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  • GOG.com icon

    GOG.com

    GOG.com (Good Old Games) sells classic PC games through their download service at a low price, without DRM, and updated to run on the latest versions of Windows and...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web

    • Lack of DRMs, no requirements to stay online during playing, offline installers that you can keep forever, and they let you specify any target location for game files. You are legally allowed to redownload and install all games on unlimited number of computers in your household. Optional Steam-like client is available. AtoshiDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Separate installers for multiple computers, GOG galaxy app is more UI friendly, games are patched to work with modern OSes unlike steam which requires you to figure it out for the end user and can take hours. Guest • 2 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Humble Bundle icon

    Humble Bundle

    Buy a bundle of games, you decide the price, and support charity in the process. Each game is normally DRM-free and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux!

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Android Tablet

  • Desura icon

    Desura

    Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips and ready to play.

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued This Project isn't mentioned now for longer than a Year. The Admin want to sell the copyrights. Project is actually Stopped.
    • It's on a much smaller scale than Steam, however Desura still distributes digital copies of games and has the main features of Steam. SiNeveshJan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • GOG Galaxy icon

    GOG Galaxy

    GOG Galaxy is a game client that allows everyone to play. Optional client, freedom of choice and cross-play.

    Free Mac Windows

  • itch.io icon

    itch.io

    An online game marketplace and community. Also an app which manages downloading and updating of games acquired through the website.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web

  • Origin icon

    Origin

    Origin is your new digital playground. It’s where you go to find the best that EA has to offer.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web

  • Lutris icon

    Lutris

    Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a...

    Open Source Linux Steam MS-DOS

  • Game Jolt icon

    Game Jolt

    Game Jolt, where all the best free Indie Games are at! Browse through thousands of free Indie Games ready for you to play. This is Indie.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web

  • Bundle stars icon

    Bundle stars

    Buy awesome games. Pay a fraction of the retail price! Every week we bring you a spectacular new Steam game bundle, saving up to 97% off the normal retail price!...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Enhanced Steam

    A Chrome and Firefox browser extension that enhances the Steam storefront with all kinds of extra information including price comparisons to other online retailers and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Microsoft Edge ... Chrome Steam Opera Firefox

  • Game Center icon

    Game Center

    Game Center brings social gaming to OS X and iOS apps. With the Game Center app, you can play against friends and unknown foes anywhere in the world. Invite someone to...

    Free Mac iPhone iPad

    • Game Center is an apple ecosystem-exclusive and mobile game system. Steam is more for desktop. Guest • Oct 2015 Disagree   Agree

Steam Comments

very good platform for multiplayer gaming

about Steam · ·

I play CSgo and dota on steam. it is a very good platform for multiplayer gaming with good communication features and also has no advertisements. there are a few good games too but also, there are many sales for the paid games.

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BEST FOR GAMERS.

about Steam and Google Play Games, Origin · ·

This is the perfect platform for multiplayer and communication. Does not lag, no ads, no trolls and only gaming. Always be notified for the sales because there are frequent sales and gives a very good price for buying games. Origin or Google Play Games is nothing compared to this.

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just dota

Comment by maurokeita95
about Steam · Sep 2016 · -2 Helpful

I´m only using steam for dota and its great, but there are not other good free games in the program and that sucks.

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30 seconds to hate

about Steam · · -3 Helpful

Playing only Dota and humblebundle games. Hate steam, really.

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Improvements

about Steam · · -2 Helpful

Can it be used as a repository for all my games (eg including GOG etc)?

No, It's not aware of any non-steam games you have.

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Success story.

about Steam · · -4 Helpful

First I hated it. Then it got better. Now I love it.

applause

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Just go into this

about Steam · · 1 Helpful

My friends use this and I started using it as well. It makes sense you have your friends list, the games, the invites, etc. There are good deals on games. Can't complain

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Love the Big Picture mode

Comment by DanMan
about Steam · Jul 2013 ·

Big Picture

It's like the dashboards on PS3 or XBox360 and let's you start programs through a nice interface from your couch with your game pad (among other things). I've never really liked Steam, but that feature is awesome.

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love steam games!

about Steam · · -1 Helpful

probably my favorite engine for video games, i play old classics such as counter strike! ENGINE FOR THE WIN!

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Gives buying and playing games a whole new experience

about Steam · · 1 Helpful

Using Steam took the gaming experience to a whole new level. It made buying games much more easier and cheaper.

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The deals makes gaming affordable again, which is the main ...

Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about Steam · Jun 2011 ·

The deals makes gaming affordable again, which is the main reason I like it. Also I have had to buy Diablo 2 about 3 times now, and this takes care of things like that for me.

Also, the community aspect has come a long way, and you can now host and share videos, screenshots etc. through Steam.

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Steam has become THE Standard in digital distribution, and ...

Comment by Kissaki
about Steam · Jun 2011 · -1 Helpful

Steam has become THE Standard in digital distribution, and that is because of good management. The service itself is free, has a good community integration with profiles, chat and voice-chat, groups, recommendations, and more. Also provides development framework for steam integration to developers resulting in games using the steam community, achievements, cloud storing of settings and save-games, server browsing.
The only drawback is: Steam is DRM. A game bound to your account will be bound to it, permanently. You can play games offline and deny updating, but you’ll probably stay online and up-to-date with its nice auto-updating.
Valves (creator of steam) distribution policy is not too coplex and not unfair allowing for publishers and indie companies to publish their games in fair terms. For the users there have been and will be an infinite amount of weekend deals and Summer and Winter-deals where you can buy countless games for a hell of a price.

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The last time I tried Steam was when I got the Orange box t ...

Comment by Aaron
about Steam · Jun 2011 ·

The last time I tried Steam was when I got the Orange box to play Portal, but I had to install Steam. The problem is that you CANNOT play the games offline. You have to login into steam online, and pick your game from that and then you can play your game. I prefer games that I can play offline, because usually when I want to play I am not online.

Now maybe this has changed in newer releases but I don't think it has. So if there is a way to play the games offline, I would love to know how?? Otherwise I try to avoid any steam based games, and just get games that I can play ANYTIME I want. I have the old version of Halflife 1 which was not a steam based game. So I enjoy the fact that I can play it anytime.

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May have to update this soon, as Steam is coming to the Mac ...

Comment by gavomatic57
about Steam · Jun 2011 ·

May have to update this soon, as Steam is coming to the Mac on 12th May http://store.steampowered.com/news/3569/ and rumour has it, Linux as well http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=steam_linux_script&num=1

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