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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Re: Hmmm Mar 22, 2002, 11:16
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It's not running everything from the server.. it sounds to me like a way to skip the stores and deliver games directly to the players, and the cheating prevention aspect of it sounds like it just might work. Suppose the main steam server kept all the players up to date with a few client files(the ones that cheats hack), and these files were generated differently maybe once a day or every couple days and in order to play online you had to get the "new" couple client files. Basically with each new version of the files it puts the hackers back at square 1 of making their cheats(in theory). I truely hope the cheating prevention part of it works at least. I don't expect it to be perfect but compared to what other developers are doing against cheating its a welcome addition. I have nothing against punkbuster but it works the opposite, Basically they wait for the cheats to become available so they can have PB detect them. That always lets the hackers stay one step ahead. Valves system will hopefully do the opposite and change the client files often enough that hacking the game wouldnt be worth it. Then they move on to another game(hopefully) and that other developer liscenses steam and valve becomes a billion dollar company when they STILL only have 1 game out. lol

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