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Old 03-10-2010, 07:32 PM   #1
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Retail to STEAM games

Sorry, don't know if this is right forum.

Can I get retail games, namely Battlefield 2, how do I get it to be in STEAM? Thought there was a way to do this. I do get prompted to put in a cd key and all but it tells me it isn't recognized for some reason.

Any advice?
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:34 PM   #2
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No, only a certain games can be added. BF2 is not the case.

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...7480-WUSF-3601

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Old 03-10-2010, 07:40 PM   #3
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Thank you. Thought I knew someone who did it.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:02 PM   #4
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Why would you want BFBC2 over steam when you can get it without? For this game Steam is just a glorified downloader and does nothing else. Steam version will take a lot longer to launch the game and then you have to rely on Steam actually being up plus the EA servers. With Steam the game will have to log in 2 times, once for Steam and once for EA. Real pain in the .

You can add a short cut to BF2 so you can launch it from the Steam interface if you want but it can not be added to a Steam account like BFBC2 can.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:05 PM   #5
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Why would you want BFBC2 over steam when you can get it without? For this game Steam is just a glorified downloader and does nothing else. Steam version will take a lot longer to launch the game and then you have to rely on Steam actually being up plus the EA servers. With Steam the game will have to log in 2 times, once for Steam and once for EA. Real pain in the .

You can add a short cut to BF2 so you can launch it from the Steam interface if you want but it can not be added to a Steam account like BFBC2 can.
Autopatching, download/install on any computer, no disc to scratch/lose, you know the usual reasons for buying anything on Steam
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:05 PM   #6
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The retail version of Bad Company 2 can't be activated on Steam either. Don't spread misinformation please.

airblad3 already posted a link to the list of retail games that can be activated on Steam.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:11 PM   #7
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The retail version of Bad Company 2 can't be activated on Steam either. Don't spread misinformation please.

airblad3 already posted a link to the list of retail games that can be activated on Steam.
Totaly not true. I know of more then a few people that have done it so stop spreading bad info unless you have personal experance, which I do. You can use a retail version of BFBC2 key to activate on Steam, or you can use a Steam key to activate a retail version. No differance in the keys for this game. This has been tested and verified.

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Old 03-10-2010, 10:41 PM   #8
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Totaly not true. I know of more then a few people that have done it so stop spreading bad info unless you have personal experance, which I do. You can use a retail version of BFBC2 key to activate on Steam, or you can use a Steam key to activate a retail version. No differance in the keys for this game. This has been tested and verified.
Nope, I think your mistaken.

Taken from the BFBC2 Sticky

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Q. Can I register my retail Battlefield: Bad Company 2 serial code for access on Steam?

No, only games on this list may be activated on Steam for use.
If it could be done it would be on this list.https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...7480-WUSF-3601
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:50 PM   #9
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Nope, I think your mistaken.

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If it could be done it would be on this list.https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...7480-WUSF-3601
I suggest you try it, because it does work. In fact any key works for EA downloader, Steam or retail disc with this game.

If you want you can uninstall you Steam version, install the retail version with out Steam and use the CD key you got from Steam to activate it. I would suggest this as the game launches in 1/2 the time and you do not have to worry about Steam being down.

Not just making this up or reading off a website, it is from multipile people trying it directly, regaurdless of what Steam says.

After you have actually tried it then come back in and update us. I could provide proof but it is all in private forums for Internet Cafe owners so the links would not work for you.

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Old 03-11-2010, 12:08 AM   #10
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Azz you are mistake. There is NO EA game that is a Steamworks title. I assume the Valve employees are more reliable than you regarding this matter. To the OP, NO you cannot buy the game via retail and register via Steam.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:24 AM   #11
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Why would you want BFBC2 over steam when you can get it without? For this game Steam is just a glorified downloader and does nothing else. Steam version will take a lot longer to launch the game and then you have to rely on Steam actually being up plus the EA servers. With Steam the game will have to log in 2 times, once for Steam and once for EA. Real pain in the .

You can add a short cut to BF2 so you can launch it from the Steam interface if you want but it can not be added to a Steam account like BFBC2 can.
I like steam for not having to keep up with discs and it patching automatically. Plus, all my games are in one place then, through my steam account.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:24 AM   #12
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Autopatching, download/install on any computer, no disc to scratch/lose, you know the usual reasons for buying anything on Steam
Autopatching is built in to BC2 in every version.

Installing on any computer is no different... actually since retail has a disc check option, you can install it to infinite computers, while Steam has SecuROM DRM which limits it to 10.

No disc, well BC2 has a SecuROM option which makes the disc only needed for install, if you are worried about that.

So... yeah... not much reason for the Steam version, sorry.
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