What do you think of Steam?

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#51 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

Don't blame Steam for your foolish spending.

#52 Posted by Emilbus (58 posts) -

Summer and Christmas Sale. 'Nough said.

#53 Posted by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

Steam is the best thing.

#54 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -

In a nutshell, I love it. For more detail, see below:
 
The Good

  • No copy protection hassles.
  • I've got a central hub for all my games, as even non-Steam games can be added.
  • It's convenient to keep tabs on your friends and invite them to join your games.
  • Achievements and stat tracking are nice bonus features.
  • With so many payment options, buying games have never been easier, and you can get some real value for money with Steam sales!
 
The Bad
  • Occasionally, games will be "currently unavailable" without any further explanation. Can usually be fixed by restarting, though.
  • I've had cases where I had to re-download gigabytes for a game that hasn't even had an update released. This is quite a problem if you've got a monthly cap.
 
The Ugly
  • Steam still automatically makes my status "Away" when I'm sitting right there. That can be annoying.
  • I get the impression Steam servers are not optimized for my country's poor internet speeds. Sometimes the GUI just hangs for long periods of time.
  • The store's "Recommended For You" can really use some tweaking.

I'm sure I forgot something important, but there it is.
#55 Posted by DillonWerner (1526 posts) -

Steam? I think he is a pretty great guy.

#56 Posted by Enigma777 (6071 posts) -

It's alright. A bit too slow for my tastes tbh. Also it could use a pallet swap. That black-on-black is so 2000.

#57 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2360 posts) -

If I had an awesome gaming pc, I would probably have sex with it.

#58 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
  • Store - great
  • Community - great
  • Uptime - pretty great
  • Watching Hitman lose his shit - BONUS!
#59 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -
#60 Posted by CheapPoison (727 posts) -

Yup, Steam is pretty dope.

#61 Posted by Lazyaza (2176 posts) -

If not for steam PC gaming basically wouldn't exist but regardless of that I would still think its effing awesome anyway.  I really don't have any complaints with it at all and in fact am quite annoyed when PC titles don't support it fully.

#62 Posted by Devildoll (879 posts) -

i think steam is great , valve were pretty early with this service , and as long as they keep on top of their game , i think this should be the place to get new downloadable releases.

stuff like the origin store that ea is making , if successful , will just have every other publisher make their own online store , and i dont want 50 accounts and 50 different sevices running in the background , thats why i try to stick to steam as much as possible.

#63 Posted by President_Barackbar (3454 posts) -

Its a great service that has revolutionized the PC gaming market.

#64 Posted by Vodun (2370 posts) -

<hipster>I liked Steam better when it was just a distribution platform for Counter Strike patches!</hipster>

Steam has proven that the way to fight piracy is not by making it harder to play games illegally but easier legally.

#65 Posted by CaptainObvious (2996 posts) -

I love it.

#66 Posted by Questionable (619 posts) -

Worth checking 2x a year, summer and winter deals!

#67 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7615 posts) -

They have a clever business model, in that they convince you to buy things that you don't really need/want, just because of how cheap they are. I personally don't like how much of a monopoly they have on PC gaming, especially as new releases on Steam are very expensive (sometimes almost double what a physical box will cost you).

#68 Posted by Tebbit (4460 posts) -

Steam saved PC gaming.

Apart from the first year, during which It tried in earnest to kill PC gaming.

#69 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

I'll just join everyone else and say it's a brilliant piece of software.
 
@WinterSnowblind said:

They have a clever business model, in that they convince you to buy things that you don't really need/want, just because of how cheap they are. I personally don't like how much of a monopoly they have on PC gaming, especially as new releases on Steam are very expensive (sometimes almost double what a physical box will cost you).

I guess that depends on the region, since Steam is usually cheaper than retail where I'm from. Granted, after shutting down a few stores in my town, I don't check them out so often (since I would have to go to another city to see up-to-date stuff), but things couldn't have changed that much.
#70 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -
@valrog said:
@WinterSnowblind said:

I personally don't like how much of a monopoly they have on PC gaming, especially as new releases on Steam are very expensive (sometimes almost double what a physical box will cost you).

I guess that depends on the region, since Steam is usually cheaper than retail where I'm from.
Same here. I find that in my country Steam prices are often better than the retail prices. At worst, they're about the same.
#71 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -
@Jasta said:

The best thing about it are the ridiculous sales that happen 2-3 times a year.

Pretty much this, i think its pretty good. 
#72 Posted by Gruff182 (855 posts) -

Steam is amazing. Valve are amazing.

#73 Posted by zaglis (909 posts) -
@grubber788 said:

Me Three Years Ago:

"Audiosurf? Sounds like a cool game. I need Steam for that? Ok, I guess."

Me Today:

"I have over 300 Steam games in my account and a ton more on my wishlist. Touche, Steam."

2004:
FUUUCK, I need to install this spyware to run Half Life 2?
 
2011:
If it's not on Steam, I'm not buying it!
#74 Posted by JustKamToo (681 posts) -

Steam is great, it updates all my games for me without having to do anything. It's great. Did I say it's great? yep its great.

#75 Posted by Ghooble (80 posts) -

Steam is an interesting tool, I have a love hate relationship with it. I love the fact that I can access all my games from one nice little icon, I love that the servers are fast to download from, and I love that everything is DIRT cheap compared to retail games. But the little things about it irritate the living hell out of me, like random disconnects from the cloud even though I'm still connected to the internet and could watch YouTube videos while I'm disconnected from the cloud, or the Ad popup after you exit a game. I know they need it for revenue and all that jazz but it's almost worse than YouTube ads for me. I suppose the goods outweigh the cons but they still exist.  
-Ghooble

#76 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3203 posts) -

Steam isn't amazing, it's agabshnagadorfilzazing.

#77 Posted by dudeglove (7740 posts) -

It's the best and worst thing that has ever happened to my life.

#78 Posted by DystopiaX (5300 posts) -

Steam is like being a crack addict and living with your supplier. I should stop buying shit but everytime I open it up to play some games its there, tempting me with cheap prices.

#79 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

People don't realize this yet, but Steam is a monster. An awesome, convenient monster.

#80 Edited by Toms115 (2316 posts) -

steam's great, but i very, very rarely buy full price games from there. i want physical goods if i'm paying full price.

#81 Posted by KillyDarko (1888 posts) -

Best thing that happened to PC gaming since mouse support...? ^^

#82 Posted by misterhaan (227 posts) -

all of the games i'm playing on windows right now are through steam, except for one which is available on steam but i bought a boxed copy.  i'd greatly prefer being able to play it on steam instead, because the boxed copy has the securom installation limit AND a disc check.
 
i thought i'd just keep on buying boxed copies of games and if they used steam that way (the orange box and civilization v, for example) then i'd use steam but mostly i didn't care about it.  then i noticed a couple sweet deals on old games while playing civilization v and bought those.  when portal 2 was in preorder i saw that the physical copies were being handled by ea, which is the company who put two highly inconvenient forms of drm on the same game (and does plenty of other consumer-unfriendly things), so i decided i'd rather preorder on steam and hopefully avoid ea getting any of my money.
 
that really broke the seal, and now i'm up to 56 games on my steam account.

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