Steam Rises

There are articles on both GameSpy.com and Shacknews about Steam, an upcoming broadband delivery system from Valve Software that hasn't really been formally discussed, although it was recently rolled out in a semi-public beta test (story). Each article elaborates on the Steam broadband content delivery system, describing a tool that purchasers of Valve's games will make transparent use of to get game patches and the like that may also be licensed by outside companies for other forms of content delivery. Each article also offers quotes from Valve's Gabe Newell, while GameSpy's piece also features quotes from Doug Lombardi with the Shack's offering screenshots of the Steam interface along with a mention of plans for an accompanying instant-messaging client called "Tracker."
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quoted from the gamespy article. Mar 21, 2002, 16:23
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"Here is a familiar scenario: You reinstall Windows on your PC. You then start to reinstall your favorite games, only to discover you can't find your Half-Life CD-Key! Doh! What are you going to do? With Steam, all of your authentication information is stored server side. After launching Steam, you're on your way. "

Does this make sense to anyone? If I format and re-install windows, what exactly is the server using to match up my authentication info with? Perhaps the reality is you can be up and running again in no time by forking out the money for a new cd key. Maybe if/when you buy the game you create an account with steam, so when you format you run steam and log in and re-download the game? That would make more sense.

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