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Do CD-Rom PC games require downloading?

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September 30, 2011 1:57:57 AM

When you buy a PC game from a digital distributor, you always have to go through a very long downloading process (depending on your connection speed) before actually installing the game. Do CD PC games skip the downloading and go straight to the quick installation of the game?

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September 30, 2011 2:46:30 AM

It can depend.

Most games you buy in Stores (CD's and such) Have all the content you want on it, Therefore it's a quick install and no downloading.

But Sometimes when you buy a CD game, you may come home and go to install and play it and their could be a Massive patch, Then you'd have to download that patch.

And I think theirs a few expections, I think for me Portal 2 (Retail Version) I still had to download an extra 3-5Gb (I don't quite remember).

But Simple Answer, Generally No you don't have to download Anything if you have the CD.

September 30, 2011 3:27:45 AM

When you buy a game on CD / DVD there are only two things that you would normally download, and none of them would be required to play the game as is.

1. Patches - Mostly to fix bugs, but sometime also includes additional minor content.
2. DLC - Downloadable Content. Most of the time you need to pay for it. Very few times it is free. Basically extends the game a bit.
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September 30, 2011 6:31:43 AM

There are games which have the 'Steam' logo on them, which means you'll need to have Steam on your comp to play the game. While majority of the files/ data will be installed from the cd/ dvd, some files will still be downloaded from Steam. These usually mean patches/ updates to the game. So, even though you've purchased a retail, you'll still need Steam and files may still be downloaded from the net.
September 30, 2011 11:46:46 AM

Agree with all others.
Games that comes in CD/DVDs that you can buy from the store, doesn't require any downloading.
Downloading is required only for patches so as to update the game version. For example, you can't play the Multiplayer of a game because it requires that you update the game to latest version. In such a case, you'll need to download a patch.
Otherwise you won't have to. :) 
October 7, 2011 2:22:28 AM

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