Steam: Savior or Slayer of PC Gaming?

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lindethier

I've been a longtime supporter of Steam. I have all my games on there, and only buy my PC games from Steam. I haven't bought a hard copy of a PC game in years. I just love it! When Battlefield 3 comes out though, I may have no other choice but to buy a hard copy. :(

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bingojubes

I enjoyed reading this article here at my work desk. I used to not like Steam, but when i got the Orange Box, the numerous features and the UI were very user-friendly and customizable, so i stuck with it. Game stores do not have many computer games any more, so if i want a title i have to order online, through steam or newegg, because i won't drive myself to a best buy or a target.

Consoles have LIVE and PSN networks for their content - it's nice to see some entity stepping up and supporting computer gaming, even if publishers of games are not. I don't have friends to game with, and steam to me seems non-invasive to my gaming. with the large selection of games at affordable(?) prices, i really do not have to leave my house anymore for any reason ('cept work).

if steam happens to go into obscurity and dissolve in some freak accident, i will miss the hundreds of dollars spent for my digital games, since i do not carry physical copies much anymore. but knowing it was a fun ride, i would do it all again upon its resurrection. I think steam will last for a long time into the future - consoles do not make their own games, those games are created using computers (or MACs), so as long as computers are around, steam i hope will cintinue to keep up with its millions of users.

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davidtuerk

I use steam All the time, Infact I own 22 games on steam. DRM Has Never been a problem for me. I only Have 2 computers to play my steam games on. (desktop pc and my macbook) Steam has saved the pc gamer Indrustry. Period. I find it hard to find games on disks anymore. the one problem I could think of for steam is the data caps people have in the city. I have no data cap (so far :) and I can download without wating a month for my cap to be reset.

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cwditter

How are two digital game distributing programs NOT competitors? True, there are more features to Steam than just game and DLC distribution, but Origin does that too; therefore, they compete. And Steam competes with all the other distributers too. This is like saying Win7 and OS X don't compete because OS X now has an App Store. As long as two programs have the same exact functionality, they compete for people's attention/use. But this is FINE. Competition is good for customers

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cwditter

I'll rephrase by saying, as long as two programs have a feature in common, they compete; they don't have to have every feature the other program(s) have, just one.

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nmanguy

I think he meant they aren't true competitors. It's like saying IBM is a competitor to Bic, because they both sell pens with their logos on them.

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cwditter

Yeah...your comparison makes no sense...IBM buys pens from Bic and puts their name on them...not even close.

#facepalm

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Raswan

Excellent article. Well-written (expect that "less" titles should be "fewer" titles), enlightening, and relevant. Thanks!

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