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    #16
    Originally posted by Sotanaht View Post
    You forget:

    Cons:
    Bandwidth Overhead: Steam is an online ap, and a rather large one at that. You may notice an average latency increase just by using it.

    Processing Overhead: Steam is a large background app, it runs even while you playing. If your computer can barely handle UT3, or any other steam game, at your current settings, running steam may cause serious framerate issues.

    Computer Startup: Steam is yet another app that must be started up after every time you boot your computer, if you want to play your games. It tends to take between 10 seconds and a minute depending on your internet and processing speeds. Annoying by itself, crippling if it is one of many.

    Distractions: For every additional way a "friend" can contact you during a game, you have one additional way you can be distracted at a critical moment. This con is balanced by it's corresponding pro, and should be weighed appropriately.

    You must have a really old computer and below 33k internet connection or something. Steam is currently using for me 0% CPU and only 14MB of ram, while firefox is using 70MB of ram.

    If you aren't downloading something via steam then its bandwidth usage is pretty much non existant.

    You can set it to not start when windows boots with the click of a button in the settings.

    Again those "distractions" can also be turned off in the settings window.

    It seems to me that you are just looking for issues that don't exist.

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      #17
      Originally posted by CommanderZx2 View Post

      Originally posted by Sotanaht View Post
      You forget:

      Cons:
      Bandwidth Overhead: Steam is an online ap, and a rather large one at that. You may notice an average latency increase just by using it.

      Processing Overhead: Steam is a large background app, it runs even while you playing. If your computer can barely handle UT3, or any other steam game, at your current settings, running steam may cause serious framerate issues.

      Computer Startup: Steam is yet another app that must be started up after every time you boot your computer, if you want to play your games. It tends to take between 10 seconds and a minute depending on your internet and processing speeds. Annoying by itself, crippling if it is one of many.

      Distractions: For every additional way a "friend" can contact you during a game, you have one additional way you can be distracted at a critical moment. This con is balanced by it's corresponding pro, and should be weighed appropriately.
      You must have a really old computer and below 33k internet connection or something. Steam is currently using for me 0% CPU and only 14MB of ram, while firefox is using 70MB of ram.

      If you aren't downloading something via steam then its bandwidth usage is pretty much non existant.

      You can set it to not start when windows boots with the click of a button in the settings.

      Again those "distractions" can also be turned off in the settings window.

      It seems to me that you are just looking for issues that don't exist.
      Agreed, all the "cons" you mentioned ,Sotanaht, are changeable, all you need is MINIMAL understanding of what the optional setting is doing and if you think your computer can spare the resources needed.

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        #18
        He isn't talking about the advantages of buying a game on Steam, but instead having already a retail copy and register it.

        Isn't it?

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