Saturday, July 21st 2007

Steam Community Launching This Month

Valve has confirmed that the Steam Community, the studio's social networking and online multiplayer extensions for its popular game download service, will launch in beta form "at the end of the month," meaning gamers will have to wait no more than a week and a half to get their hands on the new features. First announced last month, the Steam Community promises features such as voice chat support, user profiles and groups, organized matches, and opponent tracking. "This latest update is just the start," said Valve founder Gabe Newell when Community was announced. "We've got a long list of items that we're working on to make it easier for gamers to connect and play games on Steam."Source: Shacknews
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30 Comments on Steam Community Launching This Month

#2
anticlutch
by: erocker
Steam is garbage.
That's true for me sometimes... my friend's computer had Steam and it never wanted to stop updating (that is, until I reformatted the computer for him). When it works however, I'm happy with it :D
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#3
erocker
Idk, Steam to me is like buying a new car, and having to call the dealer every time you want to start it. And guess what?! The dealer could give a crap after you bought the car from him so he's going to end up giving you bad service, lose the key (my favorite), and give you an overall hard time to use the car (or game) that you paid for in full. Steam steals, cheats, lies, and crashes. Steam is garbage.
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#4
Zero Cool
yup, steam is crap.

Steam Support never responds, and Steam only starts every fifth time on my machine, and I am not the only one with this problem.
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#5
TUngsten
it's pretty easy to set up Steam so it only starts when you want it to ...
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#6
ex_reven
by: erocker
Idk, Steam to me is like buying a new car, and having to call the dealer every time you want to start it. And guess what?! The dealer could give a crap after you bought the car from him so he's going to end up giving you bad service, lose the key (my favorite), and give you an overall hard time to use the car (or game) that you paid for in full. Steam steals, cheats, lies, and crashes. Steam is garbage.
:wtf:

Steam has ALWAYS worked for me...
Its so damn easy to use, hogs no resources, and works.
Its also free...no subscription charges.

And they continue to update games that are several years old.

IMO, Steam is a great idea. And it has alot of potential for future growth.
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#7
Steevo
I wish that other game makers would switch to steam cough ea cough, they have terrible service, and that Atari would release a good patch for Test Drive Unlimited tofinally fix it all, then make it work in steam, and then Atari could die, and I would be happy.




Steam works great for meh. Always has.
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#8
Zero Cool
by: TUngsten
it's pretty easy to set up Steam so it only starts when you want it to ...
no, when I double click steam it will hardly ever launch. I have to go WTM and end Steam process, then repeat several times until steam finally launches
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#9
ex_reven
by: Zero Cool
no, when I double click steam it will hardly ever launch. I have to go WTM and end Steam process, then repeat several times until steam finally launches
You have a corrupted client. It happens when you make a change to your system configuration sometimes. You need to go into the steam folder and delete clientregistry.blob
After that you boot steam and it will redownload all your updates.
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#10
russianboy
Cracking steam is so rewarding!

But it pisses me off when it sez "Servers busy to handle your request". grrrr
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#11
wazzledoozle
Everyone I know personally who has a problem with steam either:

A) Doesnt have broadband
or...
B) Sucks at managing their PC and has loads of malware which causes steam to malfunction (Among other programs)
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#12
Benpi
by: ex_reven
:wtf:

Steam has ALWAYS worked for me...
Its so damn easy to use, hogs no resources, and works.
Its also free...no subscription charges.

And they continue to update games that are several years old.

IMO, Steam is a great idea. And it has alot of potential for future growth.
I agree, I have had Zero problems with steam. It's awesome that I don't need to buy a disc for every game, especially the ones you can't even buy anymore. I have HL2 Deathmatch installed on 4 different PCs, and the downloads speeds are only limited by what my connection allows.
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#13
Zero Cool
by: ex_reven
You have a corrupted client. It happens when you make a change to your system configuration sometimes. You need to go into the steam folder and delete clientregistry.blob
After that you boot steam and it will redownload all your updates.
Redownload all the updates? great :banghead: Steam Updating thing is crap, it allways gets stuck and it takes for ever to do usually. once the download was stuck at 48% for 3 weeks! :banghead::banghead::banghead:


by: wazzledoozle
Everyone I know personally who has a problem with steam either:

A) Doesnt have broadband
or...
B) Sucks at managing their PC and has loads of malware which causes steam to malfunction (Among other programs)
I have broadband and I manage my PC just fine :shadedshu and I have a working antivirus and Spybot S&D.
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#14
DRDNA
by: wazzledoozle
Everyone I know personally who has a problem with steam either:

A) Doesnt have broadband
or...
B) Sucks at managing their PC and has loads of malware which causes steam to malfunction (Among other programs)
perfectly stated !:respect:
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#15
Steevo
Both huh?


