I was just wondering if I borrowed my mate's Left 4 Dead CD and installed it on my computer, could I then buy it on Steam. Would everything be cool chips? Not sure how the validation system and such works.
I only want to avoid the massive download because my bandwidth is capped at the moment.
It doesn't take that long for a game to get installed on Steam as long as you have DSL or some kind of Broadband. I could see why you would want to load it by CD if you didn't have Broadband but that would be about it.
it's not the time he's trying to avoid it's the bandwidth. stupid greedy isp's are capping downloading now.
i'm not sure if it would work but why not try? i think you might be able to back up your friend's game and then maybe you could put that into steam, buy a new license and install from there.. not totally sure tho
You have to "back up" the local files first, then copy them onto a DVD (unless the DVD has the backup restore program on it already). You then have to buy it, then restore the backup on Steam. You don't need to re-download anything. I do this all the time with multiple PCs because I can't afford the bandwidth when I have a measly 25GB cap. It's also much faster. The backup contains the game data, but not the licence.
1) You buy a game on steam.
2) You download it through steam, and stem updates it fully with all the latest patches and such
3) You run the game
4) If the game requires a CD key, a little popup comes up with the key
5) If you ever need to reinstall, you can right click the game in Steam, and hit View CD-Key to check your key again.