What do you think of Steam?

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#1 Posted by swf567 (15 posts) -

Steam can sometimes be alright however when there is a game which is on sale it can be intriguing to buy the game. Sometimes this can result in wasting money on  a game that you wouldn't want or like the idea of the game. In my games list there are some games that I wished that I never brought and now they stay in the games list for forever. However I would like to hear what the community thinks about this!

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#2 Posted by project343 (2895 posts) -

Steam is man's best invention.

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#3 Posted by buft (3409 posts) -

I liked it when it was powering trains and i still like it now that its powering video games

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#4 Posted by Aus_azn (2272 posts) -

"DRM done right" - Someone on here that I forget.
 
@buft said:

I liked it when it was powering trains and i still like it now that its powering video games
It's pretty much the best thing to happen to PC gaming since the dedicated GPU.
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#5 Posted by Jasta (2246 posts) -

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

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#6 Posted by WickedCestus (3781 posts) -

I think the general consensus on the internet is that Steam is pretty great.

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#7 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

Best thing to happen to PC gaming in a while.  Amazing service.

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#8 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

It's pretty cool, I guess.

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#9 Posted by EuanDewar (5160 posts) -

I think it's pretty fucking awesome.

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#10 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

As a shop, it is superb and we owe it the flourishing of PC gaming once again. the sales are too good to be true 
as a gaming interface, out of this world. the screenshots, the friends, the integrated system.. again, amazing
 
however, technically speaking, I don't like how it restricts my games and puts a "steam stamp" on them.

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#11 Posted by RTSlord (1238 posts) -
@supermike6 said:
I think the general consensus on the internet is that Steam is pretty great.
its damn great
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#12 Posted by grubber788 (18 posts) -

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."

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#13 Posted by AlisterCat (7553 posts) -

The best digital service available. Their games prices are incredibly inflated but worth it for the sales.

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#14 Posted by iShayman (99 posts) -

It's an amazing service.

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#15 Posted by Raven10 (2200 posts) -

Steam is amazing. I know what you mean about buying games you wouldn't buy otherwise, but for the prices I'm glad I tried a lot of them out. Some I finished. Others I didn't. But I'm glad I got them. It's also great to have a service that stores and organizes all your games, and automatically applies updates. Steam Cloud is also really cool. So yea, all around I love Steam. I hope EA decides to support it again. I have the previous two Mass Effect games on Steam and I'd like to add the third.

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#16 Posted by vager (1677 posts) -

Only store where I'm happy wasting money on stuff I'm never going to use/play.

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#17 Posted by Dingofighter (1875 posts) -

I think Steam is great, it's an easy way to install games on multiple PC's and makes it easy to reinstall games when you have bought a new Hard Drive, though it isn't always the fastest... and during sales you can't always download games at all. 
But those sales, they are the most amazing part of Steam, I have bought so many games while at the same time spending so little money thanks to the Steam sales. 
 
Sometimes the fact that you have to have Steam running to play your games gets in the way, but for the most part it isn't really an issue.

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#18 Posted by Tedtded (49 posts) -

Steam is pretty fucking amazing. I am generally against monopolies, but steam is so FUCKING PERFECT.

It feels great to throw out all my physical games crap. I just use GOG and steam.

I would pirate a billion games, but steam stopped my "Warez days" dead in the tracks. The convenience and the low prices make steam number one.

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#19 Posted by ShadowSkill11 (1877 posts) -

I've got about 190 games on Steam and consider the store my primary go place for any and all pc games. Does that answer your question?

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#20 Posted by pescado_auf_deutsch (25 posts) -

It's generally p great, but getting support for non Valve games on Steam can be pretty frustrating, least in my experience.

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#21 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5442 posts) -

I remember way back, when it was complete shit.

Now I'm it's bitch.

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#22 Posted by Daiphyer (1504 posts) -

It's the best online service really. XBL and PSN can't touch it.

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#23 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

Loving it.

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#24 Posted by wefwefasdf (6730 posts) -

Steam is awesome. Basically the only place I'll buy PC games from.

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#25 Posted by rentfn (1392 posts) -

i'm for it...how do you feel about frilly tooth picks??

