Steam Stuff - What Has the Digital Distribution Giant Done Lately?

#602

Yes, I believe I lost several games from previous D2D ownership changes.

Technically they are still around, but I lost a good amount when they changed ownership and re-branded.

Edit: I just went to the current D2D site and tried to login, and the site indicated that my account is ‘innactive’ so unless I want to fight with customer service it seems like I have lost everything. Not sure if I needed to login in periodically to keep my account active or what happened there.

Thankfully the last few recent purchases I was able to redeem on Steam at the time.

#603

Exactly. So when the Epic fans claim that store is just another store, that is not a selling point. D2D, Impulse, GG and ViaTech were all just other stores and I have lost products from each. But I have over a decade of history and 300+ games with Steam and have not lost one.

#604

Yep. These are platforms, not just stores. And as a platform in which to invest your money, you want something that is fairly monolithic and will stick around. It needs to prove itself over time with long-term commitment. Steam is just such a platform, and there is plenty of competition using Steam as the platform while competing at the seller level, as has been mentioned above.

GOG is another platform, but it’s one I’m far less confident about long-term. Nevertheless, I choose to support GOG because I believe in their stance.

#605

OMG, I totally misinterpreted your original post. I thought you had bought a Steam key from GG, and it wouldn’t redeem, and that when you said “Reason #542 why I like Steam” you were being sarcastic.

Now I gotcha. You actually do like Steam due to its history of reliability. Which I also like!

I’m just less annoyed by other platforms. It sucks, but the same thing is happening in video streaming services too. It’s just where we are now. Of course, I’m mostly only playing games on other platforms that they’re giving me for free (Twitch and Epic especially), so I’m not that invested. I have bought a few things on GOG and UPlay.

#606

Maybe you’ve checked this, but could it be your hard drive that’s slowing everything down? On the download page, the graph has two lines - one for your DL speed (network) and one for the write speed (disk). I know when we finally got a gigabit internet connection, sometimes our downloads would start and stop, but the graph was clearly showing that my older HDD couldn’t write as fast as our internet connection could download.

#607

A good thought, but I have a Samsung SSD so I don’t believe that’s the issue. I won’t rule it out, but it seems unlikely to me.

#608

Yeah, seems unlikely if you’re writing to an SSD. I was not when I was having this issue.

#609

Also, I mentioned before but I get much better and consistent speeds with EPIC and uPlay, so it’s just something with Steam for some reason. I just pulled down Anno 1800 and got the entire thing in about 11 minutes.

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Anyway, if no one else is really seeing this that’s excellent news all around, I think it must be something with the download servers near me (since I think @robc04 is not too far away from me geographically and he’s seeing at least some of this, too).

#610

Never any issues with download speed, centered here between Philly and NYC.

Took just under 5 minutes. :D

#611

Hahahaha, damn. I only wish I got those speeds. What you guys describe as bad is the best I can hope for in chicago.

Getting 2.6 mb/s is an improvement. I think the highest I ever saw, for even a short time, was 3.5.

#612

I don’t have those speeds, but Steam is also able to team connections. When I was doing powerline networking, I could add a wireless network and Steam uses both to their capacity.

#613

I’ve been sitting here thinking the same thing. My actual internet connection is “only” 30 Mbps so 3.5 MB/s is pretty good, really.

#614

Exactly. Most downloads average between 800kb/s and 2.1mb/s. Sometimes dipping lower, and only very rarely going above.

And 3-4 years ago it was half that. In Chicago. Got no sympathy for complaints above!

#615

mines supposed to go up to 400 mbps but I usually get 320-360 on Steam, Epic and all the other stores

#616

Yup, just got an upgrade last month and I’m thrilled whenever I get a sustained 6 MB/s. I thought that was fast until I saw the numbers upthread…

#617

I look forward to Valve’s algorithm flagging and removing the reviews from this recent review bomb.

#618

I’ve sure the developer and Valve will have no problem yanking out all the praise…

#619

If Ubi could have predicted the review response for Unity, do you think they would’ve torched the Notre-Dame closer to release?

Sorry, that was a grossly inappropriate and insensitive joke.

#620

I had a guilty laugh from it.

#621

Nothing wrong with some dark humor, I chuckled.