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jaskiewiczm

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2 years #1

Will I be able to copy the game to DVD or buy a copy on DVD? Is the internet download the only way?

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Trent O

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2 years #2

Internet download is the only way, We tried to cut a deal on boxed product, but it has stalled and isn't going anywhere.
-Trent

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GoblinGoodies

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2 years #3

If I got a new computer after installing the game on my old one would I have to buy the download again?

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Raistlin

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2 years #4

GoblinGoodies! The game will be tied to your account, you can download the games from there as many times as you want, install and uninstall BG for fun if you want! It's ok as long as you authenticate with your login.

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APhantasm

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2 years #5

K the only thing I have a problem with is the "authenticate with your login". So what happens if one day, in the distant future, you go out of business. Are you going to have in place an alternate way of authenticating the software? Cause I don't want to buy it if I am going to loose access to the software in the event you all go out of business. Its the same reason I don't like buying MMO software.

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sarnyn

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2 years #6

What company would take measures to protects the users in case of going out of business? Sounds like in 10 or 20 years, the original BG will still be the better game since it will be playable provided adequate virtualization/emulation (which is not that hard).

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APhantasm

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2 years #7

None. But at the same time most game companies don't require you to authorize the game over the internet. I have games from the 1980's I can still play, I have games from the 1990's I can still play, I have games from 2000's I can still play. Why cause their DRM and/or copy protection is on disc. Internet required DRM is a stupid idea.

Secondly there is no guarantee the BG:EE will still be available in 10 years or 20 years. That all depends greatly if the company is still around in that time. Even if their not that also depends on whether or not another company buys the rights to the software.

And to think they may be around is a tad naive. I have seen a number of companies either get bought out or go out of business. Some of the software from those companies is impossible to get now.

Take for example Sierra Online a very popular gaming company in the 80's and 90's. They were bought out by Vivendi, who was bought out by Activision. Activision sells only the more popular of Sierra's titles; such as King's Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. The only way to get the rest is from 3rd party sellers on Amazon or Ebay cause their not sold any other way. Thexder for example is not sold by Activision.

So I say again what happens if the company goes out of business or gets bought out (and the buyer decides not to sell or support BG:EE for whatever reason. With internet authentication were left with a game we can't play, if we can't authenticate it.

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Menthro

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2 years #8

Trentoster already confirmed on his twitter is beamdog/overhaul go under they will release a patch removing even the little DRM that BG:EE contains.

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Ithual

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over 1 year #9

Releasing a patch to remove DRM is good, but if they do go under, we won't be able to download the game in the first place?!?

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Clobodo

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over 1 year #10

The solution seems obvious. Buy the game. Download it. Backup your c:\program files\BeamDog\Games folder to HD or DVD.
Now you're covered.


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