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Thread: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

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    How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    I have several games I'd like to play that appear to be free ($0.00), but the only button is one marked "Buy" - which leads me into the "pay server". How does one go about getting these games if they are free?

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    are you talking within steam or where?

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    Quote Originally Posted by WB0HYQ View Post
    I have several games I'd like to play that appear to be free ($0.00), but the only button is one marked "Buy" - which leads me into the "pay server". How does one go about getting these games if they are free?

    Bill
    Just keeping carrying on with paying for it - you'll pay nothing.

    I did it once - just to check it out.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...er/+bug/968974

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    @Elfy: I did as you say and, although I am uncomfortable pushing a "Buy" button and being transferred to a "pay server", it worked. I was astonished to see that it was over 140Mb in size (I didn't check that before). When it downloaded and I first ran it I got a huge banner screen telling me that this was just a demo and NOTHING would work unless I went to their web page and created an account. This I did NOT do and immediately uninstalled the game.

    I think there should be some sort of warning in the initial blurb about the game that it is 'crippleware' before we waste bandwidth on downloading this deceptive software?

    EDIT: I also agree with most of the comments on the bug report.

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    Quote Originally Posted by WB0HYQ View Post
    When it downloaded and I first ran it I got a huge banner screen telling me that this was just a demo and NOTHING would work unless I went to their web page and created an account. This I did NOT do and immediately uninstalled the game.
    I believe that you can comment within USC against things - though I'm not sure as I rarely use the software centre

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    I thought about entering a comment, but everything I wanted to say was pretty much summed up by previous comments. I'm going to have to be a bit more selective about software before I "buy" it. LOL.

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    Quote Originally Posted by WB0HYQ View Post
    I thought about entering a comment, but everything I wanted to say was pretty much summed up by previous comments. I'm going to have to be a bit more selective about software before I "buy" it. LOL.

    Bill
    No - I meant at the Software Centre - not Launchpad, (I'd only ever tell someone to comment in a bug rather than just hit the +1 button if they had something to add.)

    AS far as I know you can comment actually against whatever it was that was 140Mb - I'd have to assume that the dev(s) of that would be notified.

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    What is that saying? Wasn't it 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is?' ...

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    What is that saying? Wasn't it 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is?' ...
    Not at all.

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    Re: How to "Buy" a game listed at $0.00?

    Well, the warning signs were there but I just didn't take more time to read them. If I had read the comments and made a note of how large the game was I would probably have not installed it. It is gone now and I'm going to see if I can get to the developer web site and enter a complaint on their rather deceptive practice. Live and learn - even at 71.

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