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Steam is a platform developed by Valve, for digital distribution of games and programs. Steam is the largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming, according to Screen Digest it had 75% of the market in 2013.
You’ll find Valve games as well as games from third-party developers like SEGA, Capcom, 2K Games, Atari, Rockstar Games, Telltale Games, Ubisoft, etc. Steam also offers multiplayer gaming, automatic updates and news, there is a whole steam community featuring friend lists and groups and chat functionality. There are 10000 games for Windows, 2300 for Mac and 1500 for Linux users currently available.Read More
Steam is a convenient platform for purchasing and storing all your games. Thanks to a cloud-based system, you don’t have to worry about repurchasing, if you lose a CD or buy a new PC. All purchased games are stored in your profile so that you can download them anytime on any PC.
Steam personnel monitors and tests every game to make sure it doesn’t contain any viruses. But it’s better to have anti-virus installed, just for extra safety.
Steam has a lot to offer:
- Instant access to all kinds of games.
- Automatic game updates and news.
- Steam community allows to join and form the game groups with chats and voice chats.
- Trading system.
- Multiplayer gaming.
- A wide range of payment methods.
- Repayment system.
- Steam cloud for storing personal game configurations.
Steam is currently available in 28 languages, and everyone can contribute and help with Steam Translation.
Steam has an intuitive and comprehensible interface, designed in dark colors. You enter your Steam profile using your username. All the groups' posts, achievements, news and messages from the friends are posted in the Activity menu. There is a possibility to customize the interface and make it perfectly comfortable to use - you can organize your purchased titles into categories and add them to favorite lists for quick access.
All in all, Steam has clean and quite minimalistic design and convenient, customizable user interface.
You get instant access to a wide range of games. You just download, install and run the game, no complicated procedures required. The whole process is simple and painless. You can also add non-Steam games to your library. When playing you can take screenshots, which you can review, delete or share on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit during or after a game session from a screenshot manager.
Steam authenticates all the games, so there are very few dangers when it comes to purchasing. However, the trading system is not that safe. In Steam, you can trade games and in-games items with other users. To make sure the item is tradable, check the item details in your Inventory. Not to get scammed when trading, we recommend partaking in trading only with friends and users you know well.
Steam customer service is a sticking-point, as they usually ignore or don’t respond for a long time. Steam claims to refund for purchase for any reason if the refund was requested no later than fourteen days after the purchase, and if the game you spent less than two hours. So if your PC does not meet the system requirements of the game, you bought the game by mistake or just didn’t like it - you can get your money back. But it will take time due to a long response time.
Cross-platform use 5/5
Steam is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux. There are apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone with limited functionality.
You install Steam for free. The platform offers free games as well as paid ones with the price starting at $0,99. You can pay for games directly or store money on Steam wallet. Steam supports paying through PayPal, Webmoney, VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and JCB.
There is also Steam gift card option - you buy a gift card worth $20, $50 or $100, get a code, enter it in the Redeem a Steam Wallet Code section and it transfers money to your Steam wallet.
If you don’t have a credit card - don’t worry, Steam has got you covered with its Steam Gift option. You can ask a friend to buy a game on Steam for you, marking it “Purchase as a gift" and sending it via e-mail. You’ll receive an e-mail card with a message and instructions to redeem the game.
The Bottom Line
Steam is a convenient digital platform for purchasing and storing all your favorite games in one place. Steam offers instant access to a wide range of games, automatic updates and news. Steam community allows you to create and join game groups, to chat with other users and trade items with them. It’s a global gaming community that has it all.Collapse
Steam will keep all your games in your profile ready for you to download and play anytime on any PC.
Pros : Huge library of games and additional content;
Quick access to games, updates and news;
A cloud-based system;
Cons : Customer service is a headache.
Cross-platform use 5.0