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Old 02-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #1
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Invalid Key?

I just recently purchased F.E.A.R. 2 from BestBuy, and the key the game gave me will not register on Steam; though the game is supported for retail keys. Any clue what's going on here?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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If I remember right, sometimes the O's and 0's (zeros) get switched with some keys. If you have any O's, try replacing them with zeros. If you have zeros, try using O's instead. See if that works.

Here we go, I found the info:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...1968-HKLX-7538

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Old 02-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Hmm.. Well my key doesn't actually have any O's or 0's.

I downloaded the game through Best Buy (horrible, I know, but I had to use the gift card) and as from as far as I could tell, the retail key it sent me should activate. This is what I'd found through their end, and FEAR 2 is a retail activate-able game on Steam. Maybe they just sent me a broken key to begin with?
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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I've had horrible experiences with Best Buy. I'm staying as far away as possible from them. Try contacting them and/or Steam support.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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As have I, their support is pretty awful.

However, I sent a support ticket to Steam a few hours ago, so hopefully I'll get a response within a few days to clear this up.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:34 PM   #6
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Did you try any of the other tips in the link I posted?

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  • The number 0 (try entering the letter Q or D instead)
  • The number 1 (try entering the letter I instead)
  • The letter O (try entering the letter Q or D instead)
Check instances of the following pairs to ensure these characters are not being confused:
  • The letter B and the number 8
  • The letter G and the number 6
Source:
https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...1968-HKLX-7538
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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Did you try any of the other tips in the link I posted?
Yes, I tried all of the suggestions in that link. No dice.
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