Steam is as close as the PC world has come to Xbox live. If I buy Farcry 2 now I can preload it and the second it comes out I can play. Instead of running to the store. I have a list of friends that I play with a lot. I can chat with them see what game they are playing and join in. They also have DRM that works. I can download a game as many times as I want. They are even working on saving my save games to the servers so I can go on a friends pc and load up a game and start right were I left off.
I could see Google wanting them. They are very much a web based company. Throwing ads in steam would tweak my nerves a bit. I do pay for the games already.
I love Steam quite a bit for many of the reasons Bob on the Cob stated. I am not sure what to make of this rumor however. As stated above, the addition of ads would be irritating at best, but upon thinking of what Google might add to such a service in return for the revenue they receive, I think it might be worth it. I don't know, though. Ultimately, as long as Valve's management and game development style aren't disrupted, I'll be happy.
For me Steam is bloated and a huge memory hog, on load-up it might as well freeze everything else running, it's window is laggy on fast movement, and it's pop-up news is anything but helpful.
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