Steam Plans

A new Steam Update touts the upcoming availability of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 and goes on to describe new friends features being built into the Steam interface and plans for more HDR updates to Counter-Strike maps:
The Friends system is also nearing the end of its beta phase, and will soon be available to everyone running Steam. Friends allows you to see when your friends are playing games, and lets users chat with each other both inside and outside of many Steam games. There are also a number of additional features we'll be adding to it over time. Early next week, we'll be updating Steam with a convenient way to join the Friends beta.

We're also planning on going back to some of the older Counter-Strike: Source maps and giving them an HDR pass. Soon you'll get to play maps like de_dust with full High Dynamic Range lighting.
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Mar 14, 2006, 22:06
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Mar 14, 2006, 22:06
 
They were indeed erroneus, if you had bothered to check the context of the post instead of hutning for a reason to attack Steam, you may have noticed that.

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Mar 14, 2006, 14:25
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Mar 14, 2006, 14:25
 
I just wanted to correct your erroneous statements about what I said.
They weren't erroneous. You wrote updates could be disabled when they can't.

And for the record, I said "Advertisements and Updates", not "News and Updates." Don't try to blame me for your mistake.
It was no mistake as I addressed only the "updates" statement. It is you who made a mistake when you wrote "updates" instead of "news" if that is what you meant to write.

Like I said, you really don't care about facts.
I care a great deal about facts, and when you start actually using some accurately in your posts, I will stop criticizing you when you don't.


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Mar 13, 2006, 11:19
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Mar 13, 2006, 11:19
 
Friends never really worked fine. It was pretty buggy, but it was possible to send IMs to people and half the time it would get there. The main problem was deciding to send the IMs to the main Friends window or an in-game Friends window. I never quite understood why they didn't just send it to a global IM buffer which would be shared between the in-game Friends and the out-of-game Friends..

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Mar 13, 2006, 03:57
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Mar 13, 2006, 03:57
 
Since you mentioned news AND updates, I took it to mean the game updates. If you didn't mean that, well I got to criticize your precious Steam anyway. You'll get over it.
You seem to think I care about what you think of Steam. Sorry if I gave you that impression. I really don't give a shit what you think. I just wanted to correct your erroneous statements about what I said. Go ahead and bitch mindlessly about Steam; I quit bothering to care a long, long time ago.

And for the record, I said "Advertisements and Updates", not "News and Updates." Don't try to blame me for your mistake.

If the friends list ever worked, it must have been for a really brief period because I have never seen it working nor have I ever read anyone else say it worked for them until the couple of posts in this thread. Everything I had read previously claimed it did not work which corroborated my own experiences with it. And, even those below said it didn't work correctly or for very long. Therefore calling it a "reimplementation" when it never really worked is a misnomer.

Like I said, you really don't care about facts.
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Mar 13, 2006, 03:37
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Mar 13, 2006, 03:37
 
If the friends list ever worked, it must have been for a really brief period because I have never seen it working
I thought you don't have Steam on your computer?

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Mar 13, 2006, 03:21
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Enforcer:
Hence the backup feature I mentioned that steam has. Burn a back up of the files and you are ready to go if you have to reformat, even with just an electronic steam purchase

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Mar 13, 2006, 03:11
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Mar 13, 2006, 03:11
 
I was talking about the weekly news updates, which person I was replying to was complaining about.
Since you mentioned news AND updates, I took it to mean the game updates. If you didn't mean that, well I got to criticize your precious Steam anyway. You'll get over it.

And, as was said before, the friends list used to work. Not that you care about facts or anything
If the friends list ever worked, it must have been for a really brief period because I have never seen it working nor have I ever read anyone else say it worked for them until the couple of posts in this thread. Everything I had read previously claimed it did not work which corroborated my own experiences with it. And, even those below said it didn't work correctly or for very long. Therefore calling it a "reimplementation" when it never really worked is a misnomer.

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Mar 13, 2006, 02:56
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Mar 13, 2006, 02:56
 
I was talking about the weekly news updates, which person I was replying to was complaining about.

And, as was said before, the friends list used to work. Not that you care about facts or anything.

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Mar 13, 2006, 02:54
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Mar 13, 2006, 02:54
 
round and round we go.....

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Mar 13, 2006, 02:36
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Mar 13, 2006, 02:36
 
Right click on a game in the list, hit Properties, disable automatic updates.
That only disables automatic games updates which happen when Steam is running in the background. There is no way to stop Steam from automatically updating a game when that game is launched and Steam is online. A Steam game CANNOT be run if it is not up to date if Steam is in online mode. Steam performs checks on the GCF files each time a game is launched, and you must wait for it to download the updated data if it detects that your version of each GCF file is not the same as the latest official version. It is one of the many annoyances of Steam that games won't go ahead and launch without updating if Steam is online.

