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Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform...

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Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a wide range of games and related media entirely over the internet, stretching from one-man independent efforts to some of the worlds most popular games. Steam is set apart from its peers in terms of functionality primarily by its residency in the system tray, and the desktop tasks that the client software performs to make use of that position. More Info »



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Steam was added by SlimG in Apr 2009 and the lastest update was made in Feb 2015. There is a history of activites on Steam in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Steam or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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30 seconds to hate

Negative Comment by GordonNelson about Steam Oct 2015

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



Positive Comment by supper8 about Steam Jul 2015

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


Success story.

Positive Comment by bullebizarre about Steam Aug 2014

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



Just go into this

Positive Comment by impossible about Steam Aug 2013

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


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.


love steam games!

Positive Comment by Joseph864 about Steam May 2013

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


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


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.


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.


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.


This is amazing! Gone are the days of visiting shops for games, trawling maker's sites for updates etc. They are always releasing bug fixes. Only wish this was separate from Valve (game maker) and therefore could be used by more than just game distributers (all-in-one and one-for-all programme distribution system anyone?)