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Submitted by jtorry 1677d ago | opinion piece

Why Steam is miles ahead of the competition

VideoGamer.com writes: "£11.62. That's how much I've currently spent on discounted PC games as part of Steam's ten day 'Summer Camp' sale. It's not a lot of money, but we're less than halfway through the event. Last week I detailed what I consider to be 11 overlooked bargains in the Steam Summer Sale, but I've got all of those games already. Valve, however, has found a way to keep me spending.

Steam is the model that all other digital platforms should strive to imitate but, when it launched as a beta alongside Counter-Strike 1.6 in 2002, I said I would never buy a digital product from Valve's platform in my entire life. I lost: I now have 258 games in my Steam library. Just how did Valve make a piece of software that so utterly and comprehensively annihilates rival platforms such as Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, GamersGate, and Direct2Drive?" (Direct2Drive, PC, PS3, Steam, Tag Invalid, Valve, Xbox 360)

Emilio_Estevez  +   1677d ago
Good article.
BeastlyRig  +   1677d ago
Even The Battlefield 3 Devs love steam!
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Lmao they are supposed be buying from Origin though..
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Active Reload  +   1677d ago
Because Steam has sales on games it "annihilates" the competition? I don't think so...I have Steam but I don't find anything to gush over it for. Does Steam have voice command? Does it offer movies? Can I watch movies with people on my friends list? No. Nice try though...

Edit: No rebuttal with the disagree(s)? That's ok, the disagree(s) speaks volumes, lol.
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tdrules  +   1677d ago
its kinda known that DICE aren't the ones calling the shots in terms of the atrocious BF3 marketing

@Active Reload no, because unlike other platforms it focuses on the gaming experience and because of that is superior.
wanna watch a film with friends? leave your basement.
voice command? you can have voice command for your whole PC.
Movies? Lovefilm/Netflix/Hulu is cheaper.
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Ravenor  +   1677d ago
@Activereload

Steam isn't a platform, it's a program that allows me to seamlessly game with my GAMING friends. I do all the other things you mentioned with people...in the room. Voice commands too, "pass the remote" is awesome.

The fact that it has sales, that do "annihilate" the competition is just gravy. Oh I don't pay for it, unlike XBL or my PS+.

*edit* My PC offers movies from MANY different services too, which also easily connect to my TV. Is this news to you?
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BubbleSniper  +   1677d ago
People that are slamming STEAM most likly don't use it.

You buy a game ONCE and as long as you have all of your credentials in your head, you can re-download it again on a NEW PC or RIG that you just built or bought...

STEAM is ready for the future, it has been the future for a few years now. When everyone else starts to or does what Steam does, will you consider those companies innovators or will you remember the fact that STEAM has been doing it for some time now?
Pacman321  +   1677d ago
I wish PSN had huge sales like Steam, i guess the "PSN Loves DLC" sale is a start.
Graphics  +   1677d ago
Ill use Steam when they sell games that is exactly like buying the retail copy in the store. Which means WITH NONE OF THE UPDATES ALLREADY INSTALLED. Bought gta iv and steam version is the worst for mods because it came with the latest update. I don't like companies controlling what I want to do with my game.
Caleb_141  +   1677d ago
well i've got my version with the latest trainer and a good graphical mod so... unless you really get into the nitty gritty of modding what's the big issue?
Kran  +   1677d ago
"Why Steam is miles ahead of the competition"

Because of Summer Sales. Because of Winter Sales. And everything in between those too ;D
Charmers  +   1677d ago
Another crap load of stuff bought today from steam. It is killing my wallet. Just looking now and I have 125 games all of them installed and ready to play at the click of a button.

I would say the main reason steam is ahead of the competition is that they try and make the sale items available to ALL countries (you heard me EA, D2D and Gamersgate). Steam is successful because they realised one crucial tiny small detail and that is PC gaming is GLOBAL and not limited to the US.
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Active Reload  +   1677d ago
Steam is a digital distribution service. Live is a premium entertainment service that supplements but soon to compete with the likes of Dish Network, Comcast, Onlive. It competes with all of those things. Live isn't competing with Steam, it doesn't have to.
justaddh30  +   1677d ago
Many of these deals are impossible to beat
Inside_out  +   1677d ago
Steam started first...but
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...that won't matter now. If EA continues on the path it's on now and Activision joins them...what exactly is Steams advantage if they don't have any games to sell.

The good thing is Valve will have to get off their chubby, gravity challenged butts and start putting out a lot more games, so this could be a good thing for fans of Valve. No more years and years of waiting for Half life or counterstrike...get to work Valve.
CYBERHATER  +   1677d ago
Steam is simply amazing. :)

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