have two options to access your games if you have Vista.
Yes, and you have to do that for each game - it's time consuming and unnecessary. With Steam I bypass that.No, you don't bypass it. With Steam you still have to install the game by adding it to your list of games if it is not already installed. That's no less work than double-clicking on an executable.
My point is I can get games up and running more quickly with Steam, dramatically more so after a reinstall of Windows.But, you actually can't do it more quickly even after a format because Steam still has to verify the files or archive files of every game you have before they will function because the registry information which tells Steam the state of your games is not present on a new install, and that information is not stored remotely in your account. It has to be rebuilt locally. Clicking on a single executable from GOG, etc. to reinstall your games is no more time consuming and maybe less depending upon the speed of your Internet connection because Steam has to use it to verify your games. I agree that if you had to manually dig out physical discs to install your games it would probably take longer but not if you already have the installers sitting on a drive. In addition most games today don't need to be reinstalled to be played if you have the game files because they recreate the configuration files and registry settings they need when they are run if they are missing.
Yes, there is. It's called the Windows explorer.That allows me to navigate to a root directory, not to access the games themselves - not from one location. I can get to my games through the command prompt as well but it's not desirable.
What?! With GOG you just download a single executable installer for the game and run it. It's no different than downloading a game demo from FileFront or wherever and installing it.Yes, and you have to do that for each game - it's time consuming and unnecessary. With Steam I bypass that.
All that steam has apparently shriveled your brain.Nope, it's just I prefer convenience. Plain and simple. Why would I choose a more involved method than I need to?
As for ScummVM, DOSBOX, etc., yes, if you install a really old game from GOG, you may have to manually configure its runtime environment. But, for native Windows games from GOG that is not applicable.It handles it all when you use the installer - everything it automated - but if you try to navigate to the directory after a format then you come across such things.
with GOG there's a) no central client to access all the gamesYes, there is. It's called the Windows explorer. All that steam has apparently shriveled your brain. Just press the Windows key and voila! You can access all of your games.
b) if I don't install them manually I find I have to mess about with things like ScummVM to get them working.What?! With GOG you just download a single executable installer for the game and run it. It's no different than downloading a game demo from FileFront or wherever and installing it. That's as simple as it gets. If you find that difficult, you need training wheels for your computer. As for ScummVM, DOSBOX, etc., yes, if you install a really old game from GOG, you may have to manually configure its runtime environment. But, for native Windows games from GOG that is not applicable.
[With the PC platform] we’ve got to find the right business model for us going forward. We really want to keep sports an important part of the portfolio that’s available to PC gamers, but the business model right now, shipping a physical disc for the PC, simply isn’t working for us,” he said.
but to say it's a game worth purchasing for $50, no.
Spore? I don't think I need to say anything more about that one.
You're an idiot for making a blanket statement that all EA games are universally bad when that isn't the case. Where was your reasoning and logic? You ask others to back up their thoughts but don't do so yourself. This year I played Dead Space, NHL 2009(360), C&C3, Crysis Warhead and Rock Band 2.
i'm not sure why you would want to change cd keys for a game? and which other service gives you the option to do so that you find it lacking in blizzard's?
now i admit, since they only have 6 odd games to take care of it's easier than steam for example which has 500 but the fact remains, it is the best.
And I'm sure glad that guy down there thinks I'm "an idiot," and has such solid arguments to back up his reasoning. Sounds like fanboy talk to me. There have been few to no games distributed by EA that were must-have titles in the last few years. But I'm an idiot for pointing that out. Okay. Thank you for so clearly articulating your thoughts for all of us to ponder.
haha what? It's simple and elegant but you can't even change cdkeys for your games on it. Quite a few of Blizzard's own titles haven't been available in the online until like two weeks ago. Warcraft 3 for instance was available but Frozen Throne was not. You could register a retail Frozen Throne key but using the digital installer from their site would reject it. Blizzard support was useless in this case. I have no clue if they have fixed this as I threw my hands up and decided to revisit it later.
Plus it is just a store and offers no way to tie your friends together between the various games.
EA doesn't get it. Nobody buys their games because they fucking suck. If they stopped pressuring devs to get games finished in half the time it should take, maybe there would be more quality releases. Instead, they just ruin what could have been a great thing. Die in a fire, EA. The gaming industry will much better off without you.