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Generic Username 01 said:
blue-lady said:
Generic Username 01 said:
It may be $30 in the US, but in Australia our retail stores live in a parallel universe where that coverts not into $AU50 as you would expect but $AU100. Besides, I already have Portal. Buying from Steam would be the best, but looking at those download sizes it's not going to happen. I shall have to investigate buying a license off Steam.

Actually HL2's size isn't that bad.

Thanks anyway though.

Are you kidding?

Here in Sydney the Orange Box can be bought for $50AU.

Really? What store? Even JB scrounges me.

As for the quote below, I've already installed Portal off a retail disc, but can you tell me how I activate a product in case I do get a backup disc?

ssj 12 said:
as for portal, if you have the Serial number just go to activate product on stream.

I've found it in JB for $60 before.  The pre/post Xmas sales at EB had pretty awesome prices too.

 



 

 

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Edit: Previous text was a stupid question.

Essentially what I'm asking is if I install a game of a friend's backup and then buy the game, will Steam realise I already have the files and skip the download?



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Yes. That should work.

What I would do is start the download so that Steam recognizes it as a partially installed game, close Steam, copy the files, and restart Steam...I believe that has worked for friends at a LAN party, I can't remember for sure though.

Also, Source games share resources I believe, so downloading HL2, and then ep1, and then ep2 should save you bandwidth, you'll probably only have to download 40% of the game or so.



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You can sometimes copy files directly. Also, you can have a friend choose backup from the Steam menu and use that to install. If you want to use an existing retail version and buy the licence on Steam, buy the game on Steam first, stop the download and then use the retail disc. (That worked for me).



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Thanks for the help guys, I'll probably be testing with a backup of CS soon. HL2 is solved for me as I found a friend with a spare license key.

Thanks again for all the help guys.



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