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I don't know why anyone uses it at all but everyone's experience is different (I suppose ?)

Not using it I have bought and downloaded precisely 60 games from GOG and they have ALL downloaded successfully and quickly. The longest time a single game took to download was The Witcher Enhanced Edition - slightly over 2 hours IIRC.

I don't know what the "benefits" of using the GOG downloader are supposed to be, but I asked this same question earlier and no-one answered then so I'm not expecting an answer now.

The easy solution is just not to use it. It's not DRM but apparently it's just not as reliable as downloading manually.
Post edited May 17, 2013 by Theoclymenus
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Theoclymenus: The easy solution is just not to use it. It's not DRM but apparently it's just not as reliable as downloading manually.
For me its the reverse. I have occasionally issue downloading large files via browsers lol
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Theoclymenus: The easy solution is just not to use it. It's not DRM but apparently it's just not as reliable as downloading manually.
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nijuu: For me its the reverse. I have occasionally issue downloading large files via browsers lol
That's computers for you : there is no universal solution for any problem. People in the computer industry absolutely SUCK at collaborating with one another because they are only ever thinking about themselves and it's the end user who always suffers. The Witcher Enhanced Edition is easily the biggest file I have bought and downloaded from GOG so far and it didn't give me any problems but I wouldn't be surprised if I tried to download a big file from GOG or anywhere else in the future and it failed. So far so good where GOG is concerned though, touch wood.
I tried downloading by the default Firefox web browser, and the speeds were so much slower than the downloader. I keep seeing "Down Them All" and it seems to be popular. Should I give that a try with some games here (and Humble Bundle, the speeds went down when downloading Brutal Legend)?
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RayRay13000: I tried downloading by the default Firefox web browser, and the speeds were so much slower than the downloader. I keep seeing "Down Them All" and it seems to be popular. Should I give that a try with some games here (and Humble Bundle, the speeds went down when downloading Brutal Legend)?
i just like the resume feature that works in 'DownThemAll'.

it has some adjustments you can make for speed but in paranoia GOG might get pissed off about it c/o multiple connections i think i limited it, but its still on par with my standard browser speeds.
with the added benefit of a resume that has a good chance of functioning without deleting every byte ive downloaded and starting from 0mb.

for the humble ones id just use the torrents they provide for downloading their data. (if only GOG would rip off the privatized torrent method humble uses, there would be no need for all this bonus work to supplement a non-functional GOG downloader app resume function)

id say give it a try,
you have to fiddle with the save file location each time (unless you set up a standard location) but the little hassle is quite worth it to me for the benefit thus far.
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ErekoseDM: i just like the resume feature that works in 'DownThemAll'.

it has some adjustments you can make for speed but in paranoia GOG might get pissed off about it c/o multiple connections i think i limited it, but its still on par with my standard browser speeds.
with the added benefit of a resume that has a good chance of functioning without deleting every byte ive downloaded and starting from 0mb.

for the humble ones id just use the torrents they provide for downloading their data. (if only GOG would rip off the privatized torrent method humble uses, there would be no need for all this bonus work to supplement a non-functional GOG downloader app resume function)

id say give it a try,
you have to fiddle with the save file location each time (unless you set up a standard location) but the little hassle is quite worth it to me for the benefit thus far.
Eh, might as well give it a try. Might as well see if there's a difference between those options.

I've thought about giving the torrent HB provides, but I've never really used one and (part of my paranoia) I'm afraid that, even using it only for HB, I might get infected. I suppose you can configure the torrent to only work in those instances?
Does it effect my ability to play the game once it is on my hard drive regardless of internet connection? No? Well in that case there is no problem and the downloader itself is not drm.

From my experience using the downloader it usually works for me. Sometimes there are a few glitches but I haven't had any problems with it recently. Then again, I don't use it a lot since I have most of my games stored locally.
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Theoclymenus: I don't know what the "benefits" of using the GOG downloader are supposed to be, but I asked this same question earlier and no-one answered then so I'm not expecting an answer now.
Must have missed the earlier question.
Single biggest benefit is the ability to check if the files are correct. I need about a week to grab everything (I did that a couple of months ago), and now I'm back to spending a day queueing everything, while downloading only the files that have changed, for example Redneck Rampage manual. To be able to do that without the downloader, you would have to grab everything and then do a name/size/hash check.
I really like the downloader.

It's the only GOG game I've actually finished.
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StingingVelvet: Games require internet to download. OMG DRM!
LOL, good one.

Btw, I love the downloader, when it works well, it kicks ass. I find it's when they switch to a new version that I sometimes have problems with it. Lately..no complaints
I have nothing against the GOG downloader, I just don't use it because I try not to install stuff on my PC that I don't need. Since I can just download the games myself and this method never failed me with corrupted files or dropped connections I don't see the situation changing any time soon.
If I ever start needing the features that the GOG downloader provides I won't mind using it then.
I always use it on larger downloads, and thus far have yet to have any negative issues with it.
I see it as a nice option for those that choose to use it.