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Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: Peter Suciu 2017-02-24 12:50:18
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Where would the PC gaming market be without Steam, the digital distribution platform that was developed by Valve Corporation more than a decade ago? It likely would be in worse shape than it is now, but that's not to say it would be bad. First, despite the repeated cries that "PC gaming is dead," the state of PC gaming is actually pretty good and PC gaming is very much alive because of Steam, which also offers digital rights management, multiplayer game hosting and social networking services. Valve can take a lot of the credit.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: Lussy_marisa 2017-03-01 03:49:43 In reply to: Peter Suciu
I think PC gaming really help a player to play in terms of his game, which is great Spek also affect the quality of a game. While PC Gaming is of course created specifically for gaming just is not so much to make people worried, even people who lover Game of Steam continues to play and the more players that come into play. And the most important thing of the steam business will continue to evolve to develop more gaming equipment, and will not stop there, it might Steam is developing, tools to make better spec for the players. A few of my opinion, I'm sorry if there are mistakes me in speechless. That is all and thank you.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: jescott418 2017-02-28 12:13:55 In reply to: Peter Suciu
I haven't used Steam in a while because I went back to console gaming. But my gripes with PC gaming were not Steam itself but rather the multitude of hoops you jump through to play games.
I actually thought that most games working through Steam was the best ideal than having different accounts for different game makers. It was also nice if you bought a retail game and registered it with Steam it could be downloaded from Steam. I don't know if PC gaming is dying off, but certainly PC sales are slow and in general I think PC gaming has slowed more than console's in the last few years. Mainly because of hardware costs to keep up with the newer games. It hasn't helped that Intel has focused more on lower powered CPU's and notebooks than on higher priced PC desktops. Most PC's sold today do not play modern games that well. This of course is not Steam's fault or any one else in the gaming industry. Steam is not without faults, but its probably the best thing to happen to PC gaming in a while.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: Sweetja713 2017-02-26 14:14:46 In reply to: Peter Suciu
I am all for criticism where deserved but your biggest issues aren't issues at all except maybe of communication. Steam has an offline mode. Just enable it and any games that don't have an online component can be played without an internet connection.

Steam has a friends and family library sharing feature too. They've had it for about a year at least. So no, you and your wife don't need to both buy a copy. Yes, you both need accounts. No, you can't play the same game at the same time.

Maybe Valve doesn't do the best job communicating all these features but don't claim that they aren't there. They are and have been for some time. Look at help files. Google. Hell offline mode is right there when you log in. What you shouldn't do is write a vent piece without doing research. Then you just look like a foolish journalist.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: Rob999 2017-03-06 11:41:25 In reply to: Sweetja713
It's true Steam has an offline mode.

Assuming I understand what you're saying, this is false. In order to play each other on the same game, which is the author's point, they both need to buy a copy of the game and use them on different accounts. This is my biggest beef with the service. I'm fine with buying another copy of the game, but if you want to play it with your kids, but not have them exposed to other things Steam puts out there (many of the more recent ones are what I would call "soft porn" games), I can't stop that if they have their own account. Essentially, Steam and it's game developers are missing out on an opportunity...fine, but I refuse to call this a "family sharing" feature if I can't really control the content my kids see.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: Sweetja713 2017-03-06 12:49:03 In reply to: Rob999
No you can't play each other with a single game. You do both have to buy a copy unless it's local multi-player on a single machine. Why wouldn't you? It's no different than anything else that way. As far as protecting your kids from what they see, you have to be eighteen to see certain content on Steam and have to provide a birthday. Hate to break it to you but if your kids are breaking that protection they can probably find worse on the net easier and are.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: zcClarkE 2017-02-26 06:48:21 In reply to: Peter Suciu
Please do some research before spreading ignorance with an article. Steam has its issues but some of what you said is blatantly false. "If one account has multiple games, they can be accessed only by that account on a single computer." Only one computer can access the games at the same time *online* but an account can be used on multiple computers and with Steam sharing, friends can play your entire library if you are not *set to online* which means that if the main account goes offline, both people are fully capable of playing.

Re: Steamed Over Steam
Posted by: RabbleRouser 2017-02-24 13:58:34 In reply to: Peter Suciu
I HATE Steam. I used to purchase every version of Civilization. When Civ V came out I bought it. After sitting thru the BS of the Old Savage sitting in his tent with the young Savage three or 4 times before I could play the game, Civilization V went in the trash and I WILL NOT BUY! any game that requires Steam.
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