Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Letting off STEAM (and that's a good thing)

In a previous post, I talked about how much I dislike the STEAM game site as a way of software distribution.  I also talked about the hoops needed to jump through in order to be able to play a game my father had purchased some time ago.

Now, the first thing I want to do is admit that I made a mistake in dating the game.  I thought this was the original Red Orchestra. Instead, it is the OSTFRONT 41-45 (2006) version.

Steam asked me to write down my ticket number ON the CD key page of the manual.  I also has to come up with either a username or email address that he used to log in to his Steam account.  Now, how would I know that?  Well, I gave them the email address my parents used before he passed away.

Today, I received an email with his username and a new password.  I was told to use that information when logging in and I would not have to re-enter the CD key to play.

Though I still loathe such control over software installation and distribution, I do want to commend STEAM for the job their tech team did in getting me up and running on a game that my father owned.

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