How did you even purchase PC games before Steam?

How did you even purchase PC games before Steam?

  1. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You didn't

  2. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    There were cd's and floppy disks my guy
    Before that is unknown to me

  3. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    CDs in a game store.

  4. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You asked your dad to drive you to Best Buy and got the physical version on CD

  5. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You went to a store or bought it from a webshop (you might know these).
    If we go prehistoric, you got the very thick thing of smooth glossy paper divided into more bits they call pages. They had pictures and text on them and a phone number which you could call (like discord, but with a phone that could only call and was on a cord).

  6. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    how did that turlte get out of his shell?

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      he couldnt pay his californian landlord on time

  7. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    happypuppy.com

  8. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    iamgine walking into a store, and seeing a whole shelf stretching one side devoted solely to PC games. similar to the console wall you have nowadays.

    on that wall were box after lovingly crafted cardboard box of pc games. Eaves box was fully printed, in colour, and often had a front fol out portion that would tell you about the game when you opened it like the cover of a book. The boxes also had extra shit insdea, ranging from full colour manuals to merch, bonus deals, demo discs, etc. If you remember the boxed sets for Diablo 3/world of warcraft, that was the norm. Once you bought your box, you went home and played it as soon as it was installed. No patches, no additional downloads, no "encouraged" dlc. it just worked.

    weep for what has been lost.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Nah, i preffer not going outside with the corpse of my Dad, what a chore.

  9. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You bought them from extremely sketchy looking , yet actually legitimate websites. Or physically in a store

  10. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    We 3D printed them obviously, idiot

  11. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >turtles are just big frogs
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      >turtles in my language are called turtle frogs
      it's still stupid as fuck

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        for me? shield toads

  12. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >go to store
    >hello sir, may I have 1 kilo of fresh game please
    >that will be 15 pennies jolly old man. I'll wrap it in the latest penny arcade so you have something to read i nthe cab my friend
    simple as

  13. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Hilariously they shipped them to you in the mail as a disc. Netflix used to ship your movies in the mail. You couldn't even watch Netflix online it was all discs by mail. There was a service called GameFly which was the Netflix of games which shipped you a game disc by mail and then you returned it

  14. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >what are CDs

  15. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Once upon a time, in the long long ago, people sold books with video games you had to type into your PC by hand.

  16. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Walk into Babbage's/Circuit City/K-Mart/Meijers/MediaPlay/Walmart's electronics department, pick up a box, and take it to the counter.

    You HAVE been in a Babbage's, right?

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      The babbages at the Dayton Mall was my first vidya store.

  17. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >have to store and manually input 25 strings of Serial Number to install the game
    XP era gaming was gay as fuck

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      >the key isn't correct try again
      >they key isn't correct try again
      >look it up on the Internet, 50 different forums arguing that the 0's must be replaced by O's, the dashes must be removed, all spaces must be removed, everything must be capslock or not
      >"just use this serial number bro:"
      >it works

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        >people in 2022 still generate passwords that contains 0 and O, I and l and 1, 2 and Z, v, u and w
        fuck you to death ok.

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          >2 and Z, v, u and w
          You're retarded

          • 4 days ago
            Anonymous

            Depending on the print/font, it legit could be impossible to tell without outside assistance.
            Shit, I've seen 6's with so many pixels missing in the "circle" of the 6 that it looked like a G.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      >have to record radio transmission at precise time and hope you didn't get fucked over by tone settings of your boombox and run it through your tapedrive to get your pc-man (pac-man riposs) gayman session
      >in case something went tits up or you were normal human being and couldn't afford dropping like 3 months worth of minimum wage on a fucking TAPEDRIVE it was time to whip up that magazine and manually type two thousand lines of code
      >and repeat it every fucking time you want to play

  18. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    I mostly played games from gaming magazine CDs

  19. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    I remember my mom used to buy them for us during our trips to Staples. I also remember the computer having this client called "Wild Tangent". Apparently you could buy games off it but I only ever used it to play free timed sessions

  20. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    your weird neighbor just gave you floppies with the coolest new games on them

  21. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    post that webm

  22. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >still own Arcanum Collectors Edition
    >and OG DeusEx box from 2001
    Zoomers were born into a doomed world

  23. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    A: Buy them from Target
    B: Steal codes from Target
    C: Rent them from the rental place for a day, install, and download a crack from www.gamecopyworld.com

  24. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    > open the regional fun site's webpage
    > go to the "mix" section, which is basically a torrent site within the fun site
    > the section has to verify that i'm using the state-operated ISP to access the torrents
    > pick a game
    > open UTorrent
    > download it
    > play
    > zero issues
    Before that, I used to go to "games" stores which offered shit like BioShock 2, STALKER: Call of Pripyat and Fallout 3 all in one disc and none of them worked because either the disc or my PC fucking sucked.

