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2021-09-13 5:22:35 PM  
7 votes:
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 3:51:30 PM  
6 votes:
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 5:35:52 PM  
5 votes:

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 5:58:59 PM  
3 votes:

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 5:30:40 PM  
3 votes:
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 3:10:35 PM  
3 votes:
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 5:26:26 PM  
2 votes:
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.
 
2021-09-14 3:37:17 PM  
1 vote:

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.
 
2021-09-13 8:49:40 PM  
1 vote:
Thanks to bundles my Steam backlog is....epic.
 
2021-09-13 7:55:56 PM  
1 vote:
I'm going to also recommend Portal Stories; Mel and Portal Reloaded
 
2021-09-13 7:19:33 PM  
1 vote:

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 6:02:42 PM  
1 vote:

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 5:11:09 PM  
1 vote:
I should really install and play Portal 2

/completely missed playing TF2 also
 
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