I have-use

Comodo Firewall, Ad Aware, Hijack This, NAT-hacked DSL firewall, Spybot, AVG Free Anti-Virus, AVG Free Spyware protection, Three rootkit detectors, system rules for executables, and numerous other system cleanup and cloise downs using X-Setup Pro or doing it myself.


I also regularly dump all my temp files, and watch active processes. Even with all this in place I get on average 2-3 IP scans with possible intent, javascripting ads that like TRY to download trojans-adware-spyware or general crap.



If you haven't seen a virus or adware warning that involves more than a tracking cookie for a week, you are either not really surfing the net, or have issues.
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#16
erocker
I'm stating the fact that I have 2 unresolved issues with Steam over games and stolen passwords. That's why I'm pissed. I have no problems connecting to thier crappy service.
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#17
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Works for some, doesnt work for others. I guess this is a nice upgrade to steam. I have it installed on my system, but Ive yet to use it...
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#18
Zero Cool
by: Steevo
Both huh?


I have-use

Comodo Firewall, Ad Aware, Hijack This, NAT-hacked DSL firewall, Spybot, AVG Free Anti-Virus, AVG Free Spyware protection, Three rootkit detectors, system rules for executables, and numerous other system cleanup and cloise downs using X-Setup Pro or doing it myself.


I also regularly dump all my temp files, and watch active processes. Even with all this in place I get on average 2-3 IP scans with possible intent, javascripting ads that like TRY to download trojans-adware-spyware or general crap.



If you haven't seen a virus or adware warning that involves more than a tracking cookie for a week, you are either not really surfing the net, or have issues.
yup and thats why Steam is crap, just because I want to play Counter Strike once in a while I have to be a fucking computer freak? I have better things to do then continuesly scan my computer and track viruses
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#19
Steevo
Computer freak, no. Just not in the habit of letting others bother me with popups, bogging down my system, stealing my personal information, and stealing my enjoyment.





I think I will go play, COD, or COD2, or HL2, or HL, or CS:S mebey host a few friends, or play against bots, or many other up to date games.
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#20
ex_reven
by: Zero Cool
yup and thats why Steam is crap, just because I want to play Counter Strike once in a while I have to be a fucking computer freak? I have better things to do then continuesly scan my computer and track viruses
I play. Just AVG spyware and avast running. Both of which are free.
I have a heap of other "just in case" programs around though :).

Your problem is probably related to your internet connection, router etc.
I cant see a download stopping like that unless a timeout is occuring and with a good internet connection you shouldnt get any of them. Perhaps being caused by firewall? :ohwell:
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
For the steam issue zero cool had, its called "Impatience"

On slow internet (or if you cant connect to a local steam server) it can take upto 3 minutes to connect to steam.

Ending the task and doing it again, you're merely delaying the process as steam checks for updates.
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#22
Zero Cool
by: Mussels
For the steam issue zero cool had, its called "Impatience"

On slow internet (or if you cant connect to a local steam server) it can take upto 3 minutes to connect to steam.

Ending the task and doing it again, you're merely delaying the process as steam checks for updates.
you didnt quite get it.

The Download was "stuck" at ~49% for 3 weeks. I have a 2Mbps Internet connection (DSL)

And when I said that Steam wont launch, it just wont, nothing happens it just appears in the current processes but I cannot open it.
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#23
Sovereign
LoL! Looks like this has turned into a "Lets vent our frustration with Valve/Steam" thread! :laugh:

Anyhow, does anyone else think that this is simular to Microsoft's Live system for the XBOX and soon to be for windows platform? I don't personaly own an XBOX and have never used Live but from what I've read, this new steam service seems somewhat simular to me. If so, I definitely welcome it as I have no intention on using anything else from MS other than what I have to!
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Zero Cool
you didnt quite get it.

The Download was "stuck" at ~49% for 3 weeks. I have a 2Mbps Internet connection (DSL)

And when I said that Steam wont launch, it just wont, nothing happens it just appears in the current processes but I cannot open it.
the 49% bug is different.

as for mine it gets 'stuck' as you have said, all the time - in fact every time i start steam, and 2-3 minutes later its always fired up and working. Also as i said, it doesnt matter what speed your net is, if steam connects you to a server halfway around the world (which DOES happen sometimes, and is a valid problem with steam)

the 49% 'stuck download' is due to a corrupt download, which i guess can be caused by end-tasking steam all the time...

as inflammatory as my comment was, i didnt mean for this to turn into a flame war. I just got aggravated at the fact you say its broken/crap, and in the same post mention how you end task it because its 'stuck' - without coming to the conclusion that just maybe the program doesnt get along well with being terminated while its doing things.
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#25
Ben Clarke
Steam sucks. It condenses too much.


The online thing sucks too.
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