Call of Duty and Stream. Argggggggggggg

Hello Everyone,

Well, I finally committed and purchased a new PC to play Call of Duty Ghost that my wife bought me for Christmas. Everything is going well, I installed the game, downloaded the updated from Stream and was playing merrily away when the stupid power went out. The unexpected shutdown somehow corrupted Windows and I was forced (after trying everything) to re-install Windows (no, the computer wouldn’t do a restore), which meant I had to re-install COD.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem except we live out in the middle of nowhere and rely solely on cellular for or internet connection. Between the first Stream update and half of the second I exceeded my 2.5 gigs of 4g data and now I’m throttled for the rest of the month. Problem is Stream was only updated 63% when this happened. I now have spent the last 13 hours attempting to download the remaining 37% and as of now I’m only up to 79%. Argggggggggggg. Argggggggggggg. Argggggggggggg. I love living in the “country” and wouldn’t change it for anything, but this if one of the drawbacks.

So, my question is twofold, #1: Is there any way to download this Steam/COD update on my tablet from a free wifi spot (ie: McDonalds etc…) and then transfer it via SD card to my desktop? #2: When did buying and playing a game become such a pain in the ass? Why the hell do I need Steam and why the hell do I have to update the game. For Christ Sake’s, it came on four CDs, why can’t I jist install it and play it? And for the love of all that is Holy why the hell am I required to have an internet connection to play a single player game on my own friggin computer? Fark game companies and fark them hard. This is madness.madness.

Something tells me the reason for all of this is the asshats of this world who insist on pirating. A few bad apples and we all suffer. Thanks twatwaffles. (sorry, I’m very frustrated)

I sympathize. Unfortunately, there’s probably not much you can do; if the company doesn’t offer another option (most don’t), you’re stuck.

In the interest of fairness, however, I would note- the reason for all this is the companies who release the games, not the pirates. The pirates get cracked copies that don’t require any form of authentication at all- and sooner or later, the DRM gets broken.

I don’t know why it needs Steam. Some companies use it for their multiplayer, some for patch distribution, a lot of it for anti-pirating. For all that patching, blame companies who want to meet release deadlines more than they want to release a complete, non-buggy game at release.

I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties, but I love Steam and have stopped buying physical-disc games for the PC. The games just work, even old games. (I have heard not everyone is so fortunate, but this isn’t common, to the best of my understanding.) They have fabulous sales. You don’t have to save discs and registration codes. You don’t have to worry about a scratched CD wrecking your ability to play.

And yes, pirates are omnipresent. An indie developer made a game called Game Dev Tycoon, that’s a PC game development simulator. They quietly uploaded a cracked version to torrent sites that would eventually bankrupt any company you tried to make - because of too much pirating. And the real-life game pirates cried and cried, and wondered if they could make DRM that would stop piracy of their simulated game software in their pirated game. And a single day after release, almost 94% of the copies of the real Game Dev Tycoon being played were pirated, broken copies.

I’d suggest maybe E-mailing the company and seeing if they could give you a suggestion, sorry.

The fact of the matter is, the vast majority of people who play computer games have high-speed internet connections and are constantly online. That may suck for people like the OP, but they’re no more than a statistical blip.

Myself, I’ve installed games from Steam even when I had the physical disks here with me, because downloading the game was more convenient that going to the shelf.

The moral is, whenever you make a major change to Windows, back it up.

Aomei Backupper is excellent, and free. If you partition your drive intelligently, and install major apps (like Steam games) to a different partition from Windows, you can keep your system partition down around 30GB, even for 8.1 Pro, and do a complete system backup or restore in about 5 minutes.

Also, get a surge protector for your computer.

If it’s just the Steam client update, I believe you could pretty easily just download the latest client installer onto your tablet and then move it onto your computer.

With the game itself, you can usually just copy the game folder from computer to computer and it’ll work without having to re-download anything. So, if you had an accomplice who has the game too, you can put the whole (up-to-date patched) game directory onto a thumbdrive or external HD and then drop it into the “steamapps” directory on your computer. Steam will find it, see that you own it and should let you play it without any further downloads.

Then put Steam in offline mode and make sure never to click the “go online” button!

A surge protector wouldn’t have done any good here, since it appears all that happened was the computer shut down at an inopportune moment and it corrupted some file or other. What he would need is a UPS so after the power goes out he’d have a few minutes to shut the computer down properly.

It could just be the game. The PC download version is getting hammered on Amazon reviews (109 one-star reviews out of 206 total). It’s the reason I didn’t buy it. In my experience, Steam is a pretty friendly interface for games.

Speaking of surge protectors, there are some you can get that have battery backup which can allow it to continue providing power for a short time when the electricity goes out. I’d definitely recommend one to anyone with a desktop. They’re not too expensive, either.

