Anybody here ever use Aspyer's GameAgent???

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by AeroBar, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    I've been looking into downloading games for Mac as I don't want the clutter of discs and boxes.

    I was wondering if anybody here has ever used Aspyr's GameAgent?

    How does it work? Are the games downloaded direct from Aspyr or is it some kind of file sharing/torrent thing?

    Are there any risks in using it? Am I still suffering paranoia after my years as a PC user?

    Regards
     
  2. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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    It's run by Digital River. I won't touch it with a 10 foot pole. They are the slimiest of digital distribution houses. You get the pleasure of paying them a hefty fee for an additional 2 years of "download". Not to mention the customer support woes if you are in the large percentage of people who's downloads simply fail. At any other service, no big, re-download. At DR, you're pretty much out of luck.

    There's no risks as you're thinking of them, just having to deal with Digital River. I simply won't purchase from companies that use them.

    Look to places like MacGameStore and Direct2Drive for a much better digital purchasing experience for the Mac.
     
  3. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.

    It seems like you only pay for the games themselves. there is no subscription if that is what you mean.

    Are those other sites safe to download from? Doesn't MacGameStore use torrents?

    Cheers
     
  4. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They have little to none in the way of interesting titles.

    Aspyr has titles that interest me, but I want to be sure that the download process is safe.

    Has anybody here used it?
     
  5. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a few games from them, and while I have had no issues ... I completely agree with kaltsasa.

    I specifically called the service out when they released their first game Call of Duty Modern Warfare in my review:

     
  6. Yacomo macrumors newbie

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    I strongly suggest to read their FAQ before buying anything via GameAgent:

    http://www.gameagent.com/store/aspyr/ContentTheme/pbPage.GameAgent

    Most notably these two sections made me go buy the DVD versions instead:
     
  7. kaltsasa macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure why Aspyr chose to tether themselves to Digital River rather than distributing through the established digital distribution points like Direct2Drive and MacGameStore. Maybe they get a bigger cut, I'm not sure.

    Hell, I'd even take GameTree over them, as terrible as the site is at least I can still request a re-download of a game at any point.
     
  8. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    While I was waiting to hear about how the downloads work (I also contacted Aspyr themselves), I downloaded the application.

    AAAGGGHHHH!!!

    My Mac does not meet the minimum requirements for THE FORCE UNLEASHED!!!

    I'M SO DEVASTATED!!!

    I was sure it did, as I had checked against the information on a few different websites - but those sites didn't have all the information>

    :(
     
  9. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yacomo, what is an "activation"?

    Is it the amount of times you re-install?
     
  10. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Also, some of the games (the application also determines the compatibility for other Aspyr games, not just the downloads) are PowerPC, and I have Intel Dual Core.

    It does not say it will not work, but "it is not determined" whether it does or not? Can some PowerPC games work on an Intel Mac?

    And also, is GameAgent still only selling to North America or is it international yet?
     
  11. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Has Valve made any announcement on an actual release date for Steam for Mac?
     
  12. Yacomo macrumors newbie

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    Yes, this is correct.

    In other words: Buy your second new computer or install the game for the eleventh time and you need to purchase a new license for your game.

    As an added bonus, this mechanism also makes it pretty much impossible to resell your game.

    Edit: PowerPC games 'should' work on your Intel Mac since it comes with a compatibility layer (Rosetta); I recently finished Neverwinter Nights which is a PowerPC game, but ran flawlessly on my MacBook Pro. Of course nobody will give you a guarantee that every game will work - better check on this or other forums first before buying games which might not run on your machine.
     
  13. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    PowerPC games are very 'hit or miss' in terms of Rosetta performance (Rosetta is the PowerPC emulation engine for Intel Macs). Some like NWN are excellent, but others like Stubbs the Zombie are awful ...

    Also The Force Unleashed is an unoptimized pig of a mediocre port of a average console game.
     
  14. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cheers.

    Thanks everyone.
     
  15. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Looks great to me.
     
  16. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    I have played it on Mac & PC, and the performance is not so great, the install takes ~30GB, and the entirety of the game was clearly designed for console. I honestly prefer my PSP version ... or my kids' Wii version. Yeah, I'm a Star Wars fan ;)
     
  17. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've played a few minutes of all versions, except the PC, and they all look the same.
     
  18. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    The PC/Mac/X360/PS3 all uses the full physics engine which makes a difference in the spectacular over-the-top effects.

    In terms of the game itself, yeah, all the same. Not saying it is bad, but given how much more powerful the PC is than the PS3, it should have performed and looked better. The story is OK, certainly not in my Top 10 Star Wars games ... but it is still decent fun.
     
  19. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That is a change from "pig" and "average"!!!

    :D
     
  20. txa1265 macrumors 6502a

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    Well - I still think it is a resource pig ... biggest install I have *ever* done on Mac/PC, and the visuals are not spectacular.

    It is a fun game because you get 'big boom' physics, but it is not remotely 'thoughtful' or subtle, and I would really call it an average (same as 'decent' and 'ok') experience.
     

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