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General Gaming  » Am I the only one who doesn't like steam?

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2/01/14 4:07:58 PM#21
I like the fact I can get really good games cheap on steam.  I've never had a technical problem with them so I can't say much about their customer support.

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2/01/14 4:08:23 PM#22
Originally posted by rguilbert
I used to feel the same way, but I eventually came over to the dark side.  I love Steam now. 



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2/01/14 4:08:28 PM#23

No you arent the only one. I hate launchers and especially steam. 

If I buy a game, I want to install it where I want, how I want and not have to load a 3rd party program to play it. 

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2/01/14 4:09:19 PM#24
Originally posted by funyahns
Originally posted by InporylemQQ
I like steam as a program, but I don't understand people who buy games from steam. They are horribly priced doesn't matter if it's a sale or not. And for the people who are going to flame me for this just google around, they are horribly overpriced in steam.

 What are you talking about? Steam typically has the best sales on games. Once in while another site will have them beat but it is not all that often.  So where is this website that has cheaper games than steam?

Ya I just wanted to add to this.  When Bioshock Infinity came out and was $60 buck everywhere I got it for $20 from a Steam Sale. 


Not to mention their Winter and Summer sales.  Hell I spent $40 bucks and got about 10 different games with full DLC. 


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2/01/14 4:11:28 PM#25

Living in a foreign country, and not always being able to get English versions of games, Steam is a godsend.

I like being able to buy a game and be playing it within 1-2hrs, I like the special offers, I like seeing what my friends are playing, and connecting with other who play games I like. Steam has introduced me to many games I would otherwise have not known about. For me, it's hard not to like it in any way.


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2/01/14 4:13:12 PM#26
Originally posted by InporylemQQ
I like steam as a program, but I don't understand people who buy games from steam. They are horribly priced doesn't matter if it's a sale or not. And for the people who are going to flame me for this just google around, they are horribly overpriced in steam.


The reason you're gonna get flamed is because you're horribly wrong.  I save my money and only buy games during Steams two annual mega sales.  Every time I've done this I've managed to pick up AAA titles that were six months old or less for under ten dollars.  

During this last sale I picked up Far Cry 3 for five bucks and Bioshock Infinite for seven bucks.  The sale before that I picked up Borderlands 2 and ALL the DLC for less than twenty dollars.  Right this moment, and it's not even a mega sale event, Splinter Cell Blacklist is only twenty four dollars with all the DLC.



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2/01/14 4:16:53 PM#27
Originally posted by InporylemQQ
I like steam as a program, but I don't understand people who buy games from steam. They are horribly priced doesn't matter if it's a sale or not. And for the people who are going to flame me for this just google around, they are horribly overpriced in steam.


Completely wrong. Please don't post false information.


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2/01/14 4:18:04 PM#28
Steam is excellent. I can talk to my friends in any game just by pressing Shift+Tab, I can watch YouTube videos using the overlay while I wait for a match to end or something, I can buy several games sometimes with great discounts, I can download and update everything very quickly, I can make groups and start communities, I can easily browse servers for Valve games, etc. All in all, it's a must-have for gamers and I only suspect it will grow and eventually end the era of retail copies for games. Gabe Newell surely must be a pretty happy man.

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2/01/14 4:26:19 PM#29
Originally posted by Tidel

I'm not a fan of it.  I don't like having one account with X amount of games. If I lose the account there goes my games if I can't recover the account.


I would much rather have the game installed right on my pc and have a separate login for it. I'd feel like I actually own it more than I would through a client like steam.



Steam is actually a lot better than having a local copy (you can lose the media, or have a crashed hard drive losing your saved games etc...)

Since steam also keeps save states for many games its awesome if you play on multiple PCs - all the saves are there no matter which PC you use.

Cloud computing is only going to grow - I love Steam, Origin and other online game services keeping track of my libraries.



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2/01/14 11:25:38 PM#30
Originally posted by Terranah

I like it.  Convenient and in some cases very good deals. 


But for those who can't behave themselves and get account banned, I could see where it's a problem, especially if your account consists of many games.

