I didn't like it when I had it just for one game, but now its great that I have a game collection I have access to any where I have access to steam.
Steam was invented by Valve to fight piracy and to make money (Steam deals, lol). There's no question about it. And for that purpose, it's a genious program. Instead of seeing the obvious, you look at "features" such as "having all the games in a one list" and "steam deals" (because you are the winner when you spend money!!). And of course most of you are sucked right into it, because after all, Valve is God and could never do anything wrong.
Look it's one thing to accept that Steam is there for the sake of the company. It's another to say it's actually good and benefits the customers.
Not used RAM is wasted RAM.
I was dumb to think Steam takes alot of CPU power earlier is doesn't.
i don't like not being able to play games offline.
If Steam disappears, your games disappear.
It does a lot of the things you don't expect. Upgrades graphic drivers, patches games, in game web browser and overlay.
It is worth the the little bit of ram it asks for.
If you mean when or if Valve go bust they have already put measures into place so you can continue to play the games you bought. I imagine the community will be strong enough to keep online gaming going as well.
Good to know you went legit. Worth the price of the games.
To some people on the first page, how shitty is your computer Steam takes up most of your memory?
I use steam, but more of a necessity than any direct wish to do so. I would much prefer a mere download manager where I can manually select the patches I want applied, what games I want to have. But which I don't need for the games themselves to run.
a) it consumes resources (not a lot, but still does - and it went out of proportion since the last update) I used to have an old desktop that ran older games with older steam fine. Ever since the update. The pc struggled with steam just itself.
b) forced to have the most up to date version on install. Can't choose what updates you want.
c) the offline mode is a buggy piece of crud that more often than not doesn't work.
d) no actual control. - internet goes down and I have no way to install a game. Can't pick an alternate install location and a whole lot of other stuff.
Ans seeing SP games enforce steam is just bad.
My only complaints are:
No offline play. (you can even launch anything with ought wifi.)
Cant run games with ought running steam. (takes up processing power while playing a game, when you need it most!)
but other than that i like it. But i also like xbox, and ps2. Consols will never die, but we should never forget about computers.
Also the "steam validating files"
To some guy above here somewhere, I really doubt Valve will go bankrupt.
They've built too big of a name in the gaming industry to have it happen, and if any innovation is going around, they're usually the one sparking it.
I have a very low-end PC and Steam runs just fine for me.
I've loved Steam since the day I got it and have never looked back.
But what exactly is it that Steam provides that otherwise would be troublesome to accomplish? That games from other devs fail to deliver?
"All games in one list"
This is ridiculous. Just put a folder on your desktop and drag the game icons there?
Practically every new game has this. It's not a feature. It's often a requirement since a lot of games focus on online play.
"No more struggling with DVD/CDs"
Hardly any new games require this. If anything it's good because it allows for express installation without the need to download anything prior.
"Games are linked to a single account / you can access all your games wherever you are"
First of all, this isn't that amazing as it might seem. How often does this come handy? Since you must download and install any games, it takes a shitload of time anyway. You're not gonna casually play some Portal or TF2 during recess.
Secondly, it's not that unique. Lots of developers are using the same deal. Blizzard for example. It's becoming a standard.
Thirdly, it's pointless if you only use Steam for like one or two games.
Lastly, it can be a bad feature. If you link many games to a single account then only one person can play any one of those games at the same time. And good luck LANing.
"Nice community experience"
I can't speak for this since I don't use this much. But tbh it just seems like they've moved the "community experience" from your webbrowser to this separate application. Pointless.
Aka "deals". If I wanna shop games, I'm gonna shop games. I have no desire to be shoved with ads just because I want to play a game.
I've never had any problems with steam and the games are easily available for download right after buying without need to have them shipped. There are good sales too sometimes.
I think some people just like to bitch