Do you have a friend with the game? If they right-click on the game in their library there will be an option to ‘backup game files’. This is for backing up the game itself, not their save data. I just checked on my pc and it says it will take 4 dvds to backup everything. Once they burn the files to discs, you can copy them down to your computer and install from there with all the current updates.

Just for sake of accuracy, it’s worth noting that these figures are slightly misleading depending on how you look at it. They were taken after a single day, during which the only legitimate place to buy the game was the developer’s website. Had the game been widely distributed through Steam, Desura, GOG, etc the number of legitimately purchased copies would have no doubt been much higher and brought that 94% number down dramatically. That’s not to defend the piracy but the “test” was done in a situation unfavorable to the honest customer (very limited distribution and most likely didn’t even know who the publisher was or that the game existed) while he was promoting the “crack” and having friends help seed it.

Best thing you could probably do is carry your PC (just the case, not your mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc.) to somewhere that has good Internet. Get on their Internet and if it’s fast enough you’d probably be done in less than an hour.

Good heavens, I hope you aren’t playing multiplayer. Which is a shame, because it’s the best part of the game.

The game is finally up and running. This is exactly what I did. I took the computer, monitor and such over to our Son’s apartment and the download took less than a minute on his broadband service. Now if I can just construct an 18 mile long CAT5 cable I won’t ever have this problem again. This is nothing new to me however. I grew up in the “country” during the '80s. Try being the only kid in school who didn’t get to watch MTV. Man, visiting a friends house was such a delight. I know that eventually we’ll get broadband out here either cable or DSL. I know that the telephone companies have a surcharge on bills and that money is supposed to go to building networks in rural areas. It will take time, but it will eventually be here.

Nope, I know that multiplayer isn’t an option. And to be honest it really isn’t something that appeals all that much to me. The attitudes of the 200 13 year olds that camp in the online games makes them more frustrating than entertaining to me. For multiplayer I prefer to have a few friends over and frag via a LAN. I can’t tell you how much fun we’ve had doing that. Old school yes, but that’s the way I like it.

As someone mentioned, a surge protector wouldn’t have saved me, the sudden power loss caused some kind of file corruption. I tried to use a restore point to get the computer working again, but it didn’t work so my only option was a full restore of the computer. I have two APC battery backups, but they are a few years old and the batteries no longer hold a charge. I don’t do critical work on the PC any longer so it just isn’t worth it to me to spend the money on new ones or to replace the batteries. A problem like the one I encountered is frustrating, but easy to fix. It’s just frustrating.
I also want to apologize if I have criticized Steam more that I should have. I do understand that it is a great service if you have high speed internet. I am frustrated that it seems that one cannot purchase a game any longer and play it right from the box using only the CD’s or DVD’s that the game came on. I tried to use the offline mode of Steam only to be informed that I needed updates before I could play in offline mode. Perhaps I’m getting older and I’m just remembering the “good old days”, but I just don’t see why I have to validate every thing with a third party to use it. I would like to take this moment to apologize to the customer service agent at Steam who had to read my email sent to complain about this problem. In retrospect, I hope no one takes a dump in your cereal bowl. :smiley:
Of course I’m the same person that gets irritated when the door checker at Wally World or Costco tries to stop me on the way out of the store so they can pretend to check my receipt. I give the a polite NO and continue on my way.

All right, now everyone get off my lawn.

It doesn’t matter how suddenly power is lost. A surge protector with a battery backup will kick in immediately and start beeping, giving you time to safely shut down your computer (or run over and flip the breaker back on, if that were the cause of your outage). My battery backup has already paid for itself many times over. Our computers are on the same circuit as the clothes dryer. :eek:

Have you investigated other options for internet? I use up 2.5 gigs in a week of playing WoW and watching Netflix/youtube… that’s rough.

Unfortunately, there are no other options except Hughes Net and that’s expensive and not much better than cellular. Yeah, it’s rough. I miss Netflix and Hulu. Not to mention it put a big cramp in my midget porn viewing dammit.

Yeah, exactly. You wouldn’t be buying what I suggested for any additional surge-protection it provides, but for the half-an-hour or so of battery life it provides if power is lost. Enough time for you to wrap up what you’re doing and shut down properly.

Amusingly, if you had taken your laptop to McDonald’s and downloaded a pirated copy of the game, you wouldn’t have this problem. Pirate versions generally work without updates or internet access just fine…

Update, as mentioned, I took the whole computer to my son’s apartment and downloaded the update. I took the computer back home and fragged for two days. Yesterday afternoon I had a bit if free time, so I plopped down in the computer chair, fired up the computer and double clicked the COD icon and STREAM SAID IT HAD TO MAKE ANOTHER UPDATE!

That strange nose the whole country heard yesterday around 3pm was my scream.

Arrg. If you are only playing single player, right click on the game, pick Properties, and somewhere should be an option to tell Steam not to keep the game up to date. It might still insist on downloading this update though.

In fact you might want to put Steam in Offline mode altogether.