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Link TTG Account with Steam Account

posted by Thriftweed Fancy Pants on - last edited - Viewed by 1K users

Can it be done?

Instead of giving out activation codes for episodes or seasons (an idea that probably wouldn't work because of the potential for abuse), what if we could permanently link our entire account here on TTG with our account on Steam? I believe it would prevent someone from selling activation codes to the highest bidder if their activation code is only compatible with one Steam account. Perhaps you wouldn't even need activation codes? Hypothetically, if we were to pass our Steam account info to TTG, purchases made here could be communicated to Valve and then added to Steam, right? Of course, I don't think Valve would agree to do this unless it was profitable for them, but honestly, I don't mind paying them a few extra bucks for this service. That's still better than buying it twice.

Also, I don't know whether or not this would lead to a communications nightmare, but I figured it's an idea a that's little different and, as far as I know, hasn't been thrown out there yet.

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  • Oh, it's been thrown out there... Sooo many times.

    Bottom line is usually "it's possible but way too unlikely".

  • @NeatNit said: Oh, it's been thrown out there... Sooo many times.

    Really? I've only really heard the activation code idea thrown out there. Could you direct me to one of those threads sir (or madame)?

  • @Thriftweed Fancy Pants said: Really? I've only really heard the activation code idea thrown out there. Could you direct me to one of those threads sir (or madame)?

    They're essentially the same thing. If you log into a Telltale game to activate it, it simply retrieves a key from your account. If you want the games on steam, buy there, if you want a disc, buy it here.

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    If Valve takes, say, 40% of the cut on a Steam purchase; would you be willing to pay 40% extra to get your game registered on both telltalegames.com and Steam?

    I don't think we know how big Valve's share of a Steam purchase is, and it might be different for each publisher, but I'd imagine it is somewhere in that range. I don't see how Valve would agree to distribute games purchased outside Steam unless they were compensated.

  • What makes you say so? 40% seems like a pretty hefty cut, but I don't know anything about distribution deals. Based on that price model it would be an extra $8 to activate W&G, $12 for SBCGFAP or old seasons of S&M, and $14 for TMI and new season of S&M. An individual episode would be about $3 bucks. But like I said, that's cheaper than buying it twice and I think it would be neat to have the option in "Your Games" on TTG's website to "Activate on Steam for $_____." The only potential problem I can foresee is that this would reveal something about Steam's cut, which Valve or TTG may want to keep undisclosed.

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    Tor

    That's just a guess based on gut feeling, I really have no idea. (But isn't that about the same as what retail stores take? I'm not sure.) It's also likely that different publishers get different deals, which is probably why they're so intent on keeping the information secret.

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    Telltale could easily set up a way to have TTG serials activated on Steam; Steam takes algorithms instead of singular keys like systems such as Impulse do.

  • @TheJoe said: Telltale could easily set up a way to have TTG serials activated on Steam; Steam takes algorithms instead of singular keys like systems such as Impulse do.

    That's not quite true, a lot of games on steam have a finite (yet incredibly large) amount of keys available. You will occasionally see a game sell out, one example being Prey during the Christmas/New Year sale.

  • @TheJoe said: Telltale could easily set up a way to have TTG serials activated on Steam; Steam takes algorithms instead of singular keys like systems such as Impulse do.

    But doesn't that present the same problem? I think people would still sell them or give them away. The only possible solution I can see is permanently linking accounts and then providing an option to activate your games on Steam. I still haven't really heard from anyone whether or not this could be done.

  • It looks like it can be, and has been, done, for one Season of games at least:
    http://www.telltalegames.com/tf2hats

    If you qualify, the code there allows you to activate the entire Sam and Max Season 3 on your Steam Account.

    Surely the magical mechanics behind this only involves a few tweaks and we could have our entire TellTale account purchases also activated on our Steam accounts? Pretty, pretty please? I have to confess, though, that the main motivation would be that I like having all my games located and managed in one place, but I still like to buy from the publishers themselves - it feels more respectful somehow.

    Basically, I know this is unlikely to happen, and my reasons are a bit ephemeral, but it would be cool.

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