Love it, hate it?
No matter what your thoughts are on Steam, there’s one thing you can’t argue: It’s convenient.
Ever wanted a game so badly you were willing to be one of “those” people waiting in the dark hours of the night to get a game on release day? Well, wait no more! With Steam you can simply pre-purchase the game before it comes out, and the day it’s released all you have to do is download it from the comfort of your own home. No waiting in lines, no dealing with geeks with bad b/o, and NO hassle.
Once you own the game Steam will always apply the latest patches to keep it running nice and smooth. Plus with a built in chat program, you can stay in touch with your friends or players you met while in game with a simple “alt – tab” which pauses the game for you and opens the chat dialogue.
The one main drawback I have about Steam is when your internet goes out, or the Steam servers are down (has happened once in the past 2 years I have used Steam), you can’t play any of your games on Steam. Even the games that aren’t multiplayer are not accessible to play. Luckily this doesn’t happen too often, so I haven’t had much issue with it.
All in all, I think the Steam Client is a great, easy to use program which lets you manage your games, download patches, and talk to your friends with the click of a mouse button.
System Requirements to Properly run Steam
- Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7
- 64 MB RAM
- 400 Mhz processor
- 1GB HD space (recommended)
- Internet connection (broadband recommended)
If you are not sure your computer meets these system requirements, check with your computer manufacturer.