1C: UK retailers refuse to sell Steam-enabled games

By Matthew
Jun 21, 2011
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  1. wcbert

    wcbert Newcomer, in training Posts: 71

    I have games from Steam and GOG (Good old Games) too! It makes it easy to order games and they manage them. No CDs!

    One of the things I like about Steam there are games from small gaming companies that I play that I know would never make to the game store's because they only have the most popular games from the biggest gaming companies.

    My biggest fear in the future Steam will do away with the one time purchase of a games and make me rent the games, each month I have to a pay a fee.
  2. tehbanz

    tehbanz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    I don't think we'll have to worry about that, however my biggest fear is the day steam goes belly-up how will we re-acquire our games? People always ***** about physical copies etc "you can scratch them" well you can also back them up! create .iso's and or burn them to other media.

    I love steam, i love how it's all integrated, I love that i can see a friend playing l4d right click his name and be in the game in minutes, but all big companies come to an end at some point.

    it will be interesting to see where the future will take us.
  3. example1013

    example1013 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 280

    Well since I already have the games on my hard drive, it's just about backing them up.
  4. Zilpha

    Zilpha TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 349

    I love the comment about steam being created by the pirating masses - if anything it has lowered the amount of pirating done. A company looked at the trend and though, "well hells bells, folks sure do like their digital downloads of content, let's make it legal and see how much of that thar moolah we can make!"

    Now people can get their digital downloads fast, easy, safe, and cheap. You can't beat that. I have bought a number of games on Steam and while I am not much of a PC gamer either, I appreciate having a decent selection on my lappy when I travel and can't really drag an x-box and TV around with me.
  5. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,653   +51

    I don't like having to go through steam to play multiplayer on some of my games. It runs in the background and takes up a lot of resources for being a game downloader launcher.
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Convenience is a major factor. As is the ability to have a centralised, always accessible place online to download your games wherever you are.

    For some not having manuals, discs (that get damaged and then are useless) and boxes for games hanging around is a bonus as well!

    I also like having all my games accessible from one menu, and having my gaming buddies available inside Steam, alongside my games.

    The mear fact I can download my game anytime I want, not worry about a damaged disc meaning the game is useless, and not have to worry about losing CD keys is a good enough reason for me to use it. :)
  7. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    incorrect.

    i was just on a road trip with my laptop with all my steam games running off-line on trains, airplanes and never needed to be online to play the games. like others said, once you downloaded and installed the game. you don't need to be online to play the games you have.
  8. gingerbill

    gingerbill TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 166   +12

    retial shops only have themselves to blame , bit silly to try and blame there downfall on steam . And as others have said it makes no sense to then not sell a game so you will definetly buy it online. I assume they started this as some kind of empty threat hoping publishers would drop steam in favour of retail . Of course they are dreaming and i guess they will find that out very quickly.

    The retail sectors lack of effort and promotion and knowledge of PC games is what killed it for retail . Theres the odd shop were there's a guy working in there who knows his stuff but on most occasions i would go in and ask would they be selling WOW data disk and they would say " whats warcraft?" .

    My brother works for a very large internatioal retailer thats sells games , they didnt stock WOW , when he phoned up head office they said " never heard of it" . Thats retails problem . They have someone in charge of ordering games who has never heard of warcraft or valve.
  9. I have been with Steam for seven years now and have a massive number of games (over 1000) with their service. I still buy physical copies of games for my PS3 and Wii but not for PC games. Retailers with this point of view are just damaging the industry. It should not be about competition, it should be about expansion. Get games into the hands of as many players as possible and get the developers their hard earned money so they can develop new games.

    Steam is one of the giants of the DD industry and now that Direct2Drive is gone there is nothing that directly competes with it not even Origin or Impulse (aka Game Stop's app). Valve could easily monopolize the industry but they have not done so yet so fears like the ones posted in the article are unfounded BS imo by a business who wants an excuse to complain about their crappy retail sales.


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