this is probably sounds like a stupid question but I’m rather out of touch with computer games. Growing up with playstations I’m used to physical discs (CDs) that you buy and own and just run on the machine without any further requirements.
I stumbled across a game website for ‘Firewatch’ and they did a good job of convincing me it looks like an interesting game to play. I am confused though as to how this now works.
In the old days even on a pc you’d buy a game (cd) in a box and that was it, install on your machine and go.
I’ve done a bit of searching and iam still not sure if this is possible for this game or not. The website shows the option for PC but it is via ‘steam’.
Is this the only way i can play it now? do i have to have an internet connection to play it? if steam shuts up shop do i lose my game? I’ve never heard of steam before (other than when i am making Tea from my kettle).
If i buy it on xbox 1 is that still streamed/downloaded?
I can’t vouch for the accuracy, but this Wikipedia looks to have answers to your questions
Once the software is downloaded and installed, the user must then authenticate through Steam to de-encrypt the executable files to play the game. Normally this is done while connected to the Internet following the user’s credential validation, but once they have logged into Steam once, a user can instruct Steam to launch in a special offline mode to be able to play their games without a network connection.