I have a friend who got banned. Yes, you loose your entire library. Valve finally granted him access again after 2 months.  Valve refused to tell him why. I will stick with box copies for most games.   


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2/01/14 11:31:18 PM#31
Steam, GMG, GOG, Amazon, Gamestop, Humble Bundle. Where ever I can get the best deal. And my Steam acct has about 100 games,

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2/01/14 11:57:49 PM#32

There are plenty of reasons not to like steam.

Not being able to trade your games when you are done with them,
Getting your account hacked and having to deal with shitty support to get it back
Minimalists only wanting to run the bare necessities to play games
DRM purists
Just because I shouldn't have to (no other sensible reason given)
Modding problems with steam versions of games.
Forced patches that breaks more than they fix
Too much control over my games by one company
The list goes on...
It does have a lot going for it too however which is why I'm willing to deal with the obvious downsides.




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2/02/14 1:30:13 AM#33
I don't like steam either. The main problem I have with steam is that it has to be well controlled or the boiler blows. Its a bit dangerous. I am glad they switched to diesel electric locomotives. However the steam locomotive has a really iconic look to it and the steam itself can create a powerful looking image so its pretty good to use in games or movies.

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2/02/14 1:40:16 AM#34
I love steam. I own over 300 games on it. Haven't played 80% of them, but eh it's cool. I understand why some people wouldn't like using it, it's basically paying to keep your games on DRM, but at the same time it's super convenient and has great sales.

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2/02/14 1:46:37 AM#35
I don't like steam but it started with 1 game requiring it to activate / run so from then on I found it easier to buy everything using steam. I lost toally my password, username etc and if you lose complete access and someone else knows your details you can still get it back if you have a credit card number, phone number etc. But you shouldn't be so stupid to lose access to your account but if you do it gets locked so no one can use it.

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2/02/14 1:47:09 AM#36
Originally posted by InporylemQQ
I like steam as a program, but I don't understand people who buy games from steam. They are horribly priced doesn't matter if it's a sale or not. And for the people who are going to flame me for this just google around, they are horribly overpriced in steam.


The reverse for me. Some bargains in there numerous sales but i find the client is bloatware!

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2/02/14 1:50:01 AM#37
Steam sales are actually pretty good value especially the holiday events. The latest one I can see there is you can buy Splinter Cell for under $5.

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2/02/14 1:52:43 AM#38
It is worth mentioning the DRM too, some publishers use the platform to provide DRM. not a fan of that either.
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2/02/14 1:57:47 AM#39
Originally posted by Gorilla
Originally posted by InporylemQQ
I like steam as a program, but I don't understand people who buy games from steam. They are horribly priced doesn't matter if it's a sale or not. And for the people who are going to flame me for this just google around, they are horribly overpriced in steam.


The reverse for me. Some bargains in there numerous sales but i find the client is bloatware!


"(computing) Software that is overpacked with features and therefore slow or unwieldy; software that is inefficiently designed and occupies an excessive amount of memory or disk space."


Steam uses a fraction of my browser's RAM usage.

The amount of space it takes in the HDD is negligible.

If the news notifications are bothering you, you can turn that off.

How so is Steam bloatware?


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2/02/14 2:02:28 AM#40

I don't use it and don't care for it.


If a player finds the convenience and value-added features worth it, I think it's fine that they want to use Steam.  I fully support every game having a Steam release.  However, I personally wish that companies would not release Steam exclusives (which says everything one needs to know about Steam, and of course similar game management platforms like EA's Origin, being used as DRM no matter how unintrusive many gamers find it).  There are a number of games that I would have bought had an alternative been available.


Not everybody values the things the same.  Things like friends lists, easy access to multiplayer features, file management, automatic updating, and so on ... these don't mean as much to me as they do to others, while the ability to almost completely control my own game experience both in-game and as part of my life in general is worth a lot to me.  Steam doesn't have to go out of business or revoke access to one's games to make letting them control access problematic.  They've been great stewards of the gaming industry so far, but people die and move on, the business cycle creates financial pressures, greed can get the best of people, and there's no guarantee that things won't change for the worse.

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