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Gaming is big business and online downloadables save time and money in shipping if you go to the right site to purchase them.

There are several huge concerns in gaming, among them Gamehouse, , Real Arcade, as well as Bigfish Games, each of which I’ve tested, used and purchased from.

With minimal exceptions they seem to be fairly close to the same thing, however there are some differences to take a hard look at.

Gamehouse provides you with a registration code, which is useable to reload the game if you should have issues with your computer, permits you to keep a backup on another computer, or use it on a second computer in your home.

The cost is relatively close to the others, although lesser in price if you should join the gaming club, that provides you with the chance to purchase at a reduced cost if you purchase a given number of games.

Having lost the registration code, they provided it to me readily and when I sent a message to their support it was taken care of in short order.

Real Arcade was largely the same, their support was good, and the response to my emails was fairly timely. I was not impressed with the fact that they have a game control device that loads in, rather than just the game, and that it scans your systems as well as sends multiple ads to your computer even after you purchase the game. If I choose to be flooded with advertising, I will select that in my email, not have it attached to something I’ve had to pay for.

Bigfish games is the last site we worked with, and having purchased more than ten games from them, I confess to being dissappointed in the service and the support.

The games themselves are exemplary. They do however require that you have an internet connection to activate every game, and when you have done so, you are given an activation code.

One person we installed for had some real computer issues, and had to reinstall several times within a three day time span. On the last reinstall we were told that they only received five reinstalls, and if they went over that amount, they had to repurchase the game or not install it again. While this is a safeguard for the company, in fairness to them, having contacted support to explain the situation, it took upwards of five days to receive a reply.

Outsourced support, using Trymedia systems, was lax in response and was not satisfactory when it did arrive.

Overall the best experience we had with the online games download was with Game house and we recommend them to purchase games.

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