Submitted by Prcko 444d ago | opinion piece

Why People Love Valve And Steam – Ten Simple Reasons

There are a lot of comparisons out there between digital distributors on PC and marketplaces on other platforms. We often hear that just because someone has a digital distribution platform it's “just like Steam”. However, that's not always true and there's a reason why people have grown to like and even love Steam, as well as Valve, the private company that operates the service. Here are some of the basic reasons why people have fallen in love with Jedi Master Gaben and the Steam-powered network. (PC, Steam, Valve)

Prcko  +   444d ago
I wish Steam would lose less time turning our profiles into advertisements and more into adding other features

-Better Library organization/customization tools
-Faster Customer support system
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cyguration  +   444d ago
Hmm, the library organization is almost fine as it is (I love having my games displayed with large icons as it gives me the feeling of a kid roaming through a game store to choose a game to play)

But I do agree that they need better, faster and more quality customer support.
papashango  +   444d ago
I've been a member since 2003 and I can only think of 1 occasion where I had to contact customer support...No issues really. Just cancelled a pre-order and there was no fuss.
starchild  +   444d ago
I agree. I love browsing my library with the large icons. Anyway, I like the options.

BigPicture mode is nice when I play on my TV.
peowpeow  +   444d ago
I prefer the list. It makes my library look humongous :D
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aiBreeze  +   444d ago
The one reason I really love steam and M$ take note.. they actually give people real incentives for buying digital. Their sales are the best around and at the prices I buy stuff for, who cares if I can't resell it as I wish!

Lol though, reading through this list, Microsoft execs really should bookmark the url and make it the first and last thing they read every day for a year. Maybe then, they'll grasp how to get console people to warm up to the idea of their initial vision instead of force feeding it to us.

Also their customer support is top notch. Had my account hacked and email changed once, despite not actually covering the requirements to have my account reset, I provided a huge amount of account info which was clearly enough to prove I was the original owner.. didn't get a standard "sorry without "x" info, we can't give you your account back" copy and paste BS but instead had it reset with no extra problems.
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peowpeow  +   444d ago
I had this happen too. Initial steam ticket took a bit of time but they reverted the account no questions asked
jeffgoldwin  +   444d ago
Except that ms and sony also give your deals of the week on digital games, so aibreeze your whole point is invalid.
Smelly1sam  +   444d ago
I have never seen a full blown game (that is not old) be under $20 for a sale and on top of that never seen a sale of 90%.
TekoIie  +   444d ago
Don't forget the new trading card system! Now that is how you do micro-transactions EA.

I think the trading card system is genius. Just play the game and if get any cards you add them towards the badge or if you don't care, just sell'em and save the money for a new game!

This system benefits everyone which is rare in buissness.
iistuii  +   444d ago
The sales are great. But lets not forget the new games are STILL either the same price or more expensive than the retail copy, which shouldn't happen. I'm a steam fanatic, but for new games I shop around & buy a steam code from an online outlet due to the new game prices on steam. Metro last light £34.99 I paid £24.00 Grid 2 £29.99 I paid £17 COH's2 £39.99 I paid £23. Like I said. Sales ar great, just knock down the new release prices. But maybe it's the developers that sets the new game prices..
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Blankolf  +   444d ago
There's only 1 MAJOR thing, the discounts! They reach as low as 10 dollars, what bargain is that?

And also the free trial weekends!
BattleAxe  +   444d ago
I think Steam is the way that I'm going to roll during the next generation. I'm going to keep using my PS3 for games like GTA5, The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls and Destiny, but otherwise its all Steam.....and Origin for Battlefield (unfortunately), and Titanfall if they make it Windows 7 compatible and release it on Origin.
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Mr Tretton  +   444d ago
Titanfall is Win7 compatible. Look it up. The article that said it was Win8 only was BS.
BattleAxe  +   444d ago
Well if that's the case, then I'm a happy guy! Thanks! Now we just have to see if it will be released on Origin, or if you will have to go through Games for Windows Live Marketplace, hopefully that part was BS also.
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thezeldadoth  +   444d ago
Steam and Wii U will be the best combo next gen until the other consoles become cheaper
starchild  +   444d ago
Sadly, nothing on the Wii U interests me. I find all their games sort of juvenile. I don't play games just for gameplay, I also want strong narratives, immersive graphics and atmosphere.