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#26 Posted by the_hiro_abides (1293 posts) -

I've been following Steam since all they offered were Valve games. Yeah, still love it.

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#27 Posted by Sayishere (1854 posts) -

I like its bloody amazing as a central hub for my PC games, and the occasional deal sweetens it even further.

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#28 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

I like it but I wish my downloads would stop getting "suspended".

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#29 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Pretty much the only reason I still like PC games.

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#30 Posted by Spoonman671 (5809 posts) -

"This game is currently unavailable.  Please try again at another time."
 
You picked a poor time to ask me this question.

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#31 Edited by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -

I love it, but it will randomly just stop responding and lock up from 5 seconds to several minuets before it unfreezes and I can use it again. There are tons of little things I hope they add to make the program easier and more user friendly, but that's the only real "problem" I have with it.
 
If it wasn't for Steam the PC market would be an extremely different place, ie. it wouldn't exist, and no matter what they do I will always be grateful to them for standing by us when every other company was doing nothing but shit on PC gaming. Now that Valve has done the hard work all the fair weather companies are trying to jump on by copying what Valve is doing I refuse to use them unless they have some super amazing god dam mind blowlingly good deal like when Live were selling games for $1. Still mad I missed Viva Pinata during that sale. Hope they do it again.

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#32 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -
@Spoonman671 said:
"This game is currently unavailable.  Please try again at another time."  You picked a poor time to ask me this question.
Does that happen often for you? It will randomly do that for me, but if I just wait a few minuets or keep trying by the third or fourth time it goes through.
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#33 Edited by Spoonman671 (5809 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:

I love it, but it will randomly just stop responding and lock up from 5 seconds to several minuets before it unfreezes and I can use it again. There are tons of little things I hope they add to make the program easier and more user friendly, but that's the only real "problem" I have with it.

I have the same problem.  
 
As for the little things you mention, I find it extremely obnoxious that I have to repeatedly pass through age-gates.  One time I accidentally entered the wrong year and was locked out of looking at a game even though I'm an adult who already owns games like Doom 3, Amnesia, Left 4 Dead, and Metro 2033 through Steam.  Why can't they remember my damn birthday?
 
@crusader8463 said:
@Spoonman671 said:
"This game is currently unavailable.  Please try again at another time."  You picked a poor time to ask me this question.
Does that happen often for you? It will randomly do that for me, but if I just wait a few minuets or keep trying by the third or fourth time it goes through.

Not really.  I think I might have encountered it once before, but this time it's refusing to work.  I went ahead and verified the game integrity (right click>properties>local files) and that seems to have worked.
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#34 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5442 posts) -

@Spoonman671 said:

@crusader8463 said:
I love it, but it will randomly just stop responding and lock up from 5 seconds to several minuets before it unfreezes and I can use it again. There are tons of little things I hope they add to make the program easier and more user friendly, but that's the only real "problem" I have with it.
I have the same problem. As for the little things you mention, I find it extremely obnoxious that I have to repeatedly pass through age-gates. One time I accidentally entered the wrong year and was locked out of looking at a game even though I'm an adult who already owns games like Doom 3, Amnesia, Left 4 Dead, and Metro 2033 through Steam. Why can't they remember my damn birthday?

Ooh yeah that's a good point.

Also sometimes during sales, steam will just decide I'm filth and not accept my credit card, but that's probably because I'm retarded and instead of building up a cart, I just go mad and rack up a ton of separate 1.50 purchases. Eventually it all got ironed out by itself though.

Oh yeah it was when Guild Wars was on sale, that's when it didn't want my money. That was a dark moment in time for me.

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#35 Posted by CosmicQueso (582 posts) -

@swf567 said:

When there is a game which is on sale it can be intriguing to buy the game. Sometimes this can result in you like the idea of the game. In my games list there are some games that I wished that they stay in the list for forever. I would like to hear what the community thinks about this!

There, edited.

When a game which is on sale it IS intriguing to buy the game! And they do stay in the list for forever! I, as part of the community, think good things about this!!

