The Steam Effect

Silent_Predator

EGO Addict
Interesting questions addressed. If Steam goes bankrupt, what happens?
with the way game manufacfturers have looked to Steam for marketing and distribution... I doubt that will happen in the near future..... as the PC gameing market is ever expanding, Steam is in the right place at the right time to carve out its giant portion of the market.
 

Mutsakman1

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Interesting questions addressed. If Steam goes bankrupt, what happens?
Although I do not know the exact quote, Gabe Newell once said [And I am paraphrasing here], 'If STEAM ever did go bankrupt, we would just "Flip the Switch" and then everyone could just use their games without logging into STEAM.' That's all well and dandy, however, what about if I wanted to re-download those games? I'd have to make sure to individually back up each game, just in case :p

Good find on the article there Byakuya, it is really quite an interesting point he has raised there. It is strange though, I believe STEAM to be pirated in it's own right, when you find 'STEAM Rips' which are just easier to remove the Copy-Protection from... It's interesting...
 

iEye Captain

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I'm a gaming/computer n00b.. so I don't really understand the technical connection between Steam and the games itself.. like.. is Steam really needed to run the downloaded games? I know when I run CS:S, Steam automatically loads up.. so... :confused1:
 

Byakuya

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I'm a gaming/computer n00b.. so I don't really understand the technical connection between Steam and the games itself.. like.. is Steam really needed to run the downloaded games? I know when I run CS:S, Steam automatically loads up.. so... :confused1:
It pretty much works the same way as a program and its cd key. Think of a program as your game and steam as your CD key. Eveytime you run it, the program checks the CD to make sure it ligit. And like CD keys steam can be cracked. There are cracked versions of steam that allow you to play pirated games.
 

iEye Captain

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It pretty much works the same way as a program and its cd key. Think of a program as your game and steam as your CD key. Eveytime you run it, the program checks the CD to make sure it ligit. And like CD keys steam can be cracked. There are cracked versions of steam that allow you to play pirated games.
My god..

P.S. I gave you the cookies I spat into.
 

pillar

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not to mention that eGO was created in part because of Valve & their child, Steam. so if anyone were to indeed happen to Steam, it would be a massive hit to the company. prob big nuff to possibly cause bankruptcy, but who knows.
 
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