What was the First Game You Bought on Steam?

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#1 Posted by Silvergun (298 posts) -

I was looking at my Steam library the other day, and got to wondering, with this basically being a list of every PC game I've purchased in the last 5 years or so...which one was the first?

I'm pretty sure in my case, it was Bioshock. I had really been looking forward to it, but for some reason, the Best Buy near me had sold out, so I decided to give Steam a try. It wasn't my first digital-only game, I'd purchased Neverwinter Nights 2 via Direct2Drive, and had been really unimpressed (can't remember why), but was actually really blown away by how fast and easy Steam was. I don't think I've bought a boxed copy of a game since then.

What's the first game you guys bought on Steam?

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#2 Edited by Shivoa (1139 posts) -

I'm going to bet my answer is also going to be, by far, the most common: HL2.

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#3 Posted by IroN1c (709 posts) -

Registered? Half-Life 1. Actually bought on the Steam Shop front? Day of Defeat Source Pre-Order.

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#4 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -
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#5 Posted by mandude (2743 posts) -

First game I ever bought using the Steam store was Braid. Otherwise, Half-Life 2.

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#6 Posted by MattyFTM (14772 posts) -

Half-life 2 was the first Steam game I purchased, but I bought that at retail and activated it on Steam. The first game I actually purchased on Steam itself was Geometry Wars.

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#7 Edited by wemibelec90 (2285 posts) -

I'm pretty sure mine is Half-Life 2 as well. First thing I bought when I built my own computer at 16 too. I had already played it but wanted to see the PC version in action.

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#8 Edited by colonelpopcorn (1983 posts) -

You can actually see the first game that entered your library, in the upper right corner of your library is a button that says "[user]'s account". In the dropdown menu click account details, and scroll down to the very bottom and your first game should be the first one on the list.

Answer for me is Half-Life 1 during the 10th anniversary sale where it was $0.99.

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#9 Posted by Bane122 (961 posts) -

AVP Classic 2000 three or four years ago when it was first released on he service.

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#10 Edited by Franstone (1415 posts) -

Good question, have no idea...

Can't even remember when Steam first started, like 2004? 2005?

I got HL2 free from buying a Radeon card way back then, maybe that was my first DL through Steam.

I have HL1 but I know that was a boxed copy before Steam.


Ah, thanks @c0l0nelp0c0rn1

ATI Bundle - Complimentary

HL2 Silver - Complimentary

HL2: Episode One - Complimentary

Left 4 Dead 2 - Retail

Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl - Steam Store

Looks like Stalker wins for official first purchase.

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#11 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

Counter Strike: Source was the first thing I had on Steam (bought a boxed copy.) I'm not sure what the first thing I actually purchased through steam was. Maybe Half-Life 2.

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#12 Posted by Catarrhal (872 posts) -

The first and only game I've bought on Steam is VVVVVV. Cool game, and my machine doesn't meet the minimum requirements to play anything else, really.

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#13 Posted by joseffthered (99 posts) -

Apparently it was Darwinia... I did not expect that.

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#14 Posted by Jams (3043 posts) -

I registered my hl, cs, op, bs, tf pack during the beta. other than that, HL2.

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#15 Posted by Redsox44 (521 posts) -

Checked my account history and it was The Witcher 2, then I want a crazy spree during the steam sale.

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#16 Posted by DarkShaper (1375 posts) -

Lost Planet, no I am not kidding.

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#17 Posted by JoeyRavn (5190 posts) -

Mass Effect, for €2, almost 4 years ago. I knew about Steam before making my first purchase, but I never cared about it enough to try it out.

Fastforward to 2012 and I have 224 games registered to date.

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#18 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2831 posts) -

It says Bioshock but I think I bought Bioshock, Borderlands, and The Orange Box at the same time.

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#19 Posted by doobie (612 posts) -

i was one of those that couldn't play HL2 on day one because steam fucked up couldn't activate the game. so my first experience was a little tainted.

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#20 Posted by SomeJerk (4077 posts) -

"Member since: September 12, 2003"
Half-Life 2 I would think. Steam doesn't list anything earlier than 2008 in my history?

