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Anyone know of any US retailers that will demo the Steam Machine?

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I'm speaking of course mainly being able to sample the Steam Controller.

I reached a sort of dead end yesterday trying to track down GameStop stores in my area that might be doing demos, after reading Valve were putting Steam Machine mini stores in some of their locations. Most stores won't even have the mini SM section though, and none sounded sure they would even offer a demo station.

Seems to me if Valve really want to offer Steam Machine as a viable alternative to what's already available, they'd make sampling them more accessible than just sending out a few hundred SDKs and calling it good enough. I even found Steam Group discussion on it with a handful of people discussing it, and all were complaining about it, but I couldn't join in the discussion.

Then I found a gen discussion thread on Steam Forums with many people complaining about not being able to comment in Steam Group discussions. Valve are so horrible at marketing and communicating, despite having one of THE largest gaming forums on the net.
 
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contacted Steam sales and Support ?
sounds like this is the sort of enquiry they could help with
 
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contacted Steam sales and Support ?
sounds like this is the sort of enquiry they could help with
I was planning on leaving that as a last resort. I don't have a lot of confidence in the way they handle things, and am going through a terrible head/chest cold right now. I really don't want to endure any extra stress if I can avoid it right now. Plus I get the feeling if this info is THAT hard to obtain this close to launch, Valve are intentionally being tight lipped about it.

I get the feeling they expect people to buy SMs on faith and the Steam name, without being able to sample them, and my guess is you would have a hell of a time trying to return anything SM related, including just a separately purchased Steam Controller. Everything I've seen of Valve lately looks worse than the corporation they left, MS.

If anything, MS are getting more understanding and customer oriented, while Valve are getting more corporate minded and inaccessible.
 
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