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2021-09-13 3:10:35 PM  
The first time I had to install Steam was when I bought Half Life 2 in 2005.  And then I bought the Orange Box in 2007 which came with Half Life 2 and which is still sitting in my Steam account as a gift code 14 years later.

My GOG backlog is way bigger than my Steam one though.
 
2021-09-13 3:51:30 PM  
I was all over Steam from day one. I already owned all of the Half Life games and the ability to download it on multiple machines without keeping track of the discs was a no-brainer. In those days we'd probably play deathmatch for two hours at the office after work, then go home and play it for another six hours on our home machines. Steam made all that really easy to do.
 
2021-09-13 5:04:57 PM  
Feels pretty modern for being the age of steam.
 
2021-09-13 5:11:09 PM  
I should really install and play Portal 2

/completely missed playing TF2 also
 
2021-09-13 5:22:35 PM  
If you look at what Valve has accomplished with its ecosystem in the last 18 years, it's pretty wild.  
For our household, Steam is a utility like electricity and water.

Three PCs running Steam (wife's, mine, and the rig I built specifically for 4K play on the bigscreen.)  But also Steam Link devices in the family room and livingroom, each with a PS4 controller or Steam controller to stream games to the TVs that don't have a dedicated PC.  Tons of friends, some that I've known since prior to signing up to Steam back in 2003, that I talk to still.  Steam phone apps that let me chat with friends, buy games, goof around on my profile, MFA to keep my Steam account safe.  We have an HTC Vive VR setup in the basement that Valve helped produce.  And the wife and I both pre-ordered the Valve SteamDeck devices so that we can play our PC games on the couch without interrupting whatever show or movie is on, which allows locally installed games to play or stream from an existing Steam-running PC.  Not to mention Valve's work on Proton as a compatibility layer for windows based games to run on Linux.  They have really done PC gaming, and video games in general, a huge service.  I know this sounds like fanboy-fellation, but Steam really is a magnificent system overall.  And it surprises me how little other devs/publishers, that have their own digital storefront/launchers, have put into their own catalog and infrastructure experiences to even try to compete with it.

Battle.net and Origin were about as close as I've seen any of them come to approaching the polish and feature set that Valve has with Steam, and Origin was one of those where you just shut it off when you weren't playing an EA game.  Battle.net I may have a few buddies on, but they were all Steam friends prior and we found that Steam friends chat was just a better experience anyway, so battle.net gets closed when not playing Blizzard games.

Again, not trying to fanboy this thing.  Just took a moment to be in awe of the footprint that Valve's Steam product has in my and my wife's existence after 18 years.  At the time, back in 2003, it seemed like kindof a stupid idea, but now, I don't know how, as a gamer, I could live without it.
 
2021-09-13 5:26:26 PM  
First installed steam in 2012, after buying Skyrim and was at first really annoyed that i had to install some other thing to play it.

I don't have a massive backlog cause i can't afford much even in huge discount times.
 
2021-09-13 5:30:40 PM  
Joined date:
12/26/2004

Got the physical collectors copy of HL2 for Xmas that year (still have the shirt!), and was not very amused I had to sign up for it just to play.
Steam sucked festering asshole back then.

/won't even bother with a game unless I can get it on Steam (or occasionally G.O.G) now.
 
2021-09-13 5:35:52 PM  

Thosw: I should really install and play Portal 2

/completely missed playing TF2 also


Portal 2 is as perfect a game as possible.
 
2021-09-13 5:52:34 PM  
Mine has a driver's license. Look out for my 16 year old account.
 
2021-09-13 5:58:59 PM  

Lsherm: Thosw: I should really install and play Portal 2

/completely missed playing TF2 also

Portal 2 is as perfect a game as possible.


Seconding the recommendation. If you haven't played it yet, it is so good. The voice acting is among the best out there.
 
2021-09-13 6:02:42 PM  

Lsherm: Thosw: I should really install and play Portal 2

/completely missed playing TF2 also

Portal 2 is as perfect a game as possible.


Indeed.
Both Portal games are absolutely brilliant.
 
2021-09-13 6:57:33 PM  
I still wear the XXXL-somethingorother T-shirt that came with the Orange Box as pajamas. Good times.
 
2021-09-13 7:19:33 PM  

germ78: Lsherm: Thosw: I should really install and play Portal 2

/completely missed playing TF2 also

Portal 2 is as perfect a game as possible.

Seconding the recommendation. If you haven't played it yet, it is so good. The voice acting is among the best out there.


I FINALLY played the 2-player co-op campaign this summer.  The hardest part was finding another player who also hadn't played it.
 
2021-09-13 7:26:10 PM  
I am exactly the target audience since I keep buying things on sale. I have games I got a decade or more ago that I have never played.

My Commander Keen collection votes independent, FYI. Mount and Blade is definitely Democrat and I think Dying light is more Libertarian.
 
2021-09-13 7:29:16 PM  
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2021-09-13 7:55:56 PM  
I'm going to also recommend Portal Stories; Mel and Portal Reloaded
 
2021-09-13 8:49:40 PM  
Thanks to bundles my Steam backlog is....epic.
 
