Bad Steam! Stop downloading DirectX you naughty program you

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2011 - 11:38 AM |
Tagged: steam, gaming

Could it be?  Is there an actual explanation as to why every single Steam game you ever bought just has to install DirectX, even though you just installed it for that last game you bought and the one before that and the one before ...

Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN has the explanation as to what is going on, though it is up to you to decide if it is reasonable or not.  Gone are the days of one DX fits all games, instead each of the currently used versions of DX, as in DX9, DX10 and DX11 depending on your software and hardware have many sub-versions.  In DX9's case, there are over 40 versions of a D3D helper library called D3DX and that number grows in DX10 and DX11 and that is before you toss in 32bit versus 64bit OS versions. 

Doesn't it make you happier to know the reason why you are stuck watching that stupid progress bar slowly grow instead of being able to play the game you just bought?

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"Oh God, not again – can’t I just play the damned thing? WHY? [Stomp, stomp, stomp."] This is a sound surely as familiar to the residents of the Brunswick area of Brighton as are the constant squawks of seagulls fighting over the contents of their recycling boxes. This is a sound I make, or at least variations upon it, every single time I first run a game I have downloaded via Steam. This time, I always think. This time it won’t ask me to install DirectX again first. Surely the 1023rd time’s the charm. That dream will likely never come to pass. However, at least we now know why – Valve have explained this particularly modern annoyance."

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August 3, 2011 | 12:16 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Oh man I hate that progress bar! Between that and Installing MS Visual C++ or w/e... it can take 5 mins for Steam to realize its already installed!

I've found that if you hit cancel, and then relaunch the game; however, it wont make you put up with the progress bar most of the time, I guess I have so many games already installed that there's bound to be enough D3DX libraries for it to just work lol.

August 3, 2011 | 08:06 PM - Posted by elgrandeburro

This just happened to me moments ago. I kept thinking, "don't I already have this?"

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