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Old 07-23-2006, 08:20 PM   #1
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Angry Just bought it but cant play it!

(i've already contacted steam support, i'm just letting off some.. er, steam)

I installed Sin Episodes and after it finished installing, it closed the installation and Steam started. When steam started it just sat there for a good 10 minutes not doing anything.

Now there is nothing wrong with my machine, i've played right through halflife2 and had some issues with steam then too, so i know its just a typical steam issue.

So i closed steam down and restarted it, but only Sin1 and Sin1:Multiplayer were in 'my games'. I tried restarting several times but had no luck, so i did a reinstall of Sin Episodes.

After the install finished this time, steam started properly and the Activate Product prompt came up (it didnt last time), so i entered my number found on the 'quick reference card' in the dvd case, but steam sid it was already activated to another account.

Now how the F*** is that possible? I never tried to activate it during the first install, and this game was bought no less then 2 hours prior at a local games shope, brand new!

So now i sit here twiddling my thumbs, $44 out of pocket, with nothing to do while i wait for the F***ers at steam to email me telling me what the news is. Most likely that i'm shit out of luck and now left with a f***ing dud game.

I hope someone from Ritual reads this and rings the turds at steam and tells them to hurry tfu.

I really hope steam shuts down, its ruining games for the honest people.
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:10 PM   #2
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Try deleting you .blob file (that works for everything)

$44? I hope thats not US.

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Old 07-23-2006, 10:16 PM   #3
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$44 bucks..............When did the game Price jump from $19 to $44 xD!!

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Old 07-24-2006, 01:26 AM   #4
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Thats $44 Australian.

Deleting the .blob file did nothing, I'm assuming you were refering to the client registry .blob file, not the app update stats .blob file? I only tried deleting the Client one.

Anyway they still havn't emailed me back yet, the women from the games store said she has alot of trouble with faulty activation codes and steam in general. Apparently Blizzard products are troublsome too.

Anyway i'm pissed off and cant wait to play it, but i'm stuck having to look at screens and watchin the trailer.

I'm considering getting HL2: Episode1 as Episode2 looks great, and has Portal and TF2 included, but the problems with steam have really turned me off it.

Anyone else have trouble with steam?
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Old 07-24-2006, 02:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: Just bought it but cant play it!

there is a very good article about copyright protection here

http://www.virtual-hideout.net/artic...on/index.shtml

http://virtual-hideout.net/articles/...t2/index.shtml

it states out that copyright protection actually punishes the people who buy the games. If you had downloaded pirated copy you would be fine. And EVERY protection up to know except for MMO games have fallen. What is more the people who crack games do it for fun and actually bought them so making copyright protection harder just gives them more fun and the people who buy games more trouble.

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Old 07-24-2006, 03:26 AM   #6
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Yeah its well known that people will try to break copy protection to be rebelious or to be the first to do it. It becomes a challenge for them to break what is considered unbreakable. Its sad to think that in the not too distant future, delivery systems like steam will be an industry standard for games.

Even further down the track, when internet speeds are super fast, we can probably expect games to be loaded into memory on the fly froma main server. This would prevent people from having the game content and being able to breach copyright by editing it or pirating it.

But we know the rebelious/ smart ones will find a way to dump the data thats loaded into memory somwhere and bypass that too.

I'm all for copy protection, but when it stuffs up, its the customers that suffer.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:54 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by s13n1
(i've already contacted steam support, i'm just letting off some.. er, steam)

I installed Sin Episodes and after it finished installing, it closed the installation and Steam started. When steam started it just sat there for a good 10 minutes not doing anything.

Now there is nothing wrong with my machine, i've played right through halflife2 and had some issues with steam then too, so i know its just a typical steam issue.

So i closed steam down and restarted it, but only Sin1 and Sin1:Multiplayer were in 'my games'. I tried restarting several times but had no luck, so i did a reinstall of Sin Episodes.

After the install finished this time, steam started properly and the Activate Product prompt came up (it didnt last time), so i entered my number found on the 'quick reference card' in the dvd case, but steam sid it was already activated to another account.

Now how the F*** is that possible? I never tried to activate it during the first install, and this game was bought no less then 2 hours prior at a local games shope, brand new!

So now i sit here twiddling my thumbs, $44 out of pocket, with nothing to do while i wait for the F***ers at steam to email me telling me what the news is. Most likely that i'm shit out of luck and now left with a f***ing dud game.

I hope someone from Ritual reads this and rings the turds at steam and tells them to hurry tfu.

I really hope steam shuts down, its ruining games for the honest people.
Did you activate the CD key with Steam that was in the package?

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Old 07-24-2006, 04:21 PM   #8
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I feel for you my friend, to keep someone playing SinEps is cruel.
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:30 AM   #9
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The DVD auto played, i simply installed from the menu.

If there was a special version of steam on the DVD that i was supposed to install, i knew nothing about it. Steam updates itself though right?

Anyway there is still nothing done to fix this problem, so i've posted this problem on the steam boards too. Dont mean to make a a big deal about it.. but hey, it is a big deal.

The game does look good though, i hope can play it soon.

I'm suprised my GF didnt take the game back when she seen the pic of Elexis on the back cover..
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Old 07-25-2006, 08:31 AM   #10
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The DVD auto played, i simply installed from the menu.

If there was a special version of steam on the DVD that i was supposed to install, i knew nothing about it. Steam updates itself though right?

Anyway there is still nothing done to fix this problem, so i've posted this problem on the steam boards too. Dont mean to make a a big deal about it.. but hey, it is a big deal.

The game does look good though, i hope can play it soon.

I'm suprised my GF didnt take the game back when she seen the pic of Elexis on the back cover..
If you go to the Games menu in Steam and select "Activate a product over Steam," it will bring up a wizard that will ask you for your CD key.

Enter the CD key that came with your copy.

If it still does not work, let me know and I'll contact Valve on your behalf.

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Old 07-25-2006, 08:38 AM   #11
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I have tried activating the game several times that way, to be sure i was not making typos, but its no good.

Thankyou for your help Michael that would be super!
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