| 13:14:32 24 September 2021
Three Mile Island
On forum: 11/04/2008
How do free games on Steam work, do you have to download the actual files right away in order to secure them? You can't just "purchase" or "claim" them for the time being?|
Now I started a new page again, sorry! I quote last page's post here just in case:
Emulation aggregator RetroArch is now on Steam, and free
I can personally highly recommend RetroArch to anyone wishing to emulate, just about any system
I have been running emulators since the late 90s and this is the kind of front-end I always dreamed of having, with easily accessible features and customization options, all available via both controller(s) and keyboard
the emulation-scene itself has come quite a long ways and running PS2/Gamecube/Xbox -era of games is no longer an issue, so to speak, as such games such as Timesplitters 2 is available to a broader audience
it's worth checking out, if you have any interest in emulating any of the older consoles at all; it does also do DOS, C64/Amiga/ZX Spectrum, etc. but that may require a bit more from the end-user, in terms of setting things up
Clear Sky threads
Monolith in Red Forest: http://tinyurl.com/clb36bx
Skipping the first mission: http://tinyurl.com/6zaq6rh
Friendly with the Renegades: http://tinyurl.com/6y5qhf8
From Freedom to Bandits to Duty: http://tinyurl.com/6723e95
Avoid Strelok's ambush in Red Forest: http://tinyurl.com/6haa2p8
| 20:47:19 27 September 2021
Veteran of the Psychic Wars
On forum: 05/12/2007
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I didn't trust this at first & would install a free game just to uninstall a few days later unless I decided to play it right away but now I just claim and ignore most of the time however I do take a screenshot showing the game as having been claimed just in case it disappears.
I installed Jurrassic World: Evolution on Epic when it was free to see if I liked it before starting it on Steam, Doing that when possible allows me to avoid getting Steam Achievements which then if I don't want to play the game leave me with the game impacting my overall achievement stats negatively, I noticed this a few years back when my average game completion stat was at 17% so I've been trying to improve it ever since, I know Steam achievements aren't really important but the way I look at it a game's all about achieving goals anyway so if I like a game enough & haven't got bored of it by the time the campaign's done I focus on getting the achievements. Sorry for going a bit off topic.
I haven't tried any of my Epic Games yet so I don't know what the experience is like on the Epic Games launcher. I think I did buy The Sinking City through them at a good discount, so I think that would be the first one I am most interested in to try.
You made a good point about the Steam Achievements. As you were on Steam many years before I was, anything you have to mention about it is greatly appreciated. I resisted using Steam for many years but finally gave in after Don Reba shared his love of The Long Dark and Steam was the only way I could get it. It was the first Game to expose me to Steam Achievements. I learned the hard way that they happen one time only. I wrongly assumed they would be repeatable if you started a new game. It appears they do not which kind of sucks because some are very exclusive to the conditions for them to be met, and you reach the point of no return where some then become impossible to ever achieve because you did things a certain way which voided them.
Your idea to try things using another platform like Epic or GoG sounds like a good idea, if you are able to see a list of them before you start a Steam version of a Game. What is funny is I set up my new Computer with Steam and GoG ( have not with Epic yet ) and I wanted to see what Shadow of Chernobyl looked like. I discovered that I had never bought any of the Stalker Games on Steam ( except the pre-purchase of Stalker 2 ) to my surprise, but I did have them all on GoG. If you don't have them on GoG, it is well worth it for being DRM free and all the extra goodies they give you including digital content.
Anyway, feel free to share anything you have to help others on Steam, GoG and Epic. Now that I have a new Computer with Windows 10, I will be doing a lot more Gaming, especially digital content. I'm really impressed with how quickly my Computer starts up thanks to booting from an M2 NVMe SSD and Games load and work so smoothly now.
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