Blog a day 5of365: The Redemption of Steam

I was an early adopter of Steam back in 2003 due to being rather forced into it thanks to the latest version of Counterstrike being thrown in with it. I didn’t really rate it at the time. It certainly had potential but it was clunky, buggy and everything was so slow. Plus I couldn’t play any games offline without jumping through hundreds of hoops! Not forgetting the debacle of Half Life 2’s launch…ugh.

So yeah I didn’t get on with Steam very well at all in the early days. In fact I went nowhere near it for a long time once my Counterstrike days were over, and don’t talk to me about Counterstrike:Source. The fanboy in me hated it! Besides a purchase of Uplink, I didn’t go near Steam again until this year.

Fallout 3 appeared on Steam for the bargain price of £13.49 back in July and I couldn’t resist. I realised then that Steam had actually matured and everything worked quite well for the most part. From then onwards I kept half an eye on developments, and well I appear to be converted now. Steam has really come into its own, despite download speeds still being a little slow at peak times.

Throw in their recent holiday sale and I’m now the owner of 62 (!) new games. It’s a curious mix of classics such as Fahrenheit, the Quake and Doom series, Torchlight, Plants vs. Zombies and erm…Pizza Frenzy. It’s brilliant (not Pizza Frenzy which is certainly the weakest of the Popcap Collection) to have so many options, especially considering they all cost under £32 in total (to be fair the Popcap Collection was a present)

In theory I need not buy another game this year really but like that’ll happen 😉

Good job Steam, you’ve redeemed yourself admirably after years of me really disliking you.

2 thoughts on “Blog a day 5of365: The Redemption of Steam

  1. PaulLFC

    Steam really has got better and better recently, their weekend deals and midweek madness sales had been taking ever-increasing amounts of my money, and then the holiday sale was announced. I have to say I’m glad it’s over now or I’d start fearing for my bank balance, but the option to get so many games for so little compared to retail releases was fantastic.

    I wish Valve would do something to improve the game organisation though.

  2. NokkonWud

    I’m really hoping that Steam add more of these deals throughout the year, I can only imagine it was great business because most people I know bought a handful of things.

    I think the grand total of what I spent on Steam comes in at about £130-£140, but I’m hoping for £40 of that back due to a buying error on Steams part.

    I just really wish that the games weren’t so massively over-priced the rest of the time, like Football Manager 2010 for £40 for example.

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