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Game launches new game updating service

Game launches new game updating service

The Game retail chain has launched a new auto-patching service for PC games.

UK games retailer Game has announced the launch of a new service designed to keep PC games up to date, called the Game Downloader.

While technically still in beta, Downloader is now available to the public through the official site, for free.

Once downloaded the application scans your PC to identify installed games, recording them to a user profile and offering daily recommendations to the most recent patches, updates and downloadable content.

Interestingly, one of Game's most unique offerings is a remote download option which lets users download demos, videos and other relevant content to their home PC from anywhere else in the world.

On top of that, Downloader can also be customised to update users about free mods and indie games which they might find interesting.

We’re continuing to enhance the customer experience through digital services and GAME Downloader is an example of how we can add value and engage more closely with gamers who shop for discs and downloads,” said Game's Paul Howes.

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Fizzl 1st September 2010, 10:52 Quote
I guess Steam is really impacting their PC game sales.
noizdaemon666 1st September 2010, 10:57 Quote
Strange. When I went to make an account for the Game Downloader, I was informed I already had one. So I had me details sent to my email account and when i checked I had received an email from gameshadow.

It would appear the Game Downloader is actually GameShadow in disguise lol
Bob1234 1st September 2010, 11:00 Quote
"Once downloaded the application scans your PC to identify installed games, recording them to a user profile and.."

Tells the publisher which ones you didnt buy.

Well, probably not, but you never know.
perplekks45 1st September 2010, 11:05 Quote
I don't like applications scanning my PC for anything. Except AV software, that is.
yakyb 1st September 2010, 11:09 Quote
no thanks

nice idea but i will scan for updates and i dont really want to be giving you my contact details
liratheal 1st September 2010, 11:10 Quote
Sounds like an annoyance more than anything.
Mitcian 1st September 2010, 11:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
I don't like applications scanning my PC for anything. Except AV software, that is.

Seconded, especially when it's scanning for something I can quite easily do myself without the need for installing yet another piece of bloatware.
CardJoe 1st September 2010, 11:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by noizdaemon666
Strange. When I went to make an account for the Game Downloader, I was informed I already had one. So I had me details sent to my email account and when i checked I had received an email from gameshadow.

It would appear the Game Downloader is actually GameShadow in disguise lol

It turns out that the Downloader is made by GameShadow, yes.
Unknownsock 1st September 2010, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
I don't like applications scanning my PC for anything. Except AV software, that is.
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Originally Posted by yakyb
no thanks

nice idea but i will scan for updates and i dont really want to be giving you my contact details

Oh Noes, it's not like google and other sites probably no more about you than yourself is it?
V3ctor 1st September 2010, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzl
I guess Steam is really impacting their PC game sales.

Yeah, Steam is just plain simple u don't have to go to a store or wait for the postman to bring your game.

I still import games from them... BFBC2 cost me 27€ with shipping costs included, the Steam version was 49.90€.

Codemaster's F1 2010 is going to follow the same route... :D

I hope these guy's don't go under, they really are a good alternative to Steam (or other expensive stores here in Portugal) :)
Showerhead 1st September 2010, 12:18 Quote
Be nice if my local store actually stocked P.C. games other than WOW, and a series of truck,bin lorry,ship,train and bus simulators.
Plugs 1st September 2010, 12:24 Quote
WoW simulator?
does it knock you unconscious for 12hrs, and steal £8 from your wallet
javaman 1st September 2010, 12:34 Quote
Bit redundant since steam handles it for me anyway *shrug* Guess its game slowly moving towards a digital download system. Those 2nd hand games take up sooo much floor space.
BRAWL 1st September 2010, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Plugs
WoW simulator?
does it knock you unconscious for 12hrs, and steal £8 from your wallet

You squire just made my day...
perplekks45 1st September 2010, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
Oh Noes, it's not like google and other sites probably no more about you than yourself is it?
Oh, wait... if they already do it I might as well add applications on top of that. :|
Woodspoon 1st September 2010, 13:25 Quote
Because it's so difficult to check for patches/updates yourself, especially when most games tell you there's one available.
AshT 1st September 2010, 14:04 Quote
It's a step in the right direction.

Game must be shitting itself because of new competition in the 2nd hand market, publishers dislike/annoyance at the 2nd hand market. Progression in the Streaming/digital market.

I think they'd be better off morphing into a UK games publisher if they want to retain anything to do with the games industry. I realise that publishing is not exactly in their list of skills on a CV but if they don't diverge, then they will die. High street game retailers will eventually be a thing of the past.
WarrenJ 1st September 2010, 16:15 Quote
it would be nice to have some competition in the marketplace, it will always benefit us, and im happy to try a new digital distribution service.

Steam seems to have a monopoly at the moment to the digital download market,
Fiyero 1st September 2010, 19:18 Quote
I was just thinking that sounded the same as gameshadow.
Turns out it is then! It was fairly handy a while back, but like everyone has said, Steam indeed.
puck 1st September 2010, 19:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by AshT
It's a step in the right direction.

Game must be shitting itself because of new competition in the 2nd hand market, publishers dislike/annoyance at the 2nd hand market. Progression in the Streaming/digital market.

I think they'd be better off morphing into a UK games publisher if they want to retain anything to do with the games industry. I realise that publishing is not exactly in their list of skills on a CV but if they don't diverge, then they will die. High street game retailers will eventually be a thing of the past.

Retailers will only disappear if they are not supported.

To be honest I'll only ever buy anything from the web if there is a significant price difference, for games I'm not that bothered about a small gap. I guess I'm old-school, I still like being able to go into a shop and purchase something.

Some people are now thinking that the price of a new game should be £28. This is neither realistic or sustainable. As WarrenJ said what we need is competition, the more players in the market the better the competition and innovation.
Ciber 1st September 2010, 21:43 Quote
Could be handy if you have a lot of non-steam games that need updating. I'm guessing they are hoping it could become a platform for them to sell games as well.
AstralWanderer 4th September 2010, 14:20 Quote
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Surely a better option would be to offer an update disc/memory stick containing patches for all registered purchases? That would avoid any potential security issues with online updates (that "remote download" option looks particularly worrying from a security perspective - what a wonderful way to spread malware) and provide a permanent copy (as opposed to say, Steam, where all your purchases vanish if Valve disable your account).

From a business perspective, physical updates could be sold multiple times also.
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