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53. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 7, 2014, 13:41 descender
 
Steam originally launched as a requirement to upgrade to CS1.6 in 2002, although you didn't have to have it running to play you needed it to get the updates. You actually shouldn't have been running it yet, because this initial release was a resource hog.

In 2004, Half-Life 2 was the first game to require steam be running to install/play it. This was the first time Steam actually turned a profit, but the system was not widely adopted outside of HL2/CS fans. Granted, they were the largest online community.

Steam as you know it did not become popular until 2007, when the larger publishers started releasing their games on steam. That coupled with the release of "Orange Box" were the actual reasons most PC gamers finally moved over to steam.

HL2 had little to do with turning it into the monstrosity it is today, but it was obviously the first step.

This comment was edited on Jan 7, 2014, 14:00.
 
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