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Mar 13, 2006, 01:07
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Mar 13, 2006, 00:29
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Mar 13, 2006, 00:29
 
And actually, the friends list did work at one point. It worked VERY well in the Steam Beta (which was free to everyone) and it worked for a short time once Steam went "gold"... for a few months, but it progressively got worse as time went on.

The friends list is handy for joining the same game that a friend is in, that's all I used it for. I miss it and I'm not enjoying the beta friends list, which seems to be working well. I don't use Xfire, so I can't way whether it's "better" or not... seems like the same thing only it would be one more app running in the background while I game. I'd rather just use the built in friend's list in that case.

You used to be able to play board games via the friends list as well. It had checkers, chess, and a couple others I think. Which was nice between rounds of CS.

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Mar 13, 2006, 00:18
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Mar 13, 2006, 00:18
 
Ads, yes. Updates, no. If Steam thinks you are online and you launch a Steam game, it will try to update it and require the update if it finds one

Right click on a game in the list, hit Properties, disable automatic updates.

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Mar 12, 2006, 23:50
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Mar 12, 2006, 23:50
 
Err, are you sure? My friends and I used the Friends feature quite often until it was taken down. Maybe there was a lack of compatibility problem?

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Mar 12, 2006, 23:29
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Mar 12, 2006, 23:29
 
There's a reason you can turn off the advertisements and updates.
Ads, yes. Updates, no. If Steam thinks you are online and you launch a Steam game, it will try to update it and require the update if it finds one.

You do realized that this is a reimplementation of a feature that Steam had way before Xfire was ever released, right?
You do realize that the friends system has never worked so calling it a reimplementation is a joke. As for who was first, Xfire or Steam, who cares? The idea is not a novel one. Of the two, Xfire was the first to actually have it working though.

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Mar 12, 2006, 22:49
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Mar 12, 2006, 22:49
 
I was one of those "silly" one's that bought HL2 when it came out. I don't regret it one bit. When I had to re-format my computer not too long ago I just grabbed my CD and probably installed it faster then you had to download it.

As for the CD not having DoD:S that wasn't even an option up until recently so that is no valid point. HL1:S again I have the first one on CD and have no reason that I would want to play it with the physics being the only major difference.

As for the extras that were offered to download that was a gimic from VALVe to try and prove that this is the wave of the future. Think of it as buying a car that runs or or driving in a car pool where the owner has a fully loaded car.

It comes down to that I have access to my car when I need it and don't have to wait (re: download) for me to go where I need to (play the game).

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Mar 12, 2006, 21:25
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Mar 12, 2006, 21:25
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Seems silly to me to want to buy it at the store SOLEY for having a cd or dvd of a steam game. After all, I like the fact you can just d/l it all when you put it on a new computer and not have to dig up the cd/dvd. As well there's a backup feature on steam so you can make a backup and burn it to a cd or dvd.

And what was funny was hl2 retail didn't have any manual (or not much of one), AND it didn't include DoD S, or HL1 S, both of which you got included on the steam package for only a few more bucks from the retail when it first came out. So basically everyone who bought hl2 got screwed, unless they only cared about HL2 and nothing else.

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Mar 12, 2006, 21:00
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Mar 12, 2006, 21:00
 
HDR into the older maps... about time. Surely all they have to do is load up each map, slap it in and then recompile it? I don't see why it's taken this long.

Looks like someone else already covered this but seriously go back through Lost Coast with the commentary on. Implementing HDR means going back through every texture and every piece of geometry, not merely changing a 0 to a 1 in some line of code.

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Mar 12, 2006, 20:35
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Mar 12, 2006, 20:35
 
Hmm is just me or has this whole steam thing become just a little too much like a TV commercial?

There's a reason you can turn off the advertisements and updates.

HDR into the older maps... about time. Surely all they have to do is load up each map, slap it in and then recompile it? I don't see why it's taken this long.

If they were just doing light bloom then it wouldn't take that long, as is they have to go over the entire geomtery for a level and figure out stuff like distance from light sources, the size and shapes of rooms and other stuff. If it was just a dipswitch they would have already have done it.

They will copy xfire?
You do realized that this is a reimplementation of a feature that Steam had way before Xfire was ever released, right?


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Mar 12, 2006, 20:16
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Mar 12, 2006, 20:16
 
The Friends system

Does that mean I get to talk to Jennifer Aniston?
Kewl!

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