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I just realised looking through my game forums on here that I've purchased a couple of games on Steam which I already own here, and was wondering how on earth people who use both platforms keep track of which games are on which? Especially given the extent of shared content these days, and the ever-growing size of both of my collections >.<

Edit because people seem to be missing the point: I HAVE SIGNIFICANT COLLECTIONS ON BOTH PLATFORMS. It's all very well to have snide comments about DRM-free gaming and how superior you are by not using steam, but THIS IS NOT THAT THREAD. This is a thread about how people with large game inventories across MULTIPLE platforms keep track of them.
Post edited December 23, 2014 by Solar1313
I made a bunch of doubled oopses for a bit. Now I just get in the habit of checking a lot.

I do keep an alphabetic list of bundle keys in my Dropbox, with notes about whether they're redeemed or not and whether they've been gifted away. That's a necessity for the weekly bundle rounds. (I started keeping track of redeemed stuff after I realized that I had some dupes where I'd activated one and picked up another bundled, and didn't know which was still available.)

It's rare that I actually do any game shopping without GOG and Steam open, though, so really I just had to teach myself to look stuff up.
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I don't let them listen to any Village People records or watch Nathan Lane movies.
Easy. I buy on Steam games which are Steam-only and buy the rest here or directly from the devs. Also, before buying a game on Steam, I do a quick research to make sure it wasn't made available elsewhere.
Hi!

That's easy: People migrate from Steam to GOG's.

I will take my experience for example, i just get tired from Steam DRM, the always online feature and all that crap. I once were without internet connection and the client does not give me the option to go offline, i need to get online FIRST to choose the offline feature which is ridiculous since like happen to me, there are places were you just DON'T have internet connection!

So i get tired from that and will try to get into my GOG accounts all the titles i used to have in Steam, seeking with priority the old ones i don't have in Steam. That's why I have the games both in Steam and in GOG :)
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tinyE: I don't let them listen to any Village People records or watch Nathan Lane movies.
What about George Micheal?

( The moment I saw the thread title, I felt the urge to make inappropriate jokes. Should have known you'd be here first. )
I don't? And I have double purchases to prove it.

The more industrious of us keep spreadsheets.
Spreadsheets. Though tinyE's method works too. Just kidding, but if you buy games from more than one store, you'll sooner or later going to need to keep track of them in a more organised way than constantly checking what you have where.
I don't. On Steam it's either "do I have it? No, okay" or "Oh, I have it. When a GOG version comes I'll be sure to replace it."

On GOG it's pretty much having my library organized by purchase date, although alphabetizing works too...I guess.
Post edited December 23, 2014 by RayRay13000
easy before making a purchase check GOG or STEAM to make sure you don't have it already XP
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and lots of double checking
I register everything (GOG, Steam, Uplay, Origin, Desura) in separated lists I have which I can check anytime, in case of any doubt if my memory fails... (:P)
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Azrael360: I register everything (GOG, Steam, Uplay, Origin, Desura) in separated lists I have which I can check anytime, in case of any doubt if my memory fails... (:P)
what say ?!


my memory is a bit ...arse
I had that problem back when I was buying retail. As soon as I started up with Steam & Gog and the others, I have kept a notepad text file. Very basic, I know, but all I need is a Ctrl-F quick search. I have games listed with what digital service they are on. Although, not full-proof as I've duplicated just once, and nearly a second with a game similar but fortunately different.

When things settle down, I'll switch to a spreadsheet with more info on it. LinustheBold's idea of using Dropbox is brilliant. I will definitely do this.
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tinyE: I don't let them listen to any Village People records or watch Nathan Lane movies.
Gold.

Although The Birdcage has to be an exception to the Nathan Lane rule.