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News Steam branches out into software distribution

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 9 Aug 2012.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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  2. mi1ez

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    Hmm... not sure what they'll be distributing. I can't see it being Office or Adobe CS.

    The companies who I can see really aim to increase market share are open source companies. GIMP, LibreOffice etc.

    Even that doesn't really apply on Linux though as they're already available through the repositories/software centres.
     
  3. Hamfunk

    Hamfunk I AM KROGAN!

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    If the Adobe products end up in a steam sale i know where my money is going!!!
     
  4. azrael-

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    Didn't they already take a small step toward general software distribution when they started offering AMD drivers on STEAM?
     
  5. Guest-23315

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    I'd love to see Nvidia etc. and the Add on card manufacturers auto update drivers through Steam or something.. However, its going to get to the point where the only program anyone has installed is Steam..
     
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  7. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Funny you should mention that...
    :p
     
  8. azrael-

    azrael- I'm special...

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    I do that too, on occasion. I prefer lightly used banknotes, tbh. They're softer... ;)
    Oh. Shame on me for not actually reading the article that thoroughly. :blush: Alas, great minds think alike. :thumb:
     
  9. V3ctor

    V3ctor Tech addict...

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    What happens if I don't have an internet connection, I press the "start in offline mode" button, it gives an error (that happens everytime) and doesn't start...
    And I bought Office 2010 thru Steam and I need to open a document? :D
     
  10. Lenderz

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    Personally I see no downsides to this, helps increase the security of our Steam accounts if they're making more money they're less likely to ever close the service, and having a central place to buy things is a nice thing, and with the Windows 8 store that'll likely become the default place to buy a lot of stuff and Steam is the only store with the presence to offer competition and choice at this point.

    On a few lesser sites I've seen people raising issues either in story or in the comments regarding Steam DRM, and the multi user nature of most software other than the games.

    Personally I don't perceive that as an issue, the level of DRM is decided by the developer/publisher that put their product on steam and I can't see them implementing the "must be signed into steam" option for running your anti virus or something (unless they're incredibly dumb) due to the shared nature of PC's. For the record there are some games sold on Steam you can run without running Steam just directly running the .exe and I imagine thats the way the majority of applications will be sold.
     
  11. blacko

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    you use notepad that comes with windows haha.
     
  12. schmidtbag

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    I see the opposite effect - more products of different types makes maintenance more difficult, and hacking easier. This will also likely end up getting their servers to run even crappier than they do now (during big events).

    True, but who said that was necessary? I'm not sure how the Windows 8 store will turn out as but I figure it will be like apple's app store, where most of it isn't games (or not big titles anyway). In my opinion, Valve is reaching into a market that is just going to complicate searching for products and probably cause issues with non-gaming software. For example, if you're the license owner of an office suite, it would be nice to put that office suite on a few of your computers at home. Generally speaking, its hardly considered piracy. If you have steam, you likely won't be able to easily set that up. Steam also seems to take a long time to fully prepare, so you'd need to wait for it to completely load before you can run any of your programs. This doesn't matter as much with games because you likely don't have a deadline when playing them. As another problem, any corporate or office environment is NOT going to allow steam on their computers, considering it only takes a quick logoff and you get to play whatever games you already own. I don't see home users getting steam for non-gaming purposes ever happening either. Imagine seeing your grandma opening up steam, only to find she's just doing her taxes.

    AFAIK, the majority of games don't let you run their .exe without Steam. Keep in mind, the developers who don't care about Steam's DRM are probably hosting the game for other purposes like the servers or achievements - both of which other software won't care about. One of the greatest complaints of all time with developers is piracy, and Steam does a pretty good job at stopping it. I feel like their DRM is probably the one and only reason why companies would move to them for non-gaming purposes; and maybe getting advertised.


    BTW I've got nothing against you, I'm just more annoyed that Valve thinks they can just jump into some random market and not consider the fact that there will be problems involved with it. If Valve made a separate client just like steam but for non-gaming purposes then I think that'd be great, but don't cram it all together in 1 program and 1 website.
     
  13. DoctorBeat

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    Adobe Creative Suite on Steam Summer sale for 10 bucks... count me in :)
     
  14. Lenderz

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    Dude you're more than entitled to your opinion, I don't take it personally even if I don't agree. I perceive the Windows 8 store as a threat to an open windows eco-system, only being able to install metro apps on an x86 system if they're brought through Microsoft is too closed imo for what I want my desktop system for, and I believe Valve offering competition, potentially driving down prices is a good thing.

    Also you're assuming that Valve haven't given this any thought, which is a bit presumptive as we don't know the model or methods they'll be using yet.

    I agree there are dangers but Valve seem to have some pretty smart guys at the helm.
     
  15. schmidtbag

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    That is definitely undoubtedly true. All I really want is Valve to not ship other applications in the same client with games. Packaging game utilities in steam is a little different, but I don't want Steam to become a resource full of crapware like Norton, registry cleaners, and a bajillion CD burning programs that all do the same thing. Look at download.com, interpret how much of that software you find to be worth your time, and imagine all of that being dumped into Steam. That isn't appealing to me at all. Gamers are a completely different market from non-gamers and Steam was built around gamers.

    I see why you think that, and it is presumptuous of me to think that this is immediately a bad idea. However, without explanation of how they're going to do this, all I can do is judge based on what I already know. So, if they're going to make 1 client program for games and non-games, then I don't see how they're going to organize this in a manner that will be appealing. The ads on Steam are pretty much the only ads I ever pay attention to. But, once I see an ad going from a great deal on a game to "Hot deals on this youtube downloader!", that's going to really piss me off. If I really wanted to see a bunch of crappy software I'd go to the Windows marketplace. If there's any software I sincerely care about, it likely doesn't need to be advertised in front of me.


    If Valve can find an easy way to eliminate/separate all non-game related software from ads, searches, and my game list then I guess this won't really bother me at all. But, I doubt they'll do that.
     
  16. Eiffie

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    Other digital download services such as Impulse already do this so it's nice to see it coming to steam.
     
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    Finally VNs on steam!?!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  18. fluxtatic

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    I like this. I like it a lot. While I dislike the idea of the Windows store intensely (more for their 'we need to be more like Apple' attitude than anything else), I think Steam is brilliant.

    Yeah, there might be some problems, but Steam doesn't control better than half of digital games distribution by not knowing what they're doing. MS, on the other hand, will find a way to hose it. Besides, I'm skipping WIn8 anyway, and where else will I find such digital distribution goodness? (la la la I can't hear you, Eiffie, la la la)

    And to think, I didn't get on board until that fateful weekend they were giving away Portal for free. Dozens of games I haven't even downloaded yet later and...
     
  19. Star*Dagger

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    Valve and the Prophet Newell, praise be upon his Steam, shall lead us out of the desert of Microsoft hegemony of the PC!

    Yours in prognostication Plasma,
    Star*Dagger
     
  20. andyj87

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    Enjoy your paper cuts.


    On topic though, steam already rules the PC games market, what is there to do once you are on the top other than expand into new territory? Hopefully they are cheaper than what they cost from the respective stores.
     

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