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What is Steam?

January 22, 2017

What is the "steam" from your game article?



A number of folks have asked: what is Steam?

Technically: Steam is a multi-player platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online.  In simpler terms, Steam is a free program that you download and it works like an app store for games. There are a few advantages to using Steam over traditionally buying single boxed games. It may not be better for everyone, but these are some of the reasons several Southern Fried Geek Girls are users.


  • It's a very easy way to discover new games.

  • Instant purchase, immediate downloading, & no delivery cost

  • Automatic updates without having to do anything

  • If you buy a game on your Mac and want to play it on your PC (or smart tv), you can usually continue your game there, as if nothing has happened. You just have to re-download the game in the other machine. It's like a game cloud.

  • Socializing, Achievements, Progress… Steam has walkthroughs, chat groups, and developer extras or “game achievements” that you unlock by playing.

  • Steam offers DISCOUNTS.  Often you will get “cheaper” versions of the games or promos that you can take advantage of that you won’t find on another platform.

  • Steam also offers Early Access to newly developed games.

  • The ability to trade games with other users and give gifts to your friends.

  • VARIETY: Steam has everything from casual games like mahjong solitaire, to major  multiplayer releases from the top companies.  There is also a staggering collection of indie games that are hard to find elsewhere.










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