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#1 brianshapiro

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:17

If I were to get a game like Skyrim through retail and activate/register it through Steam, will I be able to download the game through the Steam service in the future, or do I have to use the physical copies for install?


#2 Travelar

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:21

So, I bought Skyrim at the local store. Started the install from the DVD, and it downloaded the entire game from Steam, instead of using the DVDs. So, I would say that yes, you should always be able to get if from Steam.

#3 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:24

yes once you activate the key through steam and it is on your account you can re-download the game whenever you need to.

#4 compl3x

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 05:58

yes once you activate the key through steam and it is on your account you can re-download the game whenever you need to.


Yep. You can also read about how to back-up your steam games here. This saves you from having do downoad/use disc to install them all over again. I prefer the alternative back-up method. It's usually much quicker to copy over the installed files.

#5 The King of GnG

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:44

Uhm, that's interesting: my old rusty copy of Half-Life 2 is still in my parents' garage, so I would be practical to download the game from steam instead of ravaging through things I don't want to put my hands into right now...



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