Strategy First details Steam support

Dangerous Waters, Space Empires IV Deluxe to hit Valve Software's digital distribution service February 7; more on the way.

Strategy First announced last month that it will provide products for Valve Software's Steam digital-distribution service, starting with its naval-combat simulation Dangerous Waters. Today the company revealed another of the games covered under its multititle deal with Valve and promised more on the way. Starting February 7, Dangerous Waters and Space Empires IV Deluxe will go on sale through the service for $39.99 and $19.99, respectively. Steam users can save 10 percent by preordering either title by January 24. Additional Strategy First titles will hit Steam later this year.

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internetsdave
internetsdave

I, for the most part, enjoy Steam, but there are a few drawbacks to using the service. First is the possibility that at some point the Steam service will vanish and so will my access to HL2. Even if this is in the future, it's still a concern to me (I'm an avid player of old games). Also, there's something to be said for holding a box in your hand and, especially with RPGs, getting a manual full of neat extras. Still, I have to agree that this is the way of the future and it's not all bad.

terrorsound
terrorsound

I want to have my games in my hands, not in some corporations trust, there's enough dishonesty in corporate America and abroad as it is, just put the game on the shelves, it's not that I don't trust steam or whom ever they are owned by, I just don't trust big business taking my right to my games away... That's how I see it, I want the freedom to load or reload when I want, not when steam or my internet connection wants.. Too much is given to them and not to me with ownership of the game. After all does'nt buying the game mean I own it?? I'll never trust downloading anything from an faceless entity, it's just cold and wrong..

NeutralWar
NeutralWar

The updates really don't take all that long on a decent connection. As for Steam starting up with windows, ever think of checking Steam Options to disable that? (well you should, cause it's there) Steam seems to very reliable, except for the friends list which if it ever gets fixed will be a great addition, and also you can download steam from the internet on someone elses computer if you dont have yours and logon to your account and download the games to that person's computer. (You could delete your account when your done or just make sure the password isn't saved on that computer so they cannot access your games and kick you off when your at your home) Overall, Steam has been a very good way of electronically purchasing games and for online play in general. IF you don't care for Steam, well than don't bother playing those games, but your missing out on a good time.

coreyb42
coreyb42

The thing that really ticks me off about Steam is that it starts up with windows by default, thereby consuming system resources, and I have to exit every time I want to do something else without my computer being slowed down by a stupid TSR-type program. Also, even though I have high speed, I didn't when I first bought HL2 and it was absolutely excruciating to be required to download relatively giant files. 'nuff said

Gundam_1337
Gundam_1337

I don't hate steam its just the updating lol.... It takes forever. But other then that its fine becuase they atleast update their games more then other companys.

TheRadiator
TheRadiator

i have to agree that it's good copy protection for developers without resorting to some crap like starforce I like steam because of its convenience. Also, I have never had any issues with it except for when downloads are slow during the release of a new game

dark_surge
dark_surge

Aside from minor stability issues with the program itself, Stream is one of the better things to happen to computers in a long while. I can buy games from my home, and re-download them within 1-3 hours if needed. I take very good care of my discs, but there's always a few instances where they seem to get damaged somehow. I don't have to worry about that with steam. Not to mention that I don't have to worry about protection like Starforce preventing me from playing a legit copy of a game.

toad1956
toad1956

As long as we can sell or transfer title of the game I am all for it. It beats fighting crowds, grumpy sales people, and other annoyances. I have steam and so far no problems (fingers crossed.)

pr_master
pr_master

for me steam is the future, i dont know why other companys have not copy it, right now alot of games are sufering from piracy but none of steam hames need to worry about that.

GyRo567
GyRo567

I have issues with games like Call of Duty 2 coming with 6 ****ING CDS!!! There's no cracking or patching or even the annoying drive to the store and installation with Steam. It's worked seamlessly for most of us. And when it does work flawlessly, it's way better than the old fashioned way. As soon as food is home delivered from online, I'll never leave my house again!

Salzeda
Salzeda

Steam sucks a lot and I could care less about downloading games off of it. Whoopty doo, big deal. I along with MANY others have had a lot of issues with it. Steam messed up my account and deleted my password so I had to buy another copy of HL2. $50 down the drain. Steam is terrible and so is Valve

Sturm08
Sturm08

Darwinia was incredible and only $20. If not for Steam I would have never played it. I used to find it merely nifty, but the service is really coming around.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

How does Steam suck? Ok, so it's not cool that you can buy full games from home? So it's not cool that there are no discs to destroy? So it's cool if something happens to your game, they keep the games you've bought on file so all you have to do is re-download them instead of re-buy them? So it's not cool that Steam can save you time and download cool underground developer content? I don't think it's Steam that sucks, I think it's you that sucks Lord Of Monkeys. For typing without knowing anything about the topic.

GyRo567
GyRo567

It's the future. And I like the digital future. =) Though with all these new titles, we'll have to be careful with purchasing from Steam. Obviously we are no longer getting ONLY high quality titles.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Steam is turning into an interesting publishing alternative.