• @Molecular0079
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      1110 months ago

      And to think that everybody was pissed as hell when Steam first got introduced with HL2 and CS…how far we’ve come haha.

      • @Argurotoxus
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        510 months ago

        I’m still sad that steamingpileofshit.com finally got killed. I think within the last year or two.

        Used to redirect to steam.com since the old days when everybody hated Steam lol. It’s hugely improved now and I love everything that GabeN has done for the PC gaming community; Steam being a huge part of it.

        But I still laugh a bit at the old days.

        • @Sabin10
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          310 months ago

          Steam was so rough at launch. I registered at 7:50 pm on launch day but the I didn’t play counter strike that day.

          • @[email protected]
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            210 months ago

            Oh my God, yeah. I bought HL2 on news years day coming with a massive hangover and just wanted to nurse it with a new game.

            Worst gaming experience ever, until I finally got into the game the next day.

          • Midnitte
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            110 months ago

            I remember the friends list basically being nonfunctional.

            How far Steam has come…

  • @[email protected]
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    1310 months ago

    I still remember being skeptical af to the idea that I would give them money and all I got was a digital promise that they would look after my copy of half life and Cs. Years lateds, I’ve lost or destroyed almost all my physical media, but still have that steam account.

    • @[email protected]
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      510 months ago

      True, but lord Gabe is aging, and I’m not sure what will happen once he’s gone. If Steam falls to greed, screwing up it’s user base and developer base as so many others before it, then I imagine a wave of pirates of significant proportions will emerge.

  • @[email protected]
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    410 months ago

    Man it was so controversial at the time. I was on USENET gaming groups and there were a few people that worked complaining about Steam DRM into every conversation.

    I found it, it was comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action, a poster named John Lewis: https://groups.google.com/g/comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action/c/EiQO3AOHanE/m/_DO3FqVFEWwJ

    I can’t believe USENET is still active and I still recognize some of the names on new posts. Spalls Hurgenson for one.

  • AutoTL;DRB
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    210 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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