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      13.04.2010 21:17
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      A really useful program, i would suggest checking it out, maybe picking up a few games.

      Steam is basically a dedicated online video gaming store for the PC. It allows you to purchase games online and then download them directly to your hard drive, the game can then be activated on a limited amount of other computers, as long as your signed into the same Steam account. A way to use a game at the same time using one Steam account, is to run one PC using Steam in online mode and using one PC using Steam in offline mode, hence you can login to the same account on 2 PC's without logging each other out.

      Steam runs many discounts all the time, many are extremely good value, they also have specific categories for games under £7 and games under £4. They deal in almost any sort of game, even games that were released before the store was opened. They also often do special deals on games, meaning you can buy a game and get another at a cheaper price, or buy a game complete with all the downloadable content available for that title. Non-steam games can also be added to your Steam account, allowing you to easily launch the game from within the Steam program, like you can do with purchased Steam games.

      Steam is run by Valve which created games such as Left 4 Dead, Half Life and Team Fortress, hence these games and new Valve releases should be available on the Steam store.

      Really this is a very good program, there are some very nice deals that you can get on their if your lucky, the program itself is free, so theres no harm in downloading it and checking it out.

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        19.03.2010 14:58
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        Have your games collection safe and organized online

        INTRODUCTION
        Steam is a system for online content distribution of PC games. It's a library of games from various developers and distributors that can be bought, paid for and downloaded instantly. You can access Steam from any computer, so you can access your games from any location with an internet connection

        STEAM ACCOUNT AND STEAM APPLICATION
        In order to use Steam you need to create an account. You need an e-mail address, a name for your account and a password. You can use these login details to log in on the Steam web site, but more importantly, there is a Steam application, and this is a necessary download in order to play Steam games.

        The Steam application is a small download, only about 1 megabyte or so in size. You need to download and install this application on any computers you wish to use to access your games.

        The application serves several purposes. It is primarily your graphical user interface and your portal when dealing with Steam and your games. It allows you to access your games, browse the Steam catalogue and buy new games.

        BUYING GAMES
        You can browse or search through the Steam catalogue, either through the Steam application or online on the website. When you find something that interests you, add it to your virtual shopping cart, go to check out and pay by card. The game is now instantly associated with your account.

        The next logical step is to open the Steam application, where you will find the game listed in your Games list. From here you can download the game to your computer and then launch it.

        COPY PROTECTION
        When you buy a game on a disc in a store there is usually some sort of copy protection. The most common ones are serial numbers that are needed in order to complete installation and a disc check functionality that checks that the game disc is inserted at all times. Steam avoids all traditional copy protection. In order to launch a Steam game you must log in to your Steam account, and you can only log in to your account from one location at any given time. If you log in from a new location, you are automatically logged out from your old location. However, you are not required to be online when you play a Steam game. Once you have downloaded the game to your computer, it is sufficient to log in to your Steam account, which can also be done locally offline. You simply need your username and password to start the Steam application on your computer.

        ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONALITY
        Some games on Steam support the Steam Cloud and Achievements. The Cloud synchs your savegames to the Steam server every time you close the game, so that at all times, from all locations, you can always access your latest savegames. Achievements are comparable to the tophy systems known from video game consoles. When certain goals have been completed in the game you are awarded a trophy, and there is a full list of all trophies that can be won and which ones you have managed to get on the Steam web site.

        PRICES
        Prices on steam are, generally speaking, competitive. They are often comparable to retail store prices, often a bit lower, sometimes a bit higher. However, Steam often have special deals for new games, such as getting another game for free or getting free additional content for the game when preordering. Steam have at least one item on sale every day. There is always a special deal. During holidays there are better deals. For instance, last Christmas, the entire Steam catalogue was reduced in price, and several solid games could be bought for as little as £1.

        CONCLUSION
        Steam allows you access to your online games collection from any location and there is no limit to how many times you can download your games. That is a huge convenience, particularly if you travel, live in more than one location, or if you like to play games during your lunch break at work. You don't get any packaging or discs, but that is both good for the environment, and also helps you keep your home tidy.

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