ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

PG Game Downloads: To Steam, Or Not To Steam?

Updated on February 3, 2011

Steam is a platform that allows gamers to purchase a multitude of games online, usually for something of a significant discount compared to what they would pay in-store. Instead of purchasing physical copies of the game, Steam allows you to purchase electronic copies, records of which are stored on their servers and can be re-downloaded at any time should you suffer an event of massive data destruction.

Steam has undeniably revolutionized the way we buy games. Indeed, it has been credited with curbing a great deal of piracy over the years. Being able to instantly purchase titles without having to visit a physical store is much more convenient and undoubtedly encourages consumption.

I should point out at this juncture that I've used Steam for several years and have over 20 titles on the platform. Recently however, I've begun to notice a few issues with Steam, issues that are making me question whether or not I'll bother buying games on the platform in the future.

First and foremost on the list of issues is the fact that Steam quite often releases games that are outright broken. Case in point, Munch's Oddysee, which was released during the 2010 / 2011 Steam Holiday sales or thereabouts. Steam gamers flocked to buy the X Box title only to discover that the port left much to be desired. For a significant portion of users, it flat out didn't work until a patch was released almost a week after the game first went on sale. Releasing broken games and charging for them with the promise of making them work at some undetermined time in the future doesn't strike me as good buisiness practice. If this were a one off occurrence, it could be understood, but it is not. A quick search of steam + broken games reveals a story that's not particularly good for Steam's business model.

Clunkiness. Over the months, Steam seems to have become increasingly process intensive and more and more users are reporting problems with the application actually launching at all. It's not uncommon for Steam to hang for minutes at a time or even not work at all. Given that Steam needs to launch in order for ones to access one's games, it suddenly seems to be much less convenient than its supposed to be.

Even if the application itself opens, that doesn't mean you're out of the woods. Occasionally Steam won't launch a game just for the sheer heck of it. In that instance the loading screen will imply that something is about to happen for indeterminate periods of time until you give up and do something else.

Finally, Steam reserves the right to ban users in the event of them cheating or engaging in other nefarious behavior. That would be sort of okay if it wasn't the equivalent of having your mean older brother breaking your entire collection because you annoyed him. A ban can = no more access to your account, which means that all the money you spent on games is effectively wasted. Granted, you usually do have to cheat in order to earn yourself a ban, but I'm not sure that cheating should result in loss of property, electronic or otherwise.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)