Steam is the most popular digital distribution service for PC games. I highly recommend you download the client and allow it to run whenever Windows starts.
- Play from anywhere: Games you buy on Steam are permanently tied to your account. Download them again on other computers! *See DRM bullet point for exceptions
- DRM: Most Steam games only use Steam's DRM. If a game uses another form (such as Batman: Arkham Asylum), the store page will say 3rd-Party DRM.
- Play offline: Most Steam games can be played offline. When an internet connection isn't available, choose to start Steam in Offline Mode.
- Steam Achievements! Many games have exclusive Achievements that you and your friends can keep track of. Get a Steam card graphic for forum signatures here.
- Steam Cloud! Many games like Torchlight offer Cloud support. Your save file is hosted online and accessible from wherever you play the game, so no need to manually transfer it to other computers. Look for the Steam Cloud image on a game's store page.
- Automatic patching: Steam automatically downloads updates for your games whenever they are released. If you'd rather patch manually, click on that game's Properties/Update from the Library menu.
- Friends list: The Steam friends list is also an instant messenger. Text message friends, voice chat, and easily invite friends to most games. You can also see which friends own the same games as you and compare Achievements from the Library menu.
- Gifting games! You can buy games and then gift them to other people. Wishlists make this easy; maintain your own and view your friends' lists, too.
- Incredible sales! There is a sale virtually every weekend, Black Friday, during the holidays, and more.
- Steam Play: Purchase a game once and play it from both Windows and Mac! Look for the Steamplay icon on games' store pages.
CAG Steam Groups
By joining a CheapAssGamer Steam group, you'll be able to find CAGs to play with, participate in group events, and more. This is a list of all known CAG groups. If you start a new group, please PM me with details. Note that while most of these groups are public, the private groups require an invite to join.
- Alien Swarm
- Borderlands - Invite-only
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- CAG Steam Community - The giant list of CAG Steam users. Invite-only
- Iron Grip: Warlord
- Killing Floor
- Lead and Gold
- Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 - Invite-only
- Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers
- Monday Night Combat
- Serious Sam HD 1 & 2
- Sol Survivor
- Star Trek Online - Invite-only
- Swords and Soldiers HD
- Team Fortress 2 - Invite-only - Discussion thread
- Worms Reloaded - Discussion thread
Group Buys - Last updated 02/06/11
Several multiplayer Steam games are available in 2-packs or 4-packs. These packs offer a discount over buying multiple copies of a game separately. We also maintain group buy trade threads for several games, so please use those threads if you're interested in setting up a group buy.
- BioShock 2 - Group buy thread
- Booster Trooper - Group buy thread
- Borderlands - Group buy thread
- Iron Grip: Warlord
- Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West - Group buy thread
- Left 4 Dead - Group buy thread
- Left 4 Dead 2 - Group buy thread
- Madballs in Babo Invasion - Group buy thread
- Monday Night Combat
- Nation Red - Group buy thread
- Plain Sight
- Scourge Project: Episodes 1 & 2
- Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter - Group buy thread
- Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Group buy thread
- Sol Survivor - Group buy thread
I bought a retail copy of a game.
I bought a game from another downloadable games provider besides Steam.
Can I download it from Steam without rebuying it?
You can do this for some games (especially those whose retail versions automatically use Steam). Most games don't support the feature though. See the full list here.
How do I add non-Steam games to my Steam library? Why would someone want to do that?
From the Library menu, choose Add a Game and then Add a Non-Steam Game. Select the game's executable file and you'll now be able to launch it directly from Steam. This is a good idea for two reasons. One, launching all of your games from the same place is convenient. Two, when you launch a Non-Steam Game from your Steam library, people on your friends list will be able to see what you're playing.
Why is X game more expensive on Steam than other retailers? Is buying from Steam not a good deal?
Steam generally offers games at their current MSRP. That means if Capcom wants to charge $30 for Street Fighter IV, that will be the regular Steam price. Yes, you might find the retail version on clearance at Target for less. But that's clearance, which you can't expect every other retailer to match. However, Steam has tons of sales which usually beat everywhere else's prices.
When are the big Steam sales?
During the big Steam sales, Steam sells multiple games (sometimes hundreds) at large discounts. There is always a sale on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and an extended holiday sale (starting December 24 and lasting until the beginning of January). In 2010 there was also an extended summer sale. If you're not in a hurry to play a game and want the best possible price, it's a good idea to wait for these large sales.
Do all Steam games work with controllers?
Just about all PC games can be controlled with mouse and keyboard. But some people are more comfortable with controllers, AKA gamepads, and some games just play better that way. The Xbox 360 controller is the default gamepad for modern PC games. Many games support it, but not all. Most games with controller support have a Controller Enabled graphic on their store pages. If a game doesn't have that graphic and doesn't mention controller support in its text description, assume it doesn't work with controllers. There is a partial list here. If you'd like to use a controller with a game that doesn't natively support it, the XPadder app works very well.
Scroll down to post # 2 for the Upcoming Steam Games List!
Edited by eastx, 07 February 2011 - 05:45 AM.