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Windows 7: Steam and people's opinions.

11 Jun 2013   #1
BomberAF

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Steam and people's opinions.

I am buying a gaming rig in the next couple of months and was thinking of using Steam as the goto place for buying my games. I already have an account with steam and have bought a few games from their like monkey island and stronghold not much more. I find it quite a handy place to buy from cause you can delete and re download when wanted. I thought it would be possible to buy all games from there but apparently it is not.

Can you share your opinions of Steam with me and tell me the pros and cons of Steam and perhaps tell me were else I should go looking for games.


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11 Jun 2013   #2
Andreas W

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Myself have been using steam for many years and I love it.

Pro
no cd's
games in 1 place
easy to keep track on sales

Con
offline mode might be buggy, I rarely use it but I know some patches have been for that
no resale of games, this is the big thing but last I heard it might be implemented so it's possible to sell back games you have bought or trade with other steam users


That's pretty much all I can think of right about now
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11 Jun 2013   #3
Dude

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
 
 

I agree with the comments above. I have used steam for 9 years now. Origin from EA although not as polished as steam is good too.
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11 Jun 2013   #4
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

+1 on Steam This is what mine has gotten to over the years and not even all my games I own


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11 Jun 2013   #5
Andreas W

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

After seeing Solarstarshines post it reminded me of a possible con might depend on how you see it but because of the daily sales and the easy access you are most likely to stack up on a lot of games, my total game list shows 71, I hardly got all of them installed or play all of those. And today Rome - Total War gold edition is on sale for 1£, sometimes you just buy games because they are cheap and not because you might play them
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11 Jun 2013   #6
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Steam is great.

The only downside some may have is that once you buy a game, thats it. Its yours forever. No trade ins, exchanges etc.

However, they are often cheaper buying digital too.
And Steam has sales through the year, 2-3 major ones. Where everything is much cheaper. And the they always have something daily through the year.

I usually buy during the major sales. Buy a bunch of stuff and then play those until the next big sale. Unless something big comes out I really want.


I would highly recommend when building your new rig, you get at least a 1TB HD that you can dedicate to Steam only.
That would be in addition to the typical recommendation of SSD for OS/Apps and spinner for User DATA.

The reason is, after awhile Steam games really start eating up space. First big sale comes along, you'll see what I mean
Plus, its nice to have a HD for just Steam to live. Eventually you can do what I did and add a second smaller SSD for Steam as well, and move just the most played or high disk use games to it, leaving the majority on the spinner.
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11 Jun 2013   #7
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Steam is great.

The only downside some may have is that once you buy a game, thats it. Its yours forever. No trade ins, exchanges etc.

However, they are often cheaper buying digital too.
And Steam has sales through the year, 2-3 major ones. Where everything is much cheaper. And the they always have something daily through the year.

I usually buy during the major sales. Buy a bunch of stuff and then play those until the next big sale. Unless something big comes out I really want.


I would highly recommend when building your new rig, you get at least a 1TB HD that you can dedicate to Steam only.
That would be in addition to the typical recommendation of SSD for OS/Apps and spinner for User DATA.

The reason is, after awhile Steam games really start eating up space. First big sale comes along, you'll see
No need to keep them on you hard drive though is there?
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11 Jun 2013   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No you do not need to. I personally keep many installed (not all) that I will play.

One thing about Steam also.
When you buy a game and download it, you do a backup of the game and store it somewhere. You can set the size you want the back up to be. I/E fit aon a DVD or Dual layer DVD, or split it up into DVD /DL DVD sizes.
Then, burn it to disc.

You now have a physical copy of the game to store. I do this as well.

So thats another option if you want to do so. Just get some blank DVD, and DL DVDs for this purpose. Or BluRay if you want and set the size to 25 or 50GB.


Also, keep in mind that Steam MUST be online when you install a game. Either from a backup or DL from servers. Once that game is installed and launched 1 time ... you no longer need a internet connection.


This type of DRM I do not mind at all.
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11 Jun 2013   #9
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andreas W View Post
After seeing Solarstarshines post it reminded me of a possible con might depend on how you see it but because of the daily sales and the easy access you are most likely to stack up on a lot of games, my total game list shows 71, I hardly got all of them installed or play all of those. And today Rome - Total War gold edition is on sale for 1£, sometimes you just buy games because they are cheap and not because you might play them
I just got Call of Juarez Gunslinger for 14.99 I have the first call or Juarez too
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11 Jun 2013   #10
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yea, Im guilty of that myself.
I have a few games that show less than a hour played. I picked them up during big sales for like $5 or less and just never really got around to playing them.

Mine shows 163 games ATM ... But I joined Steam in 2006 or 2007. Not a very long time, but long enough to build up a decent sized library.
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