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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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Version 1.2:
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  • 1 GHz or faster processor.
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • 2-button mouse recommended.
  • Broadband connection recommended.

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Ochre Member IconReview+67
Ochre
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Everyone knows the Steam Store is a great place to pick up games at a reasonable price. This review is purely for the client software…

…Which is not that great. Its major flaw is that it tends to forget that you've chosen to be Offline, and will ask you to connect to the net and log in before allowing you access to your purchased software. The Internet isn't as ubiquitous as Valve would have us believe, and when it is there it isn't always accessible (high costs, slow speeds, unreliable connection etc.) ATM my desktop has no Internet connection, and now that Steam has "forgotten" I chose to be Offline (because I knew it wouldn't have an Internet connection for the foreseeable future) I can no longer launch the app at all. The only way to restore functionality is to move the whole desktop to a location with Internet access - annoying and frustrating. The app also has a tendency to believe there are updates available despite not having had any internet access that could have alerted it.
Add on to this the often excruciatingly-slow responses to Support requests, and you've got reasonably-priced games let down by a terrible client and support platform. Maybe they should stop offering the cheap deals and use the extra cash to provide a better platform instead - do it the Apple way…

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Version 1.2
Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
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The main feature of Steam I like is multi-platform support. If I buy a game for the Mac, I can usually play that same game on a PC. That's useful to me in two ways:

(1) With friends or relatives who only use PCs, I can download the same games to play with them while visiting.

(2) I'm often busy with processor intensive tasks on my Mac, so I prefer a dual-machine setup, where I can do work on the Mac, but then switch to a PC and play games while taking a break.

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Version 1.2
testguy Member IconReview+0
testguy
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I been using Steam for years and was so excited when they opened for Mac users. If you want great access to your favorate games while being part of a community this is the app for you.

Already own the game np just add the key to steam and it will track it for you!

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Version 1.2
Derekcurrie Member IconComment+721
Derekcurrie
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Steam phones home to Google Analytics.

The only reason to do so to my knowledge is to allow Google surveillance of my computer behavior. If your app is going to surveil my computer use, then ASK MY PERMISSION FIRST, DAMMIT. I have used my reverse firewall Little Snitch to deny Steam access to Google Analytics forever. I suggest other folks with reverse firewalls consider doing the same.

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Version 1.2
Ochre Member IconComment+67
Ochre
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The actual current install size of Steam.app on my Mac mini after yesterday's self-update is over 325MB. Ridiculous: it's now amongst the largest apps on my Mac.

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Version 1.2
Celestino Macedo Member IconReview-5
Celestino Macedo
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Have a Great games!!

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Version 1.2
Ben-Marko Member IconReview+299
Ben-Marko
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I would steer clear of this turkey. I have used Steam almost since it came out and it worked fine, though it was veeeeerrrrry slow to start up. Then a week ago I tried going back to play Portal 2, and the game crashed. I've sent off two requests for support, and now I can't even log into their support page (which, by the way, requires a totally separate login).

I have tried uninstalling (according to THEIR directions) and then reinstalling Steam FOUR TIMES and now my library is empty - even the Steam store shows a blank page. Stick to the App Store, it installs directly on your Mac, and that games cost the same. I have about $200 of games that I can no longer access.

Thanks Valve for the crappy application and horrible (read: nonexistent) customer support. Even their help pages offer minimal information on Mac issues.

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Version 1.1
Penguirl Member IconReview+1057
Penguirl
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Besides all the other problems with Steam that have already been mentioned, you cannot paste your login password. I use a long, random character pw and don't allow Steam to store it for security reasons, Steam forces me to type it manually every time I launch it. Or to be more precise, it forced me to type my password in manually until I un-installed it. Now I don't have any Steam related problems.

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Version 1.1
Misha
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http://xkcd.com/936/

Rezstudios
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This must be a very old issue. Pasting password works for me.

Pripyat Member IconComment+264
Pripyat
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The new update released today prevents me from playing any games.

SteamStartup() failed: SteamStartup(0xf,0x0xbffff28c) failed with error 1: Failed create pipe: 0

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Version 1.1
Pripyat Member IconReview+264
Pripyat
+6

Gave this a go. Apart from numerous crashes, Steam has nothing interesting to offer. Games are priced at RRP (App Store has an advantage here) and to play these games I must have Steam installed in the future too, so I don't agree with their DRM methods.

Also, there're hardly any titles available for the Mac that the App Store doesn't offer at a cheaper price. Wouldn't recommend using this service.

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Version 1.1
Danmarc
+1

agree, this part was a disappointment for me also as most are PC only and many of the Mac games are well "not that exciting". There are some fun exclusives, I just had hopes it was a full cross platform when it arrived. Until then "best" alternative might be trying to find the full game elsewhere

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Date 25 Feb 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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