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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The way it's described Steam only downloads the content you need "on demand" -- that's the only way it could have "downloaded" Half-Life faster than installing the game from a CD.

I can only hope that Steam comes with enough options to allow you to download the entire game/patch (yes, they are still patches -- downloading them differently doesn't magically make them fundamentally different) before playing I pay enough for my cable modem that I think I'm perfectly justified in being picky about what I download and when I download it.

Speaking of control, I don't cotton to this whole "running everything from a server" model that Microsoft (and now Valve) are pushing for. The whole concept is a giant step backwards to the time when everything was stored on a server and all the user ever touched was a dumb terminal or a teletype. It's not innovative no matter how cleverly you combine modern technology to accomplish it. This sort of thing benefits noone but the companies pushing it as it creates a mechanism by which they can decide who can access what and when. Oh sure, the companies will stress how much "easier" everything is with this model but simply put: The ease of use is not worth the loss of control.


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