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I keep reading about "Steam," and seeing it in pictures of members desktops. However I am not quite sure what it is. I think it pertains to games, yes? I have always been a console gamer, and recently jumped ship
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http://steampowered.com

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Join Steam for free and get games delivered straight to your desktop with automatic updates and a massive gaming community.

* Fast access to games: The full Steam library and all future Steam releases are at your fingertips. After you've purchased a game, download it immediately and start playing.
* Automatic game updates: Hunting for patches and downloading from unorganized web sites is so twentieth-century. On Steam, your games stay up-to-date by themselves. No hassles.
* Instant-messaging that works in-game: With Steam's "Friends" service, you can talk to your friends while you play. You can also see when they're playing games and easily join the same servers together.
* Easy browsing of multiplayer game servers: Steam's integrated server browser makes it easy to navigate thousands of Internet game servers.
* Steam-only special offers: From pre-release discounts to free-play weekends, Steam delivers what gamers value most.
* Play your games on any PC: Once you have a Steam account, you can sign in from any PC and access your games. Your games are associated with your account, not your computer.
post #3 of 17
it is the content delivery system created by valve to distribute their games (like Half Life 2, Counter Strike: Source ect.) i love it..it automatically downloads updates for you and everything...not everyone likes it though..but most of them are dumbasses that don't understand how to configure it correctly
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Steam is an app that you use to buy and download games. Valve is the company that makes it. You need steam in order to run certain games. Such as Counter Strike and Half-Life, aswell as others they offer.
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Oh, thanks for the speedy replies guys! Sounds pretty cool, however, I like the boxs games come in Even if all they do is collect dust.
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Oh, thanks for the speedy replies guys! Sounds pretty cool, however, I like the boxs games come in Even if all they do is collect dust.
you can still buy the boxes, if you buy the boxes, then you go and register your cd key in steam and the game shows up in your steam window
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Oh, thanks for the speedy replies guys! Sounds pretty cool, however, I like the boxs games come in Even if all they do is collect dust.
They sell box versions aswell. You can make an acc. and register the CD-Key. Then later if u lose the CD u can download it off steam.
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Interesting. Are these prices lower than at stores such as EB Games and Gamestop, or relatively the same?
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Originally Posted by bl!nk View Post
Interesting. Are these prices lower than at stores such as EB Games and Gamestop, or relatively the same?
Its usually lower to buy it through steam directly. Like its $29.99 for CSS at the store, but in steam its $19.99. However sometimes its the same.
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they have sales from time to time. my favorite thing about Steam games is that i can download and install games on multiple computers and play them without needing the discs. and as already mentioned, the game patches and updates are downloaded and installed automatically.
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