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First off, is this pretty accurate or has things changed: http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/15...ing-steam.html

I've been seeing a lot of people praising Steam lately. I've never tried it. I understand you download a client, then buy the game, then authenticate the game while online with Steam, then you can play it anytime you want. Is that about right?

What's the dirt? There's always flaws and gripes, what are they?
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The only thing wrong with Steam in my opinion is that you can not sell games after you buy them.
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Ive had great luck with Steam.
I can migrate multiple games across multiple rigs.
    
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no catch, its amazing, im surprised you've never used it :X


and basically any games you buy, you keep forever and can install on as many computers as you want. its awesome, i get all my games from there
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Originally Posted by Krusher33 View Post
First off, is this pretty accurate or has things changed: http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/15...ing-steam.html

I've been seeing a lot of people praising Steam lately. I've never tried it. I understand you download a client, then buy the game, then authenticate the game while online with Steam, then you can play it anytime you want. Is that about right?

What's the dirt? There's always flaws and gripes, what are they?
Honestly, I've had very little problems with steam. Occasionally, I may not be able to get into a game or there may be an authentication error of some sort, but to be brutally honest those things happen very rarely.
A lot of people hate it as they see steam as DRM itself. I think its a great service. Basically all of you games are assigned to your account, and they offer insanely low prices on just about every game except call of duty, which takes a long time to go down in price.
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I have using steam since it first came out

its a wonderful thing to have on your computer

don't know what I would do if I didn't have it.
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Automatic updating can be nice. The only things I can think of that are questionable with Steam is modding, and activation. Some games might be a bit harder to add mods to, but generally it should be mostly the same process.

You will need access to a good net connection some times, for updating the client or DL the games, but otherwise that's about it.
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Originally Posted by teajayyy View Post
no catch, its amazing, im surprised you've never used it :X


and basically any games you buy, you keep forever and can install on as many computers as you want. its awesome, i get all my games from there
That's a good thing, yet also a bad thing. If you buy a bad game, you're stuck with that bad game forever.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Steam and prefer it over everything else with no hesitation, but I do realize that it has that one flaw. Blacklight: Tango Down stares back at me in my library every time I open it up. lol...
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And don't forget that Steam always has holiday sales, such as BC2 for $6.79!
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I love Steam. I purchase all my games on it for several reasons. One, I don't have to go to the store or wait for shipping from an online site, it just downloads straight to my computer. Also, I never have to bother with stupid CD's. If you buy a game at the store you need to put the CD in every time you want to play it. You don't need to do that with Steam. Third, Steam has a LOT of sales, so you can get some very popular games for cheap!
    
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