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Pros & Cons - Steam vs GOG which will you pick and why?


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I don't like Steam looking over my shoulder when I play, so I avoid it whenever there are alternatives that don't. GoG is one of those alternatives, so yay, GoG all the way.
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With GoG, I need to have a credit card which is not that common here in germany.

Credit cards are not common in Germany? What?!

 

Anyway - you don't need a credit card. You can pay through paypal or through paysafecard (paysafecard can be charged in a similar way to steam or google play - with cards that are bought in a store. They're available in Germany. You can find store near you here)



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I'll have both, Steam for convenience, I've got the 10 years of service badge from Steam, after all.

 

That said, I've also got a physical copy of the game coming with a DRM free disk inside.

 

No compromises here.



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I had more than one key so I picked both.  Of course the GoG version is what I will be playing, I gave the Steam ones to friends.



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It was still a toss-up for me but I don't have much experience with Steam (only the BB) and I already have several old IE games and NWN2 on GOG so Pillars will be in good company there - GOG it is! 



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With GoG, I need to have a credit card which is not that common here in germany.

Credit cards are not common in Germany? What?!

 

Anyway - you don't need a credit card. You can pay through paypal or through paysafecard (paysafecard can be charged in a similar way to steam or google play - with cards that are bought in a store. They're available in Germany. You can find store near you here)

 

Credit cards which are perfectly common here in Czech Republic are working perfectly with GoG. But who knows. Maybe they havnt Visa in Germany. 



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I will go with GOG there is not even a single doubt on my mind on that one. Simply because I think games like this are meant to be bought on GOG. They are games on on oldschool genre and they just need to stand next to all the other classics of that period. And while I am in no way against Steam (using it for over 7 years now and have a nice collection) I am using Steam mostly for AAA games that are from the present and indiegames or simply games that are not on GOG at the moment  (EU IV would be a good example of that). But sooner or later I gonna get a copy on Steam aswell if it goes on discount and I will always have my phyical copy of it so I will never have a problem with not having a DRM free version.


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With GoG, I need to have a credit card which is not that common here in germany.

Credit cards are not common in Germany? What?!

 

Anyway - you don't need a credit card. You can pay through paypal or through paysafecard (paysafecard can be charged in a similar way to steam or google play - with cards that are bought in a store. They're available in Germany. You can find store near you here)

 

 

You'd be surprised. My German GF doesn't have a credit card either, and just a few years ago when me and some friends (before I met my GF) wanted to pay in a grocery store, they didn't even take VISA/Mastercard. From the perspective of a Swede, it's absolutely absurd. No-one she knows has an internet bank. I'm like "What, come again?".

 

Her older brother that plays MMO:s pays with paysafecards (or something to that effect; disposable "credit cards" you buy in shops). An adult person. I don't want to sound patronizing or offend anyone, I just want to convey how utterly weird that is to me.


Edited by Luckmann, 25 March 2015 - 10:08 AM.

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Yar, I suppose since I'm getting the physical DRM-free disc anyway Steam makes more sense for me, but if I got to choose between the two who to give my patronage to, it would be GOG (I used to be something of an anti-DRM nazi, but I just can't summon enough passion to care much anymore :sweat:).



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So either you have Steam:

- Convenience

 

I see this line of reasoning quite often and I think it's misleading for someone on the fence if they keep seeing Steam=convenience over and over again.

 

I, for one, find Steam extremely inconvenient; why must I install a separate program just to get a particular game that I want? GoG hands down is WAAAAAY more convenient for me: download --> install.

 

GoG all the way for no-nonsense DRM-free downloads. Big companies are really, really, really, REALLY stupid for not wanting to put their titles, triple-AA or otherwise, on GoG (or offer it DRM-free on their own sites). I don't know how many people out there are like me, but many of my friends refuse to buy games if they're not DRM-free (or at maximum, a simple CD check. We're old-school). I've been itching to play the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot for some time now, as well as Dragon Age Inquisition, Child of Light, Rayman Legends, and a few other titles. I guess stockholders for Square-Enix and Ubisoft don't want me to give money to the companies they're invested in (though they did get my money for Rayman Origins day one, guess why?).

 

Praise be to CDProjekt and GoG.

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Prolly going GoG as that's where all my Black Isle, Fallout, & Baldur's Gate games are.

Then d/l the install and back that up to my NAS with the others.



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My trust on Steam is very low so whenever I get a chance to get a game from GOG. I'll take it.



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Unlocked my Royal Edition on GoG, since the differences won't be in game, and I like having all of my IE games on one platform. Additionally, the downloader is better for getting the goodies where I want them. I unlocked my Hero edition on Steam to preload it. I would've liked to share the second key, but I don't know anyone who plays RPGs, let alone CRPGs, so why not make the best of it!?



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GoG, of course. I am a CDPR rent-boy, after all.

 

Praise My Polish Masters.

Seriously, this was a tough one. DRM-free and no need to have Steam running won out, though. Well, mostly. The weekly moderator beatings have impacted my sense of independen...no! I didn't say that! Praise GoG!



