Strategy First picking up Steam

Software publisher to make games available over Valve Software's digital distribution service beginning later this month with Dangerous Waters.

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Once an outlet solely for the products of Valve Software, Steam is now branching out to include the works of other developers. Independent games like Rag Doll Kung Fu and Introversion's Darwinia have already tied themselves to the digital distribution service, and today Steam claimed its first software publisher partner in Strategy First.

Beginning with Dangerous Waters, Steam users will soon be able to download multiple "front line titles and new releases" from Strategy First. Emanuel Wall, product manager at Strategy First, said the agreement keeps with the company's history of embracing new technologies.

"Throughout the years, Strategy First has delivered great games from many developers while navigating the evolution of genres, technology, and distribution mechanisms--whether it’s moving from 2D to 3D, or from floppy to Steam," Wall said.

Earlier this year Strategy First began offering direct downloads of more than 20 of its games through its own Web site. Gamers could play the full version of games for three hours before being asked to purchase the game.

Discussion

16 comments
DreckSkim
DreckSkim

My experiences with Steam have been universally positive--though I've yet to use the 'friends network'. Maybe you folks rural areas should be communicating with your congressional representatives and asking for broadband access.

amarkdab
amarkdab

Except for the first couple of weeks last year, I've only had good experiences with Steam. It's the easiest way to update games that I've ever dealt with, and I've been at this for 17 years....It's all good.

Grinch123456
Grinch123456

The only problem with Steam is the horrificly unusable freinds network. Otherwise, it's wonderful.

killjoi
killjoi

Steam works fine for me. It's nice to be able to download Half-Life 2 and CS: Source from any computer.

Lazy_Boy88
Lazy_Boy88

I tell ya it certainly doesn't help people like me with 56k. Connecting to the internet just to play the game after hours of patch downloads sucks. I can't wait to move closer to a city......

anime8821
anime8821

I've found that Steam has some definite upsides for the future. I rebooted my computer a while back, and wanted to reinstall and play HL2 but I realized I lost my Disk 1 somehow. But I installed Steam, connected, and the entire game downloaded and worked perfect! I think that it's great that I don't need to worry about losing disks with it. The only downside is that you need highspeed Internet to do anything with it really. And the fact that even single player has to be updated kinda sucks when you don't have Internet and there's an update you can't download.

unholygemini
unholygemini

Agreed, don't rag on Steam. Only complaint I have is the damn friends list is completely unusable, but I have Xfire anyways. Other than that, Steam never gave me problems.

GyRo567
GyRo567

Personally I've had only good experiences with Steam. And I suppose it helps that I got in on the very first wave of unlocking when HL2 was released at 2 AM Central. And everything with Steam I've ever done has gone WAY faster than a CD installation ever could, not to mention the long drive to a store.

henkvn
henkvn

.. I think, this is great news for smaller developers/publishers that don't have a strong reach into the traditional retail channel. These types of relationships, will offer more dist. options for everyone in the gaming industry.

ponchorivera
ponchorivera

Just because your internet is bad, doesn't mean steam sucks. Plus, let's say you get a brand new computer. Download steam and you'll never have to reinstall that game ever again, all you have to do is download the updates. Steam is a great program, it's just that people rag on it for being "slow."

JR_HOLMES
JR_HOLMES

what is gay about getting great games on steam, just because Marol54 and Buttloaves dont have comptuers that can run steam well, doesnt mean the rest of us that didnt cheap out on our rigs should not trust the steam.

FoZFoRiC
FoZFoRiC

Steam sucks... i had to wait 3 hours while the half life anthology i just bought , on disc, from the store, on thanksgiving, after waiting in line 2 hours, downloaded updates (over a modem cuz hurricane katrina knocked out my cable modem) before i could even begin to play it!... i will never buy a "steam enabled" game again. and if i do cuz it wasnt on the box in big letters, its going back to the store in little pieces.

marol54
marol54

I agree, this looks quite ambiguously gay.

Buttloaves
Buttloaves

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slow-pc
slow-pc

Bad Pun ahead... It looks like steam is steaming ahead with all these new devolpers jumping on.