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Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles

Valve announces plans to add non-gaming applications to Steam saying they are set to launch their first set of "software" (what does that make games?) titles to the service on September 5th:

Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the first set of Software titles are heading to Steam, marking a major expansion to the platform most commonly known as a leading destination for PC and Mac games.

The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.

More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight.

"The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games," said Mark Richardson at Valve. "They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests."

For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com.

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50. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 17:01 Umbragen
 
Fuck Steam and their Eula.  
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49. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 17:01 Rattlehead
 
DarkCntry wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 16:39:
Now see, this starts to make sense as to why Gabe went all up in arms over the inclusion of the 'walled garden' issue with Win8...he wants his own version.

Or it could be the fact that Win 8 is a piece of crap...but I'm sure your theory holds ground too.
 
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48. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:53 Agrikaan
 
Guess they will be greatly overpriced, just as the games are (in my currency/country). Doesn't really matter though, I prefer to own my games on disc, as well as "other" software...  
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47. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:39 DarkCntry
 
Now see, this starts to make sense as to why Gabe went all up in arms over the inclusion of the 'walled garden' issue with Win8...he wants his own version.  
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46. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:22 xXBatmanXx
 
I link a lot of non steam stuff to steam - so people know that I am not avail when they are looking for another player for a game....  
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45. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:13 ViRGE
 
eunichron wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 14:04:
Why?

I can't think of a single piece of software that I have installed that I think, "I'd rather have this on Steam!"
Indeed. Not to knock Valve for trying it, but it's not attracting any real interest from me.
 
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44. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:07 Jensen
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 14:31:
If they sold movies I would probably buy some.
They sell one: Indie Game: The Movie.
I didn't buy it from Steam, because it was offered DRM-free from the official site. I don't like DRM on Video, Audio and Text, because it locks me into using only approved hardware. I don't have this problem with Steam games... any hardware that is compatible with the games is also compatible with Steam.

How big is the market for non-game software? The only non-free non-game software I run right now is Photoshop
 
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43. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:04 mag
 
Only pieces of non-open-source non-game software on my Windows computer are MS Office ($10 Student license), Win7 itself, and drivers. So... I was getting ready to get all fussy about Steam encroaching on me more and more, but I guess it wouldn't really affect me. Do whatever you want, Valve.  
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42. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:04 Veterator
 
Don't think their distribution systems could handle both games and apps being on sale at the same time.


I just hope they let you control what you see content wise, because I really disliked Newegg showing home appliances to me on their main page when I was there to look for deals on PC stuff. When before all I had to look at there was PC related stuff.

Like I know they let you control if DLC shows up on some of the lists and what not. So I think they can do it, I just hope they divide the store pages well enough to appease people who only want to see games or apps....and separate their sales on each to different times so you don't have to check various parts of their catalog for sales throughout the day/week.

Other than that, if they host some of the virus scanners/malware/etc stuff in their free versions at a minimum it could be useful. It'd certainly make it easier for people familiar with Steam to get these things to clean their own systems rather than hunting them down via browser searches. My brother picked up a virus that disabled his browsers, that was a new one to me.
 
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41. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 16:01 wtf_man
 
If you want a cheap version of Adobe products, have a college student buy a copy for you.

That said... I don't care about this one way or another. I'd probably be more likely to buy from Steam than MS's App store... mainly because I hate metro and metro apps.
 
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40. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:59 Luke
 
The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games

Here we go again , just mix it all up

If ya wanna do something else than playing games GO SOMEWERE ELSE
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39. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:52 nin
 
baltar wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 15:31:
So if I Photoshop too many of my co-worker's faces onto gay porn will steam vac ban me from all my apps and games? trololol

More importantly, you can upload it to your profile and share it with friends!

 
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38. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:46 zombiefan
 
Give me Maya/3DS Max integrated with Steam Workshop all on a 75% off Winter sale, thank you very much.  
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37. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:43 El Pit
 
deqer wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 15:39:
Yup, steam wants to own you and control you.

They can't. My government already holds the rights to me. And Google. And Microsoft. See? I'm a market on my own. I sell shares.
 
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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36. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:39 deqer
 
Yup, steam wants to own you and control you.  
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35. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:38 Verno
 
gradbot wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 15:17:
I wonder if valve up'd their time table on releasing this because of Windows 8? It's no secret that Gabe feels threatened by it given his past comments.

It's been in the works for awhile now, I don't think they rushed it for the sake of Windows 8. They have been talking about this for several years now. They also mentioned trying to do it with movies and music but running into all sorts of licensing problems. I think Gabes comments about Windows 8 were referring to them pissing off OEMs, upsetting developers with app restrictions and forcing adoption of the platform by tying the largely unwanted Metro into the OS.
 
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34. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:36 Spektr
 
Yup. Valve wants you to have one single hard disk with one directory. I am now checking if games force Steam down my throat before I buy them. If they do. I don't. When Valve modernize Steam's download settings then we will talk.  
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33. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:31 baltar
 
So if I Photoshop too many of my co-worker's faces onto gay porn will steam vac ban me from all my apps and games? trololol  
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32. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:30 theyarecomingforyou
 
gradbot wrote on Aug 8, 2012, 15:17:
I wonder if valve up'd their time table on releasing this because of Windows 8? It's no secret that Gabe feels threatened by it given his past comments.
Yeah, I don't think it's a coincidence. But Valve could have done this years ago. And it's the same with media - I'd much rather buy all my media (DRM free) through a centralised service like Steam where I can redownload it whenever I please. Especially with Steam style sales. I rarely buy TV shows, movies or music but would very much more likely to if they were available through Steam, DRM-free, redownloadable and offered at a sensible price.

I also think it's a mistake that Valve hasn't done enough for touchscreen devices, particularly the casual market. Although I'm not much into that myself by not getting there more quickly Microsoft will be able to dominate the market without any competition.
 
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31. Re: Steam Adding Non-Gaming Titles Aug 8, 2012, 15:17 gradbot
 
I wonder if valve up'd their time table on releasing this because of Windows 8? It's no secret that Gabe feels threatened by it given his past comments.  
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