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Can you import a CD game into Steam? (Medieval 2 Total war)


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#1 Ruahrc

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 01:07 AM

I had been thinking about playing Medieval 2 total war recently. I tried the demo and thought it was pretty good but sadly it didn't have any of the strategic mode, only battles.

Anyways the Gold edition was $30 on Steam so I thought I would just buy it there. But I went to the local Gamestop on a whim today to see what GBA games they had and lo and behold I found a new copy of M2TW in the shrink wrap on sale for $20. I decided to get it there since it was cheaper than downloading from Steam.

My question is, can I put in the CD key or something and get download access for the game as well, since I own the retail copy? Or are they 2 separate things. It's not a big deal in the long run but I do like the elegance of having all my games centralized on Steam, and the future download access would be nice if I ever lost/damaged the optical media I have now.

Otherwise I will enjoy the physical copy for the printed materials it comes with.

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P.S. was there ever a strategy guide made for M2TW? It would seem like a great kind of game to get a strategy guide for, with so many unit types, etc.

#2 DukeEdwardI

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 04:35 AM

You cannot add the cd-key to Steam and have it added to your library. You can only do that with certain retail games (the list of supported retail games can be found here: https://support.stea...=7480-WUSF-3601 ).

But yes, i understand where you are coming from. I try to buy digitally from Steam or Impulse just because the convenience of it all. But i do miss having the box on my shelf with my other PC games. But that's only a minor concern for me. Digital is the way to go now.

#3 Ruahrc

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 04:35 PM

Yeah I actually read up a little on the subject and I learned that the DVD version of M2TW uses SecuROM. Not being a fan of this kind of technology I have elected instead to return the unopened retail box to Gamestop and have purchased it on Steam. I am willing to pay the little extra for what I think is a better distribution model.

Now if only my Comcast would work reliably so that I could download it! The service has been in and out for the past like week.

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#4 Hydro2Oxide

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:04 PM

While you can't add the CD key for this game, you can add it to your list and allow the overlay by adding a non-steam game to the list and finding the EXE, but I'm sure you knew that.

EDIT: Ooops, missed that bit at the bottom. Good choice.

#5 jchoi

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:34 PM

While you can't add the CD key for this game, you can add it to your list and allow the overlay by adding a non-steam game to the list and finding the EXE, but I'm sure you knew that.


Some games won't work when I try to add them like that and it'll give me a blank screen when I try to run it under Steam or sometimes, it'll quit as soon as it loads up.

Edited by jchoi, 18 April 2009 - 10:33 PM.


#6 Ruahrc

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 09:44 PM

Another question re: CD Keys

I learned about that ability to register certain CD keys with Steam yesterday when I was reading up on the topic. I bought the retail copy of Half Life a looooong time ago, and still have the CD key. I saw that I could put it onto Steam and so I followed the directions and put in my key but it said that the key was already used by another account? I know my copy is legitimate as I purchased the game from retail a long time ago, but I realize that since the game is so old that probably my unique key was generated using a keygen and/or registered to someone else. Anyways, do you think that if I asked Steam about it, would they give me a replacement key or enable Half Life 1 on my account, or would they just not believe that I have a legit key (unless maybe I took a photo of the jewel case or something and sent it to them...?).

It's not a huge issue as I don't intend to download and play HL1 and haven't played for years, but again it would be nice to consolidate some of these older legacy titles I previously bought to online just in case I ever cared to play again (for example I recently registered my Starcraft CD Key with Blizzard and downloaded/replayed the game again- it's really sweet that they do this as my physical CDs are at my parent's house in another state, same with the half life CD).

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