Steam is one of those software’s which has revolutionized the gaming world in the past decade. It goes without saying that gaming is experiencing a real peak right now. E-Sports players are global rock stars, companies are raking in billions in profit, and most of all, the best games are being released right now. The industry is at an all-time boom, and unlike before, it is a serious medium, not just utilized by children for time pass. Obviously, with newer and better games, come newer and better technology, so it’s only right we break down one of the biggest software’s in the world of gaming today, so in this piece, we’re talking all about Steam.
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What is Valve?
Valve is one of the most legendary and prolific game, and obviously software developers in the entire history of the industry. They have developed such classics as Half-Life 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal 1 and 2, as well as the legendary zombie survival game, Left4Dead. This legendary team, headed by the iconic Gabe Newell, have always pushed the boundaries of the gaming industry, in both a macro, and micro way. Micro in the sense that their games push the envelope on what an interactive software in this medium can do. In a macro sense, they actually changed the entire industry through their platform, Steam.
What is Steam?
Steam is essentially a marketplace for PC and Macintosh games, managed and run by the aforementioned Valve. In fact, Valve haven’t released a game in a decade now, since they have their hands so tied up with steam. Despite fans clamouring for Half Life 3 to the point of it becoming a joke, Steam seems to be Valve’s only point of interest. It should come as no surprise since steam is so revolutionary, and has almost single handedly changed the way we look at PC gaming today. Essentially, gamers never need to leave their house again, as they can have games downloaded and ready to go even as the launch timer on a game is ticking down through the pre-purchase system.
How Does Steam Work?
Steam itself works much like how an App Store on iOS would, of Google Play on Android respectively. It is in essence a storefront which allows customers and consumers to view all kinds of games, and purchase them. This then downloads the game onto the system, and ties the purchase to the account. After this, the game can be launched, and played through Steam on the demand of the customer. The best thing about Steam is that it has such a vast and diverse array of games, that once you enter your card details, the possibilities are endless. From everyday Triple A titles with gloss and finish, to small, one man produced indie games which provoke thought and wonder. All the way back to legendary games of the medium like Quake and Doom, Steam has it all, and it’s highly recommended for download on Windows and Mac alike.