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  • Digital Download VS Retail Disk

    I need to get a copy of Operation Arrowhead so I can play PR:Arma2 when it comes out. I found a copy of Combined Ops for $12.50 on Amazon but it's a Digital Download. Is there a hassle with the Digital Download like there is with the Steam version or is it basically the same as the Retail DVD? I have a copy of Arma2 from Steam and it was always a pain with patches and mods so I don't want to make the same mistake again.

    http://www.amazon.com/ArmA2-Combined...8MEV2JVJZSC090
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    Re: Digital Download VS Retail Disk

    Digital download from Amazon is just like retail disk but you just download it.
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      Re: Digital Download VS Retail Disk

      yar, as niko said. you download the installer and it installs the game like the disk.

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        OK thanks guys. The GF picked me up a TrackIR for xmas and I'm dying to try it out in Arma.
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          I enjoy Download inside steam..makes it less worrysome to format HDD wondering if i lost any CDs or keys..if its available on steam i buy it there



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            Non-steam digital downloads are my preferred method purchasing games for the PC. No disk and no hassle. Kind of a win-win. All the digital downloads from direct2drive, sproket games, etc....have all the benefits(additional downloads, Key listing, etc) of steam without any additional software or hassle.
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            • #7
              Re: Digital Download VS Retail Disk

              Normally I am a huge Steam supporter, but it's integration with how it updates the content, and treating each game as a separate game, really causes alot more headaches for the Steam users of ArmA. Typical patches are delayed anywhere from 4 to 72 hrs. And instead of being a 200-300mb patch they end up turning into a 2.5gb download on average. Simply, ArmA integration with Steam has been painful for a whole number of reasons. If you already have ArmA2 on steam and you pick up Arrowhead... you can install it to the same directory... and vise versa. But when dealing with two copies from steam, you need to resort to extended modlines, and or creating your own symbolic links to get the games to run in the "Combined Operations" mode. And then when making custom modlines ontop of that already extended process that Steam added, it can be daunting for some users.
              The views expressed herein are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of TacticalGamer.com or of any other TacticalGamer ArmA Administration member, reader discretion is advised.

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                Re: Digital Download VS Retail Disk

                I'm going to scrap the original Steam version I bought. I can get CO Digital Download for $12 and avoid the hassels.

                Update:
                I just tried to download from the amazon site and it's for US customers only. Anyone know of another online retailer that is offering a discount for other countries? (Canada)

                Update:
                Forget it ... just downloaded from Sprocket. $22 US. Still 50% off.
                Last edited by Hurtz; 01-01-2011, 04:27 PM.
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