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Old 28-10-2012, 18:45
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Has anybody on here got one and what are they like?

Turns out you can't play the DOOM3 BFG edition on the PC without one.
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Old 28-10-2012, 18:48
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Steam is one of the single best things to happen to PC gaming in the last 25 years.
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Old 28-10-2012, 18:48
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It's convenient. You install the STEAM app and buy games at the STEAM store. You'll never lose your games and can uninstall and reinstall them anytime you want. There's also STEAM sales everyday. Today, LEFT 4 DEAD 2 is selling for $4.99.

Before you buy the DOOM game, check the forums first. Some people are having problems with it. LINK
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Old 28-10-2012, 19:25
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My son has Railworks on Steam and it just wont start any longer. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing and still nothing.
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Old 28-10-2012, 19:44
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My son has Railworks on Steam and it just wont start any longer. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing and still nothing.

Have you tried the Railworks forum on the STEAM website? If not, they might be able to help you: LINK
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Old 28-10-2012, 20:56
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Steam is absolutely fantastic. Never had any problems with it at all. Just be careful with it around sale time...
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Old 28-10-2012, 21:19
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Steam is absolutely fantastic. Never had any problems with it at all. Just be careful with it around sale time...
Agreed, i have a bit of a splurge during the sales
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Old 29-10-2012, 09:06
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I like Steam, it's just a shame I don't get more time to play all the games I bought. It doesn't help that some of the games I bought during the sale are not worth playing unless you're going to invest some time.

I've only had one or two problems getting games to start, but they're quickly fixed by browsing the Steam forums or entering the error code into Google.
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Old 29-10-2012, 09:17
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Steam is so useful , especially if youve lost a game disc. eg I bought half life 2 on disc when it came out, steam was fairly new then. Can still play it via steam and never needed the original disc, even though Ive been through about 3 PC's since I first got it, I just reinstall on a new PC from steam.
Currently playing black mesa, (the revamped better graphics original half life).
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Old 29-10-2012, 18:09
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Steam is one of the single best things to happen to PC gaming in the last 25 years.
^this^

Remember when it first came out and we all thought it was just an annoying piece of shit?

Couldn't live without it now.

OP, imagine Steam as being like iTunes for games. Except, crucially, unlike iTunes Steam is user-friendly, has wonderful tech support, and every now and then just gives you free stuff. Your games are for the most part auto-patched, and there are awesome sales happening all the time (some of their pricing is a bit steep, but sooner or later everything shows up cheap if you can catch it when it does).
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Old 29-10-2012, 19:39
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Steam is ACE!
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Old 29-10-2012, 22:04
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Also, there is now a Halloween sale on.
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Old 30-10-2012, 02:12
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I love steam just don't lose access to your email address.
I registered with steam years ago, I no longer use the email address associated with it.
I now have a new laptop, can't get my access code from the email address.

I messaged steam support, they gave me a link to some instructions that weren't really helpful so I think I just have to accept I've lost them games.

But overall I'd suggest them to anyone, some greak bargains and it's a good place to find games you wouldn't normally find. I had loads of brilliant games I'd never heard of in the under 7 and under 4 sections.
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Old 30-10-2012, 09:45
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Another +1 for steam. I've had it since it launched and think it's great. Love being able to redownload from my games list when I get new computers and they do great sales. All the patching is managed for you as well.
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Old 30-10-2012, 13:35
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Whenever I see a game uses steam I cringe, I can't stand the damn thing.

I've had my steam account banned 3 times only to have them admit they made a mistake after several weeks of arguing with them.

Most steam games refuse to allow multiple in-game profiles so its 1 profile per-disc, Terrible if you have more than 1 person using the computer who wants to play the game. console gamers have multiple gamer profiles so why cant pc gamers?

You can't select the game install directory, I was running out of HDD space a few months ago so wanted games to install on another drive yet steam doesn't allow this.

ive had tons of problems with it over the years & even more trouble trying to talk to the people who run it when i have problems.


theres a reason there are so many 'steam sucks' posts around the net.
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Old 30-10-2012, 15:25
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Steam can install to any drive you tell it to. I install all my games purchased through Steam to my H drive, leaving my C drive free for critical installations only.

Multiple Steam accounts can be done on PC too.

If I have to buy a PC game, I would much rather have it support Steam instead of that piece of crap Game For Windows Live (or whatever MS are calling it in W8). I've never had any major problems with Steam, been using it since 2002/3 and it is much better now than back then.

I would even take Origin over GFWL.
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Old 30-10-2012, 18:41
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Steam can install to any drive you tell it to. I install all my games purchased through Steam to my H drive, leaving my C drive free for critical installations only.
I had steam installed on my D: drive, However once that drive started to fill up you cannot tell it to install games to other drives.
Multiple Steam accounts can be done on PC too.
You can setup multiple steam profiles, However you can only activate a game on 1 steam account so if you have multiple people wanting to play the game on there own accounts your forced to buy multiple copies of the game.


I will take call of duty as an example, There are 3 people in my house who like to play COD on our PC.
Before COD went onto steam we were able to create multiple in-game profiles so we could each have our own save games, stats etc...
Since COD moved onto steam you can't do that, You either all have to share the same saves/stats & profile or you have to buy several copies of the game to install to activate on different steam accounts.

This basically means only 1 person can play through single player & the other 2 have to wait for them to finish before they can start. We all end up having to share online stats, profile name, custom weapon load outs, etc.... & that makes it practically impossible for us all to play unless as I say we buy 3 copies of the game to activate on our individual steam accounts.

The same is true with all steam based games, you can only activate it on 1 account.
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Old 30-10-2012, 19:51
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Dnt forget all the mods for games aswell
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Old 30-10-2012, 20:07
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You can setup multiple steam profiles, However you can only activate a game on 1 steam account so if you have multiple people wanting to play the game on there own accounts your forced to buy multiple copies of the game.


I will take call of duty as an example, There are 3 people in my house who like to play COD on our PC.
Before COD went onto steam we were able to create multiple in-game profiles so we could each have our own save games, stats etc...
Since COD moved onto steam you can't do that, You either all have to share the same saves/stats & profile or you have to buy several copies of the game to install to activate on different steam accounts.

This basically means only 1 person can play through single player & the other 2 have to wait for them to finish before they can start. We all end up having to share online stats, profile name, custom weapon load outs, etc.... & that makes it practically impossible for us all to play unless as I say we buy 3 copies of the game to activate on our individual steam accounts.

The same is true with all steam based games, you can only activate it on 1 account.
That's also a dislike of mine, Although In fairness its probably my only complaint with steam.


In my case the PC is mine, However my sister & a friend (Who doesn't have any consoles & only has a non-gaming laptop) also buys/plays games on it.

With games running via steam if I buy the game then its activated through my steam profile meaning that neither my sister or friend can play it unless they use my steam profile & obviously my saves, stats, customizations, friends list & so on.


It would be like buying an Xbox360 or PS3 game & finding you can only play that game on the 1st profile you log into, If others wanted to play the game they would need to play on that profile so you would be sharing achievements/trophy's, saves, friends lists.


I've got 3 copies of black-ops sitting on my shelf because I brought one, My sister wanted to play on her own profile so she had to go out & buy another copy & Same for my friend. Its ridiculous that you have to do that if more than 1 person happens to use the PC & play that game.

Non-Steam based games often have the ability for multiple users to create profiles within the game, GFWL despite its bugs also allows multiple profiles to play the same copy of the game, Its pretty much only steam that doesn't (Although I don't know about other things like Origin?).
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:12
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But can I close a steam account??
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