STEAM Gaming

I like the idea of digital downloads for computer games.  I am thinking of getting a STEAM account to buy and play games.  Does anyone here have any thoughts or opinions about STEAM accounts or maybe alternative services?
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Sean ScissorsConnect With a Mentor Program Analyst IICommented:
I have been using Steam for years. They incorporate around 85% of PC games. Other competing software include the likes of Direct2Drive (Owned by IGN) and the new Origin (Owned by EA) STEAM is free and works great. Something also similar that allows you to see what games people are playing in is Xfire but it doesn't have the support of downloading full games through it.
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HainKurtConnect With a Mentor Sr. System AnalystCommented:
I have 176 (just ~ 20 are installed) games on my steam account :) Right now only place I buy games is via steam...
You can find really good deals on steam... total value of my games are $2259 but I paid around $750... you can buy games in bulk and share with your friends (save more), you can buy games and send to other friends (buy as gift) you can pay with paypal, it updates steam client & games all the time, you can backup your games and save installation files, chat while gaming etc etc...
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HainKurtConnect With a Mentor Sr. System AnalystCommented:
and also here is a statistics from steam

Total Accounts: 483407
Total Calculations: 3418289
Average Games per Account: 52
Average Value: $733.35 USD
 
Total registered Games: 1552
Total registered Packages: 188
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Mark VolzAuthor Commented:
LOL, I guess many people like STEAM.  I just remember STEAM being crappy, but then again, that was 8+ years ago.

Thanks!
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Sean ScissorsProgram Analyst IICommented:
Haha STEAM pretty much runs digital gaming for PC. In fact there is now cross-platform play first introduced with Portal 2 between STEAM and PS3.
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HainKurtSr. System AnalystCommented:
also some games are cross platform PC & MAC...
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Sean ScissorsProgram Analyst IICommented:
@HainKurt is right but STEAM is fully MAC compatible now so more games are going to be MAC friendly.
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Mark VolzAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Just another point. Steam have always made it clear with their DRM system that in the event of Steam closing they would make all purchased games DRM free.  To date they are the only online game supplier to do this.
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Mark VolzAuthor Commented:
I don't have anymore points to assign, but that is a really good information.  I actually was wondering about that fact..., thanks.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
No problem  - strangely I seem to be OK for points right now :)
Time zone meant I missed this one but thought it would be relevant.
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