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    What was the First Game You Bought on Steam?

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    #1  Edited By Silvergun

    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

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

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    #3  Edited By IroN1c

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

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    #5  Edited By mandude

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

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    #6  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

    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 Wemibelle

    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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    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  Edited By Bane122

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

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    #10  Edited By Franstone

    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.

    hmm...

    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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    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  Edited By Catarrhal

    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  Edited By joseffthered

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

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    #14  Edited By Jams

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

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    #15  Edited By Redsox44

    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  Edited By DarkShaper

    Lost Planet, no I am not kidding.

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    #17  Edited By JoeyRavn

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

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    #19  Edited By doobie

    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  Edited By SomeJerk

    "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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    #22  Edited By Ace829

    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  Edited By Aronman789

    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  Edited By gnomeonfire

    Portal, but that was when it was free.

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    #25  Edited By altngr

    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  Edited By Bollard

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

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    #27  Edited By 49th

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

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    #28  Edited By Video_Game_King

    I still haven't bought anything on Steam.

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    #29  Edited By Danteveli

    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

    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  Edited By dwgill

    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  Edited By ervonymous

    Condition Zero, weird.

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    #33  Edited By Rincewind

    Counter Strike

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    #34  Edited By BaneFireLord

    Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe Edition

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    #35  Edited By joey

    Registered: Portal

    Bought: Binding of Isaac

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    #36  Edited By Nev

    Registered: Half-Life 2 Retail

    Bought: Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe

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    #37  Edited By Brenderous

    Probably whatever the first one was.

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    #38  Edited By BurningHunter

    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  Edited By Canteu

    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  Edited By wadtomaton

    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  Edited By ajamafalous

    Orange Box

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    #42  Edited By bananaz

    @Shivoa said:

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

    +1

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

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    #44  Edited By clovy

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

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    #46  Edited By Tomzombie

    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  Edited By Schmollian

    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  Edited By zolloz89

    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  Edited By GiroMindTricks

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

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    #50  Edited By JCTango

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

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