Valve Kicks Off Non-Game Software Sale on Steam

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sdcat

Off topic: Does win8 gonna be shipped with Steam, itune and others preinstalled/embedded, like the MS store? Or Does MS store would charge others to put their product in the store?

In topic: I believe it is a good idea to do so too with game art and animation related software to be sold at Steam.

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goomothesumo

Cool! I like that its mostly art software. ArtRage is a good program. I used it all the time when I had Windows.

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Valor958

Personally, I think it's great that Steam is bringing in software to the mix. From the things listed, it actually fits their model well and makes sense.
They have Steam Workshop for all the mods and extra content for games, why not include some software to offer to a broad array of people to enhance that feature. Maybe in the near future they'll work out a marketing deal with Maya, 3dSMAX, etc to get those listed. THAT would be a boom, especially with the deals Steam regularly rolls out.
Saying Gabe is throwing a 'hissy fit' b/c W8 Store is cutting into their market is a bit unfair, and in a big way. This is standard business practice. W8 is coming to the market with a rather large stigma against it. Gabe is trying to take advantage of that to introduce this new feature. It was inevitable anyways, considering the current digital environment. Why would Steam NOT have this? Does anyone really think that W8 is being innovative with their digital store? It's the natural progression of the market to release more online, and using a VERY popular platform only helps everybody.
I guess Gabe/Valve shouldn't want to compete though, and do better... they should say, "Oh no! W8 is going to have a minor edge in the games/software deployment with the Windows Store... I GIVE UP >.<" Get over yourself man. Business is business.

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wintercoder

Oh no... I DO think Gabe should venture down the path he has chosen.

I simply put him in the same category as the chairman of Acer, who, instead of tightening his belt and welcoming the competition, got on a milkbox and also threw a hissy fit over Microsoft's Surface.

I'm about as pro-competition as anyone.

I just put Gabe, Acer and the Green Bay Packers fans on the same list... Don't cry because someone dealt you a few rookie refs... just keep your mouth shut and strengthen your own damn game.

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Andrew.Hodge

What do you think he's doing? Acer was crying and not competing. By going Linux, valve is doing what microsoft never could and competing in innovative ways.

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wintercoder

Like I said... He should continue going down the path he has chosen. With luck, and backing... it will work out.

But while doing so, he shouldn't cry about Windows 8 and how it affects his own efforts to rule the software distribution world.

Go ahead and try and crack the software distribution marketplace of Apple... why isn't he crying about that?

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Valor958

I think I understand what you're trying to say a bit better now. I just think the terms you're using change the overall tone of your message.

Basically, Gabe should keep doing what he's doing, but not complain and blame Microsoft. Of course Microsoft is a competitor and wants their business, I agree people should NOT complain about that. Microsoft wants money and have a newish means to get it. Great, now everyone will choose to advance themselves and branch out as a means to compete on even ground. This can breed innovation as well, since people will seek to set themselves apart to better the whole.
People do tend to complain too much about facing real competition. Suck it up and move on. If someone does it better than you, look at what they did, make it your own... do it even better, everyone profits. That would require humility though... that counts out just about every company in the world.

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wintercoder

The better solution.. the one that will spur innovation (i.e. Surface) should win out. People should flock to the better, most easily adopted solution, based on that solution's merrits... not on how much the groupies hate the competition. I grow tired of hearing the bashing based on such hate... or based on how much some other company's marketing decision is going to affect your development efforts (read: Gabe, Acer.)

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wintercoder

Pathetic.

Everyone falls in line behind Steam, crying and whining about how terrible Microsoft's 'Windows Store' will be to the industry... when truth be told it was only Gabe throwing a little hissy fit because of the competition it will give Steam in the non-gaming marketplace that he was obviously planning on for some time.

Way to drink the steamy kool-aid.

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Andrew.Hodge

Just piggybacking on what i think silencer was trying to say, this is a little more than just steam, here supporting the cause. they have been working with people from all over the industry to make their store work on whatever platform it is you choose to use. this is the computer industry at its finest.

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Watson Harlan

Just a thought, Valve OS, the only catch is that all of your clocks would be slow.

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praetor_alpha

Except that it would draw to many lines to the Glad OS. At least it would sing pretty nice.

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I Jedi

I am glad that Steam is making these new changes to its platform because I believe it will help keep them fresh and new in the market - even helping it long-term with non-gaming software. I just hope they're not biting off more than they can currently chew.

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