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#21 Posted by 71Ranchero (3352 posts) -
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#22 Posted by Ace829 (2106 posts) -

My first Steam game was actually an indie bundle that contained BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Nightsky, NyxQuest, Swords & Soliders HD, and World of Goo.

If you mean individual game, then that would be Metro 2033.

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#23 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -

Portal was the first game I got on Steam, didn't buy it though, it was free for a couple days and I decided to register and take it.

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#24 Posted by GnomeonFire (1013 posts) -

Portal, but that was when it was free.

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#25 Posted by altngr (51 posts) -

I signed up for steam after buying HL2 GOTY (HL2 + E1 + CS:S), but the first thing I actually bought was the complete Tales of Monkey Island pack, on sale if I remember correctly.

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#26 Posted by Bollard (7319 posts) -

Technically it was Half Life 2, but that was just so I could play Gmod.

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#27 Posted by 49th (3419 posts) -

Braid. Didn't have a HD console at the time and was interested

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#28 Posted by Video_Game_King (36565 posts) -

I still haven't bought anything on Steam.

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#29 Posted by Danteveli (1388 posts) -

Left 4 Dead 2 was the first game I have purchased on steam. Previously only retail titles that activated there.

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#30 Edited by predator (378 posts) -

I registered a boxed copy of Half-Life Generation (the version without Blue Shift) at the end of 2003.

Each games product key would give you a Steam account with all Half-Life games, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Deathmatch Classic, Day of Defeat and Ricochet unlocked.

I remember it crashing a lot and I went back to WON.

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#31 Posted by dwgill (198 posts) -

I distinctly recall I was given Counter Strike: Source for Christmas one year, and that is what got me to install Steam. My first purchase through the service was TF2 a year or so later after I participated in the free weekend held after the goldrush update.

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#32 Posted by ervonymous (1299 posts) -

Condition Zero, weird.

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#33 Posted by Rincewind (381 posts) -

Counter Strike

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#34 Posted by BaneFireLord (3147 posts) -

Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe Edition

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#35 Posted by joey (1058 posts) -

Registered: Portal

Bought: Binding of Isaac

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#36 Posted by Nev (667 posts) -

Registered: Half-Life 2 Retail

Bought: Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe

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#37 Posted by Brenderous (1240 posts) -

Probably whatever the first one was.

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#38 Posted by BurningHunter (68 posts) -

I bought a copy of The Orange Box in 2009, which meant I was forced to use Steam. I guess that counts? If it doesn't, the first game I actually bought on Steam was Jade Empire: Special Edition.

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#39 Posted by Canteu (2968 posts) -

I think I bought a box with half life, blue shift, the other one and counter strike in it.

If that counts?

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#40 Posted by wadtomaton (567 posts) -

when I look at my details at the bottom of the list I have steam itself, and the Orange Box, and then World of Goo. since TOB was a retail game I bought (which I believe is what finally made me install Steam, I used to be very against digital distribution but have laxed somewhat) I guess World of Goo gets the honor of first game purchased through steam for me :)

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#41 Posted by ajamafalous (13112 posts) -

Orange Box

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#42 Posted by bananaz (272 posts) -

@Shivoa said:

I'm going to bet my answer is also going to be, by far, the most common: HL2.


I mean, of course. Steam used to be this weird thing that Half Life 2 made you do.

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#43 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -
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#44 Posted by clovy (263 posts) -

left for dead 2 for like 5 bucks during a holiday sale like 5 years ago

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#46 Posted by Tomzombie (438 posts) -

Audio Surf i was very skeptical of Steam for like 7 years then i bought a game then i realized its not that bad and a eazy to use system

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#47 Posted by Schmollian (350 posts) -

Half-Life 2

I remember being pretty unsure about the whole "steam" thing. Seems to have turned out well enough.

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#48 Posted by zolloz89 (280 posts) -

My current account is Left 4 Dead. Somewhere down the line I had another account that that had Counterstrike Condition Zero as the first. I couldn't recover it for some reason.

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#49 Posted by GiroMindTricks (90 posts) -

Bought Dawn of War II at retail which made me install steam, and the rest is history.

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#50 Posted by JCTango (1500 posts) -

@Silvergun: I think it was probably Alpha Protocol and Company of Heroes.

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