WHAT IS STEAM?
Except that this has all been resolved now, and pretty much every major publisher has many or most of their games up on Steam, the fast, free digital distribution platform that lets you download the best PC games in your underpants, while serving you demos, trailers, slightly-delayed patches, and the like.
WHAT'S NEW WITH STEAM?
Check the Steam News page for all your Steam... news
PENNY ARCADE + STEAM = COOKED PENNY ARCADE?
No, PA + Steam = awesome. First of all, you've got this thread. In this thread we talk about new Steam releases (what's worth buying, what isn't, what's on sale, etc). We also do other cool stuff, like check prices in US DOLLARS for LewieP of games that don't have anything to do with Steam, or get off on tangents about puppies or DRM! Sometimes, this place is like one giant thread for PC gaming and Steam goes and sits in a corner downloading an update to Day of Defeat: Source.
Second: Here is the Penny Arcade Steam Group
! Someone reading this thread ought to be able to invite you, as long as you can provide your SteamID. The group is basically useless but it would be ludicrous not to have a Penny Arcade presence on the coolest digital distribution system this side of GoG.com!
It actually IS helpful to join, because it identifies you as a Penny Arcader on the Internet and makes it easy from the PA forums who you friend to say "oh, right, I know this guy from the Steam thread." We're the most wangalicious group, too.
With such a cool service, someone must have done some extra things to build on it. The forums have one such man
, who made some super cool Steam signatures. Suds is his name and killing is his game
. Except for the killing. The signatures automatically use backgrounds for the games and the correct icon. Pretty neat, and they're 100% free! HE SAID HE WOULD KILL ME IF I DID NOT WRITE THIS OH GOD SAVE-You can also use a script on his Steam Calculator page
to see how much your Steam account would be worth if you had taken advantage of some obscure, arcane combination of special deals that nobody could ever have taken advantage of. Or something sort of like that.
Also there are some Penny Arcade Steam Groups you may enjoy (this is only a sampling!):
Plain old Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade League
You get the idea. This Steam thread is not the place for these groups; they live in their own threads. For example, the Armed Assault PA Steam Group (PAJOE) is in the Armed Assault thread, whereas the Company of Heroes PA Steam Group is in the CoH thread, and so on.
Cool stuff on the Steam website:
Grand list of all price reductions
. This is slightly obsolete now that the store has a "Sales" tab but it's still useful.
Steam skins to make it look less like army boot camp
The store page in case you want to, you know, buy some games or something
IF I BUY A GAME FOUR TIMES BECAUSE I'M STUPID CAN I GIFT THE EXTRA COPIES? WHAT IF I BUY A 2-PACK EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY OWN ONE OF THE GAMES?
You can't really do that
. In almost every case, if you buy a Steam game, it's for you and you alone, even if you already own a copy somehow. If you want to give the game to someone else, buy it as a gift, not for you. Steam is a selfish service or a selfess service, but almost never both at once. Gift or buy, but do not combine!
I WANT TO REGISTER MY GAME ON STEAM BECAUSE STEAM IS SEXIER THAN MY WIFE
Good idea! Unfortunately Valve games are just about the only games that let you do it. If you want to see if you're lucky though, here's a list of games you can register on Steam
. You can always add a non-Steam game to your Steam games list, so that people can see you playing it.
WHY DOESN'T NOVALOGIC SELL DELTA 4OURCE 5: ROID RAGIN' 'RINES IN MY HOME OF SOUTHERN BUTTCRACKISTAN?
Many Steam games might be unavailable in your country if you have the temerity to live outside of the United States. This is not Steam's fault
. Regional game availability is determined solely by the publisher, who should be the source of your ire. In the meantime, America has lots of free space for immigrants.
MY STEAMS IS BORKED
Download TCPview: TCPView
Then, use TCPview (run as admin if you're on Vista) to close all Steam TCP servers (this is important, NOT the UDP ones, just the TCP ones). Steam will then reconnect to a different server, which will hopefully get you a better speed. If you don't go faster in a couple of seconds, retry until you get a speed you like.
This shit totally needs to go into the OP, I've tipped this to so many people already.
THE THREAD TITLE ALSO HAS "SOURCE" IN IT
Holy shit! Left 4 Dead Sigs!
Get yours now!
Yeah, this is a great place to talk about Source mods and Source games. Source is the engine for Valve's Half-Life 2, and all that jazz is linked intimately to Steam, so you can bet that most people in here are pretty big fans of the Half-Life series and are willing to try out the newest mod that's been released or take a look at your Hammer map or something. This is the Valve thread just as much as it is the PC games thread. Post your favorite mods we might not have heard of! It's a great way to judge if there's any interest before making an entire thread.