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First post, by chinny22

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So the day has come I'm about to buy my first game from somewhere other then GOG, namely C&C Remastered.
From what I can tell only benefit of steam is it has a mod section, although the Origin copy also supports mods you just need to go find them on fan sites?
I'll be installing it on a Win7 PC, Origin client still works (tested with the free copy of Simcity2000 they gave in 2014) Pretty sure Steam client does as well.

So does it really matter where I get it from? I cant see me getting any other games in the future. I'm happily stuck in the past, its just the original C&C is my all time favourite game.

Reply 3 of 12, by Munx

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Steam has a much larger community and better community features so I'd recommend that.

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Reply 4 of 12, by SPBHM

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steam is the standard, the others lack massively compared to it in terms of features, quantity of games and community, and just polish in general...

also normally steam offers the best payment methods and regional pricing

Reply 5 of 12, by Munx

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SPBHM wrote on 2021-02-17, 15:13:

also normally steam offers the best payment methods and regional pricing

That depends highly on the publisher.

Bethesda insists that I pay EU prices for Russian versions of games, which often lack features and have much smaller communities, resulting in smaller workshop sections. Luckily Steam is is hot legal water because of this, so hopefully that will change.

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Reply 6 of 12, by Jorpho

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chinny22 wrote on 2021-02-16, 10:28:

I cant see me getting any other games in the future.

Perhaps it may be worth considering that Steam may be a slippery slope, and that despite your best intentions you will in short order accumulate a backlog of hundreds of games that you will never actually play. You will most assuredly not have that problem with Origin.

On the other hand, I would certainly expect Origin to drop support for Windows 7 before Steam does.

Reply 7 of 12, by DNSDies

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Steam has a MASSIVELY larger library, and not everything on the platform has DRM, or has DRM that is so trivial to remove it may as well not exist (like, literally create "steam_appid.txt" in the game folder that contains the corresponding game's Steam App ID number AND NOTHING ELSE) that it is far and away the better platform. The only reason to use Origin is if they have a game on there you literally cannot get on Steam.

There are so many DRM free games on steam I literally cannot copy the list (more than 2000 games), and an additional 251 of them only need the text file.
Any DOS games also are DRM free, as they just use DOSBox.

Reply 10 of 12, by svfn

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Steam for the easy workshop mods. I have C&C The Ultimate Collection on Origin for the older titles but much prefer steam for the community.

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Reply 11 of 12, by Almoststew1990

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Make sure if you buy it from steam that the game doesn't want to launch through origin anyway! I tend to buy EA games on Origin to avoid having both launchers running.

Either are "fine" to use. They work, they don't crash, they don't spam notifications. If anything, Origin is a bit "lite"-er than Steam as steam has many many features I don't care about.

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Reply 12 of 12, by RandomStranger

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When it comes to online stores, I check what additional things they offer.
For example GoG offers a DRM free library and the option to download the game installers and carry them over to your retro rigs. It also doesn't force its launcher on its users.
Valve/Steam is a pioneer of Linux gaming offering an advanced compatibility layer (a fine tuned Wine fork) which made it possible to run almost all single player games near native speeds and do fairly well in multi player (though it strongly depends on the anti-cheat system the game uses).

These are the reasons I support these, largely ignore the others and completely avoid Epic Store. I think they are malicious and actively hurting PC gaming.

As for this specific game, I don't remember if C&C Generals was available on Steam before EA decided to add their games back, so if it wasn't probably even if you buy C&C on Steam, you'll still need the Origin client. I myself would either buy a retail copy (as I did) or just pirate it (as I also did).

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