Originally Posted by Wraith_3
How long does it typically take to download a full game on Steam? I've only used Steam for validating games and buying DLC. Obviously it depends on your connection speed. My connection is 7-8mbps average. Can someone with a similar connection speed give me an example? Having not downloaded a full game, I'm thinking it would take quite a while vs. driving and buying a boxed copy.
It's a how-long-is-a-piece-of-string question, and not just from connection speed. Eufloria from memory is about 100mb, downloaded in under 15 minutes. On the other hand, Civ 4 complete collection runs to about 18 gig, and took *hours*. I tend to leave my games to download overnight, or during times I'm not using the connection for anything else. I'd argue that unless you're living within walking distance of a store, you'll be better off with steam tho:
Cost of leccy to power your computer overnight: £Some low figure, especially if you download two or three games at once so the cost is divided across them.
Cost of driving to the store: £Something sick for petrol, parking, etc
Also, steam's prices (if you're not buying stuff as-soon-as-its-released) are sickly cheap. If I'd bought my steam library in store (ignoring the stuff thats indie and not published anywhere) I'd have easily spent 3 times as much... or only gotten a third of the games I actually want to play...