Steam Cloud Plans

Maximum PC has a report on an event where Valve unveiled new features planned for an upcoming Steam update, including automatic driver updates for hardware and an integrated system requirements checker for games. Here's a bit on the Steam Cloud:
Community enhancements include improved event planning – RSVP, calendar functions, and official communities are all part of the feature list. Gamers will be able to coordinate tournaments, use calendars to check up on their friends, and join communities set up by game publishers and developers.

The biggest news is that game-generated data will now be stored with your Steam accounts in Valve servers. This includes game profiles, configuration settings, and even savegames! Valve will first be rolling this feature out to existing games like the Half-Life franchise, TF2, Counter-Strike. Left4Dead will be the first new game to remotely save your progress.
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May 29, 2008, 22:40
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May 29, 2008, 22:40
 
If they roll out new community features without some privacy options I'm going to extremely disappointed.

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May 29, 2008, 22:40
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The driver updates scare me, the system requirements sounds like it's taking a piece out of Vista, and the event/calendaring systems could be REAL handy, especially for communities like Blue's that are pretty scattered.

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Troll food
May 29, 2008, 22:44
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Troll food May 29, 2008, 22:44
May 29, 2008, 22:44
 
Steam is evil and Valve is the devil!

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Re: Troll food
May 29, 2008, 22:58
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Re: Troll food May 29, 2008, 22:58
May 29, 2008, 22:58
 
Actually, Steam is the devil, and Valve is evil, and Gabe Newell is the spawn of billgates.

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Re: Troll food
May 29, 2008, 23:05
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Re: Troll food May 29, 2008, 23:05
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I don't like this remote save game idea. I don't like control being taken away further from me.

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Re: Troll food
May 29, 2008, 23:12
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Re: Troll food May 29, 2008, 23:12
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Control Freak!

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Re: Troll food
May 29, 2008, 23:21
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Re: Troll food May 29, 2008, 23:21
May 29, 2008, 23:21
 
I don't like this remote save game idea. I don't like control being taken away further from me.

What if it allows you to do both? There's not exactly much you can glean from this that crosses out either possibility. I love the idea for remote storage of config and controls, though.

If I were implementing such a system, I wouldn't even touch the engine, and just have Steam handle uploading/downloading of the config.cfg and other associated files. There's not many advantages to some deep hook within the engine.

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May 29, 2008, 23:28
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May 29, 2008, 23:28
 
The only reason why people are bitter over anything relating to Steam is that it actually forces people to actually buy the games.

When you guys mention, privacy issues or DRM it's just a cover / easy excuse for what really bugs you and that is you can't steal games easily.

I would complain about steam if I had to buy the game each time I got a new computer or re-installed the OS, but seeing how I can re-install the game over and over and even on different computers the point is moot. This save feature will be welcomed in my opinion.

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Re: funny
May 29, 2008, 23:38
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Re: funny May 29, 2008, 23:38
May 29, 2008, 23:38
 
@ Trashy

That post is the most accurate and concise explanation of all the DRM/privacy bullsh*t that clogs up the internet that I've ever read. Props to you.

For the record, I buy my games and music and I STILL don't like DRM because I am a control freak myself. But I don't rant in the forums about it, and the people who do are, I'm confident, 90% of the time just bitter that they can't steal it.
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May 29, 2008, 23:39
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I won't be surprised to see some type of disclaimer that allows them to do literally anything they want with your demographic information. Unless they've already claimed that.

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Re: funny
May 29, 2008, 23:51
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Re: funny May 29, 2008, 23:51
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When you guys mention, privacy issues or DRM it's just a cover / easy excuse for what really bugs you and that is you can't steal the game easily.
That's the exact same specious reasoning and obfuscation that the RIAA and MPAA use to demonize and smear those who oppose their draconian copyright legislation. The real reason that people oppose draconian copyright legislation like the DMCA and DRM schemes like SecuROM and Steam is because they value personal freedom, consumer rights, and control over the content they purchase. The so-called pirates don't give a damn about either such laws or DRM schemes because they are already flouting the law and DRM doesn't stop them from getting what they want for free.

Regarding your claim of Steam's ability to prevent unauthorized use and distribution, actually Steam is less effective than other DRM systems at that because it is uniform. Since Steam's DRM is built into its client software and is uniform for all games on Steam, simply cracking the client itself cracks all of the games so they can be played without authenticating. So, the pirates actually love Steam because it provides virtually a one-stop shop for all of their free gaming needs.

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Re: funny
May 29, 2008, 23:54
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May 29, 2008, 23:54
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That post is the most accurate and concise explanation of all the DRM/privacy bullsh*t that clogs up the internet that I've ever read.
You must not read much then because his post is the usual bullshit smear seen from the RIAA and MPAA lobbies and their apologists.


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Re: funny
May 30, 2008, 00:02
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You must not read much then because his post is the usual bullshit smear seen from the RIAA and MPAA lobbies and their apologists.


LOL and your just as guilty when it comes to reading, since your bold statement just plays into my point exactly.

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May 30, 2008, 00:04
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May 30, 2008, 00:04
 
Valve seems to be making the biggest effort of any company to make PC gaming more accessible.

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Re: funny
May 30, 2008, 00:14
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May 30, 2008, 00:14
 
I have to agree with Riley here. Pirates don't care about DRM because it doesn't affect them. If DRM actually worked, then Trashy's claim might actually have legs but unfortunately, it doesn't work.

Take Mass Effect, for example. One day after its retail release, the game is already cracked and pirates can play it without ever needing to activate it. They can rest assured in the fact that they will be able play the game 10 years from now and install it as many times as they want. They can upgrade their system and not have to worry about the game no longer working. Legitimate customers? Not so lucky. They should be asking why they have to put up with extra hassles for the sake of a copy-protection that doesn't even work.

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May 30, 2008, 00:18
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your just as guilty when it comes to reading, since your bold statement just plays into my point exactly.
You're obviously an idiot in addition to being a DRM apologist and not just because you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're". Your supposed point that people only complain because they're pirates is bullshit. The pirates actually don't complain because they don't need to. DRM schemes and copyright laws simply don't bother them because they still get what they want for free regardless.

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May 30, 2008, 00:20
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Valve seems to be making the biggest effort of any company to make PC gaming more accessible.
You mean restrictive.

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Re: funny
May 30, 2008, 00:24
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May 30, 2008, 00:24
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One day after its retail release, the game is already cracked
Wow, that was pretty quick. It's almost as if the crackers are game industry insiders who do this to cutdown on customer service requests and complaints concerning the DRM in games.

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Re: funny
May 30, 2008, 00:24
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May 30, 2008, 00:24
 
Regarding your claim of Steam's ability to prevent unauthorized use and distribution, actually Steam is less effective than other DRM systems at that because it is uniform. Since Steam's DRM is built into its client software and is uniform for all games on Steam, simply cracking the client itself cracks all of the games so they can be played without authenticating. So, the pirates actually love Steam because it provides virtually a one-stop shop for all of their free gaming needs.

Sure if we're talking about hardcore crackers and such, however Steam effectively shuts the general PC user from pirating the game easily. Forcing them to look in the more shady areas of the internet or paying for the game through an easy interface. most people choose the latter.

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Re: funny
May 30, 2008, 00:39
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Sure if we're talking about hardcore crackers and such, however Steam effectively shuts the general PC user from pirating the game easily.
I don't know what planet you are from but here on Earth our Internet has this search engine called Google that even a moron like you can use to search for cracks for Steam by simply typing in something like "Steam crack download". Your notion that DRM still prevents the casual or general user from piracy is an anachronism because the Internet has obliterated the former barriers to entry.

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