Integrating With Steam

Integrating With Steam

I have been exploring the PC gaming landscape to make a decision on what platform I want to invest my gaming time and money resources in. There are so many now available including Steam, Epic, Origin, and now Stadia. Since I have built my own PC gaming rig I want something that is all encompassing, that offers plenty of games, a way to easily communicate with other players, and is popular enough that I can find friends on it. Of all of these, Steam fits the bill.

Steam seems to be the most customer friendly and puts the gamer in the forefront. First off, they don’t seem interested in locking their customers in and force feeding whatever experience they think they want on the platform. This is a wise course of action give that gamers are a very touchy bunch and easy to piss off! Interestingly enough, of the online communities I surveyed (mostly on Reddit), almost all of them had great things to say about Steam. Gabe Newell, founder of Steam, is even the subject of a popular hashtag revolving around the tongue in cheek “in Gabe we trust” and the accompanying memes are endearing to him. He’s often framed as a god in the popular PC Master Race sub-Reddit.

Secondly, Steam offers a really great gaming experience called “Steam Link” that allows you to cast to different devices from your gaming rig as long as you’re on the same network. This is handy because it allows you to play on your mobile device even though the game is running in your basement cave. To be honest I’m surprised this isn’t a more popular feature and that Steam seems to be backing off from it. Below is a screenshot of Rocket League that is running on my iPhone and the controller that connects to it via Bluetooth. Honestly, it’s not the best controller, and I only use it because it syncs so easily and Steam sold it to me dirt cheap (they are abandoning their hardware line).

Lastly the Steam community features are great. My friends are on it and we can audio each other during gaming sessions using Steam Chat. This is probably my favorite feature as finding a platform that everyone can and will use to communicate is difficult. Like I said, gamers are picky people and prone to have strong opinions on everything.

Overall Steam is great and a good example of how to treat your customers. Hopefully they stay on course and avoid the bad publicity Origin has received with their lock ins and that Epic is getting now as they try to build out their own platform. Since I’m on Steam DM me on Twitter and I’ll send you my gamer tag, maybe we can play some Rocket League!

Rocket League from iPhone
Rocket League from iPhone
Steam Controller
Steam Controller
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