• donuts
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    4010 months ago

    My account turns 20 on the 14th, and I can’t help but think about the fact that games like Half-Life and Counter-Strike that I bought once 20 years ago are still so easy to play and enjoy today. Steam really set the model for how digital media sales should be done.

    • @[email protected]
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      310 months ago

      Contrast to that was trying to play StarCraft again and even though I own I don’t have a CD drive anymore. I’d have to buy another copy to even play again.

      • Doubletwist
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        Actually if you have/create a battle net account, you can register your CD key to your account, and then they have a downloadable installer for starcraft and Diablo. 2, and other old games.

  • @Thteven
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    When steam first came out I considered it a nuisance. I had bought half life 2 on disc and was pissed that I had to download a storefront for the game to run. It’s still kind of bs from the POV an old-head gamer, ngl, but here we are in 2023 and it irritates me when a game isn’t on steam lol.

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    As of 11:55am EST today, my account still hasn’t turned 20, so I’m guessing they actually store the exact hour/minute/second that you signed up for your account too. I think I used to get home from school around 2:45pm, so I gotta keep checking.

    • ShadowRam
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      Your profile literally says the hour/min you signed up.

      Just click on you 19year badge.

      • @thantik
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        710 months ago

        Thx, Apparently I signed up way later in the day than I thought! I gotta wait until 11pm, lol - damn it, I wanted to show off my 20yr badge in a screenshot today. :D

  • @Custoslibera
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    When Gaben dies and Steam inevitably sells out to corporate shills I’m going to shake my fist at the sky in anger.

    • arefx
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      410 months ago

      I hope they keep him alive forever like a US congressperson

    • @[email protected]
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      Yeah… as years go I keep thinking about this. Not sure if he has any real thought plan or something for somebody he trusts… I mean he has kids but not sure about them wanting anything to do with it, or him wanting to give it to them, no idea.

  • @AnUnusualRelic
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    610 months ago

    So Steam can’t even have a beer in the US?

  • HidingCat
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    410 months ago

    Love the retro green look, suddenly brings back a bunch of memories!

  • Wren
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    410 months ago

    Everyone here with their 20 year badges about to be unlocked and I’m over here with 9 year badge - curse my 7 year old self for only having access to a gameboy lmao

  • ShadowRam
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    210 months ago

    My account turns 20 in a few hours…!!

    It’s strange, I would have thought Steam came out prior to 2003,

    • @thantik
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      210 months ago

      There are certain world-changing events that it’s hard to remember them ever not-existing. Like…the iPhone was released in 2007. It’s so weird to think of the time before smartphones. Like when Nextels were a thing and basically everyone had a walkey-talkey on them…

  • Tammo-Korsai
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    110 months ago

    I got Steam on Christmas Day, 2004, so I’m not quite at the 20 year club yet. Regardless, the badge still impresses a great deal of fellow gamers.

  • AutoTL;DRB
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    010 months ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    It’s pretty hard to believe that it was 20 years ago that Steam arrived, and with it that glorious green interface.

    They weren’t even close to being the first digital store to provide games, but requiring Steam to run Half-Life 2 regardless of digital purchase or a boxed copy was likely the defining moment that helped push it to success for Valve.

    This was likely my own introduction to Steam as well, back in the day were my PC could only just about run Half-Life 2 when you had long loading screens between sections.

    Pictured - Steam homepage back in 2004 after Half-Life 2 released

    Not everything Valve has tried went well like the original Steam Machines, and killing off their ambitions for non-gaming video content but they keep on trying and expanding and it seems there’s really no stopping it.

    Naturally, without Steam and Valve, Linux gaming wouldn’t be where it is today so we’re doubly thankful for its existence.


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