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View Poll Results: What online game distributor do you like most?
steam 76 95.00%
origin 3 3.75%
impulse 0 0%
Uplay 1 1.25%
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Default What online game distributor do you like most? - 03-04-2013, 09:47 | posts: 153

What the title says, and say why. I seem to like origin most. Yea steam has more sales but i think origin's interface is easier to navigate and is alot faster. I seem to have many more problems with steam. Unless im blind ive seen on origin that you can repair games instead of deleting and re downloading the entire thing again which ive had to do with steam many times. Ive even had steam mess up where i had to re install it which means deleting and re downloading two dozen games, which has never happened with origin. I seem to have quicker download speeds too with origin.

EDIT: Impulse is GameStop. forgot it changed sorry

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Default 03-04-2013, 10:01 | posts: 10,057 | Location: United kingdom

Steam.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 10:10 | posts: 11,709 | Location: England

Considering Origin and Uplay are barebones and unfinished compared with Steam then it is an easy win for Valve. I've never heard of Impulse.

That said, Steam does annoy me at times as since they added support for Linux I've found that it has a tendency to 'forget' a number of my games are installed so I have to do the file rediscovery/install thing again so I can play them. I lost 150 games from my library over two weeks ago then another 15 or so last week and 50 over the weekend. The only thing I can think that is causing this is that I've had a few system freezes while trying to get my PC stable over the past few weeks and when I've rebooted my PC I've seen the Steam Updater window followed by a number of games becoming uninstalled in my library.

However, I've had system freezes before over the eight years I've been using Steam and they never caused games to become uninstalled. So if this is a bug caused by system freezes then it wants fixing quickly because crashes invariably happen from time to time even on supposedly stable systems.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 12:24 | posts: 105

what on earth is impulse? on the list... STEAM definitely!
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 12:36 | posts: 1,255 | Location: Iowa

Steam.

It's Zoey approved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vewmAjTqGHg
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 13:03 | posts: 1,599 | Location: Unknown

5) none of the above
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 13:20 | posts: 618 | Location: England

Steam generally. Though I wish it didn't have to be always on. Which isn't the case for some Origin titles. So where possible, I've added steam keys to origin, downloaded and installed via origin and then run with no client at all. I'd also like the option to choose which patch number to install a given game to. I've had a few games get patched for the worse and then had no way to revert/roll back.

Btw, I believe Impulse is stardocks offering?
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 13:25 | posts: 3,364 | Location: United Kingdom

Steam has won me over the years, before that I was strictly keep games hidden and launch from directory old school style.

Everything else is an unwanted nuisance, I definitely don't want multiple programs to launch my games. I believe this is doing the PC gaming more bad than good. Steam at least did and does provide a standardised platform of some sort to compete with consoles, shame important big titles are hitting the likes of Origin
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 13:50 | posts: 79 | Location: Ohio

Steam.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 14:11 | posts: 2,280 | Location: Manchester, UK

Origin hands down, for how I use them it's a lot faster at booting up (like 2 seconds) and to me has a much nicer interface. As time goes on I like Origin more and Steam less - with every Steam update it gets slower and with every Origin update it gets faster.

Also, deep down I'll always have a bit of hate for Steam as it popularised the "have to run our store client to play your games" system and there support is terrible.

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Default 03-04-2013, 14:46 | posts: 4,397 | Location: Romania

Steam and Origin both, granted Steam is the better one by far. I'm keeping Origin (that improved quite a lot actually) strictly for exclusive EA games like ME and BF series.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 16:23 | posts: 2,457 | Location: Serbia

I don't care too much about any of them, but I've had OK experience with Origin and Steam. So, maybe those two.
Tho I'd rather have an option for something like GoG or simply a physical disc, where you can have your installer without requiring to have some sort of DRM in order to install and play your game. Of course if its a purely online game, then it really doesn't matter.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 16:57 | posts: 1,110

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Unless im blind ive seen on origin that you can repair games instead of deleting and re downloading the entire thing again which ive had to do with steam many times.
You can do that with Steam as well.
Rightclick on game>Local Files>Check files for errors
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 17:01 | posts: 4,960 | Location: Netherlands

Steam, cause all my friends use it, and i use it as a messenger.

Sinds steam i've also stopped using Xfire.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 17:31 | posts: 1,577 | Location: USA

I like Steam. The only games I have installed right now are BF3, Max Payne 3, and DayZ--None of which launch from Steam.

I am not sure what happened, but in my library, it doesn't list anything that I have. I am not aching to play HL2 again, but I don't know why some of the titles are missing.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 17:37 | posts: 388 | Location: Binghamton, NY USA

I didn't vote since there is no option for none of the above. I like buying the physical discs (as long as that lasts). But I will say I read an article a few weeks ago that stated Steam enjoys 70% of the gaming market. They have been around for quite some time now compared to some of the others.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 19:08 | posts: 1,577 | Location: USA

I also like owning the physical disc. I like physical property even if out-dated. I also like getting a physical instruction manual (although sometimes they just say go online for the manual).
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 20:33 | posts: 263

Why isn't GoG part of the list? It's the only one without DRM and therefore the best by far.
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 20:37 | posts: 4,683 | Location: Washington DC

Was the 1 vote for Uplay a joke?
   
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Who voted Uplay?
   
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Default 03-04-2013, 21:00 | posts: 1,668 | Location: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Impulse used to be on a track to decency. Until Stardock sold it to GameStop...

But anyways, Steam wins, hands-down. Only positive things I can say about Origin are parts of the interface's aesthetics, and the download speeds.

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Default 03-04-2013, 23:42 | posts: 2,667 | Location: Ohio

Steam, most assuredly. Origin isn't as hideously bad as it was, as shockingly, EA has been improving it. The worst I've used was GFWL. That was just awful.
   
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Default 03-05-2013, 00:31 | posts: 9,455 | Location: Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

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Why isn't GoG part of the list? It's the only one without DRM and therefore the best by far.
Yeah i didnt see GOG either.

Steam by far for me. Also GOG for classic titles.
   
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Default 03-05-2013, 00:41 | posts: 38

I voted Steam but only cause I felt I pretty much had to.Steam has been around the longest and offers the greatest selection of titles.Origin ,on the other hand ,loads much faster and provides a more streamlined interface which I prefer.I don't like the way this seems to be going though with each publisher starting up it's own distribution software.
   
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Default 03-05-2013, 03:32 | posts: 153

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Impulse used to be on a track to decency. Until Stardock sold it to GameStop...

But anyways, Steam wins, hands-down. Only positive things I can say about Origin are parts of the interface's aesthetics, and the download speeds.

- PR-0927
Oh yea i think its gamestop now, its been a while since i used it. my bad.

I forgot to mention too (which someone else also said above) that i find impulse starts up alotttt faster than steam does. half the time steam freezes and i have to alt control delete, end task, and restart steam again when i try starting it.

And yea sorry i guess i could of thrown in GOG, i also love GOG. I just didnt think of it since its just a website and not an actual program.
   
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