Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Steam: The Netflix of Gaming

Do you ever wish that there was a Netflix Instant for video games? Well, the online video game platform Steam comes pretty close. Steam is a product of the Valve Corporation, maker of games like Half-Life (1998) and Portal (2007). After downloading Steam for free, it allows you access to over 2,000 video games that you can play on your computer or mobile device instantly. 

How does it work?

First, you have to install Steam, which you can find for free on the website. It's available for PC, Mac, and Linux, and can also be downloaded as an app for iPhone or Android, or even on your TV.
Once it's installed, simply visit the website to download games and play them instantly. Most games are for sale at varying price points, but there is also a large selection of free games available. 

Other features of Steam

Steam offers a few other dimensions to its experience besides just downloading and playing games. First is the Community, which allows you to form groups and chat with other players, as well as share artwork, screenshots, and guides. The second feature is the Workshop, with which you can create, add, and share original content for different games. 

If you're a hardcore gamer, Steam will give you easy access to hundreds of video games (including early access to some new ones), plus the option to interact with other gamers and create your own content. If you're a casual gamer or just looking to pass some time, Steam's easy to use format and collection of free games are also worth checking out. 

Happy gaming!