Steam

Version: 1.1 || Release Date: 2011-06-01 || License: Freeware Developer: http://valvesoftware.com/ | App Owner: vicegold

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a large number of games and related media entirely over the internet, from small independent efforts to larger, more popular games. Steam is set apart from similar services primarily by its community features, completely automated game update process, and its use of in-game functionality.

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16 Opinions

this is the worst piece of software i've ever used in my life.

I love pc steam but the mac one is just terrible. Its best to block steam from communicating with the internet if you just want to play the games you bought.

Still has some work to do. I had problems downloading several games at once, and an Aqua UI would be nice. Steam will open more opportunities for mac games, now we just have to wait for it to catch on.

@brh the client is a PITA, but the games work pretty well.

don't know what the deal is with the versions database: i have a client updated June 7 2010 (using Steam API v009), and the DB says the latest version is "26.0, Jun 2 2010".

Loving it so far! Steam is the defacto gaming platform on PC and having it available for mac will probably increase the number and quality of games available.

TF2, WHEN WILL YOU ARRIVE!?!?!

I spent about $50 for a total of 10 games on Steam and am currently hooked on the Civilization IV Complete pack. Not that that wasn't available for the Mac before, Steam just made it a no-brainer to get. If more high-profile titles keep coming, this may be the best thing that's happened to gaming in Mac history.

Native OSX version of Half-Life 2 is like a dream come true. I never dreamed this would happen. Let's hope other game makers follow and make native versions of their games.

loved playing Torchlight on my mac! it looks awesome! i can't wait for CSS!

Agree with brh, the UI isn't "that" adapted for mac, at least for macbooks. You have, unless you put it in fullscreen, but once again on a MB it's annoying.

I already saw an update of the client while logging in and an update for portal, am sure there will be constant updates to make our experience more enjoyable!

@fronty - I'd love a free copy of Portal, but the servers seem too clogged to let me get it! Been trying since yesterday! Anyhow, that's not the client's fault.

I have to say that conforming to an environment's UI should always trump keeping a cross-platform UI consistent. That's my opinion - case in point, it may be easy for a Windows Steam user to adjust, but if it felt like a native Mac app, a Mac user (the user of the app in question) wouldn't need to adjust, it would be 'intuitive.'

Anyhow, Steam on Mac right now is a pretty miserable experience, and not just because the UI looks like hacked-together cross-platform nonsense (that's part of it, though). There are all of these modal dialogs popping up on top of each other, a web of 'which can I actually dismiss and which will merely make a weird bonk noise at me?' By default, it starts up when the system starts… It's all basically web pages, and when one fails to load, it just goes blank or throws a generic error.

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