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Digital distributors refuse to stock PC Modern Warfare 2

Post by maxdamage » Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:44 am

Direct2Drive, Impulse, Gamersgate shun mandatory Steam installation

The mandatory installation of Steam for Modern Warfare 2 PC has been deemed a "Trojan horse" by digital distributor Direct2Drive, who's refused to stock the game along with Impulse and Gamersgate.

Direct2Drive has told Gamasutra, "We don't believe games should force the user to install a Trojan Horse." The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 will use Valve's Steamworks to manage such processes as installation, DRM, patching and save games, but this also means that Steam itself needs to be on players' systems.

The online retailers feel that selling a game that carries a storefront for a competitor is against their interests.

Impulse told IGN PC site VE3D, "We share some of the same concerns as Direct2Drive over the bundling of the Steam client with the game. The most obvious issue is the forced inclusion of a competitor's store that blocks us from carrying the game."

But the retailers emphasise that their issue is not with Modern Warfare 2 or Activision. "Our issues with the game are solely with the Steamworks bundling. We enjoy a great relationship with Activision and would love to sell the title, but not with Steam," said Impluse, while Direct2Drive will be offering US$5 off coupons to some Activision titles as recompense to customers.

The news follows Gearbox's Randy Pitchford's claim that as a developer Valve has a conflict of interest regarding Steam, and called for Steam's move to being an independent business.


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Post by bzb » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:44 pm

I like Steam, I havent lost a single key code for any of the games I have on it. Direct2Drive is an okay system in fairness it is just more annoying to use.

But I wouldnt buy Modern Warfare 2 anyway, it is rediculously over priced- especially if the multiplayer side of things is dependant on p2p hosting which makes you a part of the games infrastructure. You should be charging them for your services.
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Post by TheOneNamedViper » Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:40 am

I prefer Steam too. It's not perfect, but it is the best system of the digital distribution systems out there that I have found so far.

There has only been one Steam based game so far that I haven't been able to run on my system without any problems. That's the Psychonauts demo. It simply wouldn't run. I don't know if the same thing would happen with the full game, but I'm hesitant to try after the demo wouldn't work, since I'd have to pay for it to test it.
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Post by Dukoth » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:53 am

Personally I'm not on the online retail band wagon at all. Give me a DVD and be done with it, mainly be cause my ISP is capped at 10gigs a month, but also because I like having a phisical copy of the game

besides those companies are just mad because they didn't think of it first
and they said it was just a black void

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