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#36 Posted by crusader8463 (14757 posts) -
@Spoonman671: That age gate thing drives me nucking futs too. The big one for me though, is that I just want to be able to ctrl click, or use my mouse to high light a bunch of games, in my library list and drag them into a group instead of needing to right click each one and go in one at a time. I like to keep things organized, and with 204 games, and being the type of person who likes to change how he organizes things regularly, I soon gave up on doing that and just keep them all alphabetical.
 
The other one that drives me nuts is that the videos don't have a slider for the audio level. My audio is perfect on everything, but when I try to play a video on Steam it almost blows out my ear drums every time because it's so dam loud.
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#37 Posted by niamahai (1409 posts) -

Steam have created the precedence where nobody buys games on launch day and wait for it to be deep discount @ 50%.

Also it have created a precedence for dumbass to call Steam "stupid" for not making every game $5.

And finally it created a lot of Steam fanboi who pooh-pooh other online store.

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#38 Posted by maxB (402 posts) -

Fuck steam. Origin is king

but no steam is awesome

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#39 Posted by HellBrendy (1139 posts) -

Short story: I love it.  
 
Long story: I fucking love it. 

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#40 Posted by twigger89 (360 posts) -

Steam and valve are the saving graces of PC gaming. Steam is the closest thing to a perfect download service, and it is constantly improving itself even though its competition is miles behind it.

The only thing that can compete with Steam is Steam itself, and the winner of that endless self competition is customer.

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#41 Posted by Rothbart (433 posts) -

Without Steam, I wouldn't have any way of playing games here in Italy. My Xbox is NTSC, so about two years ago I just started buying everything I wanted for the PC when they were on sale. The sales! They are incredible! I can't imagine a life without Steam now. The only setback is that some games, like You Don't Know Jack and From Dust, don't come out here. But it's a small drawback considering that I can always have my full collection of PC games with me always, on any computer I own.

By the way, the fact that EA has set up it's own digital distribution hub is laughable. I feel so sorry for the poor engineers who had to create such a useless program, they could have been doing something worth their time.

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#42 Posted by RedHatDrew (374 posts) -

It keeps me full of games, and Valve full of money. And while I do like being full of games, I do occasionally miss that money. Damn my lack of self control! Also, if you're not careful, you'll wind up accidentally buying shit like Secret of the Magic Crystals without knowing how you got it. My guess is a bundle, but hey, I could've just been really drunk. That's how I ended up with Jeopardy for the PS3.

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#43 Posted by Seedofpower (4064 posts) -

When you don't treat your customers as some random number but instead as people by listening to them. The result is something amazing, thus we have steam.

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#44 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3053 posts) -

After the dark days of it heralding the death of CS 1.3 and not actually being a shop, Steam has grown into a service that is absolutely amazing.

It has the occasional frustrating bug (damn you ClientRegistry.blob, damn you!), but it has set the bar incredibly high for downloadable systems, and Valve have set it equally high for customer service and content.

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#45 Posted by McShank (1688 posts) -

Iv spent over 1300$ on steam games and i have played maybe 1/3rd of them.. Steam owns my wallet as i haven't put that much money into games besides the ps3.. and those alone could pay off me car.

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#46 Posted by ajamafalous (13544 posts) -
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#47 Posted by Kidavenger (4219 posts) -

It's made the pc into a legitimate user friendly gaming platform.

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#48 Posted by xolare (1355 posts) -

WELL. I THINK IT'S NOT AS GOOD AS EA'S ORIGIN CAUSE THAT HAS BATTLEFIELD ON IT. ALSO I THINK EA IS A COOL GUY THAT DOESN'T AFRAID OF ANYTHING. 
 
 
I like steam.

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#49 Posted by jorbear (2570 posts) -

I'd rather use Origin.

Cuz they got exclusive trailers yo!

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#50 Posted by Branthog (5777 posts) -

I own almost 450 games on Steam. My only complaint is mostly the bullshit with patching from certain developers, the failure to note that "this game no longer works on modern operating systems" for some games and the extra bullshit hoops that some publishers require to play their games or access their games (registrations, extra serials, external websites to go through -- EA/Bioware, I'm especially looking at you).

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