• Alien Swarm on Steam

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. Steam also has community features, automated game updates, and in-game voice and chat functionality.
    As of 2010, there are over 1,100 games available through Steam. In January 2010 Valve claimed that it had surpassed 25 million active user accounts. Steam is estimated to have a 70% share of the digital distribution market for video games. (from wiki)

    Steam has four major sections:
    This is where you can browse for games to purchase. Demos and Downloadable Content (DLC) are usually free. There are a few free games as well.

    Your purchased/installed games are listed in here. It is possible to manually add games in here (even pirated games) and make it The Game Library.

    Various promotional news are displayed in here. The discounts are usually really attractive.


    Home, Profile, Groups, Friends...in short, this is like a mini-facebook of gamers. You can view your friends who are online and also, if they are gaming or not. Text chat/voice chat is are also available.

    Following are the major problems of Steam (for us Bangladeshis):

    1. No easy way to pay online
    2. High ping with foreign/official servers
    3. Large downloads

    However, if you can manage a credit card or paypal (doesn't have to be yours) account, it's all good.
    Ping problems can be rectified by hosting locally. Also, it's not like you'll buy original games every week. So, large downloads is not that much of a problem.

    Here are the plus points:

    1. Original games
    2. Digital distribution means no shipping hassle
    3. If you lose your game (hdd crash or whatever), you can redownload.
      It is possible to backup the games too.
    4. Except new games, most other gamers are quite cheap.
    5. VAC security means no hacks.

    Next page will focus on Alien Swarm and BangalGamer group on steam.
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. CvP's Avatar
      CvP -
      There is a solution for the "large download" problem.

      • Just get a DVD copy of the game from anywhere
      • install it on your pc (if it is already installed/cracked, no problem).

      • Purchase the game from steam and click Install.
      • Once it initializes and says that it has started download, stop the download.
      • Exit steam

      • Go to \Steam\steamapps\common\ (e.g., E:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common)
      • note the game folder name (e.g., unreal tournament 3 for UT3)
      • delete everything inside the game folder (e.g., E:\Games\Steam\steamapps\common\unreal tournament 3\)

      • Now copy everything from the installed game in this folder
      • Start Steam
      • Go to Library and select the game
      • Right Click > Properties > Local Files > Verify Game Cache
      • Let it verify the files. Once completed, it will only download a few more files (usually around 100MB).

      Now you can uninstall the game you installed from DVD at first.

      I have bought Unreal Deal Pack (Unreal Gold, Unreal 2, UT, UT2k4, UT3 Black) and used this method to install UT3.
      It is only downloading about 500MB (instead of 9GB).
    1. Codex's Avatar
      Codex -
      Lulz, been playing for a while. :3
    1. jigsaw's Avatar
      jigsaw -
      Thats is great. I have downloaded Alien Swarm. now Deciding which game I should buy. I got a paypal and MasterCard expired will get another soon. Let me know if anyone wants to purchase with paypal.

      CvP will it work for any game ?
    1. cRush's Avatar
      cRush -
      games are priced reasonably on steam. I wish i had a international credit card
    1. jigsaw's Avatar
      jigsaw -
      Quote Originally Posted by cRush View Post
      games are priced reasonably on steam. I wish i had a international credit card
      U dont need a Credit card a Paypal will do fine.
    1. CvP's Avatar
      CvP -
      @jigsaw as far as I know, yes, this method will work for any game.
    1. CvP's Avatar
      CvP -
      Alien Swarm is an overhead view game. But it is possible to play it as FPS. use the following commands in console:
      sv_cheats 1
      asw_controls 0
    1. Codex's Avatar
      Codex -
      Couldn't be happier after getting an actual working Paypal.
      I can buy all I want now, recently picked up both Left 4 dead(s).
    1. SadIkMahdI's Avatar
      SadIkMahdI -
      does this trick work with all steam games?
    1. Codex's Avatar
      Codex -
      Most, if your version is the steam ver. Usually comes with the p2p cracks, etc.
    1. kasemzaman's Avatar
      kasemzaman -
      sogula te ki kaz hbe?
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