I built a computer in August, which was intended to be a reliable and semi-powerful machine, to play current games and work in Premiere and Photoshop. Instead, I’ve been plagued with random shutdowns, crashing programs, and a growing hatred of technology. The most recent issue is that downloaded games no longer work. I buy most of my games via Direct2Drive or Steam or Impulse – I tend to buy older games on sale and boy are some of the deals awesome. I grabbed Bioshock for five bucks last month, downloaded it, installed it, played it nonstop, and then I was done – all in one week. I know, there is replay value by playing as a jerk instead of a nice guy, whatever.
Anyway, last week two games popped up as good deals online – Crysis and Bioshock 2. I bought both (one from GamersGate and the other from Direct2Drive), and began the download cycle. Both games are approximately 7 gigabyte downloads. I’ve now downloaded Bioshock 2 seven times, and Crysis four. I’ve downloaded them to my C drive, my D drive, to Kat’s computer. Bioshock 2 has multiple methods of downloading the ZIP file – Comrade, Download Manager, and browser direct. I’ve used each method at least twice. Every time, I get a corrupt download. I’m using a computer with a direct ethernet connection, not wifi. The download manager says the download is done and correct. But, once it unzips and begins installing, it craps out with a CRC error.
Same with Crysis, but there’s only one method of downloading that game from GamersGate. I can only assume that two different games, from two different sources, must indicate there’s something wrong on my end. Darned if I know what, though. Anyone have six hundred bucks so I can get a rig from Cyberpower? No? Darnit.