One of those guys in this case means the guy that buys a whole ton of shit on Steam with no possible way to find the time to play 95% of it. It has only been a few short months since I was able to once again enter the world of PC gaming, which by any measure also means Steam gaming. Steam executes on such a polished level that it is hard to find anything to write about, which is why this will be more of a shill for Valve then anything else.

Every few years or so there is a huge press outcry about the “death of PC gaming.” While there has never been a proverbial hatchet to the chest for the PC gaming industry, to call it a historically stable and unified platform would be a bald faced lie. The problems inherent to gaming on the PC are by in large due to the incredible diversity of system builds – something that remains locked on a home console such as the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. With the home console market an obvious focus for a majority of developers, and the six to seven year old hardware powering said machines, the PC has once again become the preferred place to play home console games. Increased player counts in multi-player games, the bump in graphical fidelity from 720p to 1080p (or even 2560×1440), and the ability to play games with a keyboard have become arguments that are displayed on the PC gamers’ chest like a badge of courage.

However, none of those things really matter. Steam matters.

You want to know how the future of digital distribution is guaranteed?  I have bought multiple games from the service that I already own. It wasn’t even that hard to talk myself into doing it either. I have come to the point where simply playing a game on my Xbox 360 with its loud fan, and then having to change discs has become unappealing. Sure, that doesn’t sound like much, but when a valid solution is already staring you in the face it becomes increasingly more difficult to continue living in the past.

Beyond my own personal laziness and attitude against loud cooling fans and optical drives, price has become the number one reason to dive head first into a digital future. Games are cheap on Steam, and I am a cheap person so it is a match made under the simplest terms. More importantly, Steam seems like the future, with an experience that is relatively future proof. Save for quantum computers, it is almost a guarantee that games you buy on Steam will work indefinitely – a guarantee that games stored on optical media can’t say with much certainty.

An example of this future? There was a huge deal made of the PSP to PS Vita game trade in program. Through the numerous yearly sales, Steam basically provides a similar service without all the overcharging and shadiness of the Sony program.

There is certainly room for improvement, and with a new set of consoles presumably in the works for the near(ish) future, it’ll be interesting to see if Steam will be able to sustain its push into the living room as the way to play games.

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