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Old 09-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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What is preloading?

Noobish question, but I'm not entirely sure. Does it mean you can download the completed product, but steam simply locks you out of it until the official release date, or does it just download core parts of the game, like the engine?
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Preloading just downloads the often finished game, and just doesn't let you play until release.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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You download the entire game before release but you can only play it from the moment of official release. It will be encrypted until then.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:04 PM   #4
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It means you load before you load!
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
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Drinking before going to a party
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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Downloads the majority of the game in encrypted form. At launch the rest of the game is downloaded and the game decrypted.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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It's for impatient suckers who pay near full price to pre-order games that might not even turn out to be good. Some are so impatient that they can't even wait a few extra hours on the release day to download content.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:03 AM   #8
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It's for impatient suckers who pay near full price to pre-order games that might not even turn out to be good. Some are so impatient that they can't even wait a few extra hours on the release day to download content.
Waiting a few hours is annoying if everyone on the internet is talking about that shiny new game, especially since you did pay that premium to get the game at launch.

Also you might want to rethink your scathing attitude towards those "impatient suckers". What do you think would happen to the PC market and prices if *absolutely no-one* bought the games at full price?
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:17 AM   #9
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the main benefits of preloading is the time it takes to download a big file say 10 or 15 gig if you have a slower internet connection may take hours, i remember when i had a slow connection a game i waited for got released on steam but then it actually took me about 8 hours to download it!!! so obviously being able to get the majority of the game downloaded and ready to play once it unlocks on the release date is very much a better way to go about it
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #10
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It would be pretty cool if Steam allowed you to pre-load games you hadn't pre-ordered, especially right before a sale when you know there's games you'll pick up, but the download servers will be swamped.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:54 AM   #11
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Also you might want to rethink your scathing attitude towards those "impatient suckers". What do you think would happen to the PC market and prices if *absolutely no-one* bought the games at full price?
We'd see less $60 games that's for sure!
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:36 PM   #12
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It is a handy option to have

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It's for impatient suckers who pay near full price to pre-order games that might not even turn out to be good. Some are so impatient that they can't even wait a few extra hours on the release day to download content.
I know this post is old but I came across it while coming across that option for the first time myself as I never pre-purchased a title before now.

This is simply a service Steam offers and you don't have to avail of it!

Not everybody is on a high-speed internet connection. Some users run a terrible connections. There is islands and even some mainland places in the world where signals are not possible to be very strong and speeds could be as low as a 56k modem used to give you. Those customers still download the single player games through Steam.

That is where the benefit lies within. For those users with very slow connection it makes a huge difference if they can pre-load the majority of the content 3-4 days ahead.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #13
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This thread is about 11 months old. I don't think your input is any help right now.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:15 PM   #14
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This thread is about 11 months old. I don't think your input is any help right now.
Neither is your jackassery. I got to this topic with a google search and it helped me regardless of how old it is.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:00 AM   #15
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Neither is your jackassery. I got to this topic with a google search and it helped me regardless of how old it is.
Relax, my boy. Nekomancer was just saying that a necropost might not be really helpful anymore, as it's an old topic and the question has been answered already. That doesn't mean that an old topic can't be useful for somebody else anymore, but there's no point in replying anymore.
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