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#969239 - 07/22/14 03:23 PM Frogwares, Dracula and Steam
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I'm not furious anymore but to say the least I'm put out.
I wanted to replay Dracula: Origin, a game I really like and voted for in the recent Annual List of Games, so I hauled out my boxed copy from The Adventure Company and tried to install it.
Ha! It seems to think it's already installed although it is nowhere on my computer.
Fine.
I have no intention of jumping through hoops to figure out why that happened so I decided to check out the download version on Frogwares' site in case I want to buy a digital download in the future.
My computer fits all the requirements for the game (good grief, it's 2008) and I even clicked on Buy, knowing I wasn't going to buy right now since it's 20 bucks, and what did I find?
"Buy" takes you immediately to Steam.

I am so over developers thinking Steam is the be-all and end-all portal for games!
To heck with Frogwares and Double Fine and all the rest of them that think gamers will buy their games on Steam if they really want to play them.
Well, guess what, at least in this instance they have another think coming.
If Origin turns up on GOG, I'll buy it again, I hope at a price commensurate with its age, but I darned sure won't be railroaded into using Steam!

Gil.
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#969240 - 07/22/14 03:32 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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Iagree well said feel the same way.
dianne

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#969244 - 07/22/14 03:43 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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Even if you did get the Steam download version, there's no guarantee that you wouldn't have the same problem with the installation if there are traces of the old installation in your registry. I'd suggest trying a registry cleaner or Revo Uninstaller before you consider buying the game again.

It's no secret I feel the same way you do about Steam.

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#969247 - 07/22/14 04:18 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: Jenny100]
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Big Fish Games also has Dracula: Origin available for download; I guarantee that it won't take you to Steam. wink

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#969248 - 07/22/14 04:32 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: Jenny100]
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Jenny,
As far as Revo is concerned, Origin isn't there.
I use CCleaner all the time so I doubt it's left anything lurking in the registry.
I've never seen this problem mentioned before.
Always it's "the game won't install" or "the screen goes black when I attempt to play" and once, with me, it just quit when I tried to load a certain part of the game and wouldn't progress beyond that screen.
But "already installed" with only options to Play or Uninstall - uh, like what? - which just make everything disappear?

I would transfer this scream of outrage to Glitches if that was the reason I'm angry.
The truth is, I'm used to disk versions suddenly going nuts for reasons beyond my comprehension and it's one of the reasons I have been converted to digital downloads on GOG.
Buy a game from them and you know it will work!
If you have to contact customer support for any reason - which I never have - you can be sure from all I've read that they'll be onto it ASAP and give your money back within 30 days of buying a game if nothing works.

Valve/Steam and the blasted (that's a euphemism) Steam client are my sole reasons for getting bent out of shape.
Thanks for the attempt at help and for reading.
I know you're not any happier with this stampede to Steam on the part of developers than I am!
And thumbsup dianne!

Hey, Marian,
I just saw your post.
Unfortunately, Big Fish will take me to...Big Fish. grin
I got rid of BFG a long time ago because of their client.
I said I was ornery, didn't I?
Don't want no truck with no client!
Why do they call them that anyway?

Gil.
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#969250 - 07/22/14 04:56 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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lol Tell us how you really feel, Gil!

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#969253 - 07/22/14 05:12 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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Mag rotfl

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#969262 - 07/22/14 05:48 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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You guys are funny. grin

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#969276 - 07/22/14 08:24 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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I think Gil is being pretty conservative today but I have always wondered why people don't seem to mind Big Fish but hate Steam. They seem pretty much the same to me but if I had to choose which one I think is worse, I'd say Big Fish.

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#969278 - 07/22/14 08:29 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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To each his own. grin
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#969279 - 07/22/14 08:33 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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Don't get me wrong. Since I've gotten into downloading, I use both Steam and Big Fish as well as GOG and Shiny Loot and one time Humble Bundle which for the longest time I thought was called Humble Bumble.

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#969287 - 07/22/14 09:05 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
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I'm no fan of Steam, but I do use it. The "be all and end all" for games in my opinion is GOG. No rent-a-game there! I'm so glad they have teamed up with the developers of the last 2 Witcher games.
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#969296 - 07/22/14 11:32 PM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: Draclvr]
Marian Offline
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From Wikipedia:

Quote:
GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) is a computer game sale and distribution service operated by GOG Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of CD Projekt RED based in Warsaw, Poland.


And CD Project is the creator of The Witcher series. smile

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#969367 - 07/23/14 10:49 AM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: traveler]
Olga Offline
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Registered: 12/30/10
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Dear Gil,

I am very sorry that you couldn't replay the game, please let me know if you want me to send you a key to download it.
Thanks,
Olga

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#969369 - 07/23/14 10:58 AM Re: Frogwares, Dracula and Steam [Re: Olga]
traveler Offline
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Olga,

Thank you, that's very kind and I appreciate the offer but I don't use Steam.

Best regards,

Gil.
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