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Steam is an online platform owned by Valve Corporation for PC games. It is currently the largest platform for computer games.
- The main reason why Steam is so successful is that it is easy to use. You can buy games via Steam's website, main desktop app, or mobile app with multiple payment methods. This greatly reduces game piracy and encourages gamers to buy legally published games and support developers/publishers directly.
- Tons of games available.
- The games are digital so no need to worry about scratches or dust because no optical discs are used.
- With GPD Win and similar devices that came out, you are able to play currently-released games on the fly, much like on the Nintendo Switch, as long as you have a Wi-Fi Hotspot with you.
- Frequent sales.
- For some years, it was the best place for Indie games to get exposure that would be hard elsewhere.
- You can potentially get your own game for sale on the store.
- Refund policy lets you get a full refund for a game you bought. (as long as you don't play it for more than two hours and don't own it for more than two weeks)
- When The King of Fighters XIII was released on Steam, it was a huge hit, increasing the popularity of The King of Fighters series, SNK made a lot of money from this port, leading the company focus more on arcade games instead of Pachinko machines.
- You can obtain trading cards in supported games, and once you obtain a full set, you can craft a game badge and get some goodies such as backgrounds, emoticons, and sometimes even coupons for games as a bonus.
- You can trade your in-game items with other users.
- There is a community market, where you can buy and sell in-game items. You can find some good things on the market that won't cost you much.
- The Steam Workshop allows you to create and upload content for games that support the Workshop.
- It includes many great classics (including Half-Life 2).
- The big picture mode, a feature that feels like its own OS, lets you control the interface with a controller and has some nice ambient music.
Unfortunately in recent years, Steam has gone downhill and warrants a page on the Crappy Games Wiki.