I've been using Steam for several years now, but only recently have I begun to truly cherish the service it offers. In the early days, Steam was chastised by many gamers due to it's imposing-like nature, but over time Steam has earned a new reputation for being the best thing since sliced bread. It's impossible to emphasize how great Steam is without resorting to a list of points, so that's exactly what I've decided to do. This is my own, personal list of reasons to use Steam, with a few suggestions and influences from my friends.
Steam has its own in-game interface that lets you chat with your friends without having to minimize to your desktop. You can easily see what games your friends are playing and you can even join your friends games from the buddy list. X-fire has long since been the gamer messenger of choice, but it's good to know Steam is a competitor. X-fire may never be around forever, so it's good to know Steam will be around.
When preordering a game on Steam, you get the game as soon as it's released. If you have a fast internet connection, the wait can range from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. That means you don't have to waste a trip to your local Best Buy or Gamestop, or wait several days for your game to be shipped to you... and you get all of the other benefits of using Steam.
This is just one of my personal favorites. I like to install Windows on its own harddrive (or partition) and in the event I upgrade Windows or need to reinstall, all of my Steam games remain unharmed because they are on a secondary harddrive. All I need to do is reinstall Steam and launch my games. Steam will automatically recreate the registry entries to make those games work, saving hours of time you would have otherwise needed to install or download the games.
Last Updated (Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:03)