2021-09-13 10:04:45 PM  
Sept 13, 2003 join date for me.  I was playing a lot of CS/DoD in college at the time.  Only reason I didn't get it sooner is I had an exam the day it released, so I think I installed it the following day when I had time (probably pissed off because I had to mess with installing steam instead of fragging people online, and iirc the first day or two the steam servers were overloaded and downloading and registering were a pain).  Still fast enough to have a low 6 digit steam ID, so I was in the first quarter million users (Steam ID's were issued sequentially with the form Steam_0:Z:XXXXX  where z is either a 1 or 0 and the XXX is the sequential number).

I wasn't particularly enamored with Steam when it first launched and only moved to it because the WON servers shut down.  I eventually came around and can't really imagine not having it on any computer I use (hell, it's on my work laptop for when I travel).  Only 240 games, the majority of which I've at least tried (a lot of humble bundle stuff that I've either not played or only played one or two hours to see what it's like then never returned to).
 
2021-09-13 10:21:47 PM  
Yeah...I get my 18 year badge on Saturday. 

My game count is over 660. I am starting to think I may never play them all.....
 
2021-09-13 10:30:52 PM  

Great clown Pagliacci's pick-me-up: I'm going to also recommend Portal Stories; Mel and Portal Reloaded


Did they ever get Mel fixed?  Every update seemed to cause missing textures for me.
 
2021-09-14 8:18:45 AM  
Don't tell me that. I already know my Steam can fix the VCR when the lights blink.
 
2021-09-14 10:07:15 AM  
Join date of Sept. 13th here. Like a few others have mentioned, I was big into DoD(and was eventually hugely disappointed by DoD: Source...) at the time so switching was a necessity to keep playing. Unlike a lot of the people in here my collection is a relatively modest 191 games, that number of course inflated by a bunch of dlc packs. I have at least played most of them though, even if a good chunk are older games I bought again to have(X-wing) or games I played originally on console and so don't have actual play time on Steam.

In a testament to how much play time I got out of it, despite not even starting it up for at least 7 years at this point, Team Fortress 2 is still the most played game on my account at 524(!) hours, followed closely by CS:GO, with that followed very closely by the various iterations of Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2. PUBG is up there mostly due to a tendency to leave it on the menu screen in the other room when we'd take a break. Maybe I'd be better off not knowing these numbers...
 
2021-09-14 1:29:55 PM  
Mine is the 16th.  I could have to updated on day one, but the Counter-Strike server and clan I played with didn't update for a few days, so I didn't update until a few days later.
 
2021-09-14 2:02:05 PM  
My Steam backlog is entirely due to Humble Bundles. I blame those evil, value-offering, aholes.
 
2021-09-14 3:37:17 PM  

HalEmmerich: I was big into DoD(and was eventually hugely disappointed by DoD: Source...)


I thought I was the only one! The original DoD was great, then I came back to the Source version a few years later and:

1. It was impossible to play online. Either people have cheats or the gameplay had been modified enough that you die pretty much every time you spawn provided one team advances far enough.

2. The "blood" graphics were all cartoony. It just didn't look right, and it really detracted from the game.

It's been years since I played, so maybe they fixed that, but i remember being bummed that such a great game had crapped out.
 
2021-09-14 4:33:25 PM  

Lsherm: HalEmmerich: I was big into DoD(and was eventually hugely disappointed by DoD: Source...)

I thought I was the only one! The original DoD was great, then I came back to the Source version a few years later and:

1. It was impossible to play online. Either people have cheats or the gameplay had been modified enough that you die pretty much every time you spawn provided one team advances far enough.

2. The "blood" graphics were all cartoony. It just didn't look right, and it really detracted from the game.

It's been years since I played, so maybe they fixed that, but i remember being bummed that such a great game had crapped out.


For me, it mostly came down to not 'feeling' right, and the lack of content.

While it generally looked good, everything looked too...sterile. The lack of the grit and rough edges for me at the time anyway was a detriment, and it's not like it couldn't have had that, it's just not what they chose to do with the higher fidelity.

DoD 1.0 had 3 factions, two of which had the paratrooper variants that were originally for the para search and destroy mode from 3.0b, and just generally had more maps and weapons and variety. DOD: Source cut the British entirely alongside the paratrooper subfactions, shrank the weapon options for the remaining sides, and only shipped with 4 maps. Remaining weapons were also heavily homogenized, at least to my memory; stuff like the STG44 and BAR, and MP-40 and Thompson, were identical rather than having their own distinctive behaviors, or they were at least brought much closer to each other than they had been in 1.0.

All together, DoD:S was a major downgrade. It definitely didn't help that after a couple years when I went back to check it out again, all the most populated servers seemed to be playing nothing but 'orange' maps; basically untextured TDM arenas where everything was just basic geometry skinned with the Source default orange placeholder textures. No idea what it's like today.

/if Steam had my time played data for DoD1.0 it'd probably be a very scary number
 
2021-09-14 5:36:31 PM  

HalEmmerich: /if Steam had my time played data for DoD1.0 it'd probably be a very scary number


Yeah, mine too. Although I remember clocking an absurd amount of hours on Opposing Force servers. I just loved that mod for multiplayer, no idea why.
 
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