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This is the first time a Freedom Friday has games that I want to try. My only issue is that it seems like I have to install the Desura client to download the games. I am not totally anti client has I have Steam but would like to know how invasive Desura is. Do I need it running in order to play Desura games?
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justanoldgamer: This is the first time a Freedom Friday has games that I want to try. My only issue is that it seems like I have to install the Desura client to download the games. I am not totally anti client has I have Steam but would like to know how invasive Desura is. Do I need it running in order to play Desura games?
No, you don't need the client. When you click on Install game, there's a small link to "download direct" above the two big buttons.
Post edited 1 hour ago by Spinorial
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justanoldgamer: This is the first time a Freedom Friday has games that I want to try. My only issue is that it seems like I have to install the Desura client to download the games. I am not totally anti client has I have Steam but would like to know how invasive Desura is. Do I need it running in order to play Desura games?
You don't need the client to install or play the games.

You can add them to your collection from the front page - search for the title, then click on "Add to my collection".
On the game page click on "Install game" and then choose "other options" (or something along these lines). This will take you to a screen were you can download the installers directly and then run them to install the games, and then... play! :-)
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justanoldgamer: This is the first time a Freedom Friday has games that I want to try. My only issue is that it seems like I have to install the Desura client to download the games. I am not totally anti client has I have Steam but would like to know how invasive Desura is. Do I need it running in order to play Desura games?
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HypersomniacLive: You don't need the client to install or play the games.

You can add them to your collection from the front page - search for the title, then click on "Add to my collection".
On the game page click on "Install game" and then choose "other options" (or something along these lines). This will take you to a screen were you can download the installers directly and then run them to install the games, and then... play! :-)
Thank you. This is a very nice way to do things. I guess I won't exclude Desura anymore when I look at trade and give-away posts.
Not all games have direct download links though.

They have more than 400 free games. Most are crappy, but in there are a few old AAA titles, several not so old but very nice indies and a few interesting multiplayer only games, so I'm sure you'll find something else there that strikes your fancy. ;)