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For me it's one of the easiest decisions. Of course, I'll pick up the GoG version, as it's completely DRM free. You download a simple installation file, and from then on install on any PC, reinstall, loan it to a friend (removing your own installation at the same time) and delete without ever worrying about which account to login (or remain offline at) and whether any internet connections are needed during install or not.

 

GOG's is the superior version by far. One of the best things about Kickstarter backed games, is this chance to influence the game creators to have options other than steam. I remember asking Obsidian about DRM in the early days of their Kickstarter pitch and on finding out that the game will be DRM free, I spent more on PoE compared to any single game purchase I have made in the last ten years or so. Had the game been created outside the Kickstarter method, it'd have very likely been locked to Steamworks, and I would not have paid even $2-3 on Steam for it during their sales.

 

Thanks Obsidian for keeping all options available.



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I barely ever use Steam, so here's a noob question: Once I set it to Offline mode, I no longer have to connect online to play it, right? Llike it doesn't connect, then go offline, then play?

Yes, you will be able to play. In theory you could find game in your steam directory and create a direct shortcut to the exe file to start the game without running Steam.

 

I'm pretty sure this isn't the case. There's a reason it's called DRM. 

 

 

It varies from game to game and is in part based on the choice of the developer.

 

Some games on Steam really can just be launched locally without ever touching on Steams optional API utilisation. So you can download the game through Steam, then just launch the game directly and never have it really touch Steam again.

 

Other developers opt to use the available services to have Steam act as a more standard form of DRM, but still allowing offline play.

 

Whilst others design it so that it really doesn't play well with offline mode and requires at least a initial online connection.

 

It really is down to the individual title and the developers. Valve provide the API tools, developers decide the extent they want to utilise them.

 

 

Some standard Steam behaviour however seems to be that if Steam knows/thinks there is a update for a game pending, offline mode for that game generally won't work as it will keep trying to update prior to allowing you to start up the game. This can be worked around in various ways however.


Edited by Tikigod, 26 March 2015 - 02:27 AM.


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Credit cards are not common in Germany? What?!

 

Anyway - you don't need a credit card. You can pay through paypal or through paysafecard (paysafecard can be charged in a similar way to steam or google play - with cards that are bought in a store. They're available in Germany. You can find store near you here)

 

 

Believe it or not; but credit cards are not as common as in other countries here in germany. This is because germany has a pretty powerful direct debit transfer system for national transactions. That makes having a credit card only important if you want to do international purchases.

Ebay, Amazon and all major international companies also allow debit entry here, so that's even less of a reason to have a credit card. I don't get why Steam hasn't upgraded their service with that option yet, considering even Blizzard offers debit entry for WoW)

 

Also with the recent law changes of EU-wide banking which makes direct transfers within the EU free of charge, the incentive to have a credit card gets even weaker.

 

 

I won't sign up on paysafecard just for a single game if I have a steam account already anyway, even if GoG is better. Paypal is an option, though.


Edited by Zwiebelchen, 26 March 2015 - 02:59 AM.


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GOG just published a document that might be worth reading through: http://www.gog.com/n...er_experience_b

 

That's the complete opposite of Steam approach to the customer service.

 

 

 

This is because germany has a pretty powerful direct debit transfer system for national transactions.

 

So does Poland and yet almost everyone here own either a credit or debit card - both of which you can use for paying on GOG (I actually pay with my debit card, not a credit card, if you want to know details like that). Banks give you a card to the account, regardless if you want it or not, it's automatic. It's the first time I hear someone saying that cards are not popular in Germany and every German I know of has a card (probably because they travel a lot?) - that's why I'm surprised. But never mind me :)


Edited by Sky_walker, 26 March 2015 - 03:53 AM.


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GOG just published a document that might be worth reading through: http://www.gog.com/n...er_experience_b

 

That's the complete opposite of Steam approach to the customer service.

 

 

 

This is because germany has a pretty powerful direct debit transfer system for national transactions.

 

So does Poland and yet almost everyone here own either a credit or debit card - both of which you can use for paying on GOG (I actually pay with my debit card, not a credit card, if you want to know details like that). Banks give you a card to the account, regardless if you want it or not, it's automatic. It's the first time I hear someone saying that cards are not popular in Germany and every German I know of has a card (probably because they travel a lot?) - that's why I'm surprised. But never mind me :)

 

Debit and credit cards are not the same. Every german has a debit card. But definitely not everyone has a credit card. I don't know why this is but this is how we roll. But yes, people that travel a lot will have one, simply because cc is the default payment in hotels.

 

I haven't checked out GoG's payment methods yet. If they actually offer debit, then that will be my first choice obviously (3 hours to go, btw).


Edited by Zwiebelchen, 26 March 2015 - 04:36 AM.


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Debit cards work perfectly fine with Steam. I've been using mine with Steam for years.

 

Don't take mention of 'Credit card' in any payment system in the literal sense. It's just used as a general name to mean both Credit and Debit cards.

 

In a lot of countries, debit cards are what your average person uses rather than credit cards. It's not exclusive to Germany. :)


Edited by Tikigod, 26 March 2015 - 04:43 AM.





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