It’s a Gas: Steam Rockets Past 30 Million User Milestone, Other Absurd Stats

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SpockFive

I wonder how dose that compare to the subscriber count of xbox live. I'd ask how it compared to the psn too but we all know that would be a total crapshoot because of the people that have multiple accounts.

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Bustout

They said PC gaming is dead.

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someuid

I love steam and use it for all my games.  If it isn't on Steam, I pass on it.  There are obvious exceptions, like SC2 (which I haven't picked up yet) but that can be downloaded as well.

Physical media just doesn't have a place in my life anymore when it comes to games.

However, this line scares me: "to develop the platform to offer more marketing".  The last thing I need are marketting people overrunning my clean, smooth on-line buying process.  I hope Steam keeps them at bay and I don't get slammed over and over and over again with useless news, ads, 'specials', etc.  And I hope they stay the frick out of my games.

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Havok

I only buy my games via Steam now. Sure, if my computer needs a reformat and I need to re-download them all my ISP bill will be through the roof, but who wants to need a disc each time you want to play a game? Not to mention the dollars saved.

I only buy games at retail stores for my Wii, and so far, in the past year, that's only been Metroid: Other M.

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Nyarlathotep

I remember downloading Steam on dial up for the first time. It was such a big download it took like six hours and my connection would always get dropped before it finished. I think I had to try again about four times before I got it. My first multiplayer experiences were Counter Strike and Team Fortress. The first multiplayer game I really got addicted to was the Day of Defeat mod. I regularly played Day of Defeat through all of it's iterations up until Left 4 Dead came out although I did get distracted by the Battlefield series too. It's only been within the last couple years that I stopped buying games at retail stores and have purchased everything through Steam.

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lunchbox73

I love Steam. I only wish they sold cheap Ugg boots, designer jeans, shoes, jewelry. There are no places online to buy such products at reasonable prices.

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someuid

Oh my god, that was funny.

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someone87

+1

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BrianBest

Half Life 2 ep 3 better be freaking awesome.

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Ghok

One of the reasons Steam is so great is because buying PC games at a retail store just means you're going to get a disc you have to install, perhaps with some bad DRM on it. It's not much of a choice. If there were better options, I doubt I'd use Steam as much. That said, I am always buying things on Steam now, certainly it's the main way I purchase games. It's a great service, and much better than how it was when it first started.

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Jesterace

Some games you buy at retail are steam games, Bought Kane & Lynch and Just Cause 2 because they were pretty cheap at Futureshop. When I got home and to install they ended up being steam games. Which I don't mind, they were cheaper on disc than they actually were on steam. Saved $20 per game, also if I lose the discs or damage them I can always redownload from steam or restore a backup. Not to mention the convenience of getting games rather than driving to a store on the release date etc.. Fallout New Vegas was preloaded and ready to go when I woke up this morning.

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omen3330

Gbps = Gigabits per second

GBps = Gigabytes per second 

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igoka

I just would like to say that if I need the game I use Steam . Steam has changed my view how to buy game easy way . I forgot when the last time I bought the game from the store .

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TWRICEROCKET

Cardinal rule of thermodynamics: steam is not an ideal gas

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joeking

Yes, I do remember.  Most everyone hated Steam when it first came out, myself included.  Not only was the platform buggy, the update it brought to "Counter-Strike" (one of the only games at that time) was buggy as well.  Since CS was massively popular back then, you had a lot of angry players blaming Steam and Valve for all of life's problems.

Fast-forward seven years later, I can't imagine what life would be like without Steam.  Probably extremely boring.  I've met dozens of friends on Steam, some of which I had a chance to meet and frag with IRL.  It's also allowed me to download games directly and without manual patching.  This saves me time and money, not having to drive to the local "Game Shop" for example.  I don't think anyone will disagree that Steam is one of the greatest, most important software releases of this decade.

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allantang

Agreed. The only reason to have Steam was for CS... I have a gif somewhere with a joke update process of Steam back then, from iga.

But Steam has come a long way since then and its pretty damn good!

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COMMANDER_COOK

Is it 400GBps or 400Gbps? Wish Valve would fix that typo.

Nice touch on that last tag.

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nmanguy

I'd say Gbps, since the lil' b is for data transfer and the big B for storage. Otherwise I'd have an 8 Gb hard drive and 3 MB/s internet.

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B.A.Frayd

B=Byte(s)

b=bit(s)

8 bits = 1 byte

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