My PC gives me most of the kinds of games I enjoy, but the PS4 looks to offer quite a bit as well and I will get one around launch. Later on down the road I might get an Xbox One.
Mr Tretton  +   444d ago
The Wii U was hacked on release, and am looking for to the emulator on PC. :) Nintendo just doesn't deliver enough for my to buy their consoles anymore. But, gotta play the Marios
thezeldadoth  +   444d ago
no it hasn't been hacked
Rivitur  +   443d ago
Dolphin has an emu I believe if not I know there is one for sure.
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ifritAlkhemyst  +   444d ago
Steam and Origin for the big company titles, GOG for all the rest. If GOG had the same exact titles as Steam I wouldn't think twice about dropping it.
Letros  +   444d ago
They're not fueled by greedy shareholders for one, unlike those console companies.
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jeffgoldwin  +   444d ago
No online fees, woot!
STK026  +   444d ago
Only one reason for me, they were the first one I tried and installed(back in the CS 1.6 days I believe). I now have like over 300 games on Steam, and I do not wish to have multiple digital game libraries, as I tend to forget the lesser ones. I had a couple of games on D2D back in the days, and by now, I have bought the game on Steam, or simply lost them, as I can't even remember the email I used for my D2D account.

I do have a few games on Origin, as EA put some exclusive titles on it, like BF3, ME3 and Sim City, but unless BF4 really impresses me, my origin account will likely end up forgotten after a couple of years.
Jovanian  +   444d ago
reason I like steam? its free unlike P$N and XBL. better too
FlyingFoxy  +   444d ago
Valve make the best games, and Steam is free, Cheap games.

^ More than enough reason to own a good gaming PC.
swice  +   444d ago
Summer sale
Captain Tuttle  +   444d ago
I remember the outrage when you were required to install Steam with Half Life 2.

Who knew?
Corpser  +   444d ago
Summer sale coming soon! Seriously you can spend $30 and have enough games to play for a year!
cunnilumpkin  +   444d ago
summer sale
Halloween sale
Christmas sale
everyday sale
random sales
steam green light
steam workshop
steam community
steam forum
steam cross-platform chat (I can be on origin and still use steam chat with my friends in steam)
Valve games give free dlc
steam guilds/clans/groups

basically, steam DESTROYS every other platform for gaming, absolutely and utterly CRUSHES the competition


ALL CRAP compared to steam

its the truth, and just the way it is

I think next gen psn and xbox live will try their hardest to be closer to steam, which is great, but they will never come close
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iistuii  +   444d ago
Steam is the daddy. I just keep wondering if Microsoft kept their nerve & kept the always online,, they could have had a very similar thing going on the consoles. I mean everyone knows steam is the best, yet nobody talks about not being able to re sell or rent your games, etc. Microsoft could have had a store & sales just like steam, but too many people didn't want it. Personaly I think if they explained it more like copying steam it would have come across better. They missed an opportunity IMO, but it's the public that didn't want it.
cyguration  +   443d ago
But Microsoft already has two online stores like Steam:
Games on Demand and Games for Windows Live.

I think that's why people were so angry with them because Microsoft has already shown that they're nothing like Valve despite already having various digital distribution portals.

The thing is, if they treat their customers like crap with their existing digital distribution stores, why would they suddenly get consumer friendly with a more restrictive, more DRM-laden game console?
Psychotica  +   444d ago
I love that I can buy new, full version games 24/7 and I am allowed to play them on any PC I have access to.

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