  25. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    We went to either big stores like walmart that had electronics sections or actual video game stores like Babbage's(or later Gamestop) and bought physical retail games which we then brought home, took the cd out, put it into the disc tray, installed, put in the cd key then played the game. Your welcome. That time seems just like yesterday, then I gave into the steam train when the Orange Box came out and its never been the same.

  26. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    back in 2015 people coded their games in cursive with pierced sheet of paper

  27. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Before steam? IHow about After Steam, when you realize digital is for cucks? I still buy PC physical games from developers who make content that is highly relevant to my interests. The last bastion of physical PC media are hentai games. Only ones holding down the forte. No way i'd buy a digital only game anymore.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Based. My physical eroge collection is still at a modest number of 7 games. All of them vanilla or incest. Now I kinda wanna get something rape-themed.

  28. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Zoomers will never know the feel of walking into your local Menards and buying Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze and Crazy Frog Racer 2 from the PC gaming section.

  29. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >go to a game shop
    >buy game

  30. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    What?
    Are you OK zoomer?

  31. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    how young are you? I was born in 99 but my family had computer dics and I even bought a physical copy of Oblivion GOTY as a kid

  32. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Used to walk by here every day on my way home from school.

  33. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    They had these things called "stores" where you exchanged pieces of paper and bits of metal in exchange for goods and services.

  34. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >Read about game release online
    >pre-order game online or by calling the store with a telephone
    >wait until release day
    >physically go to store
    >either go to customer service to ask for your pre-order, or hope there's a box on the shelves
    >physically return from store
    >insert CD into computer, launch installer
    >Read CD-key on box, type into installer
    >Wait 5minutes to 30 minutes depending on game size & CD drive speed
    >Launch game

    Optionally, if the game had already been out, you'd have to update it. For a long time they didn't even have updaters as part of the game, you had to go on the internet to the game developer's website and download patch .exe's to your computer, then run the updater .exe to apply the patch, then launch the game again.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      happy to lived it. zooms miss out on life

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        >nooooooo my way of consooming was superior

      • 4 days ago
        Anonymous

        >all of that just to play game
        ok boomer

        • 4 days ago
          Anonymous

          >physically doing things is too much for the zoomer

  35. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Why yes, i AM an avid PC gamer, how could you tell?

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Baste. That site was also useful for the nocd cracks so I wouldn't need to use my CDs.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Based
      If you ever downloaded a PS2 game from pic related, you're welcome.

  36. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    ou had to hunt for game at the local forest, or trade at least one chicken per cd, and you still had to gut it before consuming it. You needed to cook it to avoid bugs and viruses, a Rare game could kill you.

  37. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Wtf is this question. Did generation Alpha finally find Ganker? I'm pretty sure zoomies have some early experience buying games at the store during the 00's, but I thought we'd only start encountering generation Alpha in about 5 years or so.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      PC games had mainly digital releases in the late 00s. By 2010 already it became increasingly common for prebuild PC to not have disk readers anymore. Say that's 12 years ago. Even someone who first bought a game himself at 6 could never have seen a PC game case and not be underage.

  38. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    You didn't

  39. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Basically developers had to pay for the game to be put on disc, a box and manual to be produced, and the retailer had to get a cut. And if you’re wondering “How did they even make money in those days?”, the answer is unless the game was ultra successful they didn’t.

    Digital distribution saved gaming, especially PC gaming.

  40. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    fuck off

  41. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Discs which are now coasters because of the useless DRM that plagues them. Now you have to use cracks from pirates to even get them working again. It's ridiculous.

  42. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    For some games you would get a CD with a bit of a game glued to the front of a magazine. When you were done playing the bit of a game it would give you a phone number you'd ring and send people money. Then they'd give you a code to play the rest of the game.

  43. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    Alright, for anons who used to buy games physically but have since switched (mostly) to digital storefronts like Steam, do you remember what was the last games you bought digitally? For me it's Blood Bowl: Chaos Edition and Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      GTA5, Witcher 3, Diablo 3 and it's expansions, and the Guild Wars Platinum edition. The only ones I regret purchasing physically were D3, since blizzard turned it into always online bullshit.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Dark Souls 1 PTDE.

    • 4 days ago
      Anonymous

      Of course, it was Ground Branch just this weekend

  44. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    From PCWorld or Game usually

  45. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    I didn't. Before I had good Internet I exchanged pirate CDs on a local market. After that I just downloaded everything off a FTP server every ISP had here. Only with Steam I started actually buying games I wanted to play.

  46. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    I didn't.

  47. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    The PC section of stores was pretty sad I would always see a copy of Mafia and the Sims

  48. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    How did you buy your pc?

  49. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >shop has a large pile of RTSses and RPGs and whatever, 3 for 10€
    Zoomers will never know

  50. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    >look up this funny animal
    >chinks eat them
    of fucking course

  51. 4 days ago
    Anonymous

    you went to the store and bought floppy disks/CDs in boxes.

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