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My Son would like to buy himself a game on his 'steam' account. I wouldn't mind if it was on a game console but can only be done on the laptop. I've never put games on here before would anyone recomme… Read More
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5m, 1w agoPosted 5 months, 1 week ago
My Son would like to buy himself a game on his 'steam' account. I wouldn't mind if it was on a game console but can only be done on the laptop. I've never put games on here before would anyone recommend buying and playing this way? Thanks.
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5m, 1w agoPosted 5 months, 1 week ago
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#1
Yes, steam is fantastic. Just make sure the PC meets the minimum system requirements for the game
#2
It's just another gaming platform, I have plenty of games on my laptop through steam and never no issues
#3
As above, make sure your laptop can cope, if unsure Google can I run it, this is a website that will scan your laptop against a games specs, if you don't meet them don't buy it!
#4
What everyone else says, Steam is fine :)
#5
I made the switch from 360 to PC Steam many years ago and haven't regretted it since. You get so many options with a pc, But if the pc isnt good quality you'll get bad performance. I wouldn't recommend a laptop for gaming as most do not have a dedicated gpu which results in low performance. unless you have a alienware laptop then go nuts.
#6
Steam (www.steampowered.com) is 100% legit, the most reliable and widely used online PC store.

FYI as above, Laptops generally don't have a dedicated graphics card and that's what you'll need to run most modern titles so check your system specs.

However a lot of older titles and newer "indie" games are not that demanding, check each title.
#7
Steam is a horrible platform and valve do tend to be aggressive with their marketing, You have to install their store client to play any games bought through them for example.

However, they are currently the biggest platform in computer gaming (Windows, Mac and Linux). I'd personally prefer to buy from elsewhere like gog.com if the game is available but unfortunately many developers/publishers prefer to release games as exclusives right now.

Computer gaming is a big thing, but some games do require a powerful graphics card (£100+). Generally they're the same ones that are big names on consoles, many PC exclusives like strategy games are more modest.
#8
Check out humble bundle and the other indie bundle websites.
Lots of good games mainly on the steam platform for peanuts.
#9
Id say no unless he knows that hes got a good setup which i assume he doesnt or you wouldnt be asking as hed be buying his own games. Pc gamin and steam are brilliant if youve got the hardware and the know how
#10
EndlessWaves
Steam is a horrible platform and valve do tend to be aggressive with their marketing, You have to install their store client to play any games bought through them for example.
However, they are currently the biggest platform in computer gaming (Windows, Mac and Linux). I'd personally prefer to buy from elsewhere like gog.com if the game is available but unfortunately many developers/publishers prefer to release games as exclusives right now.
Computer gaming is a big thing, but some games do require a powerful graphics card (£100+). Generally they're the same ones that are big names on consoles, many PC exclusives like strategy games are more modest.

Whoa easy :)
Steam has some good points too such as

A gaming Community with forums, groups etc.
Updates for most games to make them compatible with the latest windows OS/hardware.
Cheap prices and game sharing.
Safe and virus free environment.
Easy frontend to download games from.
Game streaming from High end PC to Laptop/netbook/PC stick.

Never had an issue with Steam since I downloaded it with Halflife 2 way back on the 10th of June 2005 :)
#11
kester76
Steam has some good points too such as
A gaming Community with forums, groups etc.
Updates for most games to make them compatible with the latest windows OS/hardware.
Cheap prices and game sharing.
Safe and virus free environment.
Easy frontend to download games from.
Game streaming from High end PC to Laptop/netbook/PC stick.
Never had an issue with Steam since I downloaded it with Halflife 2 way back on the 10th of June 2005 :)

Safe and virus free environment? I haven't heard of any game store ever having problems with that sort of thing. Or, come to that, any complaints that downloading games is over-complicated. You generally buy the game, click the link to download and then run the installer.

As for the community, it's not exactly a shining example of a nice community.

In fact, Valve has done a bit to spoil the overall PC gaming community by putting up barriers that were never there before. Ten years ago if you want to play with other people or download a mod you could do it regardless of where you game came from, Whether it was a boxed version or from one of the many digital download sites. These days other copies are generally barred from playing with steam versions and at the very least you have to jump through hoops to get steam workshop hosted mods to work.

Updates are the work of the developer/publisher and have nothing to do with the platform. Ditto pricing, game sharing etc.

That leaves game streaming. That's nice, but there are other free apps that do it too. Hardly a reason to put up with having to install the steam client to play a game.
#12
EndlessWaves
kester76
Steam has some good points too such as
A gaming Community with forums, groups etc.
Updates for most games to make them compatible with the latest windows OS/hardware.
Cheap prices and game sharing.
Safe and virus free environment.
Easy frontend to download games from.
Game streaming from High end PC to Laptop/netbook/PC stick.
Never had an issue with Steam since I downloaded it with Halflife 2 way back on the 10th of June 2005 :)
Safe and virus free environment? I haven't heard of any game store ever having problems with that sort of thing. Or, come to that, any complaints that downloading games is over-complicated. You generally buy the game, click the link to download and then run the installer.
As for the community, it's not exactly a shining example of a nice community.
In fact, Valve has done a bit to spoil the overall PC gaming community by putting up barriers that were never there before. Ten years ago if you want to play with other people or download a mod you could do it regardless of where you game came from, Whether it was a boxed version or from one of the many digital download sites. These days other copies are generally barred from playing with steam versions and at the very least you have to jump through hoops to get steam workshop hosted mods to work.
Updates are the work of the developer/publisher and have nothing to do with the platform. Ditto pricing, game sharing etc.
That leaves game streaming. That's nice, but there are other free apps that do it too. Hardly a reason to put up with having to install the steam client to play a game.

Problem is that you see everything from the technically minded stance and not from someone used to console gaming. It's a massive learning curve that most people just don't want to deal with. No one is interested in resolving dma/irq conflicts, port forwarding, ipx vs tcp and the list goes on. Could you imagine the average person setting up mscdex, memory configures and such like. It's easier for people to get a grip on pc gaming now due to these rigid controls on how we configure and play pc games. Installing a downloader and then going through all the hassle of updating etc is beyond what most people want to do to play a game. 70% of people just want to go to a electronic store and buy a game, install it and play it. You want auto patching and updates and not headaches because you've lost your shortcut.

In a nutshell people want a console experience on the pc. Steam gives them something they're used to. People forget that PC gaming is a nightmare if it goes wrong and it does regularly. It's easier to sit back and let someone sort it out than trail the web for patches. Steam has evolved a lot but most of that is to make it more accessible to the end user and not cater to computer experts.
#13
EndlessWaves
kester76
Steam has some good points too such as
A gaming Community with forums, groups etc.
Updates for most games to make them compatible with the latest windows OS/hardware.
Cheap prices and game sharing.
Safe and virus free environment.
Easy frontend to download games from.
Game streaming from High end PC to Laptop/netbook/PC stick.
Never had an issue with Steam since I downloaded it with Halflife 2 way back on the 10th of June 2005 :)
Safe and virus free environment? I haven't heard of any game store ever having problems with that sort of thing. Or, come to that, any complaints that downloading games is over-complicated. You generally buy the game, click the link to download and then run the installer.
As for the community, it's not exactly a shining example of a nice community.
In fact, Valve has done a bit to spoil the overall PC gaming community by putting up barriers that were never there before. Ten years ago if you want to play with other people or download a mod you could do it regardless of where you game came from, Whether it was a boxed version or from one of the many digital download sites. These days other copies are generally barred from playing with steam versions and at the very least you have to jump through hoops to get steam workshop hosted mods to work.
Updates are the work of the developer/publisher and have nothing to do with the platform. Ditto pricing, game sharing etc.
That leaves game streaming. That's nice, but there are other free apps that do it too. Hardly a reason to put up with having to install the steam client to play a game.
Pretty much all of your complaints are developer/publisher issues and not Steam/Valve.
Most developers/publishers want some form of DRM to stop piracy, which is what Steam primarily is a DRM platform.

Out of the available DRM platforms Steam is the arguably the best.

You have the likes of Origin and Uplay gaining market share, but they are far more underhanded then Valve when